In 1989 while living on Kauai, I took a one day lesson on woodturning from Robert Hamada who, at that time, was one of the top woodturners in Hawaii. The personal accomplishment, gratification and the availability of numerous species of woods that are available in Hawaii has inspired me to continue my journey in woodturning. Later I discovered the natural edge style of turning which creates a one of a kind piece. This style encourages me to create vessels that are completely different due to the shape of the natural end of the log. Even cutting pieces from the same log makes each one very different and the color and patterns in the wood is always remarkable. The sharing of knowledge from the local woodworkers is incredible and inspiring.