January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ January 9, 2007 Meeting

The January meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners was brought to order by President Gordon Tang at the Woodcraft warehouse.

Gordon issued a welcome to everyone and introduced three new members: Steve Kearney, Carl Sherry, and Dave Howard.

Club membership fees for the 2007 year are now due. Prior to the meeting only 24 folks had paid their 2007 dues. The dues are $25 for the calendar year. At the November meeting, Sandy asked that dues be mailed to her. Sandy passed around a membership application form to those present. If you did not receive a form, mail your dues including name, address, city, zip, contact numbers and e-mail address to:
          Sandy Rhines, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          611 North Kainalu Dr.
          Kailua, Hawaii  96734
Make check payable to Honolulu Woodturners.

Gordon mentioned many of the benefits of belonging to the club, and the national organization. He pointed out some of the wood turning shows and events that are open to woodturners. Included were the Punahou Carnival, February 2-3; the Iolani Carnival, April 20-21; Utah Woodturning Symposium, June 21-23; American Woodturners Association (AAW), in Portland, Oregon, June 29-July 1; Nohea Woodturners Show, tentatively scheduled for August; and the Hawaii Forest Industry Show (HFIA), in September.

Gordon asked folks to make and wear nametags for the coming year. This makes things easier for everyone, particularly the visitors and newcomers.

Gordon encouraged folks to browse our website where there is a lot of information including past minutes and links for helpful information. The URL is www.honoluluwoodturners.org

Andi Wolfe's Work

Dean Mailheau and Sal Colla have volunteered to be our audio/video technicians. They will try to set up and record the club's various meetings and events. We appreciate their kokua.

Gordon reported that Sharon Doughtie, our demonstrator coordinator, has been in contact with several mainland turners and is working to set up a couple of demonstrations. Currently, we have Andi Wolfe scheduled for a demonstration on Saturday, March 24. Andi will also give a hands-on class on Sunday, March 25. More information will be sent out as it becomes available. Andi does some incredible carving on pieces of utilizing a botanical motif. To see some examples of Andi's work, visit her website If anyone has suggestions of demonstrators you would like to have Sharon pursue, please contact her at sharon_doughtie@honoluluwoodturners.org

Turnings by Bill Ichinose and Sharon Doughtie will be featured at the Contemporary Museum's First Hawaiian Center. The exhibit runs February 9 through May 29, 2007. The museum is located in the corporate headquarters of First Hawaiian Bank in downtown Honolulu. Here is a link to the Contemporary Museum's website: Here's a link to the site: http://www.tcmhi.org/ex_fhcupexibits.htm 

The club treasury was reported to have a balance of $2540.61.

Gordon issued a call to members wishing to share expertise on anything related to wood turning. Ralph Togashi and Charles Gerdes volunteered to consider putting together some kind of discussion/demonstration on lamp making. Anyone who is willing to help by doing a demonstration is encouraged to contact Gordon at gordon_tang@honoluluwoodturners.org

Eddie Tomihama has again extended an invitation to the Honolulu Woodturners club to put on a demonstration at the Hawaii Collectible Show at the Neal Blaisdell Center February 23-25. Last year eight members took turns demonstrating and manning the booth. Those folks sold 32 pieces, so the show was considered very successful, particularly since 100 percent of the sales go to the turners. More information will be sent as it becomes available.

Jim Orrick and Andy Cole brought in wood to share. The wood included milo, keawe, longan, narra, silky oak, and avocado.

Dave Higa shared information about a lathe for sale. It is a TurnPro 12-inch swing lathe with swivel headstock. This lathe was made in New Zealand and comes as a complete package including a Nova chuck, a Jacob chuck, several tool rests, and various chisels. Slightly used! Contact Chuck Peterson at 454-0498 or taching4@hawaii.rr.com

There were quite a few entries in the challenges and instant gallery. Scott Sullivan won the participation prize.

This month there were two challenges: One was to turn a calabash and to demonstrate the use of a pewa (butterfly) patch. The other was to turn a calabash.

Challenge ~ Calabash with pewa patch
  1st Gordon Tang koa calabash
  2nd Scott Sullivan milo calabash
  3rd Craig Mason Formosan koa calabash
Honorable Mention:
    Sal Colla Formosan koa with bone patches
    Tim Freeman mango calabash
    Ray Beauchemin koa calabash
    Tom Young milo calabash
Challenge ~ Calabash
  1st Gordon Tang koa calabash
  2nd Tom Young koa calabash
  3rd Vic Freeland milo calabash
Honorable Mention:
    Dean Mailheau opiuma calabash
    Larry Rodrigues koa calabash
    Craig Mason koa calabash
    Andy Cole mango calabash
    Rob Hale wiliwili calabash
Gordon Tang
Gordon said he recommends Liberon Woodturner's Polish as a finish on koa. Scott Sullivan said he uses Howard's Feed-N-Wax as a finish for milo as sometimes milo reacts to dryers in other finishes.

There will again be two challenges for the March meeting: One will be a shallow bowl or platter no larger than 12'' x 12'' x 3''. The other will be a tall piece no larger than 6'' x 6'' x 12''.

Folks are encouraged to participate in the challenges and to bring pieces to share in the instant gallery.

T-shirts, polo 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. See the webpage for details.

Gordon passed along the following drawing by Elmer of the Big Island on traditional proportions for Hawaiian calabashes.

Sketch courtesy of Big Island Woodturner Elmer Adams

Eddie Tomihama is looking for donations of turned pieces for Mid-Pacific M-Club's benefit. The pieces will be auctioned off to raise money for Mid-Pacific's athletic club. Nick is a member of the club. If you are willing to donate a piece and did not receive an application, contact Eddie at Eddie_Tomihama or 292-4653. Eddie will mail the application to you and has offered to pick up the pieces and deliver to Mid-Pacific. Deadline is January 22.

Bill Ichinose handed out certificates to winners of recent challenges.

Ed Potter issued an open invitation for anyone interested to stop by his shop. Ed is usually there in the afternoons and on the weekends. Contact Ed_Potter or 672-6947.

Gerry Davis
Pens turned by Gerry Davis

Gordon mentioned the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) symposium to be held this year in Portland, Oregon. The dates are June 29 - July 1. It was suggested we make a collaborative piece to enter into the show. A couple of suggestions were given as to a theme, one of which was a green turtle and the other was a flower motif. Andy Cole and Ed Potter will coordinate the effort and see it we can get something entered. More information will be sent out as this becomes organized. See the AAW_website for collaborative rules. David Higa, Andy Cole, and Gordon Tang all mentioned they were planning on attending the symposium.

Gerry Davis, an annual visitor from Lompoc, California, gave us a demonstration on the making of pens from a BIC pen insert. He uses an extra length 9/64th inch drill bit to drill a hole by hand, and then turns the pen to shape. Gerry said he found the long drill bit on the internet.

Gerry was the first to use the new Powermatic 3520 lathe the club purchased late last year.

Following the demonstration, Andy Cole moderated a panel discussion on questions raised by various members. The panel consisted of Andy, Gordon Tang, Tom Young, David Higa, Craig Mason, and Ed Potter. Questions and discussions ranged from how to treat wood for bugs, how to store wood, wood movement, and how to handle end grain tear out.

The March meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Woodcraft's warehouse located behind the Woodcraft's retail store.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated January 9, 2007