January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ January 8, 2003

Meeting convened at 6:00 p.m. by President Stewart Chow.

Club liability insurance papers filed and insurance is in effect commencing December 23, 2002.

Treasurer's report given by Dennis Feinberg. The club has a balance of $3,436.62.

Membership fees of $5 are due for the year 2003.

The next meeting of Honolulu Woodturners is scheduled for Saturday, March 15. We have the Kalama Beach Club in Kailua reserved for the day. This will be a potluck with the members providing salads, desserts, condiments, etc. The club will pick up the tab for hamburgers and hotdogs. Bring your own drinks. Alcohol is allowed as this is a private club. Members and their families are all invited to spend the day socializing and getting to know each other better. Kalama Beach Club has a the web page at www.kalamabeachclub.com The address is:
          280 North Kalaheo Avenue
          Kailua, Hawaii 96734
          Phone: (808) 262-5995

The challenge for the March meeting is a flying saucer (Frisbee) or any other turned game. We have some prizes to be given away and expect a fun time for all.

The program was given by Bill Ichinose. Bill gave a brief biography then shared some gadgets, gidgets, and widgets he has developed and made for use in woodturning. These included a mini light he attaches to the end of the cutting tool to see better into deep hollow form vessels, a vacuum chuck, and lasers for checking the curves and bumps on the sides of bowls. Bill also shared a jig he made for better tool control while turning inside vessels where the tool rest cannot be moved close to the cutting surface. This gives better control when the tool overhangs from the tool rest. This generally puts a downward pressure on the tool's cutting surface and forces the handle up. This looked like a real handy device. Bill said the parts to construct cost about $15.

The challenge for this meeting was something useful for the kitchen, other than a bowl, plate, or platter. There were eight entries in the challenge with vastly different, and creative, ideas ranging from a honey dipper, to a garlic crusher, to wine bottle stoppers.

Challenge ~ Kitchen Utensil:
  1st Bill Ichinose Ladle made from maple with a birch plywood handle
  2nd Gordon Tang Scoop made of milo
  2nd Tom Young  Rolling pin recipe holder made from plumeria with milo handles and stand
  3rd Craig Mason Lidded honey dipper made from milo

Jerry Davis is a member of California's Central Coast Woodturners. He is visiting the islands and attended our meeting. Jerry would be interested in visiting with members and/or visiting their shop. He can be reached at 923-1827, room #2108. He said he has a bus pass and can get to anywhere on the island. Jerry will be here until February, so give him a call if you would like to share some of your time and talk stories.

It was suggested that our members start wearing name tags at the meetings. It was further suggested that it would be nice if you could make your own out of wood. Certainly a hand made wooden name tag would be nicer that a hand-written tag pasted to your shirt.

Several members brought wood to share with the members.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 p.m.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated January 8, 2003