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Tom Young Formosan Koa Bowl 2″H x 6.5″D $178


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Tom Young Formosan Koa Bowl 2″H x 6.5″D $178

About the Artist

Tom Young is a member of The American Association of Woodturners and a charter member of the Honolulu Woodturners Club.  He is self-taught, beginning in 1990 to turn bowls from local Hawaiian woods and selected other species.

Tom’s bowls are typically about 1/8 inch thick.  The larger the diameter of the bowl, the thicker the walls.  The bowls are sanded with 1000 grit sandpaper, and finished with multiple coats of a Danish type oil.  After that he’s polishing the pieces using Tripoli and White Diamond, and then finally coated with carnauba wax and buffed.

Artist Statement

“I consider my pieces artistic woodturnings as opposed to utilitarian.  They are thin, consistent throughout, and finely finished. The shape flows and does not have any abrupt changes in the curve. While some of the pieces may also be useful, they are made as a visual and tactile art form.  They are things to admire on a shelf, on the table, or in a collection. They are things to be picked up and caressed.”

Formosan Koa

Formosan Koa (Acacia confusa) is a perennial tree native to South-East Asia. Some common names for it are acacia petit feuille, small Philippine acacia and Formosa acacia (Taiwan acacia). It grows to a height of 15m.

The tree is very common in many tropical Pacific areas, including Hawaii even though the species is considered invasive here. Formosan Koa is extremely dense though it can be comparatively beautiful as acacia koa, and occasionally difficult to tell apart. Formosan koa is also a slightly heavier and more obscure wood.


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

Tom Young Formosan Koa Bowl 2″H x 6.5″D $178

Additional information

Weight 6.6 lbs
Dimensions 12.5 × 12.5 × 8 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074