These beautifully cut and polished wood bases are salvaged from fallen and otherwise perished trees found on the island of Maui.
Each is handmade and custom built, featuring a high-intensity LED light in the center that brilliantly illuminates your sculptures during the evening hours. Each base is one-of-a-kind, unique and exclusive to Makai Glass, which means you won’t find them anywhere else in the world.
We recommend fashioning your glass art on these designer bases for an illuminated effect that will take your piece to a whole new dimension; enhancing colors, swirls and designs in your art piece you may not have noticed in standard lighting. We promise you will be marveling in your art’s beauty with every glance.
Makai believes in keeping life simple, so our artist will help you choose!
We want to make sure you get the perfect custom wood base for your beautiful new glass piece. The artist will use their keen eye to determine the cut, color and size that will display your piece most exquisitely. You can choose the type of wood you want, or leave it up to us—either way you will get an exquisite match of elegance and style.
To order your custom wood piece, when checking out just add the suggested item titled “ARTIST CHOICE” with the type of wood you choose and we’ll take care of the rest!
Koa (Acacia Koa) is endemic to Hawaii and doesn’t grow anywhere else in the world. It is a fast growing tree when compared to other Hawaiian trees, growing an inch in diameter per year and can reach more than 100 feet tall and 6 feet in diameter. The highest populations are on Hawaiʻi, Maui and Oʻahu. Its name in the Hawaiian language, koa, also means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior. Koa has a “tigers-eye” sheen and color that ranges from dark to light brown to reddish tones.
Kiawe (Prosopis pallida) is the name used in Hawaii for what is known as Mesquite or Algarobba on the mainland, and is the choice for smoking meats and roasting Kalua Pig in the islands, mainly because it grows wild (it’s classified as an invasive species) and abundant. Kiawe has thorny branches, wide spreading crown and reaches a height of 60ft. It is a hard wood with heavy density; its color is a rich brown center with a lighter brown outside rim.
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) can easily be identified by crushing the leaves or peeling a twig or bark. This will release oils and the scent of camphor. The production and shipment of camphor, in a solid, waxy form, was a major industry in Taiwan. It was used medicinally and was also an important ingredient in the production of smokeless gunpowder. It has a pale bark that is very rough and fissured vertically.