Milo Barkless Calabash by Thomas Matsuda 5″H x 8″D $375



Milo Barkless Calabash by Thomas Matsuda 5″H x 8″D $375

About the Artist

Thomas Matsuda was born and raised in Kaimuki, Oahu. He graduated from Kalani High School. Later he attended Honolulu Community College and graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.S Degree in Agriculture from the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).

He is married to Toni K. Matsuda. They have 2 Children, son Travis Matsuda (Lisa), daughter Taryn Kumamoto (Mark) and 6 grandchildren.

In 2010 he completed an introductory bowl turning class from instructor Andy Cole. After that he purchased a Jet 1642 lathe and started turning bowls. Currently he’s using a Powermatic 3520b lathe.

The first bowls he turned he gave away to co-workers, friends and associates for occasions like retirement, appreciation, graduation, birthdays or other ceremonial events.

He turned woods like Norfolk Island Pine, Milo, Kamani, Mango, Koa, Paperbark, Pak-Lan, Mahogany in conventional and Natural edge rims, and calabash and salad bowl configurations.

Thomas is a member of the Honolulu Wood Turners. His Mentor is Carl Sherry


The scientific name of Milo is Thespesia populnea. It is also known as a portia tree. A member of the Hibiscus family, the malvacceae, it is a close relative of hau, `ilima, and ma`o, Hawai`i cotton. The bark of milo was used for cordage fiber, it is similarly to hau, but it is inferior in quality to hau and to olona. The tree also yields tannin, dye, oil, medicine and gum, from various parts of the plant.


Mahalo for purchasing a beautiful wood piece from Nohea Gallery.
In caring for the item, please note that wood and water are not a good mix and direct sunlight could fade the wood.



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

Milo Barkless Calabash by Thomas Matsuda 5″H x 8″D $375

Additional information

Weight 11.4 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 14 × 11 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074