Born and raised near Rochester, New York, Peter Naramore started carpentry at age 15, refined his traditional techniques in Sweden and while roaming the United States in his homemade camper with an advertisement lettered on the back, "Traveling Carpenter, Enquire Within." In 1976 he moved to Maui and established his handcrafted furniture business.
For the past 50 years this master craftsman has visualized the desires of his clients and turned them into fine heirloom quality woodwork.
Naramore custom furniture is characterized by classic lines and sound construction based on traditional joinery, hand carved details, turnings and inlays.
Elegant Hawaiian Koa wood distinguishes much of his work supported by maple, walnut and local hardwoods such as monkey pod, pheasant wood and camphor.
Largely self-taught, he adapts traditional forms and develops original designs to express a client's taste and environment. His designs are informed but not bound by tradition.
His goal is to produce fine furniture tuned to the personality of each client; furniture that will satisfy as much 50 years from now as today.
Exhibits & Publications
Hawai'i Craftsmen 2022 Annual Statewide Exhibition
Console / Altar Table - Elizabeth Rice Grossman Award of Excellence
The Woodworker's Journey: Concept to Creation 2020
Marquetry Cabinet: Kula's View
On Maui! Guide to Maui's Art and Entertainment, Sept. / Oct. 2018
Artist Profile, pages. 18, 19
Finding the Forest, Invitational Exhibit, Schaefer International Gallery, Maui 2017
Roots of Inspiration: Contemporary Functional Furniture, Schaefer International Gallery Nov. 2009
Inspired Hands, Fine Woodwork from The Maui Woodworkers Guild, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center 2006 / 2007
Inspired Hands 2003, Maui Woodworker's Guild Exhibit @ Diamond Resort, Maui
Inspired Hands: Contemporary Works in Wood & Quilts, Schaefer Gallery, January 2002
Peoples Choice Award
Maui Weekly, July 2005
Artist profile page 9
Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, Spring 2003
Profile, pages 76, 77
The Custom Furniture Source Book, Taunton Press 2001
Cover Picture and Artist Profile pages 130, 131
Woods of Hawaii, Hawaii Forestry Industry Association Exhibit, 1996, 1991
Art Maui Juried Exhibitions, 1985, '87, '88, '89, '91 , '94, '99, '02, '05, '09, '13, '15, '18
The Maui New, October 24, 1993
Artist Profile, Page F1
Furniture as Art, A Sensory Exploration in Wood, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center 1992
Taunton Press, Fine Woodworking Issue, August 1990 Issue #83, Cover Article pgs. 84, 85
Taunton Press Design Books #4, 5, 6, 7, Selected entries by FWW Editors, 1987, '90, '92, '96