LAMAR YOAKUM is a ‘salt-of-the-Earth’ kind of guy, highly capable in all areas of his trade, from amazing color and pattern sensitivity to cutting, grinding and carefully fitting each individual piece of the glass puzzle, and installing the works with mindful skill and integrity.
Humble to a fault, it's hard to get Lamar to tell you much about himself, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, this man is a masterpiece.
Adding his 30 years experience to that of Calley’s 30 years of experience, together they make a winning team that covers all the bases to turn your ideas into fine art.
Lamar’s work reflects:
skillful color and glass pattern sensitivity
advanced stained glass cutting, grinding and fitting
precise fusing and firing
traditional Tiffany method construction
stained glass repair
stained glass classes for beginners
Born and raised in Hilo and filled with aloha, Journeyman CHRIS SPRINGER has been a marble mason, granite and tile professional for fifteen years. Chris studied the trade in Las Vegas in 2002, and has a wealth of diverse experience in certified specification work, public art installation, granite and marble fabrication, tile setting, concrete and pool work, and glass tile, block, and mosaic work in numerous commercial, public art and residential projects.
Chris and his colleague, Jeremiah, expertly set all the glass pieces for Kipapa and the Path of Light, and are currently working on the Pukalani mural.
JEREMIAH WISE was born and raised on the Big Island. He is a Journeyman for the Mason Union, and earned his degree from Hawaii Community College. An outstanding craftsman, he also radiates aloha in his very being.
Aside from being a pleasure to work with, Chris and Jeremiah bring a wealth of expertise to the meticulous thin-setting installation and durability of our murals.
We feel privileged to be, as Jeremiah assures us, "rollin' with the kanaka now!"
Search the world over and nowhere could I have been so blessed with such an extraordinary installation team, and I mean that sincerely. Highly recommended by SFCA’s Art in Public Places Project Manager, Trisha Lagaso-Goldberg, ISAAC HOMZA and his Higher Standard team’s work was above and beyond all expectations.
The Pukalani Elementary School stained glass mural was a large, complex, and highly refined public installation. Isaac Homza, Lead Installer, ALYSSON GRUMMT, 4th generation tile setter STEVE LEVINE, and tile setter HARRISON FECHTER are responsible for the meticulous presentation of the mural, especially the refined installation of the border, which was done by 190 4th and 5th grade children with 75 community volunteers. This 110-segmented lei aloha border required immense patience and precision in calculations, fitting and cutting, and meticulous craftsmanship in setting.
From a vast well of experience, the team employed their decades of experience, skills, patience, and a dedication to excellence that was over the moon.
My son Noa and I assisted the team throughout all but the last day of installation, and through all of this, working for nine days straight, sometimes until after dark with work lights, they remained open, willing, cheerful, careful, and fun to work with!
Wherever I go to do murals, I am taking them with me! Right guys? Next stop, Europe and the world!