Natural Edge Tropical Almond Bowl 3″H x 9″D by Andy Cole $275


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Natural Edge Tropical Almond Bowl 3″H x 9″D by Andy Cole $275



About Andy Cole

Andy is an admirer of wood, and things made from wood throughout his life. There is something about the natural and organic nature of wood that fascinates him. Every tree is unique, and no two pieces of wood are the same. Like fingerprints from heaven, are the grain lines on a piece of wood. Amazing!

In 2000 Andy had the opportunity to learn woodturning when he took a basic bowl turning class. He went home with a lathe in his trunk and a passion for turning that lives on to this day. He joined the Honolulu Woodturner’s club, an affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners, where he has held many titles over the years. His most recent endeavor was that of founder and director of the Honolulu Symposium, a statewide gathering of turning enthusiasts.

Natural edge nested bowl sets

While many turners look for a flawless piece of wood to work with, Andy finds great satisfaction in turning flawed and blemished pieces of wood into works of art. Bug holes, decay, and natural inclusions are not defects, but rather  unique character highlights, the wonders of nature at their best! Andy explores many directions in wood turning, but specializes in the organic beauty of natural edge bowls. Natural edge nested bowl sets are his trademark works. Though the process to extricate multiple bowls from one log is challenging, the results, when successful, can be astounding!

All of the wood Andy uses for creating bowls comes from Oahu grown trees that were brought down by either a property owner or strong gust of wind. He rescues the wood for a higher purpose before it can be transported to a land fill.

Andy lives on the island of Oahu since the 1980’s and works in a hillside studio, inspired by a spectacular ocean view overlooking the island’s south shore and beyond.  He has been featured in multi-page articles on woodturning, and shown and taught extensively including on the continent.

Watching Andy demonstrating woodturning at the annual Honolulu Woodturners show at Nohea Gallery is always a treat!

Tropical Almond or False Kamani

Terminalia Catappa  which is the scientific name of Tropical Almond or False Kamani, is often mistaken for what is known as true Hawaiian Kamani, Calophyllum inophyllum because of their similar appearance. Typically  grows 30-55 feet tall and around 18-24 inches in diameter on average. Can reach 80 feet tall in the most ideal conditions. Much like C. inophyllum, T. Catappa likes to grow in coastal or low elevation areas under 1,300 feet. Both are also salt, drought and wind tolerant. Other similarities are in leaf shape and coloring. When the glossy, green and leathery leaves age and bein to die they will typically turn red, rusty-orange, yellow and even purple colors that make the tree appealing to landscapers for their colorful visual interest.

The outside of the fruit and the seed of this tree are edible raw unlike true almonds. Unlike Hawaiian kamani the fruits and seeds for T. Catappa are ovoid in shape instead of round and is one of the easiet ways to distinguish between the two species.



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

Natural Edge Tropical Almond Bowl 3″H x 9″D by Andy Cole $275

Additional information

Weight 10.5 lbs
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 9 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074