Tom Young Milo Bowl 2.25″ x 5.25″
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.
“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.”
From Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawaii, written by Lynton Dove White: 1
“It is told that the Waikiki home of Kamehameha I was surrounded by milo trees.
Although rare today, in old Hawai`i milo was a commonly found tree, cultivated as a shade plant around homes near sunny coastal areas with loose soil. It does not grow in the high inland forests.
Brought to these islands by early Polynesian settlers who carried the seeds, this fast-growing evergreen tree was planted around the temples in Tahiti, as it was said to be spiritually connected to the chant and to prayer. It is a widespread species throughout Polynesia and Micronesia, as well as in tropical Africa.
Milo’s scientific name is Thespesia populnea, and it is also known as a portia tree. A member of the Hibiscus family, the malvacceae, it is a close relative of hau, `ilima, and ma`o, Hawai`i cotton.
The bark of milo was used for cordage fiber, similarly to hau, but it is inferior in quality to hau and to olona. The tree also yields tannin, dye, oil, medicine and gum, from various parts of the plant. The milo wood was skillfully crafted into poi bowls called `umeke `ai, and into plates, too. Calabashes/bowls of kou wood were more highly prized than those of milo, and were more often used.
The milo tree is a small to medium-sized one, growing to less than 40 feet high. The trunk can be 2 feet in diameter at full maturity. The bark is corrugated, with scaly twigs. The branches are widely spread and usually horizontal, making for an ideal shade tree. The glossy heart-shaped leaves are 3-5 inches across. Young leaves are edible. Bell-shaped pale yellow flowers with maroon or purple centers turn purplish-pink as they with in their short one day hibiscus life. Following the flowering stage, the one inch diameter seeds grow in globular 5-celled woody cases that have downy hairs on their surface. These remain on the plant for sometime, and ripen only in areas of dry climate.
Milo wood has an attractive grain that takes to a high polish and, in addition to food utensils and containers, was fashioned into paddles and other carved objects, as well as for an occasional canoe, although koa was considered to be the most popular material for canoes”.
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Tom Young Milo Bowl 2.25″ x 5.25″