March Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ March 8, 2005

President Ed Potter opened the meeting by reminding folks they need to get their dues up to date. Annual membership fees are $25. For those in arrears, please send a check, payable to Honolulu Woodturners to:
          Sandy Rhines, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          611 North Kainalu Dr.
          Kailua, Hawaii

Ed mentioned the club has been offered the opportunity to harvest some wood from trees that are being removed from Schofield Barracks. This is likely to be mid April. We will need manpower and trucks. The wood would be available to all members. However, those helping with the harvest would have first choice. More information will be sent as it becomes available.

Woodcraft, under the direction of Leroy, has offered the club space at the wood show being held at Neal Blaisdale Center. Ed mentioned that we could possibly do demonstrations or show off our work.

We are sorry to hear about the health complications of Lee (Hartley) Cole. He will be undergoing chemotherapy and we wish him the best. Lee had been doing the video taping of our meetings and demonstrations. Until he is back on his feet, we need a volunteer to take over the video camera.

Andy Cole mentioned there is someone interested in having rings and bracelets turned. The pieces will be inlayed with jade and wholesaled to stores on the mainland. They are looking for 12 each in ebony, zebra wood, padauk and bacote. If interested, call Nicholai at 377-2333 or 228-2732.

Ed Potter mentioned Sharon Doughtie has been in contact with Laurie Baron of Nohea Gallery about our club entering pieces in a wood turning show to benefit Aloha United Way. The show will likely be sometime in June. It is a way to showcase the woodturning community's work and for us to make some sales. Laurie is planning to donate 15 percent of her portion of the sale to the Aloha United Way. The pieces will go to Nohea Gallery on consignment. What is not sold by the show's end may be left there for sale or picked up. The club participated in the show last year. If you've never sold anything through Nohea before, here's your chance. Shows are a good way to get your work out there for the public to see and buy. More information will be sent out as it becomes available and there is sufficient interest.

We had three visitors to the meeting. Andy Cole brought his mother and two new turners made their first visit; Cory Kimura and Dean Mailheau.

Several business opportunities were presented:

Someone needs a koa urn. They need it by this coming Saturday. If interested, contact Ed_Potter

David Higa has been approached by several folks wanting something turned. For more information contact David_Higa

Larry Day has a couple of pieces of machinery for sale. Both have low usage and are in great shape. Prices are negotiable. 
          Jet Mini Lathe with stand (includes some additional aftermarket tool rests)
          Delta Shopmaster 12 inch bandsaw with stand
Contact Larry at 722-3198 or 676-4744

Stewart Chow gave an update on his efforts to secure outside demonstrators for the club. He has been in contact with Trent Bosch and Betty Scarpino. Trent is tentatively scheduled for May 28 and 29. Trent's website is www.trentbosch.com Betty is tentatively scheduled for November 4 and 5. Betty's website is www.bettyscarpino.com

Available for sale at the meeting were T-shirts and caps embroidered with the club logo. They sell for $12.50 each. Contact Andy Cole at 739-1050 to check on availability, reserve, or purchase any of them.

Robert Hamada is a master woodturner living on Kauai. Mr. Hamada has a limited edition DVD or a 60-page color retrospective of his career works for sale. On Oahu, call 285-2262 for prices or more information.

Cathy Berenberg has a website up and running. It is an interesting and well done site. The address is www.marymckeecustomlamps.com

We received a 'Call for Artists' e-mail from Nancy Rodda who is a corporate concierge at Pacific Guardian Center (PGC). Late last year Nancy organized PGC's first More Arts than Crafts Exhibition. She is looking for high quality turners who are interested in participating in the spring show in late April or early May. Last year's artists gained significant exposure and sales. This is an excellent opportunity as no up-front fees are charged. The fee is 10% of your sales. Last year Cathy Berenberg participated and said 'It is a great location and a high end crowd. There is wonderful ambience in that courtyard setting.' She did well and has already sent in her application to participate again this time. For more information contact Nancy at 523-5549 or nrodda@lesconcierges.com

The program this meeting was in two parts.

Aaron Hammer, a protégé of Jerry Kermode's, gave us a talk about different venues available to sell our work and his experiences in marketing his work.

The organizations he talked about and their websites are:
  Pacific Handcrafters Guild www.pacifichandcraftersguild.com
  Hawaii Craftsmen www.hawaiicraftsmen.org
  The Arts at Marks Garage www.artsatmarks.com

Aaron said it takes a while to become established and to 'stick with it'. Aaron uses an agent or sales rep to market his work. He feels his turning time is worth more than the percentage he pays the agent.

Aaron then fielded questions from various members. Following the 'question and answer' portion, he presented a slide show of some of his work.

Aaron offered to open up his shop Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. He invited anyone who is interested to come to his place in Hauula across from Pounders Beach. Call Aaron at 293-8284 for directions.

Aaron also generously brought in a bunch of milo logs to share.

The second part of the program consisted of Ed Potter demonstrating one way to turn a sphere. His method is based on Christian Burchard's techniques. Ed then shared some solid and hollowed spheres he had created. Some were embellished with texturing or carving and one featured some off-set turning.

The March challenge was either an egg shape or a hollow form. Members are encouraged to enter both categories.

Challenge ~ Hollow form:
  1st Craig Mason acacia piece with voids on two sides
  2nd Tom Young myrtle burl with natural edge
  3rd Larry Rodrigues narra jar with finial
Honorable mention:
    Dougie Bowers keawe hollow form
    Andy Cole Norfolk pine hollow form
    Nelson Lindsay spalted mango hollow form
    Ed Chun hau hollow form
    Raleigh Ferdun lychee hollow form
Challenge ~ Egg form:
    Andy Cole Sunny Side Up egg with osage orange yolk and maple white on a walnut plate
    Craig Mason Hatching Sea Turtle, egg with texturing and carving
    David Higa Hawaiian Easter Basket -- bowl with 12 eggs of different wood
Honorable mention:
    Charles Gerdes egg light
    Nelson Lindsay egg
    David Chung segmented egg
    Rob Hale oak egg
    Tom Young koa egg
    Jim Orrick false koa egg
    Dougie Bowers koa egg
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Ed Potter donated a box of burl turning blocks to the club. Challenge Chair Craig Mason offered a piece of the burl to any member who had never entered one of the challenges.

In an attempt to encourage more participation, multiple prizes are being awarded at the meeting. Each meeting a participation prize winner will be drawn from the people who enter a piece in either of the challenges or in the instant gallery. Prizes will also be awarded to the top winners in the challenges.

The prizes this month were a club shirt or hat; $15 gift certificate; or a piece of burl, koa, kou, or milo wood.

Charles Gerdes was the lucky winner of the participation prize.

The challenge for May will again have two categories. You are encouraged to enter both. One category is to turn a sphere and the other is to turn a natural edge piece.
Craig gave a tentative challenge schedule:
  July burl and furniture
  September confetti lamp and carved turning
  November wine stopper and segmented or staved turing

The May meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 p.m., at the Woodcraft warehouse. The meetings are the second Tuesday of the odd months.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated March 8, 2005