John Fackrell Mahogany Puahala 8″H x 9″D $350 (Sold)


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John Fackrell Mahogany Puahala 8″H x 9″D $350

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).



Hawaiian Mahogany is native to the West Indies. As compared to Swietenia Macrophylla, Hawaiian Mahogany (Mahogani) is slightly heavier and more dense. Mahogany is a commercially important lumber. It is prized for its beauty, durability, and color, and used for paneling and to make furniture, boats, musical instruments and other items. Much of the first-quality furniture made in the American colonies from the mid 18th century was made of mahogany. That was when the wood first became available to American craftsmen.

The trees are common as ornamentals. In the Philippines, environmentalists are calling for an end to the planting of mahogany because of its negative impact on the environment and wildlife, including possibly causing soil acidification and no net benefit to wildlife.


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


John Fackrell Mahogany Puahala 8″H x 9″D $350

Additional information

Weight 16.5 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 14 in