March Newsletter


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

Stan asked any visitors to introduce themselves. Visiting were: Chuck and Ann Horton from Richmond, Virginia. Chuck and Ann are former Hawaii residents and would like to pick up some wood. If you have any extra, contact them at annchuck@cox.net  Also visiting were Albert and Mae Kalilikane, Chris Rollins from the North Shore, Ronald Hall, Wayne Furr, from Norman, Oklahoma, and Tom Robb, from Concord, North Carolina.

Tom Young asked folks to wear a name tag. He has some clips available if you would like one to make your own.

The current balance in the club treasury is $8,590.89. The Jim Duxbury demonstration drew an attendance of 22 members who paid a total of $660. Costs were $487.96, leaving the club with a net gain of $172.04.

Stan reminded folks that club membership fees are past 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:

  Ed Potter
Ed Potter, Program Chair

          Andy Cole, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          1534 Bertram Street
          Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

The form is available on the club website

Ed Potter, our Program Chairman, tried something different to get more participation.

He had asked folks to bring in their favorite gouge. He then asked folks to sign a card and place the card in one of three categories: advanced, intermediate, or novice. Ed drew names from each category and formed four teams led by Andy Cole, Tim Freeman, Craig Mason, and Tom Young. He had four pieces of milo and each team member was given an allotted time to turn a bowl.

team 1  
Randy Sawyer, Andy Cole, and Fred Humphrey
team 2  
Kraig Smith, Chuck Horton, and Tim Freeman
team 3  
Craig Smith, Barry Wheeler, and Edward Niemi
team 4  
John Frigillana, Dan Erickson, and Tom Young

Two new barrels of end grain sealer have been received. 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 cost is $15 per gallon. Please pay Andy Cole.

Edward and Alina brought in some jacaranda wood to share.

John Dekle brought in various cans of stains and finishes to share. John will be moving to Tennessee in August.

There is an open invitation for members who do not have a section on the club website gallery to have one added or to upgrade existing photos in the gallery. Contact Tom Young for information.

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) show runs from April 9 through April 17 at the Academy Art Center at Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street. This is on the Diamond Head side of Thomas Square Park. The HFIA website is www.woodshow.hawaiiforest.org

The tentative dates of the Third Annual Honolulu Symposium have been set for October 22 and 23.

Erin Guth is undertaking a wood processing/carving feasibility study on behalf of the Ho'oulu 'Aina Nature Preserve (HANP) in Kalihi Valley for a graduate class at UH Manoa. The HANP is a program of Kokua Kalihi Valley which is a community organized and operated non-profit corporation aiming to build connections between the health of the land and the health of the people. In line with this work, they are conducting reforestation efforts to remove alien species from the land while at the same time bringing people from the community together to share experiences and cultures through activities to restore the native landscape.

In line with their work, a group of students and Erin are now working together to research potential uses for the alien Albizia trees removed that will also further support their community building and cultural sharing objectives. As such, Erin would be very interested in interviewing turners who have worked with Albizia.

Erin would love to interview club members to gain insight into working with this wood as well as ask general questions regarding wood processing techniques utilized to treat and cure woods to better inform our wood carving feasibility study on Albizia.
If you are interested, and available for an interview, please contact Erin at 271-4033 or flairguth@yahoo.com

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 Jim Fleming.

The challenge for the March meeting was to turn a bottle stopper.

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Selected Bottle Stoppers from the Challenge

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.

Craig Mason
Mike Chu
John Frigillana
Craig Mason
1st Place ~ Gold
Mike Chu
2nd Place ~ Gold Division
John Frigillana
3rd Place ~ Gold Division
Dan Erickson
Charles Gerdes
Dan Nakanishi
Dan Erickson
1st Place ~ Silver Division
Charles Gerdes
2nd Place ~ Silver Division
Dan Nakanishi
3rd Place ~ Silver Division
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Bottle Stopper
  1st Craig Mason segmented maple and ebony
  2nd Mike Chu koa
  3rd John Frigillana koa poi pounder
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Bottle Stopper
  1st Dan Erickson olive with captive ring
  2nd Charles Gerdes mango bottle with stopper from packing crate from India
  3rd Dan Nakanishi banksia pod
Honorable Mention:
    Tim Freeman pheasant wood cup shaped
    Tom Young milo poi pounder
    Larry Rodrigues pheasant wood and pink ivory poi pounder
    John Dekle quarter inset in Noble fir from Christmas
    Rob Hale multi center maple
    Jim Fleming King Kalakaua quarter inset in mystery wood
    Edward Niemi segmented stopper
    Raymond Len koa with quarter inset
    Kyle Iwamoto koa
    Sandy Rhines tulip wood

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

Featured website: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BghA6ngN54U&feature=related

The challenge for May will be based on word association. The word is 'handle' with no size limitations. There will be a Gold and a Silver Division.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, May 10, 2011, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated March 10, 2011