May Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ May 12, 2009 Meeting

Vice President Charles Gerdes called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. President Tim Freeman was off island.

Charles asked visitors to introduce themselves. They were Larry Kinnup from Chicago, John Dumbarker, Ron Miller, Pila Short, and Ben Wang.

Charles encouraged folks to 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 have been dropped form the active member list.

Thanks to the efforts of Charles, the Honolulu Woodturners are now registered as an official non-profit organization with the state of Hawaii.

Mahalo to David Chung for putting together an order for a case of nitrile gloves. By buying a case, David was able to get the gloves at a considerable discount.

David spoke about Eli Avisera who will be conducting a demonstration and hands-on session May 24 and 25. He encouraged members to attend as Eli is an exceptional turner. See photos at www.honoluluwoodturners.org Prior to the meeting we had 12 folks signed up for the demonstration and 5 for the hands-on session.

David also offered, to the winner of a drawing, an extra Keith Tompkins thickness gauge. The lucky winner was Ben Wang.

Tom Young held a 'sawdust session' at his place on March 21. He said it was an unqualified success and is thinking about making it an annual event. He said over 25 turners showed up, both novice and experienced. Some stayed the entire day while others a lesser amount of time. Joan Graham spoke about how much she enjoyed the experience and felt she learned a lot. Some photos are available on the website here

Andy Cole reported the treasury has a balance of $6,543.63.

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 at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) show was held March 27 through April 5. Several club members participated including Sharon Doughtie, Pat Kramer, Stan Hebda and Andy Cole.

Iolani Fair and Art Show was held April 17 and 18 with a number of club members participating. Some made sales, but overall, sales were reported to be slower than in previous years.

The Utah Woodturning Symposium's 30 Anniversary Show at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah runs May 14 through 16. Their website is www.utahwoodturning.com/

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) annual symposium is being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 26 through 28. Pat Kramer will be one of the demonstrators.

The Made in Hawaii Festival is scheduled for August 21 through 23. Stan Hebda explained the club had originally planned to have a booth at the show. However, organizers have decided the club does not qualify as they want to limit the vendors in a booth to two. They have returned our fees. Their website is www.madeinhawaiifestival.com/ Stan is looking into the possibility of having a booth and if anyone is interested, please contact Stan at stan_hebda@honoluluwoodturners.org

The Hawaii Craftsman's Second Saturday event is scheduled for September 12. More information will be sent out as it becomes available.

Makena Ross, Laurie Baron & Amanda Coupland

The Woodcraft vendor show may be cancelled this year as vendors appear to be reluctant to send their folks to Hawaii in these economic times.

The First Annual Honolulu Woodturners Symposium is still in the planning stages. The club is considering putting on a weekend long Honolulu Woodturners Symposium with multiple demonstrations and workshops going on simultaneously. The demonstrators 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. Volunteers are needed. If you are willing to help, please contact Andy Cole at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org

The newly formed Kauai Woodturners sent a card and note thanking us for our contribution to their club.

Dennis Feinberg & Joe Swizdor
Craig Mason & Matt Takata

Laurie Baron, Makena Ross, and Amanda Coupland of Nohea Gallery talked about how to get started selling pieces in a high-end gallery and what is expected from the gallery's standpoint. They encouraged us to enter high quality pieces in the Nohea Woodturning show as a great way to get started. They went over how the consignment agreement works said they issue checks once a month. Typically, if a piece does not sell within a year, you should probably take another look at the piece as it may be over-priced or flawed. When determining price, they encouraged us to think from the customer's point of view. They said there is a large demand for small gifts under $25 and they really go fast. With the down economy, clientele look for nice pieces made in Hawaii, particularly pieces that are unusual. For examples of unusual items, they suggested kaleidoscopes, poi pounders, and gavels. Bowls priced in the $200 to $300 range sell reasonably well, while higher priced bowls typically are bought as corporate gifts and do not move as quickly.

The Nohea folks picked out six pieces from the instant gallery they would like to consider using for a postcard to publicize the show. They were Larry Rodrigues' kapakahi hollow form and his inside/out turning; Ed Potter's lignum vitae vessel with pewa patches and his Madagascar ebony bowl; Craig Mason's footed kamani natural edge bowl; and Carl Sherry's lychee bowl.

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

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 May meeting was to turn something with sapwood, maximum diameter of 8 inches.

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Sapwood
  1st Craig Mason sculptured mahogany vessel with milo finial
  2nd John Frigillana lidded milo form with piercing
  3rd Tom Young milo hollow form with ebony finial
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Sapwood
  1st Joe Swizdor milo bowl
  2nd Rick Houck green turned osage orange bowl
  3rd Carl Sherry koa bowl with bark inclusion
Honorable Mention for both Divisions:
    Ed Potter kou bowl with texturing
    Charles Gerdes milo lamp
    David Chung milo bowl with carved rim
    Keith Mile kou calabash
    Andy Cole koa sphere
    Larry Rodrigues milo jar with finial
    Barry Wheeler milo vase
    Gordon Tang koa platter
    Rob Hale milo bowl
    Dougie Bowers pheasant wood box
    Jim Fleming pheasant wood bowl
    Ed Niemi mystery wood natural edge bowl
    Dennis Feinberg monkeypod bowl
Craig Mason
Joe Swizdor













Instant Gallery:
Many pieces were brought in for the Instant Gallery. Due to time constraints we were not able to acknowledge the pieces.

The 6th Annual Nohea Woodturning Show will begin August 29. This is a chance to display our local artists and local woods. 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 club has been asked to choose the charity. More information will be sent out as it becomes available.

The progressive turning exchange is a new activity of the club. A numbered ticket was given to all members who wanted to participate. The winners of the progressive turning exchange received pieces turned by Joe Swizdor or Matt Takata. The winners are required to supply the wood and turn something for the next meeting. The winner of Joe's curly koa piece was Dennis Feinberg and the winner of Matt's Formosan koa turning was Craig Mason. Next meeting Craig and Dennis will bring in pieces to exchange with the July's winners.

Dean Mailheau, librarian, thanked Rick Houck for donating back issues of Fine Woodworking magazines.

Jim Orrick brought in pieces of soft leader to share. He said he uses them as a sanding pad.

Craig Mason brought in some black olive logs to share.

Dean Mailheau shared a website where they sell quality and fairly priced sandpaper. The name of the company is The Sanding Glove and their website is www.thesandingglove.com/

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 July meeting is a bit different. Rob Hale provided a 'seed' word and the challenge is to turn something related to it. The 'seed' word is 'hole' and it is up to you to interpret it. Use your imagination. There is no size limit. There will be a Gold Division and a Silver Division.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, July 14, 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 May 12, 2009