March Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ March 10, 2009 Meeting

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

Visitors present were Joe Swizdor, Brian Green, Kapa Haskell, and Kenway Kua. Kenway and Kapa became new members.

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

Membership fees are now past due and those in arrears will be dropped form the active member list.

Congratulations to Matt Takata and the wood turners on Kauai. They have started a new chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Kauai Woodturners currently has 12 members and plan to meet the first Tuesday of the even numbered months at Island School in Lihue. Tim presented Matt with a $400 check to help the Kauai club get off to a good start. On behalf of the Kauai Woodturners, Matt thanked the Honolulu Woodturners for our generosity.

Tim Freeman, Andy Cole and Kraig Smith

The club is considering putting on a weekend long Honolulu Woodturners Symposium with multiple demonstrations and workshops going on simultaneously. The demonstrators/instructors will be top notch home grown talent from the club. Demonstrations could include things like natural edge bowl turning, pen making, surface texturing, carving, spinning tops with chatter tool use, bowl coring, sharpening techniques, hollow forms, etc. Other possible activities could be a used tool sale, wood exchange, artist's sale to members only, catered Saturday dinner, etc. We are looking probably sometime this fall, but in order to make this work, we need to begin planning and forming a committee to organize the symposium. If you are willing to help, please contact Andy Cole at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org

Tim used this opportunity to make a plea for volunteers. As an example, Stan Hebda volunteered to organize the recent Hawaii Collectible Expo. At first Stan thought organizing the demonstration and sales seemed like a daunting task. Once he identified the key issues he began to develop a plan. The only issue that developed was a conflict of too many people wanting to have a certain time slot. He used the first-come first-chose rule and adjusted accordingly. On average, he only spent about 15 minutes an evening working the e-mails and schedules. There were several first-time volunteers at the show including, Roger Herlinger, Alina Niemi, John Frigillana, Keith Maile, Jim Bannan, and Rick Houck.

Craig Mason Demonstration

Mahalo to Stan Hebda for coordinating the Collectible Expo and Eddie Tomihama for securing the booth. Members of the club sold 27 pieces including tops and bottle stoppers for a total sales of $1,263. The cost of the booth was $310. The club's 25% commission on sales came to $315. There was also a donation to the club of $8. Net gain to the club for the event was $13.75.
Our goal was to establish a sales commission rate that would allow us to break even and we just about hit the bull's eye. Our appreciation goes to those who came down to the show and worked but did not have any pieces in the show for sale.

The balance in the treasury is $6,025.61.

Craig Mason gave us a good presentation at the meeting. He began by talking about safety and reminded folks it is always a good idea to wear a face shield. He talked about, drew illustrations, and demonstrated how to select the orientation of a blank to get the best piece of work out of the wood.

Our library and librarian, Dean Mailheau, showed up at the meeting. Dean looks great. Welcome back!

David Chung offered to put together an order for nitrile gloves. The nitrile gloves are considered to be the most tear and chemical resistant. The shipping cost came to $79 for a carton of 20, which comes out to $3.60 per box. Black nitrile gloves, including shipping, will cost $11.39 per box. The blue nitrile gloves, including shipping, will cost $9.09 per box. This price is less than is available locally or from places such as Craft Supplies. David was able to fill the order of 20 boxes.  

David is also working to secure visiting woodturners for demonstrations and hands-on sessions. Eli Avisera, from Israel, is scheduled to present us an all-day demonstration on Sunday, May 24 (Memorial Day weekend) and a hands-on session for Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). Additional information will be put on the website soon.

David is also working to schedule a demonstration and hands-on session with Jimmy Clewes. Nothing has been finalized yet.

Sharon Doughtie and Pat Kramer have a four-page spread in the Spring Edition of the American Woodturner magazine. Congratulations!

Mahalo to Andy for presenting a hands-on session prior to the meeting on how to core a bowl blank. Kraig Smith now has nested set of four bowls to turn.

Tom Young is planning a "Sawdust Session" for Saturday, March 21, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The primary purpose of the “Sawdust Session” is to give a little demonstration and hands-on time for the novice members of the club. This will give club members a chance to see Tom's shop, talk story, exchange ideas, improve our techniques, and just have some camaraderie and fun.
Everyone is invited and the more "seasoned" turners are encouraged to lend a hand.

The Iolani Art Fair is scheduled for Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18. There is no fee to participate and the sales split is 60% to the artist and 40% to Iolani.

Laurie Baron, of Nohea Gallery, has agreed to address our club at the May 12th meeting. She will talk about what a gallery looks for in the pieces they carry. There are many topics that can be covered and we should have a very informative Q&A session as well. Be prepared with some questions.

The sixth annual Nohea Woodturning show has a tentative opening day of Saturday August 29, 2009. We intend to run turning demonstrations all day long with the reception to cap off the day in the late afternoon. We have been asked to work on putting together a promotional post card for the show and are asking that participants have a "signature piece" ready by the May meeting. Please bring in a couple of your best pieces for consideration.

John Frigillana
Larry Rodrigues
Sandy Rhines
Matt Takata
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Beads
  1st John Frigillana Lebanon cedar bowl with pewa patches
  1st Larry Rodrigues Norfolk pine bowl with textured and dyed      bead
  3rd Tom Young Masur birch box
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Beads
  1st Sandy Rhines Betty Scarpino style cherry carved      sculpture
  1st Matt Takata milo bowl
  3rd John Dekle koa bowl
Honorable Mention for both divisions:
    Jim Orrick pheasant wood gavel
    John Frigillana lychee vase and a piece from mystery      wood
    Craig Mason

kamani bowl

    Tim Freeman spalted mango travel mug
    Rob Hale mystery wood beaded bowl
    Kyle Iwamoto English walnut box
    John Dekle milo salt shaker
    George Wong fir box
    Tony Baideme Corian chop sticks and keawe gavel
    Jim Bannan milo box
    Alina Niemi milo toothpick holder

This year we are having a "Progressive Turning Exchange". Tim brought in a piece of curly koa and a piece of Formosan koa to kick off the exchange. Members were invited to put their names on a list if interested in participating. Seventeen folks signed up. Two of the 17 names were randomly chosen to participate. Matt Takata and Joe Swizdor were the names picked. They were to each take one of the pieces of wood home and turn something to bring back to the May 12 meeting. At the May meeting, two names will be again randomly drawn and the winners will receive one of the turned pieces. The "Progressive Turning Exchange" is intended to follow the same format, meeting to meeting. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

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

Tim reminded the challenge winners to make certain their photos are taken for the website.

All participating in the challenges or instant gallery are required to sign the participation list.

Larry Rodrigues was the lucky winner of the $25 Woodcraft gift certificate Participation Prize.

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.

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

Several members brought in wood to share: the Niemi's brought in some green lychee; Dougie Bowers brought wood which included mango and mimusops caffre; and Craig Swedburg brought in some primavera and kamani.

The featured website chosen by David Chung is by Ron Sardo. Ron explains his method of mounting bowl blanks. The URL is www.simplyturning.com/Tips/MountingBowlBlanks/index.html

David's "novice corner" included discussions on the CI1 roughing tool. A YouTube video is available http://www.youtube.com/

The challenge for the May meeting is turn something incorporating sapwood with a maximum diameter of 8 inches. There will be a Gold Division and a Silver Division.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 12, 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 March 10, 2009