David Louie Invitation – Spalted Koa Bowl


Invitation – Spalted Koa Bowl by David Louie 8 x 5


Invitation – Spalted Koa Bowl by David Louie 8 x 5

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 away 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 Koa:

The koa’s trunk was used by ancient Hawaiians to build waʻa (dugout outrigger canoes) and papa heʻe nalu (surfboards). Only paipo (bodyboards), kikoʻo, and alaia surfboards were made from koa, however; olo, the longest surfboards, were made from the lighter and more buoyant wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis). The reddish wood is very similar in strength and weight to that of Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), with a specific gravity of 0.55, and is sought for use in wood carving andfurniture. Koa is also a tonewood, often used in the construction of ukuleles, acoustic guitars, and Weissenborn-style Hawaiian steel guitars…(read more)

The koa population has suffered from grazing and logging. Many wet forest areas, where the largest koa grow, have been logged out, and it now comes largely from dead or dying trees or farms on private lands. Although formerly used foroutrigger canoes, there are few koa remaining which are both large and straight enough to do so today.[4] In areas wherecattle are present, koa regeneration is almost completely suppressed. However, if the cattle are removed, koa are among the few native Hawaiian plants able to germinate in grassland, and can be instrumental in restoring native forest…(read more)

Invitation – Spalted Koa Bowl by David Louie 8 x 5

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 11 × 6 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074