May Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ May 11, 2004

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

New member present was Nathan Kapule.

Andy requested each member 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.

Mike Johansen offered to have T-shirts printed for us with our club logo on it. That sounds like a great idea, except, we do not have a logo. It was suggested that club members come up with some designs. Bring your entries to the July 13 meeting.

The Honolulu Woodturners is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Members are encouraged to join the parent organization. The yearly fee is $35, most of which is applied to the subscription of American Woodturner magazine. The association’s web site is www.woodturner.org

Andy Cole announced he is going to the AAW’s 19th Annual Symposium in Orlando, Fla. The dates are July 23 - 25. Anyone interested in going, e-mail Andy_Cole or call 739-1050.

There are two demonstrations scheduled in the next couple of months. A flyer with information on Rolly Munro was sent out May 5. A flyer on Kip Christensen will be sent out shortly.

Rolly Munro  
    Date:    Saturday, May 29, 2004
    Place: Radford High School
    Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (break at 10:30 a.m.; lunch 12 - 1:00; break at 2:30 p.m.)
    Cost:  (includes lunch) Members -- $40, if paid prior to May 22; $55 if paid after May 22 -- Non-members -- $55  
Kip Christensen -- details are still to be worked out
    Date:    Saturday, July 3, 2004
    Place: to be determined
    Time:     to be determined
    Cost: (includes lunch) -- Members; $40, if paid prior to May 22; $55 if paid after May 22 -- Non-members; $55  
Cost discount is available at $75 for both demonstrations, if fees sent in prior to May 22. Send your check, payable to Honolulu Woodturners, to:
    Dennis Feinberg  
    268 Akahi Place  
    Kailua, Hawaii  

We are working to set up a ‘hands-on’ session with Rolly Munro on Sunday, May 30. Additional information will be sent as it becomes available.

Sharon Doughtie has been in contact with Laurie Baron of Nohea Gallery about our club entering pieces in a wood turning show opening June 18.

Laurie is looking for 20 to 40 turned pieces. The pieces will go to Nohea Gallery on consignment. Sharon is looking for a consignment agreement. If you need a copy, let me know and I will forward to you.

Laurie will donate 15 per cent of her profits from the sale to the Aloha United Way. On a strictly voluntary basis, people can donate 5 or 10 percent of their end of the sale to our club treasury.

Do not deliver pieces to the store. The pieces are due at Nohea’s warehouse by June 7. The warehouse is in the complex of warehouses across from Ward Warehouse. It is Building 4, the last one, most mauka. Their door faces mauka. There is no sign, but it’s the third or fourth from the end of the Diamond Head side. The door is blue with a large bell. Someone is generally at the warehouse from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Make sure you have an invoice filled out for your pieces. The information should include your name, address, phone number, name and description of pieces, and wholesale price. Wholesale is half of retail. Make a notation as to who Nohea should make the check payable to.

To help promote the show, there will be a turning demo in front of Nohea Gallery at Ward Warehouse on Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sharon and Pat Kramer will bring supplies and set up a lathe to make spinning tops for the keiki. The children will be invited to come up and color the top, and then they will receive the top. We need another turner to volunteer for this. Please e-mail Sharon_Doughtie or call 261-8347 to volunteer.

Ed Potter has volunteered to have the next ‘open shop’. Ed lives in the Makakilo/Kapolei area. The ‘open shop’ is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a BBQ following the ‘open shop’. Ed needs to know the number of folks planning on staying for the BBQ by Monday, June 7. Ed can be contacted at Ed_Potter or 672-6947. More info will be sent out later.

The program was given by Pete Meredith. Pete works for one of the major cabinet builders and has been in the finishing business since 1978. Pete explained there are basically two types of finishes; penetrating and surface. For bowls, Pete typically would apply three coats using a combination of both. First a coat of penetrating oil, followed by a surface coat of vinyl sealer, then a final coat of conversion varnish. Pete brought in examples of his finishes on various woods.

There is a ‘wood alert’ of mango still available. Some pieces are quite large and some have been cut into smaller sizes. The wood is in Palolo Valley. Call Tom Eisen at 392-8559 for more information.

Dennis Feinberg has begun working with someone to develop a club website. The site will contain club information such as meeting information, minutes, and membership info as well as advice, tips, and articles sections.

There will also be a gallery section. There was discussion regarding the quality of pictures for both the website and print. In order to take the best quality photographs, we need to work in a controlled environment. David Chung volunteered to take photographs. However, to control the lighting and shadows, pieces will need to be taken to his home in Kaneohe. We need photographs to build the web page so consider pieces you would like photographed. E-mail David_Chung

I would also like to try my hand at meeting the standards necessary for quality photographs.

If you already have quality photos of your work you may e-mail them to Dennis at dennis_feinberg@honoluluwoodturners.org

Dennis reported the club treasury has a balance of $3600.

Craig Mason made an announcement of a craft fair in Kaneohe. If anyone is interested, contact Craig at craig_mason@honoluluwoodturners.org or call 254-2888.

Ralph is still negotiating with Bishop Museum about a tour of their bowl collection.

Jim Orrick brought in some kou branches to share.

The challenge for the meeting was a multi-axis turning.

Challenge ~ Multi-Axis
  1st Ed Potter milo hollow form with an off-set top. He also textured certain areas of the vessel.
  2nd Larry Rodrigues an off-set Norfolk pine piece with a finial top
  3rd Craig Mason an egg-like shaped piece made from lychee which was carved and textured. The piece was turned using three axis.
Honorable Mention:
    Andy Cole off center natural edge African tulip bowl
    Tom Young koa platter turned on four axis with three concentric, resin-filled rings
Instant Gallery:
    Bill Ichinose a large maple bowl -- He used an Exacto knife to score lines radiating from the center. The lines were filled black watercolor. Bill said there are about 2,000 scores on the piece.
    Tom Young a shallow koa bowl and a spalted mango hollow form.
    Ed Potter a multi-axis piece turned from box elder wood. The piece has reddish stains caused by some kind of beetle.
    Craig Mason an unusual colored koa bowl
    Andy Cole a lychee bowl
    Larry Rodrigues an Italian cyprus natural edge piece and a premium curly koa, natural edged bowl
    Ralph Goto an unusual piece from Italian Cyprus. It was a rectangle with a bowl in the center
    John Tuthill shared his home-made vacuum check

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

We had a drawing for the hollow form Don Derry made during his demonstration. The winner was Rob Hale.

The July meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13. The meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of the odd numbered months and are held at the Woodcraft Store’s warehouse. Starting time is 6:00 p.m.

The challenge for the July meeting is to turn a bug or insect.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated May 11, 2004