July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ July 14, 2009 Meeting

President Tim Freeman called the meeting to order shortly after 6:00 p.m.

Tim asked visitors to introduce themselves. George Guadiane was visiting from New York. George is interested in trading some Northeastern wood for some Hawaiian wood. He can be reached via e-mail at George@TurnedByGeorge.com Visit George's website at www.turnedbygeorge.com George brought several pieces for the instant gallery.

John Dambacher became a new member.

Tim encouraged folks to make and wear name tags as it is a big help in learning the names of the newer members.

Tom Young and his Vacuum Setup

The Executive Board has decided to modify the rules for the challenges. You now need two (2) wins in the Silver Division prior to moving to the Gold Division. The intent is to encourage more participation. For those in the Gold Division due to one win, feel free to place your entry in whichever division you feel most comfortable with.

There is an open invitation for members who do not have a section on the website gallery to have one added or to upgrade existing photos in the gallery. Contact Tom Young for more information.

Andy Cole reported the treasury has a balance of $5872.07. Andy said the club lost $64.95 on Eli Avisera's demonstration and 'hands-on' classes. The goal of the club is to break even on these demonstrations and this is about as close as we can expect to come.

The Executive Committee, upon advice from Charles Gerdes, our in-house council, made application to the State of Hawaii to become a registered non-profit organization. Charles would like the by-laws changed to reflect the non-profit status and to delete obsolete information. The Executive Committee will come up with acceptable wording and expect to vote on the by-law changes at the September 8, meeting.

Stan Hebda gave a report on his visit to The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) annual symposium is being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 26 through 28. It was obvious Stan was quite in awe of everything going on. He said there were 10 concurrent demonstrations going on and it was difficult to choose which to attend.

The 6th Annual Nohea Woodturning Show will begin Saturday, August 29. This is a chance to display our local artists and local woods. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Please plan on having your pieces available a couple of weeks prior to the show. The club will again ask members to donate pieces to be sold to benefit a local charity. The chosen charity this year is River of Life's Food Program. Tentatively, we plan on presenting a turning demonstration from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. utilizing three lathes. Then there will be an artist's reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Andy will coordinate the turning demonstration and Joan Graham will coordinate the potluck for the reception. Additional information, and requests for volunteers, will be sent via e-mail.

The Hawaii Craftsman's Second Saturday event is scheduled for September 12. The club will provide a turning demonstration under the trees at the Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 Hotel Street (old YMCA and Hemmeter Building). Demonstrations, on three lathes, will run from 11:00 a.m. thru 3:00 p.m. Andy will coordinate the turning demonstrators.

The Woodcraft vendor show is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27. The club will again be doing turning demonstrations. Plans call for using the club's Powermatic, and Delta, Rikon, and Jet minis. Show hours are Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is an ambitious schedule to man four lathes throughout the show. Please kokua and consider taking a couple of shifts. Andy will coordinate the demonstration and Woodcraft will provide lunch for all volunteers.

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Selected Challenge Pieces

Graeme Priddle, one of New Zealand's more notable turners will tentatively be doing an all day demonstration Saturday, September 19, and holding a 'hands-on' session on Sunday, September 20. Word is Graeme has a fantastic personality and is a fun guy, plus being an outstanding turning demonstrator. We will need a volunteer to coordinate this event. If you are interested, please let Tim Freeman know.

The First Annual Honolulu Woodturners Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. The tentative plan for Saturday is to have two 90 minute main demonstrations, one in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. After the main sessions, there will be a number of breakout sessions with multiple, concurrent demonstrations. There will be a catered dinner and tentatively entertainment, artist sale to members' only, silent auction, and live auction of tools and turnings. Then Sunday, will be free-form with demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Carl Sherry has volunteered to head the food services committee. Many volunteers will be needed so if you are willing to help, please contact Andy Cole   Tim said 'think volunteer'. To make this successful, we need more than the usual suspects.

  Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ hole
  1st Craig Mason kamani erosion bowl
  2nd Larry Rodrigues Norfolk pine hollow form with burned worm holes
  3rd Tom Young milo bowl with large void
  Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ hole
  1st Rob Hale black olive bowl with raffia stitching
  2nd Keith Maile kamila and a'la'a pump drill
  3rd John Dekle small natural edge haole koa bowl
  Honorable Mention for both Divisions:
    John Frigillana milo with koa grill
    Tim Freeman koa funnel
    Andy Cole eucalyptus with small puka
    Alina Niemi affordable version of depth gage
    Carl Sherry black curly koa with window on bottom
    Dennis Feinberg milo bowl with Norfolk pine knot eye
    Kyle Iwamoto curly mango box with worm holes
    David Chung kamani bowl
  Instant Gallery:
    Dennis Feinberg two Norfolk pine pieces; one end grain and one side grain
    George Guadiane band saw segmented maple hollow form with veneer; red oak and walnut segmented piece; off-center, multi axis curly maple bowl; and curly koa hollow form
    Jim Bannan koa vase
    John Frigillana narra box
    Kyle Iwamoto earpod box with sapwood
    Tom Young narra hollow form

The challenge for the July meeting was a bit different. Rob Hale provided a 'seed' word and the challenge was to turn something related to it. The 'seed' word was 'hole' and it was up each participant to interpret it. There was no size limit.

The progressive turning exchange is a new activity of the club. A paper was passed around and all who wish to participate were asked to sign it. The names were assigned numbers and last meeting's winners were asked to pick a number. Tom Young received a Neil Scobie inspired erosion kamani bowl turned by Craig Mason and Andy Cole received cinnamon box turned by Dennis Feinberg. Tom and Andy are required to supply the wood and turn something for the exchange at the September meeting.

John Dekle was the winner of this meeting's participation prize of a $25 gift certificate to Woodcraft.

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Craig Mason
Larry Rodrigues
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Tom Young
Rob Hale
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Keith Maile
John Dekle

Challenge prizes are gift certificates to Woodcraft. Prizes are awarded to the first three places in the challenges with $20 to first place, $15 to second place, and $10 to third place winners.

Tom Young and Jim Fleming gave a demonstration of two vacuum chucking systems. Tom's is a commercial system while Jim's is a homemade version using tandem vacuum cleaners. They demonstrated various methods of chucking using homemade chucks.

David Chung's Newcomer Corner raised several questions for discussion including how to eliminate band saw over heating and how to turn coconut.

David's Featured Websites belong to potential demonstrators. Please check them out and see if anything piques your interest. David is soliciting feedback on these professional turners.
     Matthew Hill at www.matthewhillstudio.com/
     Keith Tompkins at www.keithptompkins.com/
     Art Liestman at www.artliestman.com/
Please send your feedback to David at david_chung@honoluluwoodturners.org

Several members brought in wood to share: Craig Mason brought in camphor wood; Dougie Bowers brought in a load of wood; and Stewart Chow brought in a mixed bag of rough turned pieces and wood.

Club tee-shirts, caps, and polo shirts were available for sale at the meeting. They may be purchased anytime by contacting Andy at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org

The challenge for the September meeting is to turn a miniature piece. The finished size must be no larger than a 2'' x 2'' x 2'' cube. There will be a Gold and Silver Division.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 8, 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 July 14, 2009