January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ January 8, 2008 Meeting

The January meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners was called to order by Vice President Tim Freeman.

Tim issued a welcome to those present and said President David Chung was stuck in traffic so we would begin the meeting by voting for the challenge pieces.

President David Chung opened the business portion of the meeting by having the visitors introduce themselves. Visitors included Jim Fleming, a past member of the original Honolulu turning club; Lake Gibby, an arborist; Gerry Davis, an annual visitor from California; Kyle Iwamoto, and Norman Brand.

David introduced the 2008 Honolulu Woodturners board of:
          David Chung, president
          Tim Freeman, vice president,
          Andy Cole, treasurer
          Tom Young, secretary

David 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.

Club membership fees for the 2008 year are now due. The dues are $25 for the year. The distribution list will be trimmed to members current with their dues. Please send a check, payable to Honolulu Woodturners, and mail your dues to:
          Andy Cole, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          1534 Bertram Street
          Honolulu, Hawaii    96816

David 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

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 at www.honoluluwoodturners.org for photos and details.

David mentioned that at each meeting a participation prize is given to someone who has entered a piece into the challenge or brought a piece to share in the instant gallery. In order to be eligible, you must sign the 'participation list'.

Andy Cole gave the treasurer's report. Income for the Mike Mahoney demonstration and hands-on was $1,700.00. Expenses were $1,434.97, resulting in a profit of $265.03. Balance in the account as of January 8, 2008 is $5,725.13.

David mentioned that Mike Mahoney could have handled more than six in the hands-on class and pointed out the need to verify the number prior to the next demonstration.

David asked for comments on Mike Mahoney's demonstration there were many positive and favorable comments. Stan Hebda mentioned that Mike has a tool sharpening video on YouTube  Mike was able to virtually complete a large narra calabash; a signature salad bowl from a jacaranda blank which he cored two other blanks; a small lychee hollow form; a large narra platter; and a threaded finial for a previously turned urn. The consensus being that Mike was one of the best demonstrators we have had visit.

Some members of the club recently participated in the Wood Works Show in downtown Honolulu. David said no pieces were sold but feels this show has promise as it was similar to having your pieces shown in a museum. Sometimes these shows take a while to gather momentum and David thinks we should consider participating again, if given the opportunity. Among those participating were Ron Kent, David Chung, Bill Ichinose, Andy Cole, Nelson Lindsay, Craig Mason, Gordon Tang, and Jon Tuthill.

David handed out flyers for the Iolani Fair Art Show and Sale scheduled for April 18 and 19 at Iolani School. This will be the third year the club has participated. The artwork is sold on consignment with 60% going to the artist and 40% to the programs at Iolani School. If you are interested in participating, or have questions, contact the organizers at 943-2339 or artshow@iolani.org

The Hawaii Collectors' Expo is scheduled for Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 24 at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Eddie Tomihama arranges for a free booth for the club and in return, the club puts on turning demonstrations during the show. 100% of the profit from the pieces sold goes to the artist. We need a volunteer to coordinate the turning demonstrations. Last year we ran two lathes so we needed two demonstrators and one person to man the booth. If you are willing to coordinate this, contact David_Chung The hours are Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Some of the standing committees need staffing. We need some folks to volunteer for the Program Committee. David said if no one volunteers, he will draft folks. Contact David_Chung  if you are willing to serve on the program committee.

Rob Hale will continue to chair the challenge committee and Larry Rodrigues volunteered to serve on the challenge committee.

David brought to the club's attention there are a couple of symposia scheduled for this summer. The Utah Woodturning Symposium is scheduled for May 22 - 24 at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. Their website is www.utahwoodturning.com This year the Utah Symposium is also including a trade show.

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) symposium is scheduled for June 20 - 22 in Richmond, Virginia. See the AAW_webpage for more details.

Last year the Honolulu Chapter of the AAW, under the guidance of Ed Potter, entered a piece in the Chapter Collaborative. Nine members participated and the turned flowers which were strung into a lei. The club was fortunate enough to receive the first prize. In addition, the lei sold at the symposium for $1,000 which was added to our treasury. This year, Ed again graciously agreed to head the effort to create a collaborative. Andy Cole will take the piece to Richmond. The theme will revolve around sea creatures. Ed's initial thinking is to carve a coral base to display the pieces on. Some suggestions are shell fish, crabs, starfish, and sea urchins. Ed asks that folks interested begin thinking, and working on pieces. Time is of essence. Ed has scheduled a get together of those interested at his place on Saturday, January 26. Details will be sent out soon. Those participating are asked to bring what they have to the March meeting.

Mike Chu has generously invited us to use MRC, Inc. facilities for our meetings and demonstrations. Our current By-Laws state:

  This Chapter will meet: the second Tuesday of odd-numbered months.
  The meetings will be held at: Woodcraft Store, 1311 Kalani Street, Honolulu, HI.

A motion was made by Tim Freeman and seconded by Stan Hebda to change the By-Laws meeting location to MRC, Inc., 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. After some discussion, Raymond Len made a motion to amend the original motion to include the phrase "or as designated by club officers". The amended motion was seconded by Andy Cole. The amended motion carried unanimously. The By-Laws now read:

  This Chapter will meet: the second Tuesday of odd-numbered months.
  The meetings will be held at: MRC, Inc., 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, or as designated by club officers.

Craig Mason talked about Anderson Ranch in Colorado. Anderson Ranch has woodturning classes with excellent facilities for woodturning instruction and outstanding instructors. Their website is www.andersonranch.org/ Craig said most of these schools have scholarships available. Alina Niemi received a scholarship designated for Hawaii residents last year. She attended a class by Allan Lacer.

Craig Mason
Dave Howard

Ed Potter mentioned Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He said their facilities and instructors are also top notch. Their website is www.arrowmont.org/

There are many schools around the country and are listed on the American Association of Woodturners' website at www.woodturner.org/

Alina Niemi won the participation prize and chose a $25 gift certificate to Craft Supplies.

The next item was announcement of the winners in the challenges. The challenge was to make an inside/out turning. There were two divisions. The Silver Division was for folks who have not won a challenge previously. The Gold Division was for previous winners.


Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Inside/Out
  1st Craig Mason koa ornament with captive ring
  2nd Larry Rodrigues koa vase with ebony finial and icicle
  3rd Tom Young koa vase
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Inside/Out
  1st Dave Chandler four ornaments turned from teak and red oak
  2nd Edward Niemi ornament with a cross inside
  3rd Rob Hale 4 inside/out turned fish on a tray
Honorable Mention:
    Gerry Davis ash & walnut vase with threaded lid and rose Mention: engine created design on base
Gerry Davis brought in several boxes with embellished with his rose engine. He also brought in a sample board with about 15 different designs. This art is called ornamental turning. There is an organization called Ornamental Turners International and their website is: www.ornamentalturners.org/

David handed out numbered tickets for the combination grab bag/swap meet/raffle. Folks who brought something related to woodturning were given a numbered ticket. Folks that did not bring in anything, but wanted to participate, were able to buy a ticket for $10 with the money going to the club treasury. Items brought in included back issues of Fine Woodworking magazine; jumbo jaws for Super Nova chuck; stack of turning blanks of mainland woods; stack of turning blanks of Hawaii woods; sandpaper of various grits; lychee log; parting tool; mystery bag; milo log and pen blanks; koa log; milo log; two Sorby hollowing tools; and a Corian lazy susan. Mike Chu's number was drawn first. He had his choice of any item. Successive numbers drawn had the option of selecting anything previously selected or what is on the table. If a person had his selection taken away, he/she got to select another piece.

David would like to reserve a portion of each meeting for what he termed a 'Novice Corner'. He opened up the floor for questions. Kyle Iwamoto asked about sharpening. Andy Cole said he'd bring his Wolverine sharpening jig to the next meeting. Since this is going to be an on-going thing, you are encouraged to come prepared with questions next meeting.

The club also has a mentor program and everyone is invited to take advantage of it. Members who have volunteered to act as mentors are listed on the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org

David talked about the wealth of information available to turners on the internet. Each month he would like to have a featured website. This meeting's featured website is by Russ Fairfield. It can be found at www.woodturnerruss.com/ The website has a section on finishing. Russ also has a section on WoodCentral's website at www.woodcentral.com/russ/russindex.shtml WoodCentral also has a message board or discussion group where folks post photos and ask questions. David said it is well worthwhile to just go through and view the messages. The message board can be found by clicking here

Lake Gibby and Dougie Bowers brought in a large selection of wood to share.

The challenge for the March meeting is to turn a platter. There will be two divisions: one division is for platters over six inches in diameter and the other division is for platters under six inches in diameter.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 11, at MRC Inc., 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96819. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Tom Young


January 8, 2008