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Tropical Almond Bowl with Stippled Plumeria 2″H x 8.75″D by Tom Young $180


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Tropical Almond Bowl with Stippled Plumeria 2″H x 8.75″D by Tom Young $180

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 the pieces are  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.”

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 wood is moderately dense and strong. It works and finishes well and can have a pleasant almond odor when being worked. Wood color can have beautiful chattoyance much like true kamani displays, but false kamani usually has blonder wood with red and pink tones.



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

Tropical Almond Bowl with Stippled Plumeria 2″H x 8.75″D by Tom Young $180

Additional information

Weight 9.2 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 14.75 × 14.75 in

Honolulu, Hawaii (808) 596-0074