March Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ March 13, 2007 Meeting

The March 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 Jeff Bailey, a visitor and potential member.

Gordon mentioned that current, and past, minutes are available on the website along with other interesting and valuable information. Click here to visit the website.

Tom Young explained the various sections of the website and asked members to contribute to the 'Tips & Techniques' section. He also asked for additional volunteers to be included in the 'Photo Gallery' section. He would prefer at least 8 photographs and as large a size as possible. If you would like Tom to take photos of your work, or have any other questions, send an e-mail to Tom_Young

Gordon asked members to wear a name tag, preferably one made of wood. He mentioned Tom has some extra clips, so if needed, pick one up from him. Andy Cole shared a story that Don Derry once told him. Evidently, in their club, folks have the choice of either wearing a name tag or donating a dollar to the club treasury at each meeting. Not a bad idea.

A big Mahalo was given to Larry Rodrigues for his generous gift of $100 to purchase a club banner. The banner is 6 feet by 3 feet with the club logo and web address.

Gordon reported on the Collectible Expo which the club participated in last month. The event was a big success in terms of exposure, sales, and fun, for those who participated. There were 15 members who participated, 11 members had items for sale, and 25 pieces were sold for a total of $2,731.00. Gordon expressed thanks to Eddie Tomihama for getting us the free booth space and David Chung for spearheading the event. We had two lathes going during the three days of the show and they always draw plenty of spectators. Gordon encouraged more members to participate next year.

If anyone wants to borrow, or donate, woodturning books, magazines, or videos, contact our librarian, Eddie Tomihama.

The Iolani Family Fair/Art Sale is scheduled for April 20 - 21. Deadline to put items in the show was March 10. If interested in participating, or for more information, call Allene Suemori at 532-1714 to see if they are still accepting turned pieces. The Iolani Family Fair includes various types of art, including paintings and turnings. They offer a 60-40 split in favor of the artist. The show has a Thursday, April 19, showing for collectors and buyers.

Bill Ichinose and Sharon Doughtie are two of the featured artists in an on-going show at the Contemporary Museum. The museum is located in the corporate headquarters of First Hawaiian Bank in downtown Honolulu. The show runs through May 29.

Andi Wolfe

The club has scheduled a demonstration by visiting turner Andi Wolfe for Saturday, March 24. Andi is well-known for her designs. She carves, burns, and colors her turned pieces. Andi is a botanist by day and a wood turner the rest of the time. Her work is inspired by nature, and she primarily focuses on biological motifs in the surface enhancements used to decorate her turnings.

To learn more about Andi and view examples of her work, visit her website

The demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, at Windward Community College, Iolani Building, 45-720 Keaahala Rd., Kaneohe.

The demonstration will run from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members and includes lunch.

There are some chairs available, but not enough for the whole club, so we recommend members attending to bring a folding chair.

There is also a 'hands-on' session scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. It also will be held at the Windward CC, Iolani Building. The 'hands-on' session is limited to 6 persons, on a first-come basis. The cost for the 'hands-on' is $65 for members; $95 for non-members. Contact Sharon_Doughtie to see if space is available.

To attend either session, please send your fees to:
          Sandy Rhines, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          611 North Kainalu Dr.
          Kailua, Hawaii  96734
Make check payable to Honolulu Woodturners.

Gordon handed out a list of items needed for the demonstration and asked members to fill in what they were willing to bring.

Sandy Rhines and Joan Graham both encouraged folks to attend Andi's demonstration. Sharon Doughtie also encouraged folks to attend, saying 'you can't learn less'.

Craig Mason expressed our thanks to Sharon for arranging Andi's demonstration and to Craig Swedberg for making arrangements for us to use the Windward CC facilities.

Sandy Rhines gave us the treasurer's report. The current balance of the club treasury is $3,190.61. Club membership fees for the 2007 year are now due. Sandy read a list of names that have paid their dues. If your name was not read, your dues are in arrears. The dues are $25 for the calendar year. To remain a member, please mail your dues to:
          Sandy Rhines, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          611 North Kainalu Dr.
          Kailua, Hawaii    96734
Make check payable to Honolulu Woodturners.

Gordon mentioned the Utah Woodturning Symposium is scheduled for June 21 - 23, at Brigham Young University.

The American Association of Woodturners 2007 symposium is scheduled for June 29 - July 1, at the Portland Convention Center.

Under the leadership and direction of Ed Potter, this year the Honolulu Woodturners will be entering a piece in the Chapter Collaborative. A number of members have volunteered to turn 4 or 5 flowers of local woods to be strung into a lei. Some of the flowers were brought in to display on the instant gallery table. David Higa will be taking the lei to Portland.

Gordon entertained us with stories of his efforts on making a flower. He said it was much more difficult than he anticipated and that it really challenged his skills. He thought it was excellent as it challenged him to learn something new and different.

The Nohea Gallery Woodturners Show is tentatively scheduled for August; and the Hawaii Forest Industry Show (HFIA), is scheduled for September.

Gordon said that Sharon is working on scheduling demonstrations for visiting turners Allan Batty in early November, 2007, and Mike Mahoney in January, 2008.

Allan Batty, from England, has a lifetime of woodturning experience. His work as a production turner as well as turning many one of a kind pieces make Allan's demonstrations a unique experience showing speed, skill, and wit.

Mike Mahoney has been a professional wood turner since 1994. His bowls are featured in galleries across the United States. Mike's work is sought after by collectors all over the world. Mike is often requested to demonstrate and teach for wood turner clubs, craft schools and symposia. He has traveled around the world to discuss and demonstrate his craft. He is considered an authority in woodturning. Visit Mike's website

Dean Mailheau and Sal Colla had their first go as our audio/visual techs. We appreciate their volunteering for the job. Dean said they have purchased a new VCR/DVD recorder. They are now recording to DVD and will be able to transfer the existing VCR tapes to DVD. Dean said we need to purchase some new equipment as only the primary camera has a microphone for sound. Whenever they switch to a remote camera, there is no sound.

Gordon expressed our appreciation to Stewart Chow for the many years he volunteered to record the meetings and demonstrations.

Andy Cole has asked to be relieved as the one-man Program Committee. He said that after two-plus years he is running out of ideas for programs. Andy has been the hardest working member of the club. He has been vice president, president, and program committee. In addition, he brings the tables for the instant gallery and challenges, extra chairs, and the banner. He also orders, stores, and sells the logo apparel. He also brings his lathes when we put on outside demonstrations such as the Collectible Expo, Nohea Wood Turning Show, and the 1000 Tree Give-Away. Andy is always there to lend a hand when we need one. We truly appreciate everything he has done for the club.

The May meeting program will be presented by Ed Potter. The July meeting, by Sharon Doughtie, and the September meeting by Charles Gerdes. David Chung and Joan Graham will work together to come up with a program for the November meeting.

Dougie Bowers generously brought in a pickup load of wood to share.

Andy introduced Earl Ma, an architect and published photographer. Earl gave us a presentation on photographing your turnings. He showed examples of pieces he collected from the internet. He also brought in an inexpensive light tent setup he purchased from Francis Camera. It included two lights, frame, tent, and reversible background. It broke down to a fairly compact box for storage. Earl also took some photos of one of the pieces from the instant gallery and showed how it looked with various lighting techniques. Stan Hebda also contributed by bringing in his light tent and light fixtures and offered various suggestions.

Gordon brought in the latest issue of More Woodturning which has an article on CedarTreat, a wood stabilization and preservation product. Gordon then introduced John Mood, the CedarTreat distributor from the Big Island. John explained how CedarTreat decreases or eliminates warping, checking, and cracking in green wood. John sells the product at $40 a gallon, plus tax, and a nominal shipping charge. John can be contacted at 1-808-963-5228 or by e-mail at John_Mood

Craig Mason ~ Winner of Short Form
Tom Young ~ Winner of Tall Form

This month there were two challenges: One was to turn a shallow bowl or platter no larger than 12'' x 12'' x 3''. The other challenge was to turn a tall piece no larger than 6'' x 6'' x 12''.

Challenge ~ Short ~ Form ~ no larger than 12'' x 12'' x 3''
  1st Craig Mason spalted cinnamon bowl with carved foot
  2nd Larry Rodrigues mango bowl
  3rd Cliff Rawlins curly koa platter
Challenge ~ Tall Form ~ no larger than 6'' x 6'' x 12''
  1st Tom Young resin vein eucalyptus hollow form
  2nd Larry Rodrigues koa hollow form with sapwood
  3rd Craig Mason segmented hollow form

The next challenge will be to turn a flower. There will be two divisions. The gold division will be limited to those who have won first place in a past challenge. The silver division will be open to everyone other than previous first-place winners.

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 e-mail Andy_Cole to purchase. See the webpage for details.

Congratulations go to Alina Niemi. Alina applied for, and received, a scholarship to attend a class by Alan Lacer at Anderson Ranch in July. Anderson Ranch is in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Information on their scholarship program is available on their website. To view their website, click here

Sharon Doughtie also received an Educational Opportunity grant from American Woodturners Association for her to be a studio assistant at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Information on AAW's scholarship program is available at www.woodturner.org/resources/eog

The May meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Woodcraft's warehouse located behind the Woodcraft's retail store.

We had 48 attendees at the March meeting which is probably the largest crowd yet.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated March 13, 2007