January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ January 12, 2010 Meeting

President Charles Gerdes gaveled the meeting to order shortly after 6:00 p.m.

Members are encouraged to make and wear name tags as it is a big help in learning the names of our fellow wood turners. For those who did not bring a name tag, Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues supplied them with a paper tag.

Albert Koorenhof is the newest member of the Honolulu Woodturners Club. Randall Nakamura and Gerry Davis of California were visitors at the meeting.

Charles introduced the club officers for 2010. They are:
     Charles Gerdes, president
     Stan Hebda, vice president
     Andy Cole, treasurer
     Tom Young, secretary

The Progressive Exchange has been suspended due to lack of participation. Pieces made by November winners, Dan Erickson and Tom Young, will be auctioned off at the Honolulu Symposium this fall.

Dan Erickson's Donation
Tom Young's Donation

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 for more information.

Charles reminded folks that membership fees for 2010 are now due.

We received two letters of thanks and appreciation; one from Hought Wahl and the other from The River of Life Mission.

Ernie Newman, of Australia, and Hought Wahl, of Atlanta, Georgia, have established a Samoa Tsunami Relief Project. Basically, they are going to teach woodturning in Samoa at the Beautiful Expression of Nature Fine Arts Academy in Apia, Samoa. They asked for funds to purchase lathes, chucks, and tools. The club officers agreed to donate $250 to their efforts. Ernie and Hought are each paying for their own expenses and all donations are for tools and equipment. The website of the academy is http://www.benacademy.ws/

Ed Potter Demonstrating Proper Tool Angle

The River of Life Food program was the beneficiary of proceeds from pieces donated by club members and sold by Nohea Gallery at last fall's show. The program received a check in the amount of $547. Mahalo to all who donated pieces.

Andy Cole, treasurer, reported as of December 31, 2009, the club treasury had a balance of $6,542.04. Prior to the meeting, 25 members had paid their dues for 2010.

The club has made arrangements to bring in two visiting turners for demonstration and hands-on sessions:

Jacques Vesery on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. Jacques' website may be viewed at http://www.jacquesvesery.com/

Jimmy Clewes is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, and Sunday, October 17. His website may be viewed at http://www.jimmyclewes.com/index.shtml

Further information on the demonstrations will be sent out as it becomes available.

Gallery 563, formerly known as the Iolani Fair and Art Show, will be held April 16 and 17. This is an excellent opportunity to get your turnings out in the public eye and maybe make some sales. The sale price is split 60/40 with 60% going to the artist. If you plan on participating, you must submit the Artist Information and Contact sheets by Friday, February 26. For more information see e-mail sent January 6 or contact Leilani Furtuno at lei@iolani.org or 943-2253.

There was plenty of wood brought in to share. Dan Erickson brought in a java plum log; John Dekle brought in mango and pomelo (jabong); and John Dambacher brought in some mango.

Sandy Rhines brought in some pieces of white oak. Craig Mason suggested that would be a good idea for the challenge next meeting. If you did not get a piece, there are a few remaining. Contact Andy Cole, Rob Hale, or Larry Rodrigues.

Anchorseal and T-shirts are available for sale at the meetings. Tony Baideme mentioned that there is a new generation of Anchorseal called AS2 available. For more information on this product, check out their website at http://www.uccoatings.com/Home/Products/ANCHORSEAL

The Newcomers' Corner discussion was again led by David Chung. Questions are asked and anyone who wishes may respond. Steve Kearney asked a question about reverse chucking which led to a nice discussion.

The board has decided to continue awarding Woodcraft gift certificates to the first three places in each challenge. We are also continuing with the $25 participation price gift certificate.

Folks were reminded that in order to be eligible, you must sign the participation sheet. Please fill in the information as yours truly uses the sheet to help in writing up the instant gallery information and the results of the challenges.

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

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.

Craig Mason
George Wong
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Natural Edge
  1st Craig Mason hollow form with maple termites
  2nd Andy Cole Cuban mahogany bowl
  3rd John Frigillana maple burl bowl
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Natural Edge
  1st George Wong koa natural edge bowl
  2nd Mike Chu monkeypod crotch bowl
  3rd Barry Wheeler hau vase
Honorable Mention for both divisions
    David Chung fern tree bowl
    Tom Young koa bowl
    Larry Rodrigues macadamia nut bowl
    Ed Potter carved and textured koa bowl
    John Dekle dragon eye (longan) bowl
    Rob Hale mango piece
    Jim Fleming bowl from mystery wood
    David Louie monkeypod bowl
    Carl Sherry macadamia nut bowl
    Kyle Iwamoto Christmas berry bowl
    Dean Mailheau milo bowl
    Stan Hebda aspen burl bowl
    Eric LeBuse milo bowl
    Ed Niemi milo bowl
    Carl Swedberg large roughed out kamani bowl

John Frigillana donated a piece of a'ali'i wood from the Big Island as an alternate prize.

David's Featured Websites:
http://www.woodturnerruss.com/ Russ Fairfield's website
http://www.woodcentral.com/russ/russindex.shtml WoodCentral's Russ's Corner

Ed Potter presented the program where he stressed tool control and the correct way to use your gouges in turning.


The challenge for March is to make a piece that incorporates the white oak that Sandy brought in. There are a few pieces of the oak remaining. Contact Andy Cole, Rob Hale, or Larry Rodrigues to make arrangements to get one.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 9, 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 14, 2010