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Guam Ifit Wood Products

     We sell a number of authentic ifit wood products from the island of Guam. Other than a sinahi necklace around your neck, nothing can show your more Chamorro than having one of these centerpieces hanging on a wall or situated in a prominent place in your home. When you order an ifit wood carving from us you literally have a piece of Guam with you wherever you are in the world.

About Our Ifit Wood Products, Carvings and Furniture

     All ifit wood products, carvings and furniture for sale on Guam Catalog are 100% authentic and made on Guam.  All products have been created by one of the only master carvers and oldest traditional Chamorro artisans left on Guam whose work illustrates the Chamorro culture through ifit wood carvings of latte stones, matatis and depictions of the Serena Legend, Gadao, and Guam's tropical landscape and scenery.  The self-taught Chamorro master carver who creates all our ifit wood products has carved living and dining room sets, clocks, cutting boards, backgammon boards, display shelves, plaques, fruitbowls, cutlery handles and more all out of ifit wood throughout the course of his lifetime and continues his traditional Chamorro craftsmanship to this day.

      We would like to stress that all ifit wood products on our site are carved 100% by hand and NOT by machine!  You can rest assure your getting a traditional, "Made on Guam" product when you order from Guam Catalog.

      In addition to the ifit wood products displayed on our website we also take special orders.  If you want a specifc scene or wording created you can contact us for a quote and timeframe for completion of your personalized ifit wood product.  If you decide to purchase a personalized ifit wood product, payment must be made upfront before any work starts.  Your guaranteed to get a one-of-a-kind piece of ifit wood artwork.

About the Ifit Tree

      The ifit tree is the official territorial tree of Guam. In addition to growing on the island of Guam, the ifit tree can also be found in other islands around the Marianas as well as throughout the Pacific.  The ifit tree is also known as the ifil or ipil tree. The bark and leaves of the ifit tree have been used in traditional medicine, and the tree has become endangered in most areas where it grows and almost extinct because of excessive logging due to the desirable characteristics of the wood.

About Ifit Wood

      Ifit wood is an extremely strong reddish wood once used for interior woodwork for houses. When polished and finished with a water-based resin the wood has a vibrant, shiny look to it making it an attractive piece of furniture or display piece inside the home. Chamorros traditionally used ifit wood for flooring, furniture, posts and beams for homes. Today, ifit wood is carved for centerpieces in the home, display artwork to hang in homes, musical instruments and on occasion for an attractive piece of furniture in the home.

Quick Facts About the Ifit Tree and Wood

- The ifit tree is the Official Territorial Tree of Guam
- Also known as: ifil tree and wood, ipil tree and wood
- Endangered and almost extinct
- Ifit wood is durable and termite-resistant
- The ifit tree grows to about 160 feet tall
- The ifit tree grows in islands around the Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia
- Ifit wood has a reddish color which really comes out when the carving is polished and treated with a water-based resin

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