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2022/02/10 Guild Meeting - Calabash and Pewa with Emiliano Achaval

Bob Edmiston | Published on 1/7/2022
Calabash and Pewa with Emiliano Achaval
Note: Meeting date has changed due to scheduling conflict

  • Wednesday February 9th
  • Zoom call opens a 6:15 for socializing
  • Meeting begins at 6:45 PM
  • Demonstration begins at 7 PM
Emiliano - Calabash 1
Have you ever wondered how to turn a calabash bowl especially the Hawaiian way?  Or how to repair cracks in bowls or platter using pewa patches?  Or what a pewa patch is?

Well, this month our featured demonstrator Emiliano Achaval will provide a brief history of the Hawaiian calabash, demonstrate how to turn a calabash bowl, explain what a pewa patch is and how to apply it!

Emiliano - Calabash and Pewa

You will learn how Emiliano approaches each piece from identifying the characteristics of the wood, how to select the best design, and how to prepare the wood for turning.

Taking all these elements into consideration up front can make all the difference in creating a unique and one-of-a-kind piece.

The demonstration will explore: 

  • The main elements of turning Calabash bowls
  • Wood selection
  • Grain alignment
  • Proper tool approach
  • Wood drying
  • Finishing
We hope you will join us Thursday evening February 9th for this informative demonstration of some unique techniques.  
About our demonstrator:
Emiliano 1

Emiliano Achaval
: I started turning about 24 years ago. I’m a self-taught turner, never had a lesson, but I did buy lots of books and old VHS tapes about woodturning.

It was the foundation of my learning experience, sharing the knowledge with fellow turners, that led me to be one of the fo
unding members of the Maui Woodturners Association. I was voted as the first President on February of 2016. We are a chapter club of the American Association of Woodturners.

Emiliano 2

I turn almost exclusively Koa wood, with the occasional fruit tree like Lychee, avocado, and mango. Also the occasional hard to find Milo wood, Pheasant wood, and some other rare native trees… If it’s wood, and it's nice, I will turn it…

I have been working for Woodturning Magazine UK for over 4 years now. Truly an honor. After dozens of articles and 4 covers, I'm still having fun!

Aloha from Maui!! Emiliano

To learn more about Emiliano, visit his website here.