The Custom Design Woodwork of
Something VERY Special
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.
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.
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",
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)
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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