May Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

  Mike Chu
President Mike Chu with
J. Paul Fennell's Finished Hollow Form

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

Mike asked for introduction of any visitors and new members. New members present were Jarrett Phillips, Ron Doi, and Don Moody. Visitors were Christine and Molly.

Mike encouraged everyone to make and wear a name tag.

Mike expressed our appreciation to Larry Rodrigues for finishing the J. Paul Fennell demonstration hollow form. The piece will be auctioned off at the Honolulu Symposium this fall.

Mike also thanked Sandy Rhines for coordinating a club order of CA glue from Starbond.

There is an open invitation for members who do not have a gallery section on the club website to have one added. For more information, contact Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org

The Hawaii Forest Industry Association's wood show concluded April 15. Congratulations to Andy Cole (1st Place Turning), Keith Maile (1st Place Sculpture), and Eric LeBuse (1st Place Novice). What a great showing. Andy and Stan Hebda conducted a woodturning demonstration on the Linekona grounds. See the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2012_event_hfia.html for photos.

Sharing of Wood

Fun at Fred's in Waimanalo was another great success. About 45 club members attended and there was plenty of good food and camaraderie. There were multiple lathes set up and the pen turning appeared to be the biggest hit. David Chung brought in his sharpening machine and plenty people took advantage and sharpened their chain saw chains. Mahalo to David Chung and Stan Hebda for their mentoring. Mahalo to Fred Humphrey for again opening up his place to the club. Photos are posted on the club website and may be viewed by clicking here.

The club gave a demonstration at the Malama o Manoa 1000 Tree Give Away on Sunday, April 29. Stan Hebda, Andy Cole, Kyle Iwamoto, Mike Chu, and Tom Young volunteered their morning for the demonstration. See the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2012_1000.html for photos.

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. Andy Cole and Mike Lee will be demonstrators and several club members, including David Chung, Jim Bannister, Mike Chu, and Tom Young, will be attending. For more information and a list of demonstrators, visit th AAW website by clickig here.

  Kyle Iwamoto
Kyle Iwamoto Showing his Demo Box

Kyle Iwamoto gave a nice presentation on the making of boxes.

Alan Carter, a world class turner, will be in Honolulu to demonstrate on Saturday, July 14. He will also hold a hands-on session on Sunday, July 15. Alan's signature pieces are split and suspended turnings. Visit the club website by clicking here for the details. Examples of Alan's work may be found on his website at www.alancarterstudio.com

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. Limited information is posted on the club website and may be viewed by clicking here.

As of May 8, the club treasury had a balance of $11,568.69. Thanks to a larger than expected turnout at the J. Paul Fennell demonstration, the club turned a profit of $222.72.

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.

Kyle Iwamoto  
Kyle Iwamoto
Participation Prize Winner

The annual Nohea Gallery wood show dates have not yet been determined. As usual, we will be doing demonstrations in front of the gallery and will be needing volunteers. The theme for this year is using recycled wood. Laurie Baron is looking for someone to help with the promotion of the show. If you are willing to help, please contact Laurie at nohea@lava.net

Makena Ross of Nohea Gallery has been facing some health issues. A card and envelope were passed around for Makena. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers and we certainly wish for his speedy recovery.

Larry Rodrigues and Carl Sherry have volunteered to act as a Health and Welfare Committee so when the need arises, the club can act in a timely manner.

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 Kyle Iwamoto.

The challenge for the May meeting was to turn something with a natural edge. The piece was to fit into a 10 inch cube.

Eric LeBuse
Albert Koorenhof
Carl Sherry
Eric LeBuse

Albert Koorenhof
Carl Sherry
Jarrett Phillips
Brett Schenk
Larry Rodrigues
Jarrett Phillips
Brett Schenk
Larry Rodrigues
Mike Chu
Mike Chu
  David Chung    
David Chung
  George Wong    
George Wong
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Natural Edge
  1st Eric LeBuse mango
  2nd Carl Sherry maple burl
  2nd Albert Koorenhof milo
  3rd Jarrett Phillips milo
  3rd Brett Schenk oleander
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Natural Edge
  1st Larry Rodrigues toon crotch
  2nd Mike Chu mallee burl with ebony finial
  3rd David Chung Cook pine with burned design
  3rd George Wong macadamia nut
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Tom Young mango hollow form
    Rob Hale silver maple burl with bee puka
    Andy Cole milo nested set
    Tim Freeman keawe mug with stainless insert
    Ed Niemi neem
    Allan Spitzer fern tree
    Kyle Iwamoto Christmas berry
    John Fackrell haole koa
Instant Gallery:
    Allan Spitzer manzanita root
    Eric LeBuse mountain apple bowl with carved feet and distressed mango bowl
    Albert Koorenhof podocarpus square bowl
    Tom Young cypress bowl with Fennell style piercing
    John Fackrell Java plum bowl
    Charles Gerdes spalted mango lamp and Norfolk Island pine bowl
    Jim Fleming longan bowl with brass shim foot and mahogany bowl with square foot
    Kyle Iwamoto primavera box
    Andy Cole mango bowl with Fennell style piercing
    Ron Hall inside/out king and queen chess pieces

Jim Orrick brought in a spindle duplicator he has for sale. For more information, contact Jim at jim_orrick@honoluluwoodturners.org

Eric LeBuse brought in some koa scraps to share. Peter Van Zile claims that is an oxymoron as there is no such thing as koa scraps.

New member Gabe Hernandez is a pen turner and would gladly accept any nice cut-offs from bowl blanks. Gabe's e-mail contact is gabe_hernandez@honoluluwoodturners.org

Mike Schick brought in some lead shot to share. The shot can be used to add weight to a tool handle and is commonly used to help deaden vibration.

David brought in various sized Plexiglas circles and showed how he uses them to layout bowls on a log for cutting on a band saw.

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for the July meeting is to turn something using a banksia pod. The banksia pods are compliments of Dan Nakanishi. Rob Hale has additional banksia pods for anyone who did not receive one. Rob's contact is rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org

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, July 10, 2012, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

Submitted by Tom Young

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


Updated May 10, 2012