This crotch of a large koa tree was too precious to let go to waste. I rough turned this calabash a year and a half ago–leaving it about 1 inch thick and waxing the exterior just like my mentor, Dan DeLuz, taught me to. After it dried, I began finish turning it and all the little impact fractures appeared. The tree had apparently fallen onto a branch that was part of this crotch, so one side showed all this fine crack lines.
Thankfully, Hawaii is the one place where a repaired bowl has more value than a perfect one. I set about using pewa, or butterfly, patches to make sure the piece wouldn’t fracture any further. After several days of repair work, and 117 pewa patches, the piece is now complete.
Don’t you agree that it was too beautiful to let end up in a rubbish pile?
Measures 21″ diameter x 12-1/2″ h.
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As a small, custom art business, I do not accept returns--all sales are final. However, I do stand behind my work so if you experience a problem, please contact me and I will do my best to resolve it.
Since wood is a living medium and never loses its ability to expand and contract, please keep it away from heating/air conditioning vents, fireplaces, windows, etc. Please see the enclosed care card for your piece since I use several different finishing options depending on the piece itself.