West Hawaii Woodturners Club membership includes many world-class turners with pieces exhibited in fine galleries, embassies, Fortune 100 and even the Smithsonian. Please find a few of these exhibit pieces of wood turned art from our members below. Clicking a photo will jump to a page with additional photos and information about that artist.
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Multi-award winning wood lathe artist, Kelly Dunn, lives on the north end of the Big Island of Hawaii. Specializing in woods grown on the Big Island, Kelly creates bowls, hollow vessels and art forms full time for art galleries and private collectors.
Robert K. Masuda
YMCA & Public Service Executive (Retired)
Bob Masuda lives in Waimea on the island of Hawai’i and has been turning and doing various woodwork projects as a hobby since retiring from his YMCA career a decade ago. After serving as President/CEO for both the YMCA of Honolulu and The Island of Hawai’i YMCA, as well as Executive Director of the YMCA of the USA’s International Division, International Committee & leading US YMCAs’ partnerships around the World he began learning woodturning from his long time friend Dan DeLuz, who he considers his “woodwork sensei”.
Bob fits in woodturning when his service as Sr. Advisor with the US Forest Service and volunteer leadership with the Hawai’i Conservation Alliance Foundation, Hawai’i Alliance for Non-Profit Organizations and AARP’s State Executive Council allows for “free time.”
A member of the American Association of WoodTurners, Big Island WoodTurners and West Hawai’i WoodTurners, Bob is also an Honorary Member of The Hawai’i Wood Guild and served as a judge for their 2012 Annual Show.
During his career Bob also Directed Honolulu’s Dept. of Parks & Recreation. And in post-retirement served as First Deputy Director, State Dept. of Land & Natural Resources, and, Senior Advisor, Natural & Cultural Resources with the University of Hawai’i System, Office of the President.
All of his work are either given to friends & retiring foresters or donated for charitable organization functions. His work is not for sale.[Click photo to see images full screen]
My Artistic intent as a Wood Lathe Artist is to create a greater dialogue with wood that showcases our interconnectedness and reminds each of us of our own higher ground.
Retiring from 45 years as a professional freelance Artist in 2009 and turning to turning has opened yet another Artistic door for me to pass through. With more moments of joy and satisfaction, I now find myself transforming wood into what I call “Singing Bowls.” As the block of wood spins on my lathe and a new bowl reveals itself, something very unique begins to happen. The turning process becomes a meditation and my spirit is charged from within. It is as if the vessel is singing to me … and each bowl has a “song” of it’s own.
Wood Lathe Art allows me to incorporate multiple levels of “design opportunity” that empower my Artistic intention to become a better Artist through the Alchemy of Creativity. At this time embellishing the vessel has become my focus. There are 2 primary embellishment approaches that I incorporate: The first is “Pearlizing,” which is the name I have given to the finishing process that I use to give a vessel an almost liquid appearance that has depth and transparent color, while still allowing the natural grain of the wood to show through. This is done through a combination of techniques I perfected on custom antique cars and motorcycles including: airbrushing transparent candy-colors, gold leafing and pin striping. The second method is Pyrography which is an on-going evolution of burning my original designs which are highly influenced by tribal, tattoo and visionary Art. In many cases, I feel that I am just following the Art, curious about where it will lead me and what the end result will be.
Tom’s interest in Fine Woodwork reaches back over forty years, the past 23 years on the Big Island of Hawaii where he has been introduced to some of the most beautiful woods in the world, species like Milo, Kamani, Koa, Mango , Norfolk and Cook Island Pine. Having already been a woodturner before moving to Hawaii he was naturally drawn to the active woodturning community and has become a member of the West Hawaii Woodturners the Local Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Seeing such beautiful works of traditional Hawaiian shapes like Calabash, Urns and Bowls is true inspiration.
Gregg’s segmented wood turnings of bowls, vases, urns and other decorative vessels are all one of a kind pieces. His use of primarily Hawaiian hardwoods built and then shaped into an art object can become the finishing touch to a well decorated home or office anywhere in the world, giving a lasting memory of Hawaii.
Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii is Gregg’s home. Here Koa, Milo, Mango and other exotic woods are available for turning segmented bowls, calabashes and other vessels.
Gregg developed an initial love of woodworking in a Junior High School wood shop class in Montana.
After pursuing a college degree in History and Political Science at the University of Montana, he moved to Alaska. There he met his wife, and eventually ended up working with his father-in-law building furniture and cabinetry. In 1984, Gregg relocated to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. He continued a career in woodworking, employed in two local shops until 1989 when he started his own cabinetry and furniture business.
In 1996, he inherited his father-in-law’s lathe and library and soon afterwards began his current occupation, turning segmented vessels. Applying his woodworking skills with that of the lathe has created a whole new area in woodworking for Gregg to explore. Gregg’s love for the magnificent Hawaiian hardwoods, especially Koa, can be seen in his work which is scattered across the Globe.
Gregg’s segmented wood turnings of bowls, vases, urns and other decorative vessels are all one of a kind pieces. Most of the designs have little utility, but like a sculptor, he uses form, shape and color to create an art object that can become the finishing touch to a well decorated home or office anywhere in the world.
Laminated wood turnings have been created for many years, but few turners have used this old craft technique to turn it into such a fine art form. In studying the designs of the Orient, the Grecians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, American Indians and Hawaiians, Gregg has shown that good design has a lasting quality of its own. His use of primarily Hawaiian hardwoods combines many of these ancient designs with the beautiful woods of our Hawaiian islands.
Gregg’s turnings are finished with high quality Danish Oil mixed finishes that are easily cleaned and polished using a good furniture polish. They should not, however, be submerged in water or left outdoors.
In recognition of his artistry, Gregg received numerous awards for his turnings and has served as a judge in several wood shows. His articles and pictures have also been published in turning trade journals.
Professional memberships include the American Association of Woodturners, Hawaii Forestry Industry Association, Hawaii Wood Guild, of which he currently serves as Treasurer and the Big Island Woodturner’s Club which he formerly served as Vice-President and President.
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