September Newsletter


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

Charles encouraged folks to wear name tags.

Winners of the challenges and the participation prize winner are reminded to have their photos taken for the website.

The club offers for sale logo items such as caps and T-shirts for $15.00 each. The items are listed on the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/apparel.html

  Roy Masaki
Roy Masaki

Roy Masaki gave us a great demonstration on how to master the skew. The demonstration was well organized and interesting. The finish cuts made from the skew would require minimal sanding.

The club also has a 55 gallon of green wood sealer which is sold at the meetings for $15 per gallon. Please pay the treasurer, Andy Cole, and sign the inventory sheet as the sheet is used to determine how much sealer is left in the drum. Bring your own container.

Brett Schenk was a first time visitor and signed up to be a member of the club.

Nomination and election of officers for 2011 will be held at the November meeting. Please think about what your personal level of participation in club activities will be in the year 2011 and how you can contribute to making the Honolulu Woodturners club a better organization. Stan Hebda, as current Vice President, is the President for next year. Officers we need to elect are Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. If you would like to volunteer to run for one of the positions, or nominate someone, please contact Charles_Gerdes

Jim Duxbury, a wood turner from North Carolina, has agreed to give us a demonstration on how to make a kaleidoscope. The demonstration is scheduled for February 5, 2011. Additional information is available on the website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org

Dean Mailheau Brought Wood to Share
Formosan Koa for November Challenge

The club has been collecting wood to give away at this year's symposium. It was decided to use one of the pallets of Formosan koa for the November challenge. Members were invited to take a piece or two for that purpose. There is still Formosan koa available, so to pick up a piece, contact Mike_Chu Mahalo to Fred Humphrey for storing and bringing the wood to the meeting.

The treasury has a balance of $7,470.04. That total does not include symposium fees.

The American Association of Woodturners will celebrate its 25-year anniversary in 2011 at the St. Paul Symposium. One of the special events will be an exhibition, Turning 25 -- A Celebration. Each chapter of the AAW is encouraged and welcome to enter this exhibit. The exhibit goal is for each chapter to enter a piece that exemplifies and represents that chapter. To that end, the January challenge is to turn either a calabash or poi pounder. The piece must fit in an 8 inch cube with a weight limit of 3 pounds. For more information and complete rules, visit www.woodturner.org/ The winning piece will be sent to AAW as the club's entry.

July 7 was the opening day of the annual Nohea Woodturning Show. This year's show was a benefit to the Hawaii Food Bank. Mahalo to folks who donated pieces and thanks to Andy for coordinating the event. To see photos of the event, visit the club webpage.

The club put on a demonstration for the Hawaii State Art Museum on Saturday, September 11. Mahalo to Mike Chu for coordinating the event. Photos are available on the website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org

The second Annual Honolulu Symposium will be held October 16 and 17 at MRC. So far 53 folks have signed up for the two day event including Joe Herrmann, editor of Woodturning Design Magazine. This year the symposium has been expanded and the featured presenter will be Jimmy Clewes from the mainland. It will also include presenters Cliff Johns, Don Albrecht, and Gregg Smith from the Big Island. Club members doing demonstrations are Andy Cole, Gordon Tang, Larry Rodrigues, Ed Potter, and Tom Young.

Planned activities include a silent to live auction where participants may submit one piece. Pieces will be on a 50/50 split with the club.

There will also be an Instant Gallery where participants are allowed to bring up to three pieces. The pieces may be for 'display only' or for sale. Sales will be directly between buyer and seller. The club will not collect nor distribute funds. Key demonstrators will be asked to pick their favorite piece and explain their choice at a panel discussion.

Additionally, we will be having a used tool sale. Check around your shop for any tools you no longer use and consider selling them at the symposium. Contact Joan_Graham if you wish to sell something or have questions.

Additional information, along with a printable flyer and registration form, are available on the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org Andy noted the early sign-up period has passed, but asked folks to please consider signing up as soon as possible as we need to have accurate numbers to plan for the activities and food.

Craig Mason
Alina Niemi
Tom Young
Steve Sherman
John Dekle
Dan Erickson
Larry Rodrigues
Mike Chu
John Frigillana
Selected Ornaments from the Challenge

The challenge for the September meeting was to turn an ornament. Woodcraft gift certificates are awarded to the first three places in each challenge with $20 for first place, $15 for second place, and $10 for third place.

The winner of the $25 gift certificate participation prize was David Chung.
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Ornament
  1st Larry Rodrigues inside/out pheasantwood ornament with pink ivory finial
  2nd Craig Mason sea urchin ornament with ebony finial
  2nd Steve Sherman buckeye burl ornament with ebony finial
  3rd Mike Chu banksia pod ornament with pink ivory finial
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Ornament
  1st John Frigillana redbud beaded ornament with opiuma finial
  2nd Alina Niemi penguin ornament
  3rd Dan Erickson maple ornament with black cherry finial
Honorable Mention:
    Tom Young curly koa with blackwood finial
    John Dekle fir ring with purpleheart finial
David Chung
Participation Winner









Andy has volunteered to coordinate Woodcraft's Hawaii Woodturning Show demonstration October 23 and 24. In previous years, we have had three or four lathes up and running, with demonstrations going all day, both days. He will be seeking demonstrators for the weekend so please plan on lending a hand. We will need plenty of volunteers. No experience necessary. Additional information will be sent out as the demonstration nears.

Larry Rodrigues
1st Place ~ Gold Division
Craig Mason
2nd Place ~ Gold
Mike Chu
3rd Place ~ Gold Division
John Frigillana
1st Place ~ Silver Division
Alina Niemi
2nd Place ~ Silver Division
Dan Erickson
3rd Place ~ Silver Division

David's Featured Websites:

George Wong Coiling a Band Saw Blade

Both websites have products for woodturners. The first site is an inexpensive source for CA glue. The turn-around time is very good and there is free shipping for orders of $20 or more. The second website is primarily a source for sandpaper products. Both sites have a good reputation for quality service.

David Chung's 'Newcomer Corner' was a quick demonstration on how to coil a band saw blade. Andy and George Wong demonstrated alternative methods. Craig Mason is still thinking about it. A quick video is available on YouTube here.

Dean Mailheau brought in a mixed load of wood to share.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, November 9, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

The September challenge is to turn a piece from Formosan koa. There are no dimension limits. There will be a Gold Division and a Silver Division. If you need a piece of Formosan koa, contact Mike_Chu

Brett Schenk took a video of Roy Masaki using the skew and a video of the band saw blade coiling. The videos may be viewed at http://qik.com/video/12923055 and http://qik.com/video/12923095 With a little planning we can probably do a better job of the videos and maybe I can figure out how to post them on the website. Mahalo Brett for your efforts.

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, and George Wong

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated September 17, 2010