I discovered turning when I came across a Ron Kent Norfolk Island Display Bowl in a gallery. I debated making the purchase or committing to learning the craft so that I could hopefully make something like that. The size of this bowl is 9.5 inches in diameter by 5.5 inches tall with eight knots.
Norfolk wood has so much character. The red dots are tree knots from the branches. Often these red spots look like eyes staring out of the wood. I am totally captivated by this wood and it is the reason why I became a wood artist. Each pieces is unique and full of surprises with crazy color variations from light to dark. If you like this Norfolk Island Pine Display Bowl here is another NIP item. Crazy Face Vase
My Journey Into Wood Turning
Norfolk Island Pine grows in Florida and Hawaii. I first came across this wood in a New York gallery specializing in contemporary art. I was attracted to an incredible wooden vase on a pedestal. The owner noticed my interest and explained it was made by Ron Kent a retiring Hawaiian artist. This bowl is a one of a kind excellent investment, he said.
I knew nothing about wood turning, Norfolk Island Pine or Ron Kent and I was curious to learn the cost. It was only a modest $3000. The idea of making that investment was dead on arrival. I decided I can take lessons and purchase the necessary equipment for that amount of money. Several months later I am in a workshop taking lessons. I left the store with a $2000 lathe and some tools. I do not pretend to accomplish what Ron does with this material, but I thank Ron for the inspiration to pursue this art form.
This started in 2009 and the addiction is as strong as ever. There is something special about peeling away layers of wood exposing colors, textures and forms.
Additional unique items are available in my Etsy shop.
I design and produce all my items in Montvale, New Jersey, USA.