September Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

President Mike Chu brought the meeting to order at approximately 6:05 p.m.

Mike asked for introduction of any visitors. David Wu was introduced as a visitor and Al Moy introduced himself as a new member.

  Mike Chu
President Mike Chu

Election of officers for 2013 will be held at the November meeting. Sandy Rhines, according to our by-laws, as vice president, is the president for 2013. Offices needing to be filled are vice president, treasurer, and secretary. If you would like to be nominated, or would like to nominate someone, please contact any board member, or president Mike Chu at the following link mike_chu@honoluluwoodturners.org

The club has decided to purchase a Jet 1642 with variable speed to use at demonstrations and various events. The Jet can be broken down into manageable pieces and moved to various venues. We have been using Andy Cole's Jet 1642 at off-site demonstrations and Mike thanked Andy for his generosity.

Brett Schenk has donated his time and efforts to make a new audio/visual frame. The frame holds four monitors and several cameras and lights. Brett is looking for someone to donate a 42 inch monitor to match one we currently have. Brett is also planning to add a safety shield to the frame.

Andy Cole reported the treasury has a healthy balance of $11,041.37 as of September 10.

Eric LeBuse
Eric LeBuse
Eric LeBuse gave a demonstration on one way to turn a square bowl. Eric showed how to carve the corners to have curve up or curve down.

The 10th Annual Nohea Gallery wood turning show opened August 18, and runs through September 15. On opening day, the club members provided demonstrations throughout the day and participated in an artist reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The club also provided a second round of demonstrations on September 8. Photos from the demonstrations and artist reception are available on the website. A special mahalo to Hawkins Biggins for sharing some of her photos.

The Woodcraft tent sale is scheduled for October 6 and 7. This year Woodcraft has asked that we provide pen turning demonstrations. Stan Hebda, Mike Chu, Charles Gerdes, and Kyle Iwamoto have signed up to do demonstrations. We still have one open slot that needs filling on Sunday, October 7, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact Andy at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org if you can help.

The participation prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Dan Nakanishi.

  Dan Nakanishi
Dan Nakanishi
Participation Prize Winner

The 4th Annual Symposium is just around the corner. The dates are Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. The demonstrators will be headlined by Mike Mahoney and will include talented local turners Craig Mason, Robert Duffer, Andy Cole, and Big Island turner John Mydock.

The symposium includes two days of demonstrations, continental style breakfast and lunch for both days, coffee, water, and refreshments, used tool sale, auction, instant gallery, wood give-away, many door prizes, and other related activities. There is an additional $15 charge for the Saturday dinner.

The deadline for the early signup fee of $75 is October 1. Andy will be off island then and has asked that folks send in their fees by September 25. The registration form is available on the website and may be accessed by clicking here.

Information including the rotations, instant gallery and auction guidelines are available by clicking here.

The flyer for the symposium is available on the website and may be accessed by clicking here.

We are still in need of someone to host John Mydock when he comes for the November 3rd /4th symposium weekend.  He will also need transportation from and to the airport. 

Please contact Andy Cole or Rob Hale if you can help. 

You are encouraged to participate in the Instant Gallery. There will be the same opportunity as last year for participants and demonstrators to show their work. You may bring up to three pieces for the Instant Gallery. We are hoping that the collective body of work will show the diversity of interests held by our club members. Sign-in will include name, description, and sales information (if applicable). Sales will be directly between buyer and seller. The club will not collect nor distribute funds.

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 challenge for the September meeting was a confetti or oil type lamp. 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.

Robert Duffer
Albert Koorenhof
Chris Rollins
Robert Duffer
First Place ~ Silver Division
Albert Koorenhof
Second Place ~ Silver Division
Chris Rollins
Third Place ~ Silver Division
Mike Chu
Mike Chu
First Place ~ Gold Division
  John Frigillana    
John Frigillana
Second Place ~ Gold Division
  Rob Hale    
Rob Hale
Third Place ~ Gold Division
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Oil Lamp
  1st Robert Duffer torched mountain apple with plenty puka
  2nd Albert Koorenhof Norfolk Island pine with spokes
  3rd Chris Rollins pair of monkeypod offset holders
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Oil Lamp
  1st Mike Chu pair of thin stemmed goblet style of ebonized oak and Amboyna burl
  2nd John Frigillana pedestal style of koa and olopua
  3rd Rob Hale split bowl style of maple and koa with burned honu
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Mike Dezellem koa with epoxy and brass inlay
    Allan Spitzer kou
    Stan Hebda fern with battery operated light
    Kraig Smith pair of red gum with turquoise inlay
    John Fackrell milo
    Kyle Iwamoto set of three tea lights
    Carl Sherry milo poi pounder style
    Dan Nakanishi spalted neem
    Sandy Rhines set of three lamps
    Larry Rodrigues pedestal kauri
    Tom Young suspended style of maple and koa with texturing
    Eric LeBuse Norfolk Island pine
    Tim Freeman Formosan koa
    Andy Cole mango sphere
    David Chung milo with chatter work and silver inlay
Instant Gallery:
    Jim Fleming 2 ear pod bowls and a koa bowl
    Tom Young split bowl of maple and walnut with texturing
    John Frigillana milo calabash with silver inlay
    Eric LeBuse koa and kumquat split bowl and lignum vitae square bowl
    Mike Chu thin stemmed purpleheart goblet
    Rob Hale natural edge milo bowl
    Robert Duffer koa and milo multi axis figures
    Andy Cole natural edge milo bowl
    Allan Spitzer rosewood pen and curly koa pen

Several members brought in wood to share. Dougie Bowers brought in some java wood and golden poinciana. Andy brought in some lychee, narra, and lemon eucalyptus. Mike Chu had some red gum to share.

Alan Carter left three unfinished pieces from his demonstration. Volunteers were sought to finish the pieces so we can auction them off at the symposium. Larry Rodrigues will finish the suspended hollow form; Kyle Iwamoto will finish the split bowl; and Eric LeBuse will finish the thin stemmed goblet.

David's 'Newcomers' Corner' included discussion on wood identification, finishes, and Ron Kent's liquid dishwashing detergent. Ron's technique may be found on his website.

David Chung's featured website is a tutorial article on how to photograph a really glossy piece written by John Lucas. John also has posted several YouTube videos on various turning subjects. The URL is

David also brought in a jig which is an improved method of measuring the thickness of the bottom of a bowl.

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

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.

The challenge for the November meeting is to fix a mistake or something that did not come out right. This is commonly called a design opportunity. Before photos would be a nice touch.

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

Submitted by Tom Young

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, George Wong, Dan Nakanishi, Alan Kamaura, and Tom Young


Updated September 13, 2012