Myrtle Calabash by Thomas Matsuda 5.25″H x 7″D $180



Myrtle Calabash by Thomas Matsuda 5.25″H x 7″D $180

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


Myrtlewood became popular for making gift items back in the early 1900’s. It is a hardwood which takes many finishes well. Myrtlewood possesses a wide variety of beautiful colors and grain patterns. It is noted by many as being one of the world’s most beautiful woods. The colors range from blond to black with many shades of honey, browns, grays, reds and greens in between.

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.

Myrtle Calabash by Thomas Matsuda 5.25″H x 7″D $180

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 13 × 11.25 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074