Andy Cole Natural Edge Milo Bowl 3×12


Andy Cole Natural Edge Milo Bowl 3×12: This low profile bowl displays a dramatic color contrast of dark and light. People enjoyed dense milo wood since ancient times. The artist’s work shows off the wood’s character and highlights the natural edge.


Andy Cole Natural Edge Milo Bowl 3×12


Andy Cole Natural Edge Milo Bowl 3×12

This Natural Edge low Milo Bowl by Andy Cole displays fine shape and color. The natural edge and dark/light contrast command attention. People praise Milo wood for its strength and density.


Here is more information about Milo wood:

From Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (below)


Common Name: Milo

Scientific Name: Thespesia populnea

Range/ Habitat: Found throughout the tropics in coastal areas. In Hawaii specifically, Milo grows on all main islands with the exception of Kaho’olawe at elevations ranging from sea level to 900 ft.

Significance: Early Hawaiians prized Milo, second only to Kou, to make food bowls (ʻumeke milo), poi calabashes, platters (pā milo), and dishes. They considered Milo a sacred tree, and commoners were prohibited from using it. For eample, Milo trees surrounded the house of King Kamehameha I in Waikīkī. The dark heartwood is moderately heavy and easy to work with. It is durable and has a low shrinkage when dried. Today, artists use Milo to make carvings, bowls and platters.

From Maui Cultural Lands

In addition, boatbuilders and cabinetmakers like to use milo. Also, in Hawaiʻi and elsewhere in the tropics, people sometimes plant milo in parks or along streets, or as a living fence.

About Andy Cole

Andy has been an admirer of wood, and things made from wood throughout his life. There is something about the natural and organic nature of wood that fascinates him. Every tree is unique, and no two pieces of wood are the same. Like fingerprints from heaven, are the grain lines on a piece of wood. Amazing!

In 2000 Andy had the opportunity to learn woodturning when he took a basic bowl turning class. He went home with a lathe in his trunk and a passion for turning that lives on to this day. He joined the Honolulu Woodturner’s club, an affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners, where he has held many titles over the years. His most recent endeavor was that of founder and director of the Honolulu Symposium, a statewide gathering of turning enthusiasts.

His Style

While many turners look for a flawless piece of wood to work with, Andy finds great satisfaction in turning flawed and blemished pieces of wood into works of art. Bug holes, decay, and natural inclusions are not viewed as defects, but rather as unique character highlights, the wonders of nature at their best! Andy explores many directions in wood turning, but specializes in the organic beauty of natural edge bowls. His trademark works are natural edge nested bowl sets. Though the process to extricate multiple bowls from one log is challenging, the results, when successful, can be astounding!

All of the wood Andy uses for creating bowls comes from Oahu grown trees that were brought down by either a property owner or strong gust of wind. He rescues the wood for a higher purpose before it can be transported to a land fill.

Andy has lived on the island of Oahu since the 1980’s and works in a hillside studio where he is inspired by a spectacular ocean view overlooking the island’s south shore and beyond.  He has been featured in multi-page articles on woodturning, and shown and taught extensively including on the continent.

Watching Andy demonstrating woodturning at the annual Honolulu Woodturners show at Nohea Gallery is always a treat!

The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ table includes packing for shipment.  The dimension listed on this page is correct for the bowl itself.  Mahalo!

Andy Cole Natural Edge Milo Bowl 3×12

Additional information

Weight 14 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 16 × 9 in

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