Natural Edge Kou Bowl made by Carl Sherry 6.25 x 5.5 x 4.5


Carl Sherry Natural Edge Kou Bowl 10.5 x 9.25 x 7.75


Honolulu Woodturners

Honolulu Woodturners

Natural Edge Kou Bowl made by Carl Sherry 6.25 x 5.5 x 4.5

Carl has sanded and finished this bowl to a very fine finish.

Carl Sherry and Mike Chu

Carl Sherry and Mike Chu

Oahu craftsman Carl Sherry was born and raised in Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu, and attended Honolulu Community College. He spent his adult life working to help others through job training and workforce training. Many people remember him with aloha for his support and kokua. Nohea Gallery is honored to share his work with you.

Carl is dedicated to providing quality woodturnings of beautiful Hawaiian woods, and is especially known for his extraordinarily fine finish. As an artist, he always strives to make “that perfect bowl” and appreciates that others enjoy his work.

His first wood project was a Koa rocking chair, but when Carl noticed that people were asking for the cast-off curly wood from projects to make pens, he too learned to turn pens on a lathe. Bowls were the natural progression from there.


Kou was a favorite wood for poi bowls in old Hawaii.


“Cordia subcordata is a species of flowering tree in the borage family, Boraginaceae, that occurs in eastern AfricaSouth AsiaSoutheast Asia, northern Australia and the Pacific Islands.[2] The plant is known by a variety of names including beach cordiasea trumpet, and kerosene wood, among others.

The seeds are edible and have been eaten during famineC. subcordata burns readily, and this led to the nickname of “Kerosene Tree” in Papua New Guinea.[5] The wood of the tree has a specific gravity of 0.45, is soft, durable, easily worked,[6] and resistant to termites. In ancient Hawaiʻi kou wood was used to make ʻumeke (bowls), utensils, and ʻumeke lāʻau (large calabashes) because it did not impart a foul taste to food. ʻUmeke lāʻau were 8–16 litres (2–4 gal) and used to store and ferment poi. The flowers were used to make lei, while a dye for kapa cloth and aho (fishing lines) was derived from the leaves.

In the western Solomon Islands, in Vanuatu, on Waya Island, and in Tonga, it is used for carving. On New Ireland, its wood is always used for the ceremonial entrances to men’s houses.”

“To care for your bowl by Carl Sherry, keep it out of bright sunlight and water, and dust it occasionally for many years of enjoyment.

The dimensions in the item description are for the bowl itself; dimensions under ‘additional information’ tab includes packing size when this item is packaged for shipment, mahalo.

Natural Edge Kou Bowl made by Carl Sherry 6.25 x 5.5 x 4.5

Additional information

Weight 18 lbs
Dimensions 16.75 × 15.25 × 12.75 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074