Curly Meranti Calabash 3.25″H x 9″D by Craig Mason $260
About the Artist
Craig Mason is a Hawai‘i Woodturner who learned to love forests, trees and working with wood at an early age. Woodturning was introduced to him when he was a teenager in woodshop class. He put all his prior interests on hold for several decades while he finished school. Craig Mason also served in the United States Navy, started a private dental practice, and raised a family. From years working with trees salvaged from the waste stream, he developed skills in woodturning and carving . The Hawaiian calabash, with its flowing curves, is his favorite form to carve.
Meranti also Shorea are native to Southeast Asia, from northern India to Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In west Malesia and the Philippines, this genus dominates the skyline of the tropical forests.
In ideal conditions, a meranti tree can reach a 200′ height and a trunk diameter of 6′. A lumberman’s dream, it will also be branch free for 90′. The bases of some trees feature the vanelike supports called buttresses. Light-red and dark-red meranti produce medium-to-coarse textured wood that ranges in color from pale pink to brown and reddish-brown. The grain may be slightly interlocked. At about 36 pounds per cubic foot air-dry, meranti is heavier than Honduras mahogany. However, it is not nearly as hard nor as strong, and lacks the durability and stability of a true mahogany. And you may find brittleness in some boards.
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