KEA Woodturning Studio - Art made in Maui, Hawaii - Inspired by Nature

My studio is located near the town of Makawao, in the heart of Upcountry Maui, The Valley Isle. Visitors are welcome. Contact me for an appointment. I always have finished pieces available for sale.
The windfall Koa wood that I use comes from the slopes of the extinct volcano Haleakala, “The House of the Sun”
I create one of a kind native Hawaiian woods turned lathe art. Koa Calabashes, salad bowls, lidded hand chased threaded boxes, hollow forms, urns, custom orders.
Working closely with customers is a lot of fun, call me to talk about designing your “family heirloom” work of art.
I sign all my pieces with a wood engraver with KEA, Katie & Emiliano Achaval. Katie is my wife, my biggest supporter and critic, my work is a group effort, I would not be here writing this if it wasn’t for her.
  •  Maui Curly Koa Hollow Form with 3 carved feet

    Maui Curly Koa Hollow Form with 3 carved feet

  •   Large Maui Koa Hawaiian Calabash with  pewa patches

    Large Maui Koa Hawaiian Calabash with pewa patches

  •  Maui Milo Natural Edge Bowl with Carved Feet

    Maui Milo Natural Edge Bowl with Carved Feet

Call me, email me or stop by the studio, so together we can design that special gift that you are looking for. When you buy direct from the artist, a budget can be discussed. . I can guarantee you can afford a beautiful piece of Koa or any of the other native hawaiian woods that I use, such as: Kou and Milo. Aloha!
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It is truly an honor to be included in this month's issue of Hana Hou Magazine. Hawaii's most prestigious, award-winning in-flight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines. You can read the article online by clicking the link below. Or come and visit me, fly Hawaiian and pick up your copy!!
Hana Hou magazine Hawaiian Woodturning Article click here to read it!

It's a great honor and a privilege to be able to announce that I'm now a contribuiting writer for the best Woodturning magazine in the world, Woodturning UK. Published in the United Kingdom, and distribuited in 60 countries around the world!! One of my heroes wrote for woodturning UK for over 20 years, the great Bill Jones. I always looked up to Bill as a master turner, now he will also inspire me in my writings. A big new chapter has started in my turning career. I made cover of issue 307, the picture was taken by my son, Nic. And Another cover a few months after! Click on the images below to open a picture gallery.

  •  July 2020 cover

    July 2020 cover

  •  Issue 307 of Woodturning UK magazine. That's me on the cover… Inspired…

    Issue 307 of Woodturning UK magazine. That's me on the cover… Inspired…

  •  Made the cover again with my Poi Pounder article!

    Made the cover again with my Poi Pounder article!

  •  Hawaiian Bowl Repairs Article

    Hawaiian Bowl Repairs Article

  •  Magazine  Cover October 19

    Magazine Cover October 19

Without a doubt the best tools in the market. They make my job easier and they can help the hobbyst turner improve. Give Doug Thompson a call to order your set. http://thompsonlathetools.com
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Best carbide tools in the world. They are now mainstream and used by some of the best woodturners in the world. I use them on the inside of my boxes and the transition curve of my calabashes. Also, Small to medium hollow forms. Get yours at:
http://huntertoolsystems.com
On July 2018, I had the amazing opportunity of hosting one of the world's most famous woodturning teacher: Stuart Petter Batty. We spent a week in my studio. A life changing experience. I'm now fully committed to the 40/40 grind. All my Thompson Gouges are now hand sharpened. As President of the Maui Woodturners Association, I get to host some of the best artists woodturners in the world when they come to teach. Life long friendships have been made with artists like Guilio Marcolongo from Australia, Mike Mahoney from California.
  •  Stuart Peter Batty and I.

    Stuart Peter Batty and I.

  •  A great friend: Guilio Marcolongo

    A great friend: Guilio Marcolongo

  •  NZ's Troy Grimwood

    NZ's Troy Grimwood

  •  Mike Mahoney and I, Portland AAW

    Mike Mahoney and I, Portland AAW

  •  What a great week with Stuart! Wayne Omura on the right.

    What a great week with Stuart! Wayne Omura on the right.

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Emiliano Achaval makes the cover again
Made the cover again! My fourth cover of Woodturning Magazine! July 2020 Issue.
KEA Woodturning Studio, Maui, Hawaii. Koa Gifts

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