September Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ September 8, 2009 Meeting

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

Tim asked visitors to introduce themselves. Richard and Kehau Nakamoto became new members in the club.

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

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.

The treasury has a balance of $5872.07.

David Chung gave a demonstration on platters. He brought in examples of various size and shapes of platters. He then turned a Norfolk Island pine platter.

David Chung

Election of officers for the 2010 year will be held at the November meeting. Charles Gerdes is the president for next year. Officers we need to elect are vice president, treasurer, and secretary. If you would like to volunteer for one of the positions, or nominate someone, please send a message to Tim Freeman

Derek Bencomo, a turner from Maui received an invitation to intern at the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia. The club donated $50 in his name. The Wood Turning Center sent literature and a DVD which will be added to the club library.

Andy declared the Nohea Gallery Woodturners show a success. So much so, that Nohea has extended the show through September 20 for one more weekend of sales. He extended our thanks to everyone who participated. We had demonstrations going on three lathes during the day and a nice artists' reception, with pupu and champagne, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Graeme Priddle, one of New Zealand's more notable turners, will be giving us a demonstration on Saturday, September 19. Information is available on the club website. There are no more slots available for the hands-on session on Sunday.

The annual Woodcraft tent show will be held Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27. 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. The club will be running demonstrations on four lathes during the show. We need members to fill 32 two-hour slots. You need not be a world class turner to do this. We just need folks to make some chips. You will need to bring your own wood and tools. Woodcraft will provide dinner for the vendors and turners on Saturday evening. If you can kokua, please let Andy know at Andy Cole

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.

The First Annual Honolulu Woodturners Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. Pat Kramer and Mike Lee, two of our elite turners, will each give a 90 minute presentation on Saturday followed by breakout rotations given by other club members. Lunch will be provided for club members and a catered dinner for members and their guests.

The Saturday evening program will feature a keynote speaker, an auction of pieces made by demonstrators such as Eli Avisera and Graeme Priddle, and plenty of door prizes.

Joan Graham will be the coordinator for a used tool sale and has made tags to be attached to the tools. Information needed is a description of the tool, contact name, price, and an inventory sheet. We will try to distribute an inventory sheet similar to what we have used for events such as the Collectible Show.

The symposium cost is $25 per member if paid prior to September 30.

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Miniature
  1st Tom Young spalted maple hollow form  
  2nd John Dekle keawe ring box with maple lid and walnut knob  
  3rd John Frigillana kou 'umeke with cover  
  3rd Larry Rodrigues Formosan koa 'umeke with cover  
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Miniature
  1st David Chung Italian Cyprus bowl with honu piercing  
  2nd Tony Baideme spalted mango bowl with CA finish  
  3rd Mike Chu kingwood bowl  
  3rd Carl Sherry milo poi pounder with stand  
Honorable Mention for both divisions:
    Gordon Tang palm nut bowl and tauga nut mushroom  
    Tim Freeman acrylic impregnated mango bowl and milo bowl  
    Kyle Iwamoto maple box  
    Sandy Rhines threaded koa box with chatter tool embellishment  
    Keith Maile koa kepa lima eye gouge  
Tom Young
David Chung












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 September meeting was to turn a miniature piece. The finished size must be no larger than a 2'' x 2'' x 2'' cube.

The $25 participation prize was won by Tim Freeman. The prize is intended to encourage participation and is awarded to someone who enters a piece in either the challenge or instant gallery.

The progressive turning exchange is a new activity of the club this year. A paper was passed around and all who wish to participate were asked to sign it. The names were assigned numbers and a number picked as the winner. Jim Cochrun received a spalted mango bowl from Andy Cole and John Dekle received a kingwood box with ebony knob from Tom Young. Jim and John are required to supply the wood and turn something for the exchange at the November meeting.

David Chung's Newcomer Corner: John Dekle is considering upgrading his lathe and asked for opinions. Sandy Rhines asked about the Trend Air Flow filtration system but evidently no one has any experience with it.

David's Featured Website is WoodCentral It is a forum where turners ask questions about problems and photos are posted with folks making comments. David specifically mentioned Russ Fairfield has posted a lot of helpful information under the Articles section.

Jim Cochrun and Andy Cole
Tom Young and John Dekle

Anyone interested in purchasing club tee-shirts, caps, and polo shirts may contact Andy

The challenge for the November meeting is to turn a footed bowl no larger than 8 inches in diameter. There will be a Gold and Silver Division.

Selected Challenge Pieces

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

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry and Geoarge Wong

Submitted by Tom Young


Revised September 8, 2009