The Custom Design Woodwork of Tom Calhoun

Something VERY Special

"NEXUS #8"
Ka Puna Huna Na Na Hoa Kaunu
"The Hidden Spring for Lovers"

Lathe-turned and Carved Bowl Form
From Hawaiian Norfolk Pine
34.5" High x18.5" Wide

The title, "Nexus", refers to the the old belief that trees were the connecting points between the Heavens, the Earth, and the Water; very appropriate when you consider how trees bring water from deep underground, expire some of it into the atmosphere and release the rest where smaller surrounding plants can access it.

[Original Table]
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Side View
[Original Table]
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Detail View

Note the white semiprecious stone at the base, nestled in black volcanic cinders. The rare and expensive gem is called Larimar, and is found only in one mine, which is in the Dominican Republic. It serves to represent the water element.

A Special Note For Collectors: Most of the Nexus Series pieces end up with a crack ( or two ) in the base. Nothing to be alarmed ( or disturbed ) about. To be able to turn the "leaf canopy" and hollow out the middle of the tree trunks, a large amount of mass needs to be left in the base, which also gives me ample wood to carve roots later. As the wood continues to dry out, the cracks usually close most if not all the way. These pieces are crafted out of a single log, and unless you remove enough material to overcome drying stresses a log will crack. If Tom Calhoun was to remove that much from the base area, there would be no way to hold the piece on the lathe to turn the upper bout. A little patience will see the crack close as the piece continues to dry and reach equilibrium. It is the nature of the material, and might be well described within the meanings of the Japanese term "Wabi Sabi", it is perfect as it is, it makes no pretense to be other than what it is, wood. What some may see as a defect, really only expresses its true nature.

[Original Table]
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Top View

Born in Waialua, Oahu, Tom Calhoun grew up as the middle child in a family of four brothers and one sister. As the children were typical teenagers of the 60's, family discussions covered a wide range of topics, and created an arena of curiosity and challange of old ideas. Tom learned to question, and, even more importantly, to seek out answers for himself.

Tom's search for truth in life carries over to his daily work in wood. Finding the proper balance between design and the inherent beauty of the wood itself required a lot of creative effort. The process starts with the physical labor of felling and then milling trees into usable lumber. Then comes the design element. Tom is known to produce pages of sketches in the process of refining an initial inspiration.

"My woodworking is personally satisfying because it's a craft that keeps me physically, mentally, and emotionally active", says Tom.

Although primarily self-taught, Calhoun credits his high school art teacher for early inspiration. Noted ceramicist Sydney Yee's encouragement and guidance provided an impetus towards experimentation and self-expression. Today, this reveals itself in Tom Calhoun's passion for ingenious joinery and intricate inlay.

The use of limited and diminishing resources of indigenous Hawaiian woods require a conscious effort to remain pono (which roughly translates to 'correct behavior'). This realization has led to an active involvement in protecting and encouraging the survival of indigenous plants and trees, thereby allowing the Hawaiian cuilture to also continue. Tom is an active volunteer member of "Living Indigenous Forest Ecosystems", a local non-profit organization.

Tom's work has appeared in juried exhibits of Art Maui, Hawai‘i Craftsman, Young Presidents Organization, and Lama Ho‘ike’s Ho‘okahua show. The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s “Woods of Hawai‘i” show bestowed Tom with “First Place Furniture” in 1993, 1997, and 2002; “Best of Show” in 1996, and “First Place Open” in 2002.

Tom Calhoun's unique, museum-quality woodworking art can be found in private collections throughout Hawaii, Asia and the US mainland.

Here's Added Value
(Exclusively From Hana Coast Gallery)

Asset Valuation Portfolio

Our Collector's Portfolio includes a Certificate of Authenticity, Certified Insurance Valuation, Bill of Sale and Biography of the artist whose work you've acquired. This asset appraisal data accompanies every original work of fine art. Tom Calhoun's custom designed furniture will also be enrolled with the National Fine Arts Title Registration with full online password security as our gift to the collector.

For many of our works of original art, we also provide a "Curatorial Declaration". This report discusses the particular medium used in creating the artwork and other unique properties that might be present in the piece you have acquired.

This kind of art acquisition information is usually required both for insurance purposes and for reappraisals dictated by increased market values. It is also documentation that is seldom offered to buyers, except by private art consultants or high-end galleries for their wealthier collectors.

We feel that ALL of our valued clients should receive this quality of service, thus our Collector's Portfolio. (Your CPA will love this investment-grade data.)

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