September Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ September 11, 2007 Meeting

The September meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners was called to order by President Gordon Tang at 6:00 p.m.

Gordon issued a welcome to everyone. He asked visitors to the meeting to introduce themselves. Visitors included Jeff Morgan and Matt Takata.

Gordon encouraged folks to make and wear a name tag. We have quite a few new members and it makes it easier for everyone to get to know each other if we wear name tags.

Gordon mentioned that current, and past, minutes are available on the club website, along with other interesting and valuable information. The URL is www.honoluluwoodturners.org He also mentioned that there is an open invitation for those who do not have a section in the gallery to have one added or to upgrade existing photos in the gallery. Send your photos to Tom_Young Tom is also willing to take the photos for you.

Sandy Rhines gave the treasurer's report. Sandy said we made a profit of $115.81 from the Andi Wolfe demonstration and hands-on weekend. Balance in the account as of September 11, 2007 is $4,312.81.

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 photos and details.

Charles Gerdes
Ralph Togashi

The program was a presentation by Charles Gerdes and Ralph Togashi on lamp making.

Charles started off by handing out a printout which shows how to tie an Underwriters electrical knot. The handout also listed places to buy parts and how to wire the lamp. Charles said locally, both City Mill and Home Depot have good selections of lamp parts. Parts may also be purchased on the internet. A couple of sites are Fogg_Lighting and Grand_Brass Charles brought in previously made parts and showed how they are assembled. He also has some lampshades for sale. Charles also brought in a heavy duty looking, curved tool rest he purchased on e-Bay. For information on the tool rest or lamp shades, contact Charles

Ralph showed how he uses a lamp auger to bore the hole for the wiring. Ralph also brought in his low-end torque deficient grinder to demonstrate how he sharpens his tools. Each wheel has a tool rest set at different angles for sharpening scrapers and gouges. He uses a 60 grit wheel for the scrapers and a 120 grit wheel for the gouges. He said he uses an angle somewhere between a traditional spindle gouge and bowl gouge for his gouges.

It was brought to our attention that the club lathe is beginning to show signs of rust. The ways need to be cleaned and some protection is needed. Bill Ichinose suggested a cover might be a good idea. Andy Cole suggested we might consider buying a chuck for the club lathe.

Gordon asked to see how many folks were interested in a picnic/potluck sometime this fall. There was a favorable response. Possible locations are at Joan Graham's or Sandy Rhines' place. Gordon suggested maybe we could roast a pig. We are in need of someone to organize the get-together. If you can do so, please contact Gordon_Tang

Gordon reported that the Fourth Annual Nohea Gallery Honolulu Woodturners Wood Show on August 17, was another successful fun-filled event. If you were not able to attend, you missed a lot of camaraderie, good food, and fellowship. This year Nohea Gallery asked the club to donate turned pieces for a silent auction to benefit Aloha United Way. Pieces were donated by David Chung, Andy Cole, Tim Freeman, Charles Gerdes, Stan Hebda, Nelson Lindsay, Ken Price, Larry Rodrigues, Gordon Tang, Ralph Togashi, Hank Whittington, and Tom Young. Bids on the silent auction raised $2,010 for the Aloha United Way.

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) 2007 Symposium was held in Portland, Oregon, this year. Among the estimated 1,700 attendees were: Andy Cole, Pat Kramer, Sharon Doughtie, David Higa, Ralph Goto, David Chung, Francisco Clemente, and Gordon Tang. The AAW rotates its symposium every year and next year it is scheduled for Richmond, Virginia. Gordon reported the symposium was an enlightening and humbling experience. Gordon said it was amazing to see the diversity and complexity of the turned and carved pieces. For him the highlights of the symposium was seeing the talented demonstrators doing their thing, Japanese wood turners doing Urushi bowls with their different lathes and tools, and the banquet/auction, which honored Frank Sudol for his contributions to the world of wood turning.

He said the biggest thrill was the honor of accepting the winner's plaque in the most artistic category for our entry in the chapter collaborative challenge. A photo of our winning entry is on the back cover of the latest edition of the AAW magazine. Gordon suggested that now is a good time to start thinking of an entry for next year. Photos of some of the turnings and carvings are on the website under the "Events" section.

Matt Takata, new member from Kauai, sent an e-mail saying he became very interested in the Urushi process when he attended the AAW Symposium in Portland. He made contact with an artist in Tokyo who retails Urushi supplies from the pastes, pigments, down to the human hair bristle brushes. Mail order to Hawaii is not a problem. He recommends using the lower grade Chinese Urushi paste ($33/100g tube) for the base coats and the higher grade Japanese Urushi paste ($87/100g tube) for the finishing coats. Click here to visit their website.

Alina Niemi gave us an interesting and entertaining report on her trip to Anderson Ranch in Colorado where she attended a class by Alan Lacer. She had applied for, and was awarded, a scholarship for Hawaii residents. The website for Anderson Ranch is www.andersonranch.org Alina shared with us her practice pieces where she turned beads and coves. She then showed us a finished bowl and goblet. Alina also entertained us with her encounter with a bear. Gordon mentioned the AAW website has a listing of the various turning schools in country.

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) Wood Show is currently running until September 16 at Linekoa Center, 1111 Victoria Street. Francisco Clemente, Pat Kramer, Bill Ichinose, Andy Cole, and Sharon Doughtie all have pieces in the show. Congratulations to Pat Kramer for winning first place in the turning category. Sharon and Francisco won awards for using underutilized woods. Visit HFIA's website

Woodcraft's Hawaii Woodworking Show is September 15 and 16. The club will be putting on demonstrations throughout the two days. We will be using the club lathe, and two mini lathes. We are still looking for volunteers to fill in about three slots on Saturday. Contact Andy_Cole if you are willing to help. All demonstrators are invited to a luau on Saturday afternoon.

David Chung mentioned the club website in the "Links" section now has a link to an AAW webpage that gives specifications to various lathes.

The Honolulu Woodturners have been invited to participate in a Wood Working Exhibit, to be held downtown October 23, 2007, to December 15, 2007.  Event curators are Mr. David Behlke and Mr. Paul Staub. The show will be held at 1132 Bishop Street.  This is a new venue for the club. Pieces will be on display for over six weeks. All pieces submitted will be juried for entry and will cost $10 per piece, or $25 for the three pieces. Artists are limited to three pieces. All proceeds go to the artist. Deadline to submitting pieces is October 13, 2007.

Sharon Doughtie is working on finalizing the details for Allan Batty's demonstration. The demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, November 10. Allan will demonstrate the making of a threaded box, a secret box, cabriolet leg (for skew chisel technique) and a platter.  A hands-on session is scheduled for Sunday, November 11 where students will work on boxes, and bowls or platters. Attendance to the hands-on session will be limited. Allan, who is 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. More information will be sent out soon. David Chung will coordinate the demonstration.

Please think about what your personal level of participation in club activities will be in the year 2008 and how you can contribute to making the Honolulu Woodturners club a better organization. Nomination and election of officers for 2008 will be held at the November 13, meeting.

Vic Freeland brought in wood to share with the members. Included in the haul were milo, avocado, and a mystery wood.

Bill Ichinose made certificates for past challenge winners. Tim Freeman reminded those who brought in pieces for either the challenge, or instant gallery, to sign up for the participation prize.

The challenge for September meeting was to turn something that will fit within a 6'' x 6'' x 6'' cube that has some kind of coloring on it. There were two divisions for the challenge. The Gold Division is for previous first-place winners and the Silver Division is for all others

Craig Mason
Tim Freeman
Lloyd Faulkner
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ 6'' Cube
  1st Craig Mason Tree carved and dyed from Formosan koa
  2nd Larry Rodrigues Textured and dyed Norfolk Pine vessel
  3rd Jeff Bailey Avocado carved and dyed spiral bowl
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ 6'' Cube
  1st Tim Freeman Norfolk Pine piece with dyed lid
  2nd Alina Niemi Dyed bottle shaped bottle stopper
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Tom Young Dyed curly maple bowl
    Gordon Tang Colored hollow egg
    Ed Potter Hollow sphere with colored off-center grooves
Instant Gallery:
    Francisco Clemente Kamani vessel with pheasant wood finial
    Gordon Tang Three egg shaped boxes
    Ed Potter Highly figured koa platter
    Lloyd Faulkner Milo calabash
    Andy Cole Natural edge orchid tree bowl and natural edge Christmas berry bowl
    Mike Tom Mango bowl
    Vic Freeland Norfolk pine bowl with knots forming star in bottom
    Tom Young Dyed myrtle bowl and Norfolk pine vessel
    Doug Bowers False wiliwili oil lamp

Lloyd Faulkner won the participation prize.

Cliff Rawlins brought in photos of a koa bed he made.

David Higa and David Chung each brought in tools they recently picked up. Both use a disposable carbide cutter. The cutter is supposed to stay sharp 25 times longer than good quality high speed steel and when it dulls, the cutter can be rotated to a new cutting surface. The tools are supposed to be particularly useful on end-grain turning. David Higa's tool is called the eliminator. One place to read about and buy the Eliminator tool is Packard Woodworks. Visit the Packard website page for more information. David Chung's tool is made by Hunter Tool Systems. Visit their website by clicking here Their website also has a link to an article and photos on the use of the tool written by Fred Holder.

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

Gordon mentioned that we are rapidly outgrowing the warehouse space we have been using for our meetings and asked folks to think about alternative locations.

There will be two challenges for the November meeting. One challenge is to turn a lamp not to exceed 12 inches in height. The other challenge is to turn a lamp shade. Both challenges are open to all members.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated September 11, 2007