January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ January 13, 2009 Meeting

President Tim Freeman called to order the first meeting of 2009 by issuing a welcome to all.

Visitors present were Gerry Davis from California, and Frank Flor from San Antonio, Texas. Former members Bill Folmer and Bob Ueki have rejoined the club.

Tim introduced the 2009 board: vice president Charles Gerdes, treasurer Andy Cole, and secretary Tom Young.

There was a great turnout at the meeting. Andy counted 62 present. Please make and wear a name tag to help your struggling secretary get the names correct.

Tim explained that the board held a meeting in December to get organized for this year. The board authorized purchase of several items for the club lathe including a Stronghold chuck and storage box for the lathe accessories.

Ed Potter Cutting Beads with a Bowl Gouge

The board also decided to purchase gift certificates from Woodcraft to use as prizes for this year. It was decided the participation prize would be a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate. Prizes will also be awarded to the first three places in the challenges with $20 to first place, $15 to second place, and $10 to third place winners.

The board decided to attempt to have some kind of turning demonstration at each meeting. It was also decided to allow more time for explaining the pieces from the challenges and instant gallery. The board would like to set up a novice hands-on session prior to each meeting. Another idea presented was to create a panel to critique pieces of turners who wish to have their pieces critiqued. This is intended to be a constructive, learning experience.


Larry Rodrigues donated a denim cover for the lathe.

Andy gave the treasure's report. The club has a cash balance of $5,585.36. We also have assets of the club Powermatic 3520 lathe, 47 logo tee shirts, 13 logo polo shirts, 21 logo caps, and 22 gallons of Anchorseal.

Membership dues have been received from 61 members. If you have not paid your dues yet, please print out the application form, and send along with payment to Andy at
     Andy Cole, Treasurer
     Honolulu Woodturners
     1534 Bertram Street
     Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

Tim asked for suggestions as to what the membership would like to see presented at the meetings. He also asked for suggestions for the challenges. Please send suggestions to Tim at tim_freeman@honoluluwoodturners.org or challenge committee chair Rob Hale at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org

Andy, Laurie Baron, and Makena Ross of Nohea Gallery held a meeting to go over last year's Nohea Woodturning Show. It was decided this year the sixth annual show will have a tentative opening day of Saturday August 29, 2009.  We will run the demo all day long with a reception to cap off the day in the late afternoon. The show will run for two and a half weeks. Once again, the charity involvement was very well received. People were happy to know that a reputable local charity was the beneficiary of the proceeds from the donated pieces. We have been asked again to select the charity for next year. Laurie also suggested that the gallery could set up a section for the club challenge pieces.

We will work on putting together a promotional post card for next year and are asking that participants have a "signature piece" ready by the May 12, meeting. 

Laurie has agreed to address our club at the May 12th meeting.  This can be a time where Nohea can make a presentation on how an artist can sell their work through a retail art gallery.  There are many topics that can be covered and we could have a very informative "Question and Answer".

David has received a check for $715 from Nohea Gallery as a result of sales of the donated pieces at the Nohea Woodturning Show for the benefit of Hospice Hawaii. Nohea generously did not take any commission on the pieces. David delivered the check to Hospice Hawaii on December 24.  We do not have an accurate count on the pieces donated, so there likely will be additional sales.

David also forwarded a check from Nohea Gallery for $78 to Phil Brennion's account in Arizona. The cumulative total from the pieces our members have donated to Phil is now $1,227. Phil's story can be found at www.woodturner.org/news/PhilBrennion.pdf

We will again be putting on demonstrations during the annual Woodcraft show. We do not have the dates yet, but typically the show is mid-September.

Tim suggested we participate in the "Second Saturday" this year.

The Hawaii Collectors Expo is scheduled for February 20, 21, and 22. They have offered donate to the club two booths for a demonstration if we purchase a booth to sell our pieces. They would also like to solicit donations for door prizes. There was some discussion on whether we should participate this year. The decision will be made by the board.

David Chung suggested another venue for us to look at is the "Made in Hawaii" show.

Sharon Doughtie has been in contact with Jacques Vesery about doing a demonstration for us this year. Jacques has requested he'd rather come in 2010 as he is doing a symposium in Australia and would like to stop in Hawaii on his way there.

David has contacted Israeli Eli Avisera about doing a demonstration in Hawaii. Eli's religion prohibits him from teaching on Saturday. Therefore, David is looking for holiday and Sunday dates. A likely possibility is Kamehameha Day, Thursday, June 11, and Sunday, June 14.

Andy has achieved elite status as a wood turner after being invited to participate in the American Association of Woodturner's Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. Other well-known participating artists include Cindy Drozda, Alan Lacer, Michael Hosaluk, and Molly Winton.

It was brought to the membership's attention the club by-laws, Article VII, Section H requires club members to belong to the American Association of Woodturners. The by-laws are posted on the website at http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org  A motion was made by Craig Mason and seconded by Stan Hebda that the following text in italics be deleted:

Article VII -- Officers

H. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall collect all membership fees and all other monies belonging to the Chapter. He/She will be responsible for keeping current and accurate records of all monies that flow through the Chapter and also for ensuring that all local Chapter members are current paid-up members of the national organization. In general, the Treasurer shall perform all of the duties incident to the office of Treasurer, and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him/her by the President.

The vote to amend the by-laws carried by a vast majority.

Jim Orrick's Poi Pounder
John Frigillana's Poi Pounder

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) show is March 28 thru April 5 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

The Iolani Art Fair is April 17 and 18 at Iolani School. Artwork will be sold on consignment with 60% paid to the artist and 40% donated to educational programs at 'Iolani School. If you would like to participate, contact Leilani Fortuno, Art Show co-chairperson, via e-mail at lei@iolani.org or call 943-2253.

The 30th anniversary of the Utah Symposium will be held May 14, 15, and 16, 2009 at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah. Visit their website at http://www.utahwoodturning.com/

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) Symposium will be held June 26, 27 and 28 at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their website is http://www.woodturner.org/

David recommends this website as the featured website:  It is a tutorial with instructions and suggestions on photographing your work. http://www.nealaddy.org/node/16

Dean Mailheau is in Queens Hospital recovering from heart by-pass surgery. He is making progress but unable to receive visitors at this time.

As part of the "Secret Santa" event, recipients were requested to bring what they received to the meeting. The items included a keawe gavel, kamani bowl blank, mango pen, Italian Cyprus bowl, koa box, a collection of pen blanks, a set of coasters, a FOG root ball, a guava motor and pestle, whittling knife and book, bottle stopper, coffee mug, set of spalted mango poi pounders and a box of bowl blanks.

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Poi Pounder
Jim Orrick Formosan koa
Scott Sullivan koa salt and pepper grinders
Larry Rodrigues narra with walnut accents
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Poi Pounder
  1st John Frigillana milo with natural edge stand
  2nd Kraig Smith spalted mango with carved stand
  3rd Dougie Bowers pheasant wood with stand
Honorable Mention for both divisions:
    Craig Mason koa
    Keith Maile milo
    Tim Freeman haole koa
    Tom Young koa
    John Dekle purple heart and maple
    Gordon Tang koa
    David Higa mango, Cuban mahogany
    Rob Hale juniper
    Andy Cole lychee
    Gerry Davis acrylic
    Carl Sherry kamani
    George Wong Norfolk Island pine
    Jim Flemming koa
    Roy Masaki Cuban mahogany
    Kyle Iwamoto 3 bottle stoppers
    Jim Bannon koa
Jim Orrick
John Frigillana















Rob Hale 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.

Dougie Bowers was the lucky winner of the $25 Woodcraft gift certificate Participation Prize.

The challenge for the January meeting was to turn something in the shape of a poi pounder with a maximum of 8 inches in diameter. There was a Gold and Silver Division. This proved to be one of the more popular challenges with over twenty entries. Winners were awarded with Woodcraft gift certificates; $20 for first place, $15 for second place, and $10 for third place.

Instant Gallery:
  Craig Mason banyan salad bowl and spalted banyan rough turned bowl blank
  Charles Gerdes mango lamp
  John Frigillana Christmas berry bowl
  David Chung side grain Norfolk Island pine bowl with textured rim
  Tom Young Norfolk Island pine with star
  Rob Hale wiliwili bowl
  Keith Maile 3 stone poi pounders
  Gerry Davis threaded acrylic box with rose engine created design
Milo to Share
David opened up the 'Novice Corner' portion of the meeting by explaining the use of waste blocks to maximize the depth of a bowl. He recommended that to insure a strong bond, the glue should be allowed to set over night.

Andy Cole brought in a truck load of milo to share, Lake Gibby brought in a truck load of curly koa and curly mango to share, and Craig Mason brought in a truck load of spalted banyan to share. Mahalo plenty!

The challenge for the March meeting is turn something with a bead with a maximum diameter of 8 inches.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 10, at MRC Inc., 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96819. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Photos Courtesy of Carl Sherry and George Wong

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated January 13, 2009