March 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 encouraged everyone to make and wear a name tag.

Club membership fees are past due. Those who have not paid their dues will be dropped as an active member and removed from our e-mail list.

Pat Thompson, wife of Doug Thompson (Thompson Lathe Tools) passed away on March 5. She was 59. Mary Young made a card, which was passed around, and will be sent to Doug.

Paul Fennell, a world class turner living in Arizona, will be presenting a demonstration and holding a hands-on class on March 31 and April 1. Paul will also be doing a demonstration rotation at the American Association of Woodturners' symposium in San Jose. For additional information, see the website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2012_fennell_flyer.html

As of March 10, the club treasury had a balance of $10,733.18.

Andy Cole

Andy Cole presented a demonstration titled Turning Natural Edge Bowls with a Flair. This was a shortened version of one of the demonstrations he will be doing at the American Association of Woodturners' symposium in San Jose. Andy's other rotation is titled Natural Edge Nested Bowls.

The AAW's 26th Annual Symposium will be held in San Jose, California, at the San Jose Convention and Cultural Facilities. The symposium runs June 8, 9, and 10. For more information and a list of demonstrators, visit their website by clickig here.

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.

The Fun at Fred's Festival will be held at Fred Humphrey's Olomana Ranch in Waimanalo on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is set up as a day of socializing with lathes set up for those who want to learn and turn. Mentors will be available for turning of pepper mills, pens, and natural edge bowls. Steve Connelly will be doing some chainsaw instruction and demonstrations. The club will be purchasing steak and chicken to BBQ along with assorted soft drinks. Participants are encouraged to bring a side dish with serving utensil and other beverages to be consumed responsibly. Contact Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org if you would like to participate. This will definitely be a fun day. Visit the website at http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2012_Fun-at-Freds-fest_flyer.html for directions and all the details.

  Rob Hale  
Participation Prize Winner
Rob Hale

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association's (HFIA) annual wood show is scheduled for April 1 through April 15 at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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.

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 Rob Hale.

The Fourth Annual Honolulu Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Mike Mahoney will be the featured demonstrator. We are looking to bring in other demonstrators from the neighbor islands. Information is posted on the website at http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2012_symposium_short.html

Mike acknowledged and thanked Brett Schenk and Kraig Smith for their work as our audio/visual technicians.

Mahalo to Carl Sherry and George Wong for their work as photographers. The photos they take are used to help build the website.

The challenge for the March meeting is to turn something from a bowling pin. Mahalo to Craig Swedberg for supplying the pins. This was a great challenge with plenty of entries.

Albert Koorenhot
Kraig Smith
Ed Niemi
Albert Koorenhof
Kraig Smith
Ed Niemi
Tom Young
Tom Young
  Larry Rodrigues    
Larry Rodrigues
  John Frigillana    
John Frigillana
  David Chung    
David Chung
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Bowling Pin
  1st Albert Koorenhof candle holder
  2nd Kraig Smith urn
  3rd Ed Niemi bowling pins and ball
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Bowling Pin
  1st Tom Young branded and dyed hollow form
  2nd Larry Rodrigues hollow form with monkeypod and acrylic inserts and kolohala finial
  3rd John Frigillana spiraled and painted weed pot
  3rd David Chung box with burned pattern
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Rob Hale hollow form with finial
    Mike Chu bleached and dyed bowling pin with ebony and inlace inlay
    Tim Freeman penguin clock
    Craig Mason bud vase
    Barry Wheeler bowling pin box
    Jim Orrick poi pounder with base and kolohala patches
    George Wong urn with bowling ball finial
    Eric LeBuse hollow form with bowling pin finial
    Chris Rollins mug
    Jim Fleming candle holder
    Allan Spitzer poi pounder
    Mike Schick lidded vase
    Kyle Iwamoto stacked box set
    Jon Ogata bud vase
Instant Gallery:
    Carl Sherry Cook pine calabash and juniper bowl with burned natural edge
    Eric LeBuse hau hollow form with burned natural edge
    Rick Houck Keith Tompkins style linen fold piece
    Kyle Iwamoto ancient kauri bowl
    Craig Swedberg Norfolk Island pine -- first turned bowl
    Barry Wheeler coconut palm bowl
    Tom Young natural edge macadamia nut bowl
    Sandy Rhines finished demo piece from Francisco Clemente's January demo
    Randy Sawyer monkeypod bowl
    Dan Nakanishi albizia bowl
    David Chung large primavera bowl with burned quilt pattern and box elder baby rattle with captured ring
    Ralph Goto natural edge kamani bowl
    Jim Fleming primavera calabash
    Keith Maile kawa bowl
    Rick Houck milo wine glasses and tool caddy
    Albert Koorenhof spalted autograph bowl
    Kraig Smith set of three coconut calabash and clock made by his grand father
    Stan Hebda pen blank castings and pens from acrylic and antler

David 's featured website is written by Doc Green. Tge website has plenty of useful articles. Visit the website by clicking the following link www.docgreenwoodturner.com/articles.html

T-shirts and caps with the club logo are available at a cost of $15. See the club website at http://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. Please pay our treasurer, Andy Cole.

Mahalo to Craig Mason and Andy Cole for bringing in keawe and opiuma wood to share.

Larry Rodddrigues
Andy Cole
Larry Rodrigues
Andy Cole
Selected Pieces from the Challenges

The challenge for the May meeting is to turn something with a natural edge that will fit within a 10 inch cube.

Heads up: 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, May 8, 2012, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated March 17, 2012