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Scott Sullivan Koa Salt & Pepper Mills 8.75″H x 2.5”D $180 Pair (Sold)


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Scott Sullivan Koa Salt & Pepper Mills 8.75″H x 2.5”D $180 Pair

About the Artist

Scott was introduced to woodturning in 1988. He is a resident of Hawai’i since 1970. The diverse ethnic and cultural arts found in the islands has influenced Scott’s style. The simple beauty of traditional Polynesian calabash designs bowls or ‘umeke la’au, also provide a benchmark and inspiration for his designs.

Scott’s work has been exhibited and sold in the Hawai’i Craftsmen and Woods of Hawai’i Shows as well as at other fine galleries in Hawai’i. He showed with Hiroshi Tagami and Michael Powell for many years at LaPietra School and also at their Tagami and Powell Gallery in Kahaluu. The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts purchased a couple of Scott’s pieces for their collection. Two of his State Foundation bowls were juried into the Hawai’i State Art Museum’s “Precious Resources: The Land and the Sea Show”.

Scott was born in Missouri and raised in Upstate New York and Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and came to Hawai’i in 1970 to obtain his master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawai’i. He is Vice President of Sea Engineering, Inc., an ocean engineering consulting firm.

Ocean and Sailing

Scott’s interest in the ocean extends to sailing and other water sports. His current passion: mountain biking and snowboarding. He was a crew member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Scott sailed the canoe, Hokule’a, from New Zealand through Tonga and on to Samoa during the 1985-86 Voyage of Rediscovery. And also from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands back to Hawai’i during the 1992 Voyage of Education. He participated in the construction of the canoe, Hawai’iloa (made entirely of traditional materials) and sailed on the maiden long-distance voyage from Hawai’i to Tahiti in 1995.


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). Koa is also a tonewood.  Ukuleles, acoustic guitars, and Weissenborn-style Hawaiian steel guitars are very often made of Koa.

The koa population has suffered, though from grazing and logging.  The largest koa grow in wet forest areas and many of those have been logged out. Koa now comes largely from dead or dying trees or farms on private lands.



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


Scott Sullivan Koa Salt & Pepper Mills 8.75″H x 2.5”D $180 Pair

Additional information

Weight 5.6 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 8.5 × 14.75 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074