About the Artist

Gregg Smith 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 began 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 laminated 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 Hawaiian islands and the mainland.

Gregg's laminated wood turnings of bowls, vases, urns and other decorative containers 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 of 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 Smith
Gregg Smith

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.

In recognition of his artistry, Gregg was awarded first place in turning at the 1998 and 1999 Big Island Wood Shows in Hilo and again in the 1999 West Hawaii Wood show. He received Second Place in turning in the 2000 Big Island Wood Show. He also has received numerous honorable mentions from the Hawaii Forestry Industry Association.

Professional memberships include the American Association of Woodturners, Hawaii Forestry Industry Association, Big Island Woodworker's Guild, Hawaii Craftsmen, and the Big Island Woodturner's Club, of which he is currently serving as President.

Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii is Gregg's home. Here Koa, Milo, Mango and other exotic woods are available for turning segmented bowls, calabashes and other vessels.

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.