Our business started out as just a
hobby for Master Carver Robert Taitano and the family back in the early 1980’s
displaying items in his home in Yigo; house guests started requesting for similar items which created profit, which lead to an idea of opening a small business
where we can offer our products to the island.
The “Ifit Shop” is a family business own by father and son that manufactures ifit wood
products, carvings and furniture which are all 100% authentic and made on Guam. All our products exclusively produced by Guam’s Master Carver Robert
Taitano and son (Robert Taitano, Jr.).
The “Ifit Shop” produces about 20 – 40 pieces of artwork a week. We
offer popular items of gift choices for those who would like to present
something uniquely from Guam. About 50% of our customers is from the Military
personnel and their families requesting for a memorable item that will remind
them of their stay on the island of Guam.
In addition, our business has
specially made nameplates for the Senator of the Guam Legislature. We have also
carved numerous ifit trophies and award recognition plaques for various island
Master Carver Robert Taitano is one of the few oldest traditional Chamorro artisans left on Guam whose work illustrates the Chamorro culture through ifit wood carvings of latte stones, matatis, and depictions of Sirena Legend, Gadao, Two Lover’s and Guam’s tropical landscape and scenery. Mr. Taitano has created living and dining room sets, clocks, cutting boards, backgammon boards, display shelves (known as the family tree), plaques, fruit bowls, and many more including personalized products all made out of ifit wood throughout his lifetime and continues his traditional Chamorro craftsmanship with his son Robert Taitano, Jr. to this day.
We offer exclusive products made by Master Ifit Carver of Guam who is a recognized Master Carver by the Guam
Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency (CAHA).
The "Ifit Shop" has produced pieces for numerous
dignitaries, including Guam Governors, Senators of the Guam Legislature, United
States Congressional delegates, island judges, and even the former US President
William “Bill” Clinton.
At The "Ifit Shop", we are focused on providing excellent services and products with the highest levels of customer satisfaction & we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.
With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!
The Ifit Tree
About the Ifit Tree
ifit tree is the official territorial tree of Guam. It grows 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 ifil or ipil
tree. It has high resistance to attacks by termites.
The ifit wood is an
extremely strong reddish wood once used for interior woodwork for houses. When
polished and finished the wood has a lively, shiny look to it making it an
attractive piece of furniture or display piece inside the home. During the old
days the people of Guam 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.