March Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ March 9, 2010 Meeting

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

New members present at the meeting were John Doughty, Russell Sakamoto, and Steve Hochstetler.

Visitors were Steve and Irma Sherman from Woodstock, New York.

Charles reminded members that in order to be eligible for the Participation prize, they must bring in a piece for either the challenge or instant gallery and sign the participation sheet.

First place winners of the challenges are reminded to have their photos taken for the webpage.

Steve Sherman
Steve Sherman's Artwork

Nohea Gallery sold more donated pieces from the 2009 Show and sent another check for $225 to last year's designated charity, the River of Life Mission.

The club purchased a used Jet 1220 lathe from John Frigillana. Included with the lathe were a chuck, home-made steady rest, and reverse turning chuck. The lathe will be used for hands-on sessions, demonstrations, and other club sponsored functions.

The Gallery 563 art sale at Iolani School is schedule for April 14th to April 17. Deadline for entries was February 26.

The AAW's 24th Annual Symposium will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, June 18 through June 20.

One of the functions of the symposium is a chapter collaborative challenge.

If you have an interest in leading the effort of our collaborative, contact Charles Gerdes. Andy Cole volunteered to be responsible for getting the collaborative to Hartford.

Al Hockenberry of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) sent this insurance reminder:

For a club to be qualified to be an AAW sanctioned chapter with the AAW furnishing the liability insurance for the chapter, all officers and directors of that chapter must be AAW members. [Note: The Honolulu Woodturners' by-laws require AAW membership of the club officers.] Only the AAW member will be insured under this policy for claims that may be brought against them for bodily injury performing chapter sanctioned activity. Chapter members that are not AAW members who participate in chapter sanctioned activities are not insured for claims that may be brought against them.

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

Hammer veneering may be of interest to those who want to learn about the use of veneer on curved surfaces. The Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) sponsored demonstration will be on March 24. Cost is $75 for HFIA members and $90 for non-members. The demonstration will be presented by Alf Sharp. For additional information Alan Wilkinson at dawnphr@hawaii.rr.com or 456-1006.

Malama O Manoa's 1000 Tree Giveaway at the Manoa Pavilion will be held Sunday, April 18. The club will be doing a turning demonstration at the event. If you are able to spend a few hours turning in Manoa, contact Andy_Cole  No experience is necessary.

Planning is under way, and the dates have been set, for the 8th Annual Honolulu Woodturners' Show at Nohea Gallery. The show will kick off on Saturday July 10, and run through August 16. There will be turning demonstrations and an artist's reception on the opening day. We will also try to schedule smaller demonstrations on additional weekends throughout the show. We will be using the same great post card as last year with updated information. The promotional post cards, listing the participating artists, will be available for members to pick up and distribute at our May 11th club meeting.  Additional information and sign-up information will be sent out as it becomes available.

The HFIA Woodturning Show begins March 27 at Honolulu Academy of Arts Center.

The treasury report lists club cash assets as $8,640.36.

Membership fees are now past due. Those who have not paid their fees, will be dropped from the club's active roster.

A turning demonstration and hands-on session will be presented by well known artist Jacques Vesery on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25. To take advantage of the early bird registration discount, fees must be paid by April 10.

Jimmy Clewes is scheduled to give a turning demonstration and hands-on session October 16 and 17. Please reserve the dates on your calendar. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Mahalo to Brian Green for arranging a load of lychee wood delivered to the meeting to share.

Rob Hale mentioned he has access to various kinds of dimensioned hardwood lumber that needs to be moved out this week. The wood includes teak and mahogany. If interested, or for more information, contact Rob_Hale or 395-6876.

The $25 participation prize was won by David Chung. David also received a piece of a'ali'i wood from the Big Island donated by John Frigillana.

The prize is intended to encourage participation and is awarded to someone who enters a piece in either the challenge or instant gallery.

  Carl Sherry merbau bowl and maple burl bowl
  Tom Young walnut bowl with granite inlay
  Barry Wheeler Norfolk Island pine bowl
  John Dekle monkeypod candlesticks
  Stan Hebda koa pen with replicated Civil War parts
  Michael Horton Norfolk Island pine vase and milo natural edge bowl
  George Wong milo poi pounder with carved frog
  David Chung Norfolk Island pine bowl with freeform patch
  Rick Houck kamani bowl
  Alina Niemi jabong box with copper inlay
  Kyle Iwamoto maple goblet with captive ring
  Ed Potter milo natural edge hollow form
  Andy Cole macadamia nut natural edge bowl
  Joe Swizdor milo bowl and monkeypod motar and pestle
  Dan Erickson oak wine stopper and pens of padauk and koa
  Jim Fleming Torrey pine bowl
  Gordon Tang miniature baseball bat

The challenge was to make something out of the oak Sandy Rhines brought in at the January meeting.

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 winner.

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Oak
  1st Larry Rodrigues inside/out vase with oak finial
  2nd John Frigillana oak winged box with ebony finial
  3rd John Dekle segmented vase
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Oak
  1st Mike Chu curly koa hollow form with oak finial
  2nd Charles Gerdes oak and walnut bowl
  3rd Stan Hebda oak segmented pedestal clock
Honorable Mention for both divisions:
  Tom Young koa/oak staved bowl
  David Chung oak pepper mill
  Tim Freeman oak bud vase
  Rob Hale spalted poinciana bowl with oak
pewa patches
  Craig Mason Native American style flute
  Andy Cole bird nest with oak eggs
  Jim Fleming oak fid (sail makers' tool)
  John Dalire club and dagger for marlin fishing
  Michael Horton oak sake cups
  Dan Erickson oak wine stopper
  Barry Wheeler carved oak chain (made in
vicinity of lathe)
  Kyle Iwamoto oak box
Larry Rodrigues
Mike Chu
David Chung











Mike Chu printed out copies to share of an article by Robert Roehrig detailing how to ebonize woods that have tannin content. The article appeared in the Spring 2010 Edition of Woodturning Design magazine.

Steve Sherman, with an assist from Tony Baideme, gave a presentation on spindle turning. Steve brought in several examples of his work. His finials are awesome. Steve is an interesting speaker and his tool work is superb.

The Newcomers Corner fielded a question about end grain tear out. Several suggestions were given including using re-sharpening your tools, use sanding sealer, watered down glue, or mineral oil.

David Chung's featured website is Homestead Finishing Products and may be viewed at http://www.homesteadfinishingproducts.com/

Tee shirts and caps are for sale at the meetings. Mahalo to Andy for lugging them to the meeting. If you would like to purchase an item, contact Andy_Cole Prices and photos are available on the website

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, May 11 with a 6:00 p.m. start.

The May challenge is based on word association. The word is ogee. Dimensions are 10'' maximum.

Selected Pieces from the Challenges

Photographs courtesy of Sandy Rhines, Tom Young, Carl Sherry, and George Wong

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated March 13, 2010