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Wizardry in Wood 2020

Tobias Kaye

Tobias is a self-taught craftsman and the originator of Sounding Bowls.

Born as the second son of a Bio-Dynamic farmer in rural Ireland he was brought up in Sussex woodlands and had a Waldorf education followed by a good deal of backpacking travel.

His passionate interest in what makes the world go round led him through a wide diversity of experiences and studies while working in various countries in building, forestry, computing, horticulture, hospitality, child care (including special needs) and on to become a self-employed sculptor using the lathe as a principle tool.

Tobias’ youthful delight in the Arts resulted in learning piano, trombone, mouth organ and penny whistle and singing in choirs as well as an outpouring of youthful poetry. When these fields of sculpture, music and the pursuit of the meaning of being human came together into the healing power of Sounding Bowls, Tobias felt he had found a worthy life’s mission and has increasingly focussed his attention on making Sounding Bowls available to people. They are now in use in over 30 countries.

He is particularly moved that his designs now find homes with musicians, healers and meditators as well display cabinets.

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Tobias Kaye


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