John Fackrell Coconut Puahala with Carved Pigs Feet 11″H x 9″D $600


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John Fackrell Coconut Puahala with Carved Pigs Feet 11″H x 9″D $600

About the Artist

Growing up in Hawaiʻi John always liked trees. He likes to climb them, to hide in their shade on hot days, and whenever he can to work with their wood. Trees are trimmed or become windfalls after a storm, raw material for turning wooden bowls. John works with wood from trees introduced to Hawaiʻi by Polynesian settlers or others after Captain Cookʻs visit, that are found on the Windward side of Oʻahu where he lives. He’s inspired by the supple curves of traditional Hawaiian bowl forms, and by the endless patterns and forms that may be found inside the wood.


A puahala is a medium-sized bowl, used for serving poi. It is named for a supposed resemblance to a pandanus key (pua hala).


The tall palm tree that yields the coconut, which grows mainly by coastal beaches and has become naturalized throughout the tropics. It has a smooth, slender stem that grows to a height of about 25 metres. The average diameter of 300 mm. The hardest, densest part of the wood is found on the outer perimeter of the trunk. This gives the tree its strength, while the wood’s high silica content gives the tree elasticity. Towards the centre of the trunk, the wood gets less hard.

Coconut timber has many applications as both a structural and interior design material. The harder, high-density timber is suitable for general structural purposes such as pillars. Medium density coconut timber can be used for walls, ceiling joists and horizontal studs. Low density coconut timber is used in non-load bearing applications like wood panelling, internal trim and ceilings, as well as homewares.

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


John Fackrell Coconut Puahala with Carved Pigs Feet 11″H x 9″D $600

Additional information

Weight 20.1 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 17 in