July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

  Mike Chu
President Mike Chu

President Mike Chu brought the meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Mike asked any new members to introduce themselves. They included Larry and Val Wilson, Scott Allen, Peter Luscomb, and Shawn Brown. Also present was Chuck Horton. Chuck is a part-time Oahu resident and a club member. Mike Chu introduced his two visiting grandsons, Isaiah and Lamar Jones. Isaiah, 7, showed his first bowl turned from a piece of hau. Lamar, being an accomplished turner at age 9, brought in his recently finished milo box.

Ed Potter suffered a heart attack last Saturday. He was taken to Tripler and a couple of stents were inserted. Our Health and Welfare committee, consisting of Larry Rodrigues and Carl Sherry passed around a card for those wishing to sign. Included in the card was a gift certificate to Woodcraft. Ed is now home and already back to turning.

Andy Cole reported, as of July 7, the club treasury has a healthy balance of $11,357.93.

Mike asked Laurie Baron of Nohea Gallery to talk about the upcoming Honolulu Woodturners Show. This is the 10th annual Honolulu Woodturners show at Nohea Gallery.  Below are some important dates to note:

July 15 Registration deadline to be listed as a show participant
August 8 Delivery deadline for entry pieces
August 12 Gallery painting night
August 18 Show opening with demonstrations and artist reception
September 8 Demonstrations
September 17 Show closes
Lamar Jones  
Lamar Jones
Isaiah Jones  
Isaiah Jones







Please contact Andy Cole by July 15 if you would like to participate. This entry date enables the publicity to be put together for the show. All club members are encouraged to enter pieces into this year's show. This year's charity is the Hawaii Food Bank and anyone can donate a turned item with all proceeds to go to the Hawaii Food Bank. There are several openings for demonstrators on the two Saturdays that we will have lathes set up in front of the gallery. A good assortment of pupu are always needed to make the reception a big success. Four of five people are needed to help paint and prep the gallery on Sunday, August 12, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Again, contact Andy if you can participate in any of the above activities.

Makena Ross is recovering from his health issues and appreciates our thoughts and best wishes.

Mike reminded all that the Alan Carter demonstration and hands-on session is this weekend. At this time there is still plenty of space for Saturday's demonstration and two slots available for Sunday's hands-on session. Examples of Alan's work may be found on his website at www.alancarterstudio.com

Mike thanked Brett Schenk for all the work he does on the audio/video and thanked Kraig Smith for assisting with the audio/video. We now have three screens for viewing.

John Jordan, who this year, was honored by the American Association of Woodturners, as an Honorary Lifetime Member, is scheduled to give us a demonstration and hands-on session, February 2 - 3, 2013. Mark your calendars as this will be a great demonstration. An AAW article on the life and times of John may be viewed at collectorsofwoodart.org/downloads/jordan.pdf

  Jim Orrick
Jim Orrick

The Fourth Annual Honolulu Symposium is scheduled for November 3 and 4. The featured demonstrator is Mike Mahoney. For additional information, see the website. Toward the bottom of the page is a link to a flyer and a link for a registration form.

Craig Mason is doing spring cleaning at his place and brought in a lot of old wood working magazines to share.

Jim Orrick gave us the presentation for the meeting. He turned a ring holder and an oil lamp.

Andy brought in some macadamia nut logs to share and Dougie Bowers, Mike Chu, and Kraig Smith had a couple pallets of red gum to share.

Andy, Mike, and David Chung talked about their experiences at the AAW Symposium in San Jose. Andy was fortunate enough to sell two of his nested sets. Hawaii had quite a few people attending the symposium.

Andy and Mike Lee were presenters at the symposium.

Some of the Wood Brought in to Share

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.

John Frigillana shared an article detailing how self-directed IRAs can include investments in koa plantations. Contact John for additional information.

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 Robert Duffer.

The challenge for the July meeting was to turn something using a banksia pod. The banksia pods were compliments of Dan Nakanishi.

Robert Duffer
Mike Dezellem
Stan Hebda
Robert Duffer
Mike Dezellem
Stan Hebda
Craig Mason
Craig Mason
  Tom Young    
Tom Young
  Larry Rodrigues    
Larry Rodrigues
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Banksia Pod
  1st Robert Duffer multi-axis turned alien
  2nd Mike Dezellem banksia pod clock
  3rd Stan Hebda banksia pod pen with mineral inlay
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Banksia Pod
  1st Craig Mason banksia pod and curly koa ornament with captured ring
  2nd Tom Young cypress box with ebony and banksia pod inlay
  3rd Larry Rodrigues inside/out flower with banksia pod stamen
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Edward Niemi monkeypod inside/out turning
    Mike Schick heliotrope box
    Allan Spitzer pen
    Kyle Iwamoto bottle stopper
    Tim Freeman golden egg with hatching dinosaur
    Mike Chu hollow form with ebony stand
    Eric LeBuse pen and pen stand
    Rob Hale box with finial
Instant Gallery:
    Joe Swizdor pen collection from his first to last pen turned
    Brian Campany monkeypod bowl and collection of koa, mango, cocobolo, and kamani pens
    John Frigillana Douglas fir vase
    Stan Hebda koa pen
    Charles Gerdes two fancy pens
    Tim Freeman milo box with threaded finial and burned lemon gum collaborative with Andy Cole
    Lamar Jones milo box
    Eric LeBuse black cedar goblet with koa stem and milo base, and milo natural edge bowl
    Edward Niemi segmented urn
    Isaiah Jones hau bowl
    Randy Sawyer spalted mango calabash, monkeypod open form, and curly monkeypod bowl
    Albert Koorenhof Norfolk Island Pine side grain bowl with carved natural edge
    John Fackrell koa haole calabash
    Keith Maile pikoi trip cord and keawe club
    Tom Young World of Woodturning swap piece by Ed Kelle
    Robert Duffer cocobolo/lignum vitae spinning top
    Chris Rollins Norfolk Island Pine calabash and Norfolk Island Pine lidded bowl

David Chung's featured website is by Steve Worcester. It has plenty of links on how to do various projects. The URL is www.turningwood.com/howtoo.htm

David brought in sandpaper samples from Steve Worcester and distributed to folks who asked questions in the Newcomer's Corner forum.

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for the September meeting is to turn an oil lamp. Parts are available at Craft Supplies in Provo, Utah. They come four to a package. Oil lamps are also called confetti lamps. The following is a link to one source. www.woodturnerscatalog.com

The challenge for the November meeting is to fix a mistake. This is commonly called a design opportunity. Before photos would be a nice touch.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, September 11, 2012, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

Submitted by Tom Young

Photographs courtesy of Tim Freeman, Joe Swizdor, Dan Nakanishi, and Tom Young


Updated July 12, 2012