If we saw a souvenir shop selling Koa we’d stop so Dick, Azure’s dad, could try to pick up an account. He’s a woodworker for a living, making these gorgeous jewelry boxes that often incorporate Koa, a wood native to Hawaii.
At one particular place a buzz saw buzzed and we walked around the corner to find the woodworker straightening up. His boombox blasted opera, which immediately affected the class of the place, while pictures of hot 80s women in bathing suits held up the walls, which immediately affected the class of the place. It was heaven. It was, at the time we arrived, my favorite place we’d been on the short trip. The shop itself was vast but nook-and-crannied by lumber and heavy machinery, with an old set of dusty drums stashed in a corner self-consciously. The dude was cool, all business all pleasure, and his shop was lush with personality as the jungles outside.
The DeMeule’s website: Wood Design by DeMeules.