Tom Young Kou Haole natural edge bowl 3.25″ x 5.5″ x 6.25″



Tom Young Kou Haole natural edge bowl 3.25″ x 5.5″ x 6.25″

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 select 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. The pieces are then polished 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.”

About the Wood:

The woods that were most commonly used, during the ancient period, for bowls and platters were kou (Cordia Subcordata), milo (Thespesia Populnea), wiliwili (Erythrina Sandwicensis), and hau (Hibiscus Tiliaceus). Wooden bowls (‘umeke la`au) and platters, as well as containers for fishing apparatus and for the storage of precious articles pertaining to the worship of the gods, were hollowed and carved from these woods.

Kou was the wood most widely used for vessels, both large and small; milo was the second choice. Both of these woods were easier to work than the harder woods, and did not warp or crack as easily. Kou and milo were not eaten by wood-boring insects. At one time large groves of kou were present in the islands. Sometime in the early 1760’s a red mite infestation took the species to near extinction. The kou that we presently know are a mutation from the original species and do not grow as large or have timber that is quite as dense.” 1

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

Tom Young Kou Haole natural edge bowl 3.25″ x 5.5″ x 6.25″

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 11 x 12 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074