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Laminated wood turnings have been created for
many years, but few turners have used this old craft technique to turn it into such a fine art form.

Gregg developed an initial love of woodworking in a Junior High School wood shop class in Montana. After pursuing a college degree in History and Political Science at the University of Montana, he moved to Alaska.  There he met his wife, and eventually ended up working with his father-in-law building furniture and cabinetry.

In 1984, Gregg relocated to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.  He continued a career in woodworking, employed in two local shops until 1989 when he started his own cabinetry and furniture business.


In 1996, he inherited his father-in-law's lathe and library and soon afterwards began his current occupation, turning segmented vessels.  Applying his woodworking skills with that of the lathe has created a whole new area in woodworking for Gregg to explore.  Gregg's love for the magnificent Hawaiian hardwoods, especially Koa, can be seen in his work which is scattered across the Globe.


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S.W. Vessel with Petroglyphs
Koa , Mango and Wenge Wood
9 3/4" H x  15" D
$3,200


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"Umeke with Lid #0860"
Koa Wood Sitting on a Black Palm Ring
9 1/2" H x 11 5/8 D
$3,100

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"Umeke with Petroglyph"
Koa, Ebony and Mango Wood
6 1/4 H x 6 1/4 D
$850

Gregg's segmented wood turnings of bowls, vases, urns and other decorative vessels are all one of a kind pieces.  Most of the designs have little utility, but like a sculptor, he uses form, shape and color to create an art object that can become the finishing touch to a well decorated home or office anywhere in the world.

Laminated wood turnings have been created for many years, but few turners have used this old craft technique to turn it into such a fine art form.  In studying the designs of the Orient, the Grecians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, American Indians and Hawaiians, Gregg has shown that good design has a lasting quality of its own.  His use of primarily Hawaiian hardwoods combines many of these ancient designs with the beautiful woods of our Hawaiian islands. Gregg's turnings are finished with high quality Danish Oil mixed finishes that are easily cleaned and polished using a good furniture polish.  They should not, however, be submerged in water or left outdoors.



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"Mango Urn #1178"
Mango and Cocobolo Wood
24" H x 10 1/4" D
$3,895

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"Tall Urn With Maile Lei #1281"
Koa and Ebony Wood
45 1/2" H x 12" D
$7,600


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"Vase"
Koa and Bloodwood
16 3/4" H x 11 1/4" D
$3,300

Greg Smith Clabash
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"Calabash #1391"
Koa and Mango Wood
10 3/8"" H x 9" D
$2,200
Greg Smith Calabash
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"Calabash #1313"
KOA, Mango and Cocobolo Wood
9 3/4 " H X 10 1/2" D
$2,800


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"Calabash with Petroglyphs"
Koa and Mango Wood
4 1/2" H x 6 1/2" D
$750

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"Umeke with Petroglyph #1229"
KOA, Mango and Purpleheart Wood
8" H X 8 1/2" D
$1,500

In recognition of his artistry, Gregg received numerous awards for his turnings and has served as a judge in several wood shows.  His articles and pictures have also been published in turning trade journals. He has also demonstrated at several woodturning events including the Utah Woodturning Symposium in Provo, Utah.

Professional memberships include the American Association of Woodturners, Hawaii Forestry Industry Association, Hawaii Craftsmen, Hawaii Wood Guild which he formerly served as Treasurer, the Big Island Woodturner's Club which he formerly served as Vice-President and President and the West Hawaii Woodturners of which he also formerly served as Vice President.




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