I often stop by to see what Steve is making. Our out of town guests ask whether they might visit Steve's workshop and see what he is turning out. They like to take Bahamian arts and crafts home with them.
Steve works with wood from a number of native trees including mahogany (Swietenia mahogany), mahoe (Hibiscus tiliaceus L. Malvaceae), tamerind (Tamarindus indica), red cedar (Juniperus bermudiana) and poison wood (Metopium toxiferum), among others.
|Light is focused on the bowl Steve is turning.|
His workshop is filled with all kinds of equipment and tools for turning wood. Wood shavings are piled in the corners and logs are on the floor. It is a very productive and active place.
There are examples of wood that he has turned into bowls, lanterns, trivets, and tops for children, among other things.
He has a whole set of billy clubs that he has prepared for use by local fishermen, that are made out of a variety of woods. Of course, we always joke around about the many uses that we might find for such an item.
Many of the trivets that he makes are shaped like various kinds of fish. Sometimes he adds color to their eyes to jazz them up a bit. Some trivets are beautifully plain and show off the grain of wood that he has used to make them.
The trivets can also be used as cutting boards and are very functional and look good when placed around the kitchen workspace.
We looked at a number of bowls that he made. They are all so beautiful that it is difficult to decide which one is our favorite. Here are some recent examples of his work.
|Madeira Wood 2008|
|Fig wood 2012|
|Tamarind Wood 2012|
|Mahoe wood 2009|
|Fig Wood 2012|
Steve is also a conservationist who is concerned about native trees and protecting the local environment. When we talk, he encourages us to be knowledgeable of and to respect native trees. He emphasizes that the wood he gets is from trees that were felled by storms or branches that have fallen. Steve encourages the planting of native trees so that others will have the pleasure in the future of viewing them in the forests of Abaco and in our yards.
Steve Knowles is one of the many talented and interesting people living in the Bahama Palm Shores community, which makes it a very nice place to live as well as visit.