July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

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 about 100 members now and it really helps if everyone wears a name tag.

Sandy Rhines  
President Sandy Rhines

Sandy asked any visitors to introduce themselves. Mike Chu introduced his grandsons Lamar and Isaiah Jones. This was their second visit to one of our meetings. Mike has been teaching them to turn and each brought in a piece for the instant gallery.

Gary Johnson was introduced as a new member. Gary took Andy's class at Woodcraft and turned a peppermill at Fun at Fred's.

Sandy also welcomed back Gordon Tang. Gordon is a long time member who has been missing in action for a few months while he recovered from some health issues.

Sandy asked Laurie Baron of Nohea Gallery to talk about the upcoming Honolulu Woodturners Show. This is the 11th annual Honolulu Woodturners show at Nohea Gallery in Ward Warehouse. The show opens August 10 and continues through August 31.

Demonstrations are planned for Opening Day, August 10, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. An artists' reception is planned from 4:30 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. An additional demonstration is planned for August 24, Noon to 4:00 p.m. All members are invited to participate in the show. Pieces are due at the Gallery prior to August 2.

Laurie would like to see the hurricane lamp challenge entries displayed at the show. Please consider bringing in your lamp as well as other pieces.

Laurie reported that Makena Ross is recovering from his health issues and is doing well.

Lamar Jones  
Lamar Jones
Isaiah Jones  
Isaiah Jones

The club's sponsorship of a Wounded Warrior pen turning project will be scheduled soon on a Saturday at the Kaneohe Marine Base. The club has purchased pen kits and the intent is to set up four mini lathes for the pen turning. If you can help mentor, please contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org Additional information will be sent out as soon as finalized.

David Chung organized a Starbond CA glue order. Fifteen members ordered a variety of CA glue. Due to the size of the order, Starbond gave us a 15% discount. The discount covered the cost of the shipping. The Starbond company also donated five glue gift sets to the club which we will use as door prizes at the symposium. Mahalo David.

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.

These blanks, 6'' x 6'' x 3'', are being used for a team collaborative challenge. There are eight maple blocks, so there are eight teams with several people plus the team leader. The team leaders are Craig Mason, Tom Young, Andy Cole, Rob Hale, Tim Freeman, Robert Duffer, Kyle Iwamoto, and Jim Fleming.

The collaborative pieces will be auctioned off during the Honolulu Symposium. The proceeds will be donated to a charity of the board's choice.

The collaborative pieces will be displayed at the September 10 meeting.

Carl Sherry suggested to folks looking for a quality sand paper at a good price to consider ordering from TreeWorkx in New Zealand. The company is run by Ron Wallace-Wells and is the supplier for AstraDot sand paper made in Japan. Contact Ron via e-mail at treeworkx@xtra.co.nz Other contact information is available on their website at www.treeworkx.co.nz Ron offers club members a 10% discount.

The 2013 Hawaii's Woodshow, Na La'au o Hawai'i will be September 9 through September 15. The show is sponsored by the Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA) and is held at the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery at Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the 21st year of the show. All are invited to visit the show. The show is the premier woodworkers exhibition in the state of Hawaii. 

Andy Cole encouraged members of the Honolulu Woodturners club to consider entering this year. In order to participate you will need to join HFIA (Hawaii Forest Industry Association) and pay a fee to enter your pieces, but the exposure that you will receive by having your work in the show is priceless. There is a novice category for all first time entrants so the chance of winning an award your first year could be very good.  Deadline to enter the show is July 17. Additional information is available on the HFIA website at www.hawaiiforest.org

Andy also encouraged members to consider taking a workshop on Marquetry and Design presented by Paul Schurch. The workshop looks to be an extraordinary opportunity and information can be found by clicking here.

  Barry Wheeler
Barry Wheeler

This may not be 'wood turning', but is a once in a life time event that everyone is sure to enjoy and benefit from. The workshop on the Big Island has been sold out but there is still space available on Oahu.

Contact Andy at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org with any questions. 

Barry Wheeler gave the presentation. He demonstrated how to make a container to hold live orchids out of Norfolk Island pine. He then used a piece of milo to turn a vase, with a glass insert, to hold cut orchids.

Andy reported the club treasury has a balance of $9,668.58 as of July 8, 2013.

Andy was one of the 25, or so, demonstrators at the annual Utah Symposium in Orem. The entire list of demonstrators and a photo gallery is located on their website at www.utahwoodturning.com Andy said the symposium drew between 500 and 600 attendees. It is small enough to be a friendly and down home type of symposium. Andy was fortunate enough to sell a couple of his signature nested sets to Tom Wirsing and the late Dale Nish.

Rob Hale gave a report on the American Association of Woodturners Symposium (AAW) in Tampa. It is the largest event of its kind and drew attendance of over 1200. There are many, many rotations and he went away inspired by the entries in the Instant Gallery. The gallery includes everything from small to large and from A to Z. The trend seems to be turnings with embellishment and color. From Hawaii, Sharon Doughtie, was one of the demonstrators, Jim Bannister and his wife headed up the T-shirt sales at the symposium and Andy and Rob assisted with the auction.

The AAW symposium next year is scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona, June 13 through 15.

Eric LeBuse gave a report on the Fun at Fred's event. Eric brought in his peppermill to share. We had around 40 people attend. David Chung headed up a peppermill turning group and Stan Hebda with help from Brian Green, Charles Gerdes, and others, mentored the pen turners. David also set up his chain saw sharpening machine. It was a fun day with lots of fellowship, food, and fun. Mahalo to Fred for allowing us to use your place.

The 5th Annual Honolulu Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. The symposium will feature local and neighbor island demonstrators. Committed to demonstrate are Mike Lee, Derek Bencomo, Pat Kramer, Sharon Doughtie, Francisco Clemente, Albert Koorenhof, Craig Mason, Kyle Iwamoto, Stan Hebda, Keith Maile, and David Chung.

Tom Young  
Tom Young
Participation Prize Winner

The cost for the two day symposium has been set at $75. Tickets for the Saturday evening dinner will be $15. Additional details, an informational flyer, and registration form are on the website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2013_symposium_flyer.html The website will be updated as more information becomes available. We again expect to distribute many door prizes.

We need volunteers to put on an event such as the symposium. Please consider helping and contact Rob Hale at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org

Dean Mailheau, club librarian, asked members to please return overdue DVD's. We have a decent selection and would like them to be available to everyone.

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 Tom Young.

Rob also reminded folks of the challenge guidelines: Two first place wins in the Silver Division moves you to the Gold Division. The challenges are on the honor system.

Prizes of Woodcraft gift certificates are awarded to the first, second, and third places. The values of the certificates are $20 for first, $15 for second, and $10 for third place.

The challenge for the July meeting was to turn a hurricane lamp. David Higa said the glass for the lamps was donated by Solomon Apio.

Rob Hale
Mike Chu
David Chung
Rob Hale
1st Place ~ Gold
Mike Chu
2nd Place ~ Gold
David Chung
3rd Place ~ Gold
Stan Hebda
Stan Hebda
1st Place ~ Silver
  Ed Niemi    
Edward Niemi
2nd Place ~ Silver
  Jon Ogata    
Jon Ogata
3rd Place ~ Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Hurricane Lamp
  1st Rob Hale Norfolk pine lamp
  2nd Mike Chu red velvet burl with ebonized pheasant wood finial
  3rd David Chung Cook pine
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Hurricane Lamp
  1st Stan Hebda laminated black limba and Baltic birch plywood
  2nd Edward Niemi silky oak with slats
  3rd Jon Ogata monkeypod with natural edge
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    David Higa koa
    Larry Rodrigues kamani
    Albert Koorenhof milo natural edge
    Tim Freeman burned mango and milo with leather stitches
    Tom Young kolohala
    Eric LeBuse milo
    Craig Mason kamani
    George Wong natural edge cypress
    Jim Fleming lychee
    Kyle Iwamoto Norfolk Island pine
    Raymond Len monkeypod
    Joshua Fisher hooded Norfolk pine
    Sandy Rhines mango
    Kraig Smith camphor


Instant Gallery:
    Eric LeBuse hau hollow form
    Rob Hale Australian fern vase and black olive with pewa patches
    Bob LaReaux milo burl hollow form
    Joshua Fisher cinnamon bowl with carved rim
    Keith Maile kou mana 'ae calabash
    Tom Young milo bowl
    Lamar Jones Norfolk pine bowl
    Isaiah Jones ulu bowl
    Gordon Tang carved natural edge koa bowl
    Tim Freeman cinnamon bowl
    Eric LeBuse peppermill
    Andy Cole false kamani 5 piece natural edge set
    Sandy Rhines sandalwood pen and curly koa pen
    Rob Hale black olive with pewa patches
    Jim Fleming two cinnamon bowls and curly walnut bowl

Don Moody shared with us his home made laser caliper.

David's featured website is the work of Liam O'Neill. Liam, an Irish turner, is tentative scheduled to present us a demonstration and hands-on session January 31, and February 1, 2015. Liam's website may be viewed at

Several generous members of the Honolulu Woodturners brought in wood to share. Mahalo guys!

Wood, Wood, and More Wood

Dan Nakanishi brought in some blue eucalyptus leaves. The challenge for the September meeting is display the leaves with some kind of turning. There are some leaves still available at Mike's place. Contact Mike Chu at mike_chu@honoluluwoodturners.org or call 479-8351 to make arrangements to pick up the leaves.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Tom Young

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


Updated July 11, 2013