November Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Newsletter ~ November 8, 2011 Meeting

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

Stan asked for introduction of any visitors. Randy Sawyer introduced visitor Brian Campany. Return visitors were Chuck and Ann Horton and Chris Rawlins. Tim Sprawls was introduced as a new member.

Stan reminded all that we should always be aware of safety issues and take appropriate actions to protect ourselves.

Election of officers for 2012 were held at the November meeting. The officers for the Honolulu Woodturners for the year 2012 are:
  President Mike Chu
  Vice President Sandy Rhines
  Treasurer Andy Cole
  Secretary Tom Young

Stan mentioned it is an honor to be published in a magazine or newspaper. Sharon Doughtie had two pieces showcased in the October issue of the American Woodturners Journal. Dean Mailheau was recently published in Woodturning Design Magazine and Francisco Clemente had an article written about him in the October 9 issue of the Star-Advertiser.

A couple of the statements in the article, came out in a way that was not intended. Sometimes words get mis-interpreted or edited that changes the intent. Francisco volunteered to give us a demonstration at the January meeting in using alternative media such as plywood, MDF, and particleboard. He encouraged us to use these alternatives to trees and said it is a great way to sharpen our turning skills.

Selected Pieces from the Challenges

Andy presented the monthly treasury report. Included were the results from the Third Annual Symposium. We had about 60 registrants who contributed $3,870 in registration fees and proceeds from the auction brought in $3,265 for a total income of $7,135. Expenses totaled $5,640.39 resulting in a net gain to the treasury of $1,494.61. Mahalo to those who donated pieces to the auction as those donations are what enables the symposium to be profitable. The club treasury has a healthy balance of $10,884.05.

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 participation prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Mike Chu.

The challenge for November was to turn a candle holder. The holder must hold at least one candle. 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.

LLarry Rodrigues
Mike Chu
David Chung
Larry Rodrigues
Mike Chu
David Chung
George Wong
Eric LeBuse
Barry Wheeler
George Wong
Eric LeBuse
Barry Wheeler
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Candle Holder
  1st Larry Rodrigues Hoop pine pedestal holder with finial
  2nd Mike Chu carved koa holder
  3rd David Chung set of three Formosan koa holders
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Candle Holder
  1st George Wong Norfolk pine holder using the branches as legs
  2nd Eric LeBuse multi axis lychee holder
  3rd Barry Wheeler lychee holder
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Sandy Rhines trio of holders
    Rick Houck Norfolk pine bowl holder
    Brett Schenk lychee holder
    Kyle Iwamoto lidded mango holder
    Ed Niemi Norfolk pine holder with carved handle
    Stan Hebda fern with LED flame
    Andy Cole mango holder
    Craig Mason trio of holders from past Christmas tree
    Rob Hale set of four koa holders
    Tom Young kolohala holder


Instant Gallery:
    Barry Wheeler lychee candle holder
    Stan Hebda koa/pheasant and black Australia pine pens
    Tom Young Norway maple burl hollow form
    Mike Chu koa natural edge bowl from Queen Emma Summer Palace
    David Chung large longan bowl
    Chuck Horton milo bowl
    Randy Sawyer bloodwood bowl, monkeypod calabash, and koa bowl
    Jim Fleming ogee shaped lychee bowl
    Fred Humphrey curly koa hollow form
    Eric LeBuse large lychee natural edge
    Craig Mason candle holder from past Christmas tree
    Kyle Iwamoto keltic knot bottle stoppers -- a video of one method to make the keltic knot may be found by clicking here

Andy reminded all of Keith Tompkins demonstration scheduled for Saturday, November 19. The cost is $55 and includes lunch. The Sunday hands-on session is full. See the website for additional information

There was a nice selection of wood brought in by members to share. Dougie Bowers brought in some kauri logs, Ed Niemi brought in a truck load of mango, and Brett Schenk brought in cypress and lychee.

David Chung's featured website is a mainland firm that prints business cards. They have an interesting selection including double sided printing and a unique method that lets you have a different image on every card in a pack. The URL is www.us.moo.com

Carl Sherry supplied information of a new mill operation that can supply lumber and turning blocks in Wahiawa. The business name is Waihii Farms. Their e-mail address is waihii@hotmail.com and telephone contact is as follows:
          Waihii Farms (808) 621-6844
          Bill Wise (808) 342-1958
          Kawena (808) 987-9389

T-shirts and caps with the club logo are available at a cost of $15. See the club website for additional information.

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

David's 'Newcomers Corner' included a discussion of how best to safely turn deep bowls. David brought in a selection of devices used to measure wall thickness.

For the November program, Ed Potter gave team leaders a cube of cocobolo. The idea was to have a 'pass-along' collaborative. The intent was to take the piece of cocobolo and the first person do something with the piece, then pass it on to another team member, and then pass it along again, etc. Andy Cole and Dougie Bowers made up one team. Andy turned a sphere and Dougie is making a box to hold the sphere. The team of David Chung consisted of John Frigillana and Craig Mason. David did some turning and carving, John hollowed out the piece from the bottom, and Craig did some burning and texturing. Tim Freeman's team included Larry Rodrigues, George Wong, and Carl Sherry. Larry did the hollowing, George the finial, and Carl the finishing. The pieces will be donated to the club for auction at next year's symposium

As a head start on the Christmas season, members who wished to participate, were asked to bring something nice for a gift exchange. The names were put in a hat and drawn. The participants could take a gift from the table or choose a gift from someone that had already picked. It was good fun. The following are those who chose to participate:
  Joan Graham Ed Niemi Kraig Smith Mike Chu Brett Schenk
  Andy Cole Rick Houck Larry Rodrigues Craig Mason Jim Fleming
  Tom Young David Chung Stan Hebda Francisco Clemente  

The challenge for the January meeting is to turn a baseball/softball bat. The only restriction is the length is to be 12 to 14 inches long.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, January 10, 2012, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated November 10, 2011