"My Lady" joins the studio!

KEA Woodturning Studio new lathe: "My Lady"

My Lady

"My Lady"

Last year I helped one of our new club members find a nice Powermatic lathe. The lathe belonged to my old friend and mentor, Cole Warren. Sadly, he's gotten out of woodturning. When we went to his shop, he told me he had a newly refurbished in England Union Graduate lathe. I have always wanted one these lathes, and this one has variable speed, new bearings, the same spindle size than may Stubby lathe, and lots of accessories. A few weeks ago, I got the call! He was ready to sell her! Moving her wasn't easy, but with Wayne Omura's help we got her back to my studio. I had to built a base for her, to get her to the right height. I have done quite a bit of turning on her, she's super steady , quiet and smooth. I have named her "My Lady" I want to officially welcome her to KEA woodturning studio, may yo u have many years of happiness !


2017 What a year!

Kea Woodturning

The end of the year is almost upon us. And what a great year it has been. I predicted 2017 was going to be an excellent year, and so far it has exceeded my expectations. I have heard from some of you from all over the world. Thank you for the nice comments about my articles on Woodturning Magazine. To know that you are reading my articles, enjoying them and putting them to use, makes it all worthwhile. In the shop, I almost feel guilty calling it work, after more than 20 years turning, I'm still having fun every time I walk in there. I have been blessed with more wood that I can use, I always have a fresh piece ready to throw on the Stubby 750. Thank you to everyone that bought one of my pieces. I really appreciate it. 2018 is right around the corner, I know that together we will make it an even better year!! Happy Holidays , Merry Xmas, and lots and happy shavings!! Aloha


Arrowmont school of arts & crafts

Emmet Kane

2017, what a great year! And its only July!
A few weeks ago, I was in the studio when a big delivery truck blew its air horn to announce its arrival. A few minutes later, a big forklift delivered our club’s new Economic Grant Opportunity AAW Nova Lathe. The club, its members and officers have work very hard to get to where we are today. Seeing the lathe on the driveway has made all these past 17 months work worthwhile. We have a committee and we are working on a plan so things go smoothly. In August 25th, we have been invited to Maui’s biggest mall, Queen Kaahumanu Center, in beautiful downtown Kahului. We are grateful for this opportunity were local Non Profits 501-C3 can introduce themselves to the community. of course we will be doing turning demonstrations. I will be turning spin tops for the kids, and giving them away. Sam Stephens will be showing how to turn and assemble pepper grinders. We have a sign up sheet, contact me for more info. Club members are encourage to donate 2 pieces to sell at the mall. A member that donates to the club will then be allow to sell his artwork, and give the club 25 percent back.
I'm writing this on July 8th, on my way to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I will be taking a week long class with Master Irish woodturner Emmet Kane. The class is at one of the best and most famous Art Schools in the nation: Arrowmont. Its a special place for us who have taken woodturning as a lifelong profession. Its the birthplace of the American Association of Woodturners. Its truly an honor, I was chosen by the AAW as one of the recipients for Economic Grant Opportunity individual scholarship award, chosen between hundreds of entries. I’m thankful for this life changing opportunity. It has the potential to send my career to a whole new level.
In June we had the opportunity to learn from one of the masters of woodturning, Guilio Marcolongo. He stayed with me, had a great time and learned a lot.
I’m finishing writing this up on my way back home, Saturday July 15th. Arrowmont was one of the great experiences of my life. Everything exceeded my expectations. Emmet Kane was a great teacher. He is a great artist, an incredibly talented woodturner, and I now can add friend and mentor. The group taking the class was also great. We had a lot of fun. We had several beginners. By the end of the week they had all made their first turnings!
There is definitely going to be a before and after Arrowmont. I have a new vision, a new perspective on my work. I will be staying with my basic roots but also experimenting with new techniques, different textures, woods and designs. I will be forever grateful to the AAW for the scholarship. Cant wait to get back home and get into the studio!! Safe turning! Aloha


A great year!


Things just keep getting better! After approaching the editor of the best woodturning magazine in the world, Woodturning UK, I was offered a contract to become a contributing writer. After careful consideration, of about 2 minutes, I accepted. I'm now their latest writer! My intro-bio has been presented, and in the May issue I will be introducing myself to the world. The great Bill Jones was himself a writer for Woodturning for over 20 years, those are some very big shoes to fill!
The picture above is of the Wailoa Arts Center , in Hilo, the Big Island of Hawaii. I wrote an article about the 19th annual woodturning show, and my demo, soon coming out in Woodturning UK!!
I was awarded a scholarship by the American Association of Woodturners. I'm going to one of the best Arts Schools in the world, famous Arrowmont, in Gatlinburg Tennessee. I'll be taking a class with Irish turner Emmet Kane. More on that in my August Blog, when I'm back home..
We have Lyle Jamieson doing a Demo for us on April 15th, then we have Dixie Biggs coming to Maui on May 13 and 14th, and finally Marco Giuolongo will be here in June!! Lots of things are happening, the hand chased boxes are well received and selling almost as fast as I can make them.
I have made lots of updates to the web site. More are coming, like with my turning its an always evolving site, I'm never done, always working, adding pictures and keeping it fresh. Till next time, Aloha.


A New Year! 2017!


I'm always looking for something new. Something that will challenge me. Something that will make you go to the shop with a smile in your face. As a Christmas present to myself , I ordered a set of 16TPI hand held thread chasers. I'm having a blast trying them, practicing with them. I already made a few boxes. So far it looks like Lychee is the best wood for it. I tried Ohia, but its not dense or tight grain enough. It sure is heavy! Next I will experiment with Koa. If Koa is too soft, I will try Koa'ia. Koa'ia is super desde, heavy and tighter grain than his cousin the Koa.
2016 was a great year. I moved my shop to a better and bigger location. My new and and improved web site is up and running and attracting a lot of hits from all over the world. The Maui Woodturners Association proved to be the best for my learning and growing. I have met some incredible people, made some long life friends. 2017 will be EPIC. People always say, I hope the new year is going to be good. For me , I know its going to be!! I know because I make my own way, my own choices, and therefore, I choose to make the best out of every day. Every day is a journey, full of discoveries and options. Everytime I put something on the lathe, I know that something beautiful will come out of it. Don't sit and hope and wait that the new year will be good to you. Grab 2017 by the horns and make it go wherever you want it! Remember, the best is yet to come. I hope you make your new year epic, like I will. Aloha from Maui.