David Louie Epiphany – Kou Root Ball Vase


Epiphany – Kou Root Ball Vase by David Louie 12 x 9


Epiphany – Kou Root Ball Vase by David Louie 12 x 9

“I have been interested in the beauty of wood for many years, but was content to admire and collect a number of bowls from well-known wood artists.  I recently began to turn and create my own wooden bowls.  I like to find and reveal the beauty of the wood that is hidden beneath the bark and other layers of growth.  I am most interested in working with woods that have out-of-the-ordinary character and grain.  While these woods can be more difficult to work with, finding such woods and cutting a

Elegy koa vase by David Louie

Elegy koa vase by David Louie

image image image imageway the layers that obscure the intrinsic beauty is a wonderful journey, complete with joyful surprises, knotty problems and Eureka moments.  I hope that you enjoy these bowls as much as I enjoyed making them.


David Louie”



Further information about kou:

KouBecause of the beauty of its grain and the ease with which it can be cut and carved, true kou is one of the best timber trees in Hawai`i. Cordia subcordata is the botanical name of this plant. Kou is widespread throughout Polynesia and the entire Pacific region, tropical Asia and East Africa, and was probably introduced by seed to Hawai`i in the canoes of the earliest settlers as a useful plant they wished to cultivate. (Recent pollen studies in the Makauwahi Sinkhole at Maha’ulepu on Kaua’i have found that kou was part of the coastal forest on Kaua’i thousands of years before the first Polynesians set foot on the archipelago, but kou was important enough to Polynesians that it was likely introduced as a canoe plant as well.)

A member of the Heliotrope family (Boraginaceae), kou is a small to medium-sized erect evergreen tree that grows to a 30-40 foot height at maturity. This plant grows easily and quickly from seed, preferring sunny warm coastal lowlands in the islands’ leeward areas. It was cultivated near settlements, and is only occasionally found in the wild forests. Because of its thick wide crown of leaves, kou was a favorite shade tree near home sites. Beneath its cool shelter, the women beat the kapa cloth or would string lei, as they shared the day together…(read more)

Epiphany – Kou Root Ball Vase by David Louie 12 x 9

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 15 × 7 in

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