KEA Woodturning Studio - Art made in Maui, Hawaii - Inspired by Nature

My studio is located near the town of Makawao, in the heart of Upcountry Maui, The Valley Isle. Visitors are welcome. Contact me for an appointment. I always have finished pieces available for sale.
The windfall Koa wood that I use comes from the slopes of the extinct volcano Haleakala, “The House of the Sun”
I create one of a kind native Hawaiian woods turned lathe art. Koa Calabashes, salad bowls, lidded hand chased threaded boxes, hollow forms, urns, custom orders.
Working closely with customers is a lot of fun, call me to talk about designing your “family heirloom” work of art.
I sign all my pieces with a wood engraver with KEA, Katie & Emiliano Achaval. Katie is my wife, my biggest supporter and critic, my work is a group effort, I would not be here writing this if it wasn’t for her.
It is indeed an honor to be able to tell you that I will be one of the demonstrators at the American Association of Woodturners international symposium in Raleigh, North Carolina. July 11th thru the 14th 2019. I will be amongst some of the best woodturners in the world. I have two rotations about boxes with hand chased threads and one on pewa repairs and the Hawaiian Calabash. 2019 is going to be an EPIC year! See you in Raleigh.
Raleigh Symposium
  •  Maui Milo natural edge bowl with a Koa honu patch

    Maui Milo natural edge bowl with a Koa honu patch

  •  Maui Cook Pine Bowl

    Maui Cook Pine Bowl

  •  Koa poi pounder box with Boxwood insert and hand chased threads

    Koa poi pounder box with Boxwood insert and hand chased threads

  •  Pheasant wood box with an English Boxwood insert and hand chased threads

    Pheasant wood box with an English Boxwood insert and hand chased threads

  •  Demonstrating at the Wailoa Arts Center in Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii

    Demonstrating at the Wailoa Arts Center in Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii

Call me, email me or stop by the studio, so together we can design that special gift that you are looking for. When you buy direct from the artist, a budget can be discussed. . I can guarantee you can afford a beautiful piece of Koa or any of the other native hawaiian woods that I use, such as: Kou and Milo. Aloha!

It's a great honor and a privilege to be able to announce that I'm now a contribuiting writer for the best Woodturning magazine in the world, Woodturning UK. Published in the United Kingdom, and distribuited in 60 countries around the world!! One of my heroes wrote for woodturning UK for over 20 years, the great Bill Jones. I always looked up to Bill as a master turner, now he will also inspire me in my writings. A big new chapter has started in my turning career. I made cover of issue 307, the picture was taken by my son, Nic. And Another cover a few months after!

  •  Issue 307 of Woodturning UK magazine. That's me on the cover… Inspired…

    Issue 307 of Woodturning UK magazine. That's me on the cover… Inspired…

  •  Made the cover again with my Poi Pounder article!

    Made the cover again with my Poi Pounder article!

Without a doubt the best tools in the market. They make my job easier and they can help the hobbyst turner improve. Give Doug Thompson a call to order your set. http://thompsonlathetools.com
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Best carbide tools in the world. They are now mainstream and used by some of the best woodturners in the world. I use them on the inside of my boxes and the transition curve of my calabashes. Also, Small to medium hollow forms. Get yours at:
http://huntertoolsystems.com
On July 2018, I had the amazing opportunity of hosting the world's most famous woodturning teacher: Stuart Petter Batty. We spent a week in my studio. A life changing experience. I'm now fully committed to the 40/40 grind. All my Thompson Gouges are now hand sharpened.
  •  Stuart Peter Batty and I.

    Stuart Peter Batty and I.

  •  What a great week with Stuart! Wayne Omura on the right.

    What a great week with Stuart! Wayne Omura on the right.

  •  Stuart Peter Batty on my Stubby for our club demo!

    Stuart Peter Batty on my Stubby for our club demo!

You can now check my Instagram feed right from my home page!

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