About the Artist

Brett Gontarek
Brett Gontarek

Pono Woodworks was started a few years back with the grand intention of positively impacting the planet. Our founder is a remodeling carpenter by day, and after a long day of construction, is always simply too worn out to think about a higher calling. He created Pono Woodworks to change that lethargy. Pono Woodworks is an experiment in creation: creating a company that is required to give back and have a positive impact, creating products that have cultural, spiritual, or locational signifigance, and finally, creating products that we love and love to use. We love working with exotic woods and think that their beauty and symbolism is a testament to the wonder of creation. There is something truely gratifying about working with wood, polishing it to a jewel like shine, and displaying it in a way to showcase it's beauty.

What does Pono mean: Poe-no. Pono, like most Hawaiian words, has many meanings or connotations. Essentially, pono means to do what is morally right, to iive in harmony with ones surroundings and to be conscious and deliberate of ones impact in the community and world. I fear living a pono life is becoming increasingly more at odds with our society. Our goal is to get back to pono, personally and with the business.