Formosan Koa with Mahogany Base by Jon Ogata 11″H x 11″D $500


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Formosan Koa with Mahogany Base by Jon Ogata 11″H x 11″D $500

Jon Ogata

Jon Ogata

About the Artist

Jon was born and raised in Waimea, Kauai, where his father spent a designing and building furniture from island Koa wood. And where hiking opportunities opened to him the beauty of nature in all its forms. His involvement in the arts began with photography in the 1970’s. Some of his photographs are marketed by the stock agency Photo Resource Hawaii. Jon took sculpting classes in the art community of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in the summer of 2010. After that Jon became an enthusiastic wood artist.

He began to apply the knowledge and skill in artistic design that he learned from a wide variety of art classes including wood sculpting as well as a workshop with acclaimed photographer Ansel Adams. Attracted by a desire to expand his interest in wood sculpting and by the camaraderie of like minds, he became a member of Honolulu Woodturners. After seeing outstanding wood turnings produced by club members expressing the beautiful natural designs of wood grains, he quickly became inspired to become a wood turner himself. Jon remains amazed and entranced by the beauty of wood, much as his father was.

Formosan Koa

Acacia confusa or False Koa not to be confused with the much more commercially popular and common koa, found mainly on the island of Hawaii. It is a handsome spreading evergreen, tree, introduced for ornament and forest planting. Formosan koa has compact roundedcrown, curved or sickle-shaped “leaves, like koa, flow-ers in small light yellow balls, and narrow flat dark brownpods not smaller between seeds. Formosan koa is a slightly heavier and more obscure wood.

The heartwood is pale brown, not sharply demar-cated from the paler sapwood. The wood is moderatelyheavy and hard and should be suitable for use in furni-ture manufacture.


Mahalo for purchasing a beautiful wood piece from Nohea Gallery.
Enjoy, aloha!

The dimensions listed in the ‘additional information’ table includes packing for shipment.

Formosan Koa with Mahogany Base by Jon Ogata 11″H x 11″D $500

Additional information

Weight 26 lbs
Dimensions 17 × 17 × 17 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074