January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners


  Sandy Rhines
President Sandy Rhines

President Sandy Rhines brought the meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Sandy encouraged folks to make and wear name tags. We have over 100 members now and it really helps if everyone wears a name tag.

Sandy asked new members to introduce themselves. Curtis Tanaka has been a woodworker and has taken Andy's turning class. He is just getting started turning. Joshua Fisher is a senior at Campbell high school and just got a new lathe.

Visitor Jay Shepherd introduced himself as a potential new member.

Gerry Davis, from California, is here on his annual visit and would like to visit with any turners who have a little extra time. Gerry has a bus pass and can get to most any place on the island. Gerry is staying in Waikiki at the Imperial Hotel. The hotel number is 923-1827. Ask for the Davis Family Trust room.

Sandy Rhines
Robert Duffer
Andy Cole
Tom Young
Sandy Rhines
Robert Duffer
Vice President
Andy Cole
Tom Young

Sandy introduced the 2013 officers of the Honolulu Woodturners club. The officers are Sandy Rhines, President; Robert Duffer, Vice President; Andy Cole, Treasurer; and Tom Young, Secretary. In addition to the elected officers, there are three directors. The directors are the previous three presidents: Charles Gerdes, Stan Hebda, and Mike Chu.

Albert Koorenhof  
Albert Koorenhof
Examples of Pewa Patches

Albert Koorenhof demonstrated one method of using decorative and functional inserts to fix cracks in bowls. He first used a router and template to make a puka for a pewa patch on the side of a bowl. He also used the same procedure to make a patch in the bottom of a bowl using a honu patch. The patches are laser cut by Mark Stebbins on the Big Island. Mark has various patches in different woods and templates available. Mark's company name is Big Island Engraving and his website can be found at www.bigislandengraving.com

Mahalo to Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues for continuing on the challenge committee; to Carl Sherry and George Wong for taking the photos used on the website; to Dean Mailheau for handling the club library; to Brett Schenk and Kraig Smith for being our videographers; and Rob Hale for chairing the Symposium Committee.

Volunteers are also needed for the 2013 Symposium Planning Committee. If you can help in any way, contact Rob at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org. The Symposium Committee meets 6 times a year, typically the second Tuesday of the even numbered months.

It takes volunteers to make Honolulu Woodturners a successful club. We need volunteers to form a Program Committee and folks to volunteer to present a program at the meetings. If you can kokua, contact any board member or send an e-mail to Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org

Sandy made up an interest survey and asked folks to fill out and turn in at the end of the meeting. Hopefully this will give the Program Committee a head start in coming up with programs for this year's meetings.

  Jon Ogata  
Participation Prize Winner
Jon Ogata

It has been suggested the club consider forming an Outreach Committee in order to reach potential members, particularly the younger age groups. If you have any interest in helping in this area, contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org

Rob Hale reminded everyone who participated in the Challenge or Instant Gallery they must sign the Participation Sheet. Only folks on the list are eligible for the Participation Prize.

The Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Jon Ogata.

The club's Powermatic lathe has a 12 inch tool rest. There have been several instances where demonstrators have needed a shorter tool rest. Through the efforts of David Chung, the club purchased 4 inch, 6 inch, and an 8 inch tool rests.

Andy Cole reported the club treasury, as of January 7, had a balance of $8,538.43.

Sandy read a thank you card from Gordon Tang. Gordon suffered a heart attack last fall and is well on his road to recovery.

The challenge for the meeting was to turn a hollow form with a maximum depth of 8 inches.

Tom Young
Andy Cole
Larry Rodrigues
Tom Young
Andy Cole
Larry Rodrigues
Albert Koorenhof
Albert Koorenhof
  Roger Hirlinger    
Roger Hirlinger
  Carl Sherry    
Carl Sherry
  Randy Sawyer    
Randy Sawyer
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Hollow Form
  1st Tom Young Norfolk Island pine with star pattern
  2nd Andy Cole nicely figured box elder hollow form
  3rd Larry Rodrigues cocobolo with pheasant wood finial
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Hollow Form
  1st Albert Koorenhof spalted autograph
  2nd Roger Hirlinger avocado with walnut legs
  3rd (tie) Carl Sherry milo hollow form
  3rd (tie) Randy Sawyer primavera hollow form
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Eric LeBuse spalted hau hollow form
    Craig Mason Australian black pine
    Mike Horton Norfolk Island pine
    Robert Duffer staved fish hollow form of blood wood, Norfolk pine, and milo with stand
    Rob Hale two piece Norfolk Island pine with burned embellishment
    Allan Spitzer Norfolk Island pine
    Tim Sprowls symposium milo urn
    Kyle Iwamoto monkeypod urn with threaded keawe finial
    Jon Ogata milo vase
Instant Gallery:
    George Wong burned Christmas berry natural edge bowl
    Sandy Rhines poplar platter
    Eric LeBuse square catalpa bowl with curved corners and legs
    Tom Young curly koa natural edge bowl
    Andy Cole humongous curly mango calabash
    Carl Sherry cored set of three curly koa bowls
    Robert Duffer turned wick on confetti lamp
    Kyle Iwamoto tail stock holder
    Allan Spitzer curly koa pen and pencil set
    David Chung symposium milo crotch platter with silver wire inserts and burned rim
    Randy Sawyer Christmas ornament

North Woods Figured Wood offered the club a box of bowl blanks if we pay the shipping charges. North Woods also offered a 15% discount off any internet order. Just go to www.nwfiguredwoods.com and at check out use the coupon code (WOODTURNERS -- all caps and plural) and the discount will automatically be calculated. The code can be used perpetually.

It has been announced that Andy will be one of the demonstrators at the 2013 Utah Symposium, May 16, 17, and 18, in Orem, Utah. Visit the Utah Symposium website at www.utahwoodturning.com or contact Andy at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org for more information.

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

A demonstration and hands-on session by John Jordan is scheduled for February 2 and 3. John is the recipient of an Honorary Lifetime Member Award with the American Association of Woodturners. The $50 early bird special is good until January 15. Check out the club website for additional information.

We are in need of a host for John and his wife Vicki for several days. John will be on island for about a week and will initially be staying with David and Jo Chung. Please contact David for more information.

John also has his own line of tools available. Contact John if interested and he most certainly would be willing to bring some along with him. Visit his website for more information.

A demonstration and hands-on session by Don Derry is scheduled for May 11 and 12. Mark your calendars. Information will be posted on the club website's 'Events' page as it becomes available.

Gerry Davis  
Gerry Davis
Gerry Davis, from California's Central Coast Woodturners, brought in some hollow forms he made with a homemade articulated hollowing rig with laser. He brought a drawing of how it was made and some photos showing its use. The drawing is posted at the bottom of this page.

One of Gerry's pieces had a black wood lid made using his homemade rose engine which raised some interest. The American Association of Woodturners has a chapter devoted to ornamental woodturning. Visit their website

An article, with plans, showing how to build a rose engine may be found by clicking here.

It's time to renew your Honolulu Woodturners membership fees. Annual dues are $25 for the calendar year. To renew your membership, please make a check payable to "Honolulu Woodturners"

To help with our bookkeeping, please print the membership renewal form, available on the website and include with your renewal check and mail your dues to:
           Andy Cole, Treasurer
           Honolulu Woodturners
           1534 Bertram St.
           Honolulu, HI 96816

Several members brought in wood to share. Robert Duffer brought in some eucalyptus; Jim Fleming brought in a selection of various kinds of wood; and Dougie Bowers brought in a bunch of different kinds of wood.

David's featured website is www.turningwood.com/howtoo.htm The website has numerous articles on how to do things.

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.

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for the March meeting is to fix a turning with a crack, using some kind of patch. There is no size limit.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, March 12, 2013, with a 6:00 p.m. start.

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

Submitted by Tom Young

Drawing of Articulated Hollow Form Rig


Updated January 12, 2013