July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ July 8, 2008 Meeting

The July meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners was called to order by President David Chung.

David issued a welcome to those present and asked visitors to introduce themselves. Visitors were Ralph Kam, Jim and Dee Lawrence, and John Dekle.

The Honolulu Woodturners is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). David encouraged folks to join the AAW. Their website is www.woodturner.org/ David talked about the publication and the annual symposium. This year the symposium was held in Richmond, Virginia. Next year the symposium is scheduled for Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Pat Kramer and Sharon Doughtie will have an exhibition at the Beatrice Wood Center September 6 through October 26 in Ojai, California. The website is www.beatricewood.com/

Andy Cole gave the treasury report. Currently, the club has 77 members and a balance of $5,790.56 in the treasury.

The club's website is www.honoluluwoodturners.org 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.

Ben and Cristi Richards have volunteered to be mentors for club members interested in learning about pen turning. Contact Ben_and_Cristi

Carl Sherry informed the club about a company called Treeworkx in New Zealand offering Astra Dot abrasive at a 10% discount to club members. The URL for their website is www.treeworkx.co.nz/

David gave a report on the Phil Brennion benefit being held at Nohea Gallery in Ward Warehouse. As of July 8, four pieces have been sold which has netted $393 to Phil Brennioon's account. Mahalo to Stewart Chow, Andy Cole, Mike Mahoney, Craig Mason, Ed Niemi, Larry Rodrigues, Tom Young, and Mike Lee for donating pieces. David posted a notice on one of the woodturning forums and received donated pieces from Steve Antonnuci of New Jersey and Pete Kekel of Kentucky. Phil's story can be found at www.woodturner.org

David mentioned that there is a wealth of information on the internet including a discussion forum at WoodCentral. The URL is www.woodcentral.com/ Another website is World of Woodturners. You must be a member to access this site, but membership is free and you must be invited to join. If interested, contact
      David at david_chung@honoluluwoodturners.org
      Matt Takata at matt_takata@honoluluwoodturners.org or
      Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org to receive an invitation.

Ken Nielsen attended the Utah Woodturning Symposium in Orem, Utah. This is the oldest wood turning show in the country and Ken thinks this is a wonderful experience.

Andy Cole and Jim Bannister attended the AAW symposium in Richmond, Virginia. This is the largest wood turning show. Jim enjoys the 'how to' sessions while Andy has gravitated toward the panel discussions. Both have volunteered to help 'behind the scenes' at the show.

John Jordan

The John Jordan demonstration and 'hands-on' class is scheduled for September 13 and 14. John is an acclaimed turner from Tennessee. He is known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels. The cost is $50 for the demonstration and $100 for the hands-on. Additional information will be sent out soon.

Woodcraft's 2008 Hawaii Woodworking Show will be held September 20 and 21. The club has been involved for the past several years doing demonstrations during the show. Last year the club had three turning demonstration going on simultaneously. More information and a sign-up sheet for turning will be sent out later.

Opening night of Nohea Gallery's Fifth Annual Woodturning Show will be held November 7. It will include an artist's reception party. A turning demonstration is tentatively planned for Saturday. This is a great opportunity for club members to place their pieces in a fine art gallery. There is no entry fee, you may make some sales, and it promotes the local woodturning community. Additional information will be sent out as it becomes available.

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) will hold their sixteenth annual show Thursday, November 20, through Sunday, November 23, at Honolulu Convention Center.

David reminded folks, that to encourage participation, the club offers a participation prize to an individual who enters a piece into either the challenge or the instant gallery. However, to be eligible, you must sign the participation sheet.

Craig Swedburg was the lucky winner of the meetings Participation Prize. He received a bowl coring system.

Instant Gallery:
    Ken Nielsen twisted or spiral cane
    Larry Rodrigues Don Derry hollowing system
    David Chung pheasant wood calabash with pewa patches
    Ed Potter Norfolk Island Pine bowl with natural edge burl base -- Ed said he will be going to San Diego soon and is willing to order some burl for folks who are interested. He said they are typically sold by the pound. Since the burls are heavy, the price can add up quickly. If interested, contact Ed_Potter
    Norman Brand two milo hollow forms
    Keith Maile kamani calabash and koa tool handle
    Tom Young spalted maple burl bowl and koa bowl
    Craig Swedburg camphor hollow form
    Barry Wheeler kamani bowl and milo natural edge
    John Frigillana lychee with pewa patches cut by hand and guava vase
    George Wong koa piece with voids
    Dave Howard silky oak and Italian cyprus bottles
    Andy Cole 2 sets of nested bowls (Norfolk pine and milo)

The next item was announcement of the winners in the challenges. There were two challenges. One was to turn a hollow form no larger than eight inches in diameter. The other challenge was to make a name tag.

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Selected Hollow Form Entries
Challenge ~ Hollow Form
  1st Larry Rodrigues false kamani with tamarind finial
  2nd Ken Nielsen pheasant wood piece with treaded finial and a milo piece with threaded ebony finial
  3rd Ed Potter old growth hau hollow form with plenty bark inclusions
Honorable Mention:
    Andy Cole side grain milo piece with voids
    Dave Howard milo with poinciana
    David Ellsworth Norfolk pine piece from his 2006 demonstration -- this will be added to Phil Brennion donations
    Mike Tom koa hollow form
    Dean Mailheau mango burl
    Keith Maile spalted mango piece
    Kraig Smith spalted maple
    Craig Mason tall dragon eye piece
    John Frigillana mango piece with ebony finial
    Tom Young Norfolk pine
    Edward Niemi false kamani
Challenge ~ Name Tag
  1st Tom Young laminated hau and maple
  2nd John Frigillana half a small milo hollow form
  3rd Alina Niemi name tag in shape of chisel
Honorable Mention:
    Dennis Feinberg curly koa
    Craig Swedburg curly keawe
    Jim Fleming spalted maple
    Keith Maile koa fish hook
    Jeff Bailey monkeypod and Norfolk pine inlay
    Sal Colla milo
    Dean Mailheau curly koa
    Kyle Iwamoto walnut and spruce inlay
    Dave Howard mystery wood
    Andy Cole cocobolo
Larry Rodrigues and Tom Young
Craig Swedburg brought in some bottle brush logs to share. He also said Paradise Landscaping will be cutting some mango and Cooke pine trees. The logs will be hauled to their base yard on Lehua Avenue in Pearl City.

The program was a demonstration of bowl coring or center saving systems. David Chung demonstrated the Oneway system and Andy Cole demonstrated the McNaughton system.

The next item was the 'Novice Corner' where folks are encouraged to ask questions. This is an on-going portion of the meeting so come prepared with questions.

There is a wealth of information on the internet. This month's featured website is Rob Wallace's Woodturning Links.
The URL is http://rwallace.public.iastate.edu/WTlinks.html

There will be two challenges for the next meeting. One is to make a set of nested bowls and the other is to make a bowl form with a minimum of one-half thick walls and a maximum diameter of eight inches.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 9, at MRC Inc., 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96819. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated July 8, 2008