July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ July 13, 2004

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Andy Cole.

New member present was Larry Day.

The meeting began with a review of Kip Christensen’s demonstration. Kip was a very competent and interesting demonstrator. Andy brought in several pieces that Kip turned, including an egg, top, refrigerator magnet, and sphere. None of these items were sanded, but clearly showed Kip’s skill level and sense of shape. Kip also turned a box with a vacuum lid which he graciously allowed us to auction off for the club treasury. Ed Potter had the winning bid of $150.

Each member is requested to wear a name tag at the meeting. It helps us all, particularly the newer members. You are encouraged to make your own or Andy will supply blank paste-on tags upon which to write your name.

Andy asked each member present to introduce themselves. He asked that each say something about themselves, how long they have been turning, what kind of lathe they have, and what would be their dream tool. We have turners in the club that have been turning for 25 years, to several who are just starting out.

Nathan Kapule, one of our newer members, introduced himself and his children. It is interesting in that he has triplets that are five years old. He also has a seven year old.

Andy mentioned that we have had three ‘open shops’ this year and there seems to be quite an interest. Stewart Chow tentatively offered to host an ‘open shop’ in August. More information will be forthcoming as the details are finalized. If anyone is interested in opening their shop to the members, please let us know.

Mike Johansen has contacts to have our club logo printed or embroidered on shirts and caps. To have the logo screened on a T-shirt, the minimum order is 48 shirts. The embroidery minimum is 12 units. The members voted on several logos and one with a poi pounder mounted between lathe centers was chosen. ‘Honolulu Woodturners’ is in text below the lathe. When we receive the order, the items will be made available at slightly above cost. The profit will go to the club treasury.

Stewart Chow conducted the program which consisted of three topics.

First was about how to get the most out of your logs. Specifically he talked about problem logs. He brought in a two-foot long milo log that was about 14 inches in diameter. The log had multiple cracks on each end. He showed how he cut the logs into three wedges and using a bowl saver was able to get 18 bowl blanks out of the log.

The second part of the program consisted of a demonstration on how to sharpen a chain saw using a rotary tool. Steward used a Dremel tool to demonstrate on his chain saw. It seemed quick and easy.

The final part consisted of Stewart and Andy sharing various home made shop tools and ideas. Stewart shared a sharpening jig, home made hollowing tools, depth gauges and a tip on power sanding.

Andy brought in a bottle stopper slip chuck, a home made jig to help in drilling center holes, and shared some tips on gluing brass inserts for pens and pencils. He also brought in his banjo which he’d modified to hold different tool rests by inserting an additional adjustable handle. Some adjustable handles can be found at www.reidtool.com

Mike Johansen shared some home made captive ring cutters.

Sharon Doughtie gave us a report on the wood turning show at Nohea Gallery. We had about 15 turners participate in the show and donated four pieces for the Aloha United Way raffle. The raffle made $400 and the retail sales were $3,885. Laurie Baron, of Nohea Gallery, committed to donate 15% of her portion of the sales to AUW. These totals were as of a few days before the close of the show.

Laurie spent money promoting the show by running several ads in the local papers and would like to make this an annual event. The top turning demonstration drew quite a few spectators. It was suggested next year we try and get four lathes for the demonstration. Use three lathes to make tops for the keiki and one to demonstrate bowl turning. It was also mentioned that the sun became a problem in the afternoon. Possibly we could look into a tent next year. Laurie feels that each year the show will grow in popularity. She is very happy with the quality and variety of the pieces submitted. She has asked that we give her feedback on our thoughts about the show and any ideas on how to improve it. Please send your comments and suggestions to Sharon_Doughtie Sharon will compile the responses and forward them to Laurie.

Sharon suggested as a marketing tool, it is a good idea to have a short bio on the artist as folks like to know something about who made the piece. Also she suggested little blurbs about bowl care and how to ship a bowl are all helpful.

Ed Kim of the Big Island has some koa for sale. If interested, or would like more information, e-mail Ed at kime006@hawaii.rr.com

Ken Nielsen talked about a bowl and hollow form design program he ran across. The program also has software to design segmented work. Check out www.woodturnerpro.com

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) has their annual show scheduled for September 11 through September 19. Important dates are listed below:
          June 30th regular sign up deadline ($30 late fee after this date)
          August 16th entry description deadline
          September 7th entry drop off date
          September 11th show opens at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
More information can be obtained by contacting Masako Nitz at 292 6241 or makoness@yahoo.com HFIA’s website is www.hawaiiforest.org

Alan Lacer is tentatively scheduled to give us a demonstration in October. Information will be sent out as it becomes finalized.

The challenge for July was to make a bug and add color, inlay, wood burning, or some other technique of embellishment.

Challenge ~ Bug
  1st Tom Young Hawaiian Hau Huhu -- The body was made from hau, the head from plumeria, legs of koa, eyes of ebony, and teeth from
  2nd Ed Potter piece made of milo with extensive carving and a removable shell
  3rd John Tuthill staved platter of fir with a laser etched spider -- The grain of the fir and the staves resembled a spider’s web
  3rd Bob Ueki nautilus which was turned and carved from longan
Honorable Mention:
    Stewart Chow whimsical bug
    Sharon Doughtie textured and carved butterfly on Norfolk pine
    Anonymous Andy Cole’s imaginary bug

There is an all media, juried show at the Twigs & Leaves Gallery in Waynesville, North Carolina, for crawlers, creepers, fliers, and leapers. See their website at www.twigsandleaves.com for more information.

The instant gallery was judged this meeting and included quite a variety of work.

The lucky winner for entering a piece in either the challenge, or the instant gallery, was Larry Rodrigues. Larry received a $25 gift certificate to the Woodcraft store.

The September meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14. The meeting will be held at Stewart Chow’s studio at:
               169 Mookua St.

               Come down the Pali through Kailua town.
               Turn left at the fire station (Kainalu Street).
               Turn right at the 5th street (Mookua Street).
               Stew's place is the second house on the right.
               Starting time is 6:00 p.m.

The challenge for the September meeting is to turn a piece from a non traditional material. Some examples of alternative materials are Corian, plastic, tagua nuts, soap stone, or banksia pods.

Sharon Doughtie will be giving a demonstration on embellishing your turnings at the next meeting.

Stewart Chow brought in some avocado wood to share.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated July 13, 2004