September Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ September 12, 2006 Meeting

The September meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners was brought to order by President Ralph Goto at 6:00 p.m.

Ralph issued a welcome to everyone and asked each visitor to introduce themselves. Visitors included Sal Colla, Michael Tom, Robert Hackney, and Myles Shimokawa.

The minutes of the July 11, 2006, meeting were accepted as sent in the e-mail.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners will be held at the Honolulu Community College (WCC) campus. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14. We will use this opportunity to view the facilities and explore the possibility of holding future meetings and/or demonstrations there. The address of WCC is 45-720 Keaahala Rd., Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744. The meeting will be held at the Iolani Building. There are some chairs available, but not enough for the whole club, so we would want to recommend members bring a folding chair.


Detail map (Iolani Building is upper right hand corner of map).

Sandy Rhines gave the treasurer's report: The Neil Scobie demonstration had attendance of 23 participants with an income of $945. Expenses were $710, leaving a profit of $235.Club treasury balance as of September 11, 2006 was $4,371.29.

Mahalo to Dean Mailheau and his sister for providing lunch for the Neil Scobie demonstration. On behalf of the club, Craig Mason anonymously, donated a bowl to Dean's sister to express our appreciation.

The club purchased two DVD's from Neil Scobie for the club library. The titles are 'Making an Erosion Bowl' and 'Making a Wave Rim Bowl'.

Laurie Baron sponsored the Third Annual Wood Turning Show at Nohea Gallery. The show is a benefit for Aloha United Way (AUW). This year the format was slightly different with a turning demonstration, 'meet the artists', and pupu party Friday evening, August 11. The reception was a success with lots of activity and crowds. There was also a silent auction to benefit AUW. Stewart Chow, Ed Potter, Ken Nielsen, David Chung, Sharon Doughtie, Gordon Tang, Craig Mason, Sandy Rhines, Tom Young, Andy Cole, Pat Kramer, and Hank Whittington all donated pieces to the auction which raised over $2500. Mahalo to Sharon Doughtie and Andy Cole for coordinating the event.

Tom Young has taken over the responsibilities of webmaster. We have a new website and a new URL. The URL is www.honoluluwoodturners.org  If you would like a section in the member photo gallery please send 10 photos to Tom_Young   Please include a description including kind of wood and size. If you would like me to take the photos for you, I will be glad to, but you need to bring your stuff to Hawaii Kai. If anyone wishes to change one, or all, of the photos in their section, just send me the new pictures and tell me which photos you would like to replace. I am also looking for Hawaii scenic photos that are used as the banner across the top of the pages. I ran out of photos so there are some duplicates in the banners. I am also looking for folks to write documents for the 'Tips and Techniques' section so please kokua and contribute. Any questions, contact me!

The club has some excellent audio/visual equipment, but we desperately need a volunteer to operate the camera. Experience is not a pre-requisite as we have no one manning the equipment now. Pat Kramer is attempting to put together a cheat sheet or instructions on how to set up the equipment. None of us were born expert turners and none of us were born expert camera operators. This is a learn-as-you-go, on-the-job training experience. Please volunteer. Ralph stated that lack of storage space is not an excuse as he will be glad to store the equipment. Contact Ralph_Goto 

Eddie Tomihama, club librarian, gave a report on exploring various ways to raise funds to add materials to the library. Eddie will look into getting some prizes and possibly running a raffle for the next meeting. If anyone would like to donate a tool, wood, or anything else for a raffle, contact Eddie_Tomihama 

Dennis Feinberg suggested that some of us likely have old tapes or books around that could be donated to the library. If you would like to contribute something to the library, contact Eddie and bring to the next meeting.

The Hawaii Forestry Industry Association (HFIA) Wood Show is scheduled to run from Friday, September 15, though Sunday, September 24 at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Mauka Lanai. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 12 Noon - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12 Noon - 5 p.m. Jon Tuthill, Bill Ichinose, Andy Cole, Pat Kramer, Sharon Doughtie, Nick Tomihama, and Craig Swedberg are members who have pieces in the show.

Woodcraft will be sponsoring a vendor's show Saturday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Woodcraft has been generous in allowing our club to use their facilities. Woodcraft has asked the club to put on a turning demonstration during the show. Andy Cole is coordinating the demo and Dean Mailheau, Gordon Tang, Dennis Feinberg, Ed Potter, David Chung, Tim Freeman, Stan Hebda, Craig Mason, Ken Nielsen, and David Higa have volunteered to take a turn turning. There will be both a full size lathe and a min lathe for the demo. Bring your own tools and turning material. If you would like to participate, contact Andy_Cole 

T-shirts and caps with the club logo were offered for sale at the meeting. Pick one up at the next meeting or contact Andy_Cole  to purchase.

David Chung announced that this weekend, Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., members are welcome to stop by his shop and take some wood. He has to move from his shop in Kalihi and would rather give some away than move it. He said there are literally tons of Norfolk Pine logs in various stages of spalt.  Other kinds of wood available are: koa logs, whole and split (from Oahu), Cuban mahogany, narra, mango, kamani, two carts full of dry milo branches (up to 8 inches diameter x 3 feet length), pheasant wood (kolohala) suitable for pen making, coconut, monkeypod, lychee, longan, and keawe. The main criteria he has is for keeping those pieces purchased from mainland sources. David also mentioned he will be selling off tools and equipment at a later date.  So stop by, pick up some wood, and check out the stuff that will be available soon -- a large cast iron planer, shapers, table saws, drill presses, routers, grinders, motors of all types, screws, nails, files, drill bits, plumbing fittings and supplies, all types of finish hardware and various hand tools. Location:  755 Umi Street. Umi Street is off North King Street near Middle Street, adjacent to the Kalihi Shopping Center that was sold to New City Nissan.  A construction barricade has recently been erected around the site. 

David also reminded the winners of the challenge to pose for pictures.
Ralph explained that to encourage folks to enter the challenges and instant gallery that a participation prize is awarded by blind draw. Entries into the challenge competition are voted upon and the winners receive a prize and a certificate. The instant gallery can include anything folks would like to share.

The certificates are created by Bill Ichinose.

The participation prize was won by Larry Rodrigues.

This month the challenge had two parts. One was to make a tool and show a finished project using this tool. The other category is to make a tool handle.

Challenge ~ Tool Handle
  1st Andy Cole handle for large scraper
  2nd Craig Mason koa handle for termite tool
  3rd Nick Tomihama cocobolo handle for detail gouge
Challenge ~ Tool and Finished Project
  1st Craig Mason Christmas ornament and scraper made from a nail to cut the captive ring
  2nd Tom Young small pheasant wood bowl and scraper made from screw driver
  3rd Nick Tomihama Diamondwood pen and cocobolo handled gouge
Instant Gallery:
    Andy Cole Fern bowl, gum bowl, banyan natural edge bowl
    Tom Young kamani bowl, small sandalwood bowl, small olive bowl, small tiger claw bowl
    Sandy Rhines Norfolk pine bowl and eucalyptus bowl
    Larry Day longan (dragoneye) platter
    Jon Tuthill coconut calabash
    Larry Rodrigues oak and pheasant wood Christmas ornament
Andy Cole
Craig Mason











Ed shared a couple of the American Association of Woodturners 20th anniversary limited edition Jerry Glaser bowl gouges. These are beautiful tools.

The program was presented by Ed Potter. He based his presentation on a class he took at Arrowmont School of Arts taught by Stuart Mortimer. The theme was carving spirals on turned objects. Ed invited anyone to come to his shop for individual instruction on spiral or other techniques.

There are two categories for the November challenge. One is to turn something with a twist and the other is to turn something from a salvaged pallet.

The November program will be presented by Gordon Tang. The November is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Windward Community College.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated September 12, 2006