May Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ May 10, 2011 Meeting

Vice President Mike Chu, standing in for President Stan Hebda, brought the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Mike Chu

Mike asked new member Ron Wallenhorst to introduce himself.

Andy Cole reported the club treasury has a balance of $8,368.53.

There is an open invitation for members who do not have a section on the website gallery to have one added or to upgrade existing photos in the gallery. Contact Tom_Young if you would like to be included.

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association's (HFIA) Wood Show was held April 9 through 17 at the Academy of Arts at Linekona. The following club members had items in the show: Francisco Clemente, Andy Cole, and Keith Maile. Francisco Clemente was awarded an Honorable Mention for his milo turned and carved vessel titled Destiny. Both Andy Cole and Keith Maile were interviewed by Hawaii News Now. The videos may be viewed at by clicking here. Both Andy and Stan conducted woodturning demonstrations on the Linekona grounds. Andy demonstrated coring and Stan demonstrated the turning of pens and ikebanas.

Craig Mason
The program was presented by Craig Mason. He titled the demonstration Five Ways to Have Fun with a Hollow Log. Craig always gives an interesting and entertaining demonstration.

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) will hold its 25th Annual Symposium in St Paul, Minnesota, June 24, 25, and 26. For more information visit their website at www.woodturner.org The symposium demonstration grid is also available on-line. Jim Bannister, Craig Mason, and Andy Cole are among our members who will be attending.

The Ninth Annual Nohea Woodturning Show at Nohea Gallery in Ward Warehouse will open Saturday, August 6, and run through September 18. The show opening and reception will be handled as it was last year with demonstrations from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. An artist's reception will kick off at 4:00 p.m. We also intend to schedule smaller scale demos every other Saturday throughout the show. 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.

Every year a charity is designated and donations of turnings are requested. This year the chosen charity is the American Red Cross (Japan Tsunami Relief). This year we are requesting donations of traditional styled gavels with sound or striking boards. Because these are often used around fine furniture, a striking board is required. Nohea will provide felt pads for these. Nohea will have a special section devoted to the gavels. To encourage folks to participate in the gavel donations, the July challenge is to turn a gavel and striking board.

Laurie Baron, owner of Nohea Gallery, spoke about the gallery and how they are always thinking of ways to improve their gallery and of things they believe their customers will want to purchase. Of course, quality is something that customers always look for. Laurie said some of the things customers look for is attractive woods with figured grain or character, uniform and consistent wall thickness, and fine finishes.

Laurie is also looking for a photograph of a gavel to use in their promotions. If you have a photo or a gavel they can photograph, please contact Nohea Gallery at NoheaWard@gmail.com or 596-0074.

Additional gavel information is listed toward the end of this newsletter.

Monkeypod Wood to Share
Mango Wood 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.

Sandy Rhines created a survey about past and future symposiums and asked those present to fill it out. It is hoped the information provided will assist the symposium planning committee. If you have any comments about the symposium, contact Sandy via e-mail.

Andy Cole brought in a truck load of mango wood to share. Ed and Alina Niemi brought in a truck load of monkeypod to share and Brian Green brought in some nice mango pieces.

Dean Mailheau is looking for a 1HP electric motor as the motor on his band saw needs replacing. If you have a spare motor lying around, contact Dean at dean_mailheau@honoluluwoodturners.org or 291-6001

Principally Pens was the featured website for the meeting. It is a virtual pen turning club and a chapter of the AAW. It is a good source for pen turning tutorials. The URL is www.principallypens.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 Larry Rodrigues.

The challenge for the May meeting was something based on association with the word handle. There was a "Gold Division" and a "Silver Division".

Woodcraft gift certificate 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.

Craig Mason
Larry Rodrigues
Gordon Tang
Carl Sherry
George Wong
Eric LeBuse
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Handle
  1st Craig Mason Norfolk Island pine vase with milo handles
  2nd Larry Rodrigues Norfolk Island pine gouge handle
  3rd Gordon Tang milo salad tossing spoons
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Handle
  1st Carl Sherry milo mallet
  2nd George Wong macadamia nut walking stick
  3rd Eric LeBuse distressed koa bowl with handles
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Brian Green eucalyptus shrink wrap handles
    Ed Niemi inside/out turned handle using colored fiberglass to fill the voids
    Raymond Len laminated Corian scraper handle
    Kyle Iwamoto Jimmy Clews milo style box
    Keith Maile kou 'umeke with pewa patches
    John Dekle spalted banyan chatter tool
    Tim Freeman milo garlic masher
    Rob Hale distressed mango burl bowl with handles
    Tom Young milo gouge handle
Instant Gallery:
    Eric LeBuse Cook pine bowl
    Andy Cole nested set of four Formosan koa natural edge bowls
    Jim Fleming highly figured lychee bowl and milo bowl
    Gordon Tang pine burl lidded box and milo burl lidded box
    Tom Young spalted mango bowl
















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

The challenge for July is to turn a traditional styled gavel with a striking board.

There will be a Gold and a Silver Division. While we are looking for a traditional approach of a handle and a head, creativity is always appreciated. Because these are often used around fine furniture, a striking board is required. Nohea will provide felt pads for bottom of the striking boards.

Our plan is to take the gavels to Nohea Gallery where they will be part of a special section in the wood show. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the American Red Cross (Japan Tsunami Relief). You are encouraged to donate your gavel but it is, of course, your choice. The donated gavels will be collected at the July meeting and delivered to Nohea Gallery. Pricing is always a concern, so a committee will work with Nohea Gallery to price the gavels.

Information on turning a gavel can be found at the following web sites:

The article by Larry Hancock provides information on usual dimensions.  As he says, 'do not be afraid to bend the rules . . .'

Most of the advice recommends a dry hardwood. Pay attention to the dimension and grain pattern of the handle as it connects to the head to avoid breaking during use. Many of the sites show a threaded connection between the head and the handle but a glued connection is fine also. Consider using a wood glue, E6000 epoxy, or similar product which can withstand the stress of impact.

Selected Pieces from the Challenges

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, July 12, 2011, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated May 11, 2011