January Newsletter


President Stan Hebda brought the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Stan asked new members and visitors to introduce themselves. Visiting were: Gerry Davis from California, Dan from Colorado, and Fred Baldwin from Vancouver, B.C. and new member Lono Goo.

The newly elected 2011 board was introduced:
  President Stan Hebda  
  Vice President Mike Chu  
  Treasurer Andy Cole  
  Secretary Tom Young  

Stan expressed mahalo to Carl Sherry and George Wong for taking photos of the challenge entries and instant gallery pieces; to Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues for handling the challenges and instant gallery; to Dean Mailheau, our librarian; and to Brett Schenk, our videographer.

Stan Hebda

Stan made a plea for a volunteer to head the program committee. Mahalo to Ed Potter for once again volunteering.

Joe Herrmann, editor of Woodturning Design Magazine, published a very nice, four-page spread on the Honolulu Symposium. The magazine is available at Woodcraft.

Stan reminded folks that club membership fees are due. If you have not paid your 2011 dues yet, please print out the application form, make out a $25 check payable to the Honolulu Woodturners, and mail to Andy at:
          Andy Cole, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          1534 Bertram Street
          Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
The form is available on the club website

Andy Cole gave the Treasurer's report: Total balance on hand prior to the meeting was $7,442.59. Other notable items prior to the meeting: 2011 dues collected 32 and 5 Jim Duxbury demonstration sign-ups. Two barrels of end grain sealer have been ordered with an estimated arrival time at the end of January. When drawing end-grain sealer, please sign the inventory sheet as the sheet is used to determine how much sealer is left in the drum.

The Jim Duxbury demonstration is scheduled for February 5. Jim is a member of the Carolina Mountain Woodturners and will demonstrate the turning of his traditional kaleidoscope at an all-day demonstration on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Fees, including lunch, are $30 if paid prior to January 15 or $40 if paid after January 15. For more information, visit the website

Stan asked for a show of hands of members belonging to the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). The majority appear to belong to the AAW. The club encourages you to join the AAW. Benefits include: American Woodturners Journal, merchandise discounts, group insurance rates, education opportunity grants, and AAW Forum/Member-Only web resources. AAW information is available on their website at www.woodturner.org

Dan Erickson

Dan Erickson gave a nice presentation on how to make a bottle stopper. This appears to be a nice quick project. Dan said he buys his bottle stopper kits from Penn State Industries. They also sell a bottle stopper chuck that Dan uses. Penn State's website is www.pennstateind.com

Thanks to the efforts of Charles Gerdes, the Honolulu Woodturners club now has a General Excise License and will be paying general excise taxes on end-grain sealer and apparel sales. The club will absorb the tax, so the prices will remain the same.

The club is planning a Pen and Sets Fest for Saturday, February 26, at Fred Humphrey's Olomana Ranch in Waimanalo. The primary purpose of the Pen and Sets Fest is to just get to know each other better, talk story, exchange ideas, ask questions, improve our techniques, pick up some tips, to just have some fun, and to give hands-on time for those who want.

The club has ordered 25 Slimline pen kits and will provide curly koa pen blanks for those wishing to try pen turning. If you would like to try another type of pen, please bring your own kit and wood. We will have three or four small lathes for the pen turning with mentors available for hands-on help and assistance. The sets portion will be hands-on coring for nested sets and will be lead by Andy Cole. We will be using the club Powermatic for the coring and a Jet 1642 for the setup.

David Chung has agreed to help coordinate the event. Additional information will be sent out as it becomes available. Block off your calendars for February 26.

Jimmy Clewes left three pieces unfinished after his demonstration last fall. Stan asked for volunteers to finish the pieces and make them available for auction at this year's symposium. Jim Fleming volunteered to finish the pheasantwood box, Gordon Tang the inlayed stars box, and David Chung the bowl.

The library has received DVD's of David Chung's peppermill demonstration and a Pen Turning Demonstration by Penn State Industries.

Tom Young
1st Place ~ Gold
Gordon Tang
2nd Place ~ Gold Division
John Frigillana
3rd Place ~ Gold Division
George Wong
1st Place ~ Silver Division
Carl Sherry
2nd Place ~ Silver Division
Dan Nakanishi
3rd Place ~ Silver Division
Andy reminded folks the club has logoed T-shirts and other apparel for sale. Prices and photos are available on the website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/apparel.html

David Chung's featured website is by Russ Fairfield. Russ recently passed but had written many articles on various aspects of woodturning. The articles are available on the WoodCentral website at www.woodcentral.com/russ/russindex.shtml

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Calabash
  1st Tom Young milo
  2nd Gordon Tang kou
  3rd John Frigillana milo
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Calabash
  1st George Wong spalted tamarind
  2nd Carl Sherry Norfolk Island pine
  3rd Dan Nakanishi Norfolk Island pine with star
Honorable Mention:
    Rick Houck shower
    Keith Maile kou umeki with cover
    Michael Horton milo
    Larry Rodrigues kou
    Andy Cole mango
    Jim Fleming dragoneye
    David Chung milo with silver inlay
    Eric LeBuse kou
    Mike Chu koa with cover
    Norman Brand mango
    Craig Mason kou with cover
    Rob Hale koa

Mahalo to those who brought in wood to share. Craig Mason brought in some olive, Ed Potter some silky oak, and Dougie Bowers a mixed lot. There was also Formosan koa available.

Everyone who participates in the challenge, or the instant gallery, was reminded they must sign the participation sheet to be eligible for the Participation Prize.

The winner of the $25 gift certificate participation prize was George Wong.

The challenge for the January meeting was to turn a calabash. The calabash must fit within an 8 inch cube with a weight limit of 3 pounds. The challenge is in conjunction with The American Association of Woodturners 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 to enter this exhibit. The goal is for each chapter to enter a piece that exemplifies and represents that chapter. The winning calabash will be sent, at the club's expense, to the AAW as the club's entry. The winner was Tom Young.

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.

Selected Calabash from the Challenge

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

David also brought in some containers to share that can be used to store a Danish type oil. There were various sizes. Soaking is a commonly used method of finishing Norfolk Island Pine pieces.

The challenge for March will be to turn a bottle stopper with no size limitations. There will be a Gold and a Silver Division.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, March 8, 2011, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated January 12, 2011