July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ July 11, 2001

Meeting called to order 6:05 p.m. by David Higa.

Officers present:
    David Higa President
    Herb Kaneko Vice President/President Elect
    Stewart Chow Secretary
    Dave Marchant Treasurer
Committee members present:
    David Higa Program Committee
    Bob Ueki Program Committee
    Herb Kaneko Challenge Committee
    Stewart Chow Challenge Committee

David announced that George Hatfield would be passing through this islands Labor Day weekend and might be interested in putting on a demo. David will get more details on this and it will be posted via e-mail.

The club increased its membership by 4 new members that evening and Bob Ueki recruited 3 more new members in the following days after our meeting.

Note to new members: I forgot to tell the new members that our chapter By-Laws require "all local chapter members are current paid-up members of the (national organization) AAW". If you need an application form contact me at our next meeting or call/e-mail me and I can mail you one.

September challenge: The challenge committee decided on an open challenge for our September meeting. This is partially due to the fact that we had a hard time deciding on how to define a hollow form (this was a suggestion that we were going to use for the challenge). The challenge committee is very open for ideas on new challenges. The following are the challenges we have had in the past:
    May 2000 open
    July 2000 mango piece
    Sept. 2000 mallet
    Nov. 2000 ornament
    Jan. 2001 4'' x 4''
    March 2001 two woods
    May 2001 no challenge
    July 2001 platter
    Sept. 2001 open
Program: David Higa introduced Carl Masaki of the Department of Forestry. Carl gave a brief introduction on the DLNR's Forest Management Program and the commercial harvesting program for Tropical Ash on the Big Island. David Higa took down the names of those interested in purchasing some wood and will get the details.

David introduced Ken Port of Woodcut Tools. Ken gave a brief biography of himself then went into his demonstration. Ken demonstrated his bowl saver tool first, coring out a Norfolk Pine bowl. He then went into Woodcut tools, which he let club members use on the "mother bowl" that was cored out. Club members seemed quite impressed and I think Ken might have made a few sales.

The challenge for the July 11 meeting was a turned platter -- no maximum diameter, 1 inch maximum height and any type of wood.

Challenge ~ Platter:
  1st Tom Young square koa platter
  2nd Craig Mason poinciana and robusta inlaid
  3rd Larry Rodrigues Norfolk pine
Instant Gallery:
    Bob Ueki two hollow vessels made of some of the Tropical Ash from the Big Island
Honolulu Woodturners 2001 meeting schedule:
    September 12 6:30 p.m.
    November 14 6:30 p.m.
Note: the 6:30 p.m. vs. 7:00 p.m. time was voted on at the November 8, 2000 meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

(Keeper of the Scrolls) Stewart Chow


Updated July 11, 2001