January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Minutes of January 10, 2012 Meeting

In the absence of President Mike Chu, Vice President Sandy Rhines brought the meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

  Sandy Rhines
Vice President Sandy Rhines

Sandy asked for introduction of any visitors and new members. Chris Rollins introduced himself as a new member and lives in Haleiwa. Visitors were Gary Brown from Maine and Gerry Davis from California.

Sandy encouraged everyone to make and wear a name tag.

Sandy introduced herself as the 2012 vice president, Andy Cole as treasurer, and Tom Young as secretary.

Sandy acknowledged and thanked Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues for continuing to serve as the Challenge Committee.

She extended our mahalo to Carl Sherry and George Wong for their work as photographers. The photos they take are used to help build the website. She also thanked Brett Schenk for his work as audio/video technician and Dean Mailheau and Sal Colla for taking care of the club library.

The club depends on volunteers to make it a viable organization. Please consider what you can do to help make Honolulu Woodturners club the best it can be. We are looking for members to populate the Program Committee. Contact Mike Chu at mike_chu@honoluluwoodturners.org if you can kokua.

Francisco Clemente  
Francisco Clemente
Examples of Francisco's Turning Green series  

We are also looking for volunteers to serve on the planning committee for the 4th Annual Honolulu Symposium scheduled for November 3 and 4. The first meeting is planned for Tuesday, January 31 at MRC. If you would like to participate, contact Rob Hale at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org Mike Mahoney has committed to be the keynote demonstrator at the symposium. Mike did a demonstration here four years ago and was very well received. His website is www.bowlmakerinc.com

The program for the meeting was presented by Francisco Clemente. Francisco talked about using alternative media such as plywood, MDF, and OSB. He then demonstrated how to turn a kapakahi piece from his Turning Green series. Please visit Francisco's website at www.galeriaclemente.com for information about Francisco and photos of some of his work.

There is an open invitation for members to have a gallery section on the club website. Contact Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org for additional information.

Andy Cole has been asked to demonstrate at the 26th Annual American Association of Woodturners Symposium in San Jose, California, June 7-10, 2012. Andy will be doing four rotations with the titles Natural Edge Nested Bowls and Natural Edge Bowls with a Flair. Congratulations Andy!

Carl Sherry supplied information about a New Zealand company that sells Astra Dot sandpaper. The company's name is Treeworkx and is run by Ron Wallace-Wells and Heather Wells. The price per roll (6" x 36") is $8.40 plus shipping with grits from 80 to 1000. They offer Honolulu Woodturners members a 10% discount. For more information, or to order, send them at e-mail at treeworkx@xtra.co.nz

Club membership fees of $25 are now due. If you have not paid yet, print out the membership form at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/18_application/membership_application.pdf and send to:
          Andy Cole, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          1534 Bertram Street
          Honolulu, Hawaii

The treasury had a healthy balance of $9,902.61 as of January 9, 2012.

The financial statement from the November 19 and 20, 2011, Keith Tomkins demonstration and hands-on session is:
    17 paid participants on demo day at $40 each
    6 paid participants in hands on class at $100 each
    Total income
    Demonstrator fee (two days)
    Interisland travel
    Total expense   
  Net Gain     

During the Keith Tompkins demonstration, Ed Larson, a California turner, donated a piece of lodge pole pine. It was decided to use the pine as a door prize to those attending the demonstration. Larry Rodrigues was the lucky winner. Ed also donated a birdhouse ornament that will be auctioned off at the 2012 symposium.

  Randy Sawyer  
Participation Prize Winner
Randy Sawyer
Keith Tompkins donated one of his signature V skews to the club.

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 Randy Sawyer.

Sandy mentioned several upcoming events:

J. Paul Fennell is scheduled in for a March 31 demonstration and an April 1 hands-on session. His website may be viewed at http://www.jpaulfennell.com Additional information will be sent out as it becomes available.

The Hawaii Forestry Industry Association's (HFIA) 20th Annual Hawaii Wood Show is scheduled for the first two weeks in April. Entry deadline is February 17. For more information visit their website at www.hawaiiforest.org

Malama o Manoa's 1000 Tree Give-a-Way at Manoa District Park is scheduled for April 29. The club will be giving a turning demonstration and will need volunteers to turn. Andy is coordinating the demonstration and will be sending additional information.

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.

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

Tom Young
Mike Horton
George Wong
Tom Young
Mike Horton
George Wong
Barry Wheeler
Barry Wheeler
  Chris Collins    
Chris Rollins
  Kyle Iwamoto    
Kyle Iwamoto
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Baseball/Softball Bat
  1st Tom Young guava bat with burned logo
  2nd Mike Horton guava bat and ball
  3rd George Wong mango bat with stand
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Baseball/Softball Bat
  1st Barry Wheeler balsa bat
  2nd Chris Rollins haole koa bat
  3rd Kyle Iwamoto Italian cypress bat
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Craig Mason teak bat
    Andy Cole pheasant wood bat
    Rob Hale plywood Red Sox bat
    Raymond Len Christmas tree bat
    Joe Swizdor zapote bat
    Allan Spitzer fir bat
    Eric LeBuse lychee bat
    John Fackrell Christmas tree bat
    Brian Green spalted koa bat
    Sandy Rhines Christmas tree bat
    Jim Bannister Italian cypress bat
    Jon Ogata poplar bat
Instant Gallery:
    David Chung cocobolo box
    Kyle Iwamoto FOG wood bowl
    Randy Sawyer mango salad bowl and milo bud vase
    Gerry Davis walnut bat, koa and ebony boxes, and walnut pen with stand
    Chris Rollins mahogany and oak segmented bowl with lid
    Keith Maile koa turned and carved knee drum stand
    Sal Colla monkeypod calabash
    Mike Horton kamani and hau gavel
    Brian Green mango bowl
    Barry Wheeler Cook pine bowl
    Raymond Len set of 4 Corian pens
    Dan Nakanishi Cook pine bowl
    Eric LeBuse Indian clubs, milo hollow form, and Norfolk pine bowl
    Tom Young myrtle burl bowl
    Andy Cole flared natural edge false kamani bowl and catalpa natural edge bowl
    Joe Swizdor mystery wood bowl with lid, monkeypod vase, and milo vase
    Jim Fleming narra bowl and kauri bowl
    Rick Houck koa lamp
    Stan Hebda boxed collection of 6 pens including acrylic, camphor, and koa


Fred Humphrey brought in a truck load of primavera and neem wood to share. Mahalo Fred.

David Chung's Newcomers Corner included examples of a depth gauge and a sandpaper cutter.

David 's featured website is by Bill Grumbine: www.wonderfulwood.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.

Selected Pieces from the Challenges

The March meeting demonstration will be given by Andy Cole.

The challenge for the March meeting is to turn something from a bowling pin. Mahalo to Craig Swedberg for supplying the pins.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, March 13, 2012, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated January 12, 2012