Authentic Hawaiian Wood Bowls by Dan DeLuz
Dan DeLuz, the boy from Pa‘auilo who grew up in Hilo, became a legend in woodworking well before his passing in 2012. Kong Lung Trading is proud to carry a limit collection of Dan’s heirloom-quality creations.
“For Dan, it was the creative process—the making—that brought him joy. He’d rough turn a calabash to about an inch thick then wait for a full year for it to dry and stabilize before finishing the bowl. Every step of the way his creative process was on display and he was always willing to take a break to talk story, answer questions, and offer a cup of coffee. Watching Dan turn was a delight—the ribbons of shavings piling up at his feet as he guided the gouge in a seemingly effortless way— the way only years of practice could allow. His island chains, tikis, bud vases, salad servers, and spoon sets kept him busy carving when he wasn’t turning. And sanding filled his time further. He had patience and drive—a unique combination that enabled him to produce an abundance of beautiful work.”
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