Koa & Milo Vessel with Poi Pounder Finial by Craig Mason 4.25″H x 3.5″D $280

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Koa & Milo Vessel with Poi Pounder Finial by Craig Mason 4.25″H x 3.5″D $280

About the Artist:

Craig Mason, Hawai‘i Woodturner, learned to love forests, trees and working with wood at an early age.  He was introduced to woodturning as a teenager in school wood shop classes.  All of those interests were put on hold for several decades while he finished school, served in the United States Navy, started a private dental practice, and raised a family. Over the years, working exclusively with trees salvaged from the waste stream, he developed skills in woodturning, carving and building musical instruments. The Hawaiian calabash, with its flowing curves, is his favorite form.

Koa

Uses
Ancient Hawaiians were using the koa trunks to build waʻa (dugout outrigger canoes) and papa heʻe nalu (surfboards).  The reddish wood is very similar in strength and weight to that of Black Walnut (Juglans nigra). Because of its specific gravity of 0.55, Koa is sought for use in wood carving and furniture. Koa is also a tonewood. It is often used in the construction of ukuleles, acoustic guitars, and Weissenborn-style Hawaiian steel guitars.

Conservation
The koa population has suffered from grazing and logging.  The largest koa grow in wet forest areas. Many of those have been logged out, though. Koa now comes largely from dead or dying trees or farms on private lands. Although formerly used for outrigger canoes, there are few koa remaining, large and straight enough to do so today. In areas where cattle are present, the 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. It can be instrumental in restoring native forest.

Milo

The milo tree is a small to medium-sized one, growing to less than 40 feet high. The trunk can be 2 feet in diameter at full maturity. Milo wood has an attractive grain that takes to a high polish and, in addition to food utensils and containers, was fashioned into paddles and other carved objects, as well as for an occasional canoe, although koa was considered to be the most popular material for canoes.

 

 

Weight and measurement in the ‘additional information’ tab includes packing for shipping.

Koa & Milo Vessel with Poi Pounder Finial by Craig Mason 4.25″H x 3.5″D $280

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 9.5 × 9.5 × 10.25 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074