July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Minutes of July 12, 2011 Meeting

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

Stan asked visitors George Guadiane and Dennis DeLuce to introduce themselves. George is an annual visitor from New York. He brought an elm burl and a white oak burl to share with the club. The burls were offered to winners in lieu of a gift certificate.

Stan Hebda

Stan announced the passing of Stewart Chow's wife, Anne. Anne lost her long-time battle with cancer July 6. Services are Friday, July 15, 2011, at Punahou Chapel. Visitation is 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Service 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Refreshments 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stewart and his family.

Stan also announced the passing of Joan Kelly. Joan was a resident of Tennessee and died from a lathe accident. He stressed the importance of 'Safety First'. Joan's story may be found on the internet at www.woodturnersamerica.com

T-shirts and caps with the club logo are available at a cost of $15. See the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/apparel.html for additional information.

End grain wood sealer is also for sale at the meetings for $15 a gallon. Bring your own container.

John Dekle is leaving the islands and will be relocating in Harrison, Tennessee. John has been a member of Honolulu Woodturners since September 2008.

Dan Erickson is retiring from the Air Force and will be moving back to Wisconsin. Dan joined the club October, 2009. Dan, mahalo for serving.

Michael Horton

Andy Cole reported the treasury has a balance of $8,638.58.

The program was presented by Michael Horton. Michael is a professional photographer. He handed out a tip sheet on how to photograph your bowls. Michael said one of the most important things is to always use a tripod or some means to steady the camera. The other most important aspect is the lighting. Michael said he often spends more time setting up the lighting than the actual shooting of the photograph. Another feature of modern cameras is the white balance adjustment on your camera. Dig out your manual and read up on it. For more information on photography, Michael suggested visiting the following website: www.photoflexlightingschool.com/index.html  YouTube has many videos to help with your photography. Check it out at www.youtube.com Following are some photos taken by Michael of the gavels.

Examples of Michael Horton's Photography

The club is considering a bulk purchase of StarBond CA glue from CPH International. This should result in a considerable savings to club members on the purchase of CA glue. More information will be distributed when it becomes available.

The club has acquired a Oneway Talon chuck for the club's Rikon mini lathe.

The Kip Christensen demonstration is scheduled for July 16. See the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2011_christensen_flyer.html for details.

The American Association of Woodturners' 25th Anniversary Symposium was held in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 24, 25, and 26. Representing the club in St. Paul, were Andy Cole, Stan Hebda, Jim Bannister, Alina Niemi, and Craig Mason. Also in attendance were Ron Kent, who led the panel discussion on Artist to the Collector and Aaron Hammer. The consensus is the symposium was 'amazing'.

The AAW 2012 Symposium will be held in San Jose, California, June 8, 9, and 10. A Walk in the Woods is the juried exhibit theme.

One of the greatest accomplishments of a wood turner is to be published. In the AAW 25th Anniversary book Woodturning Today, there are photos of turnings by both Sharon Doughtie and Pat Kramer. The book also has an article by Alina Niemi on her journey to wood turning. In the booklet Turning 25, there is a photo of Tom Young's milo calabash.

In the June 2011 edition of the Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) newsletter is an article on Andy Cole.

The 9th Annual Nohea Gallery Woodturning Show will run August 6 through September 18 at Ward Warehouse. Opening day will include turning demonstrations from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Following the demonstrations will be an artist potluck reception. Mark the date on your calendar as we will need volunteers to man the lathes. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of donated gavels will be given to the American Red Cross (Japan Tsunami Relief). This is a great opportunity for members to place their art with a gallery. All members are encouraged to participate. Pieces being entered into the show should be delivered to the Nohea Ward Warehouse store, 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard, between July 13 and July 18.

Alan Kamaura Scored a Piece of Neem

Dougie Bowers brought in camphor wood to share and Albert Koorenhof brought in neem logs to share.

Raymond Len brought in pieces of Corian to share.

The Third Annual Honolulu Symposium, featuring well known local artists headlined by Big Island artist Kelly Dunn and our own Sharon Doughtie, is scheduled for Saturday, October 22, and Sunday, October 23. Visit Kelly's website at www.kellydunnwoodturner.com and Sharon's website at www.sharondoughtie.com The organizing committee is hard at work with the goal of making this the best Honolulu Symposium yet. Additional information will be forthcoming as it becomes 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.

David Chung was the winner of the Participation Prize. David chose the elm burl donated by George Guadiane.

The challenges are on the honor system. Two wins in the Silver Division moves you to the Gold Division. Woodcraft gift certificates 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 July was to turn a gavel and strike plate. There was a Gold Division and a Silver Division.

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Gavel with Strike Plate
  1st Tom Young pheasantwood (kolohala)
  2nd Rob Hale maple with freehand tapa design drawn in ink
  3rd Mike Chu Hawaiian rosewood with ebony handle
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Gavel with Strike Plate
  1st Eric LeBuse milo head with curly koa handle
  2nd George Wong pheasantwood and milo
  3rd Carl Sherry curly koa
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions
    Larry Rodrigues macadamia nut
    John Frigillana longan
    David Chung mahogany and pheasantwood with burned design
    Andy Cole Formosan koa and pheasantwood
    Craig Mason koa
    Dougie Bowers koa with keawe strike log
    Tim Freeman cherry with lignum vitae handle
    Kyle Iwamoto multi-center narra with monkeypod/lychee strike plate
    Wayne Stierli lychee
    Charles Gerdes lychee and robusta
    Ed Niemi Formosan koa and teak with laminated handle
    Jim Fleming keawe and lychee

Winners of the challenges and the participation prize winner are reminded to have their photos taken for the website. The winners did not get their photos taken at the meeting, therefore, they are not posted on this webpage.

Selected Pieces from the Challenges

For the September program, Ed Potter assigned five team leaders and gave each a piece of maple. The team leaders are Ed Potter, Andy Cole, Tim Freeman, Craig Mason, and Tom Young. Members are encouraged to contact a team leader and join a team. Ed thinks 5 members on each team would be a good number. The intent is to take the piece of maple and, as a group, do something with it. Preferably some kind of embellishment such as carving, burning, coloring, texturing, etc. The pieces should be finished and brought to the September meeting. A winning piece will be chosen with some kind of prize offered. All five pieces will be donated to the club and auctioned off at the 2011 Honolulu Symposium.

The challenge for the September meeting is something based on association with the word kitchen.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, September 13, 2011, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Revised July 23, 2011