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

Sandy asked new members to introduce themselves. Bob LaReaux has been turning for a few years and lives on the Windward side. Laurie Shiroma and Alissa Altmann both got their start in turning by taking a class at Woodcraft by Andy Cole. Lee Panapa is a pen turner who is ready to expand his turning experience.

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

If you have not paid your 2013 dues, fill out the application form found on the website. Click here to access the form. Send, along with your fees, to:
          Andy Cole, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          1534 Bertram St.
          Honolulu, HI 96816

Robert Duffer  
Robert Duffer
Examples of Robert's Multi-Axis Turning

Robert Duffer presented the program by demonstrating some off-set, also referred to as multi-axis, turning. Robert said he is not really into turning bowls. He likes to just turn 'stuff'. He demonstrated turning an off-set palm tree. Robert has several video photos posted on YouTube. You may view by clicking on the following links: www.youtube.com/watch?v=avvKsL8i and

Robert encouraged members to enter the challenges as this is where you may do something different, something out of your comfort zone, and really grow as an artist.

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'', will be used for a team collaborative challenge. There are eight maple blocks, so there will be 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 intent is to auction off the pieces during the Honolulu Symposium. Contact Sandy to sign up. All skill levels are invited. Sandy will take the names of the folks who signed up and assign them to a team.

The 2013 Hawaii's Woodshow, Na Lā'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. For more information visit their website at www.woodshow.hawaiiforest.org  The artists of Hawaii create some amazing pieces of work.


One of our members, who probably wishes to remain anonymous, showed up with a mangled finger from a band saw mishap. Always remember to practice good safety procedures.

The club library, handled by the capable hands of Dean Mailheau, has books and DVD's available for lending. To see a partial list of what is available, visit the club website

Don Derry is scheduled to give us an all day demonstration on Saturday, May 11. There is also a hands-on session scheduled for Sunday, May 12. Information will be posted on the club website's 'Events' page as it becomes available. Don conducted a demonstration for the club in 2004. To see examples of Don's work, visit his website at http://www.donaldderry.com/2index.html

It takes volunteers to make Honolulu Woodturners a successful club. The club is in need of a couple of committees to assist with demonstrators such as John Jordan and Don Derry. We are looking for volunteers to populate a Wood Acquisition Committee and a Demonstrator Assistants Committee. If you can help with these committees, contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org  We generally have these demonstrators come in two or three times a year.

The Honolulu Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20. Rob Hale is the symposium coordinator and we are always looking for additional volunteers for the symposium. Contact Rob at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org if you are willing to help. The Symposium Committee meets 6 times a year, typically the second Tuesday of the even numbered months at MRC Roofing.

Andy Cole reported the club treasury, as of March 9, 2013, had a balance of $9,877.71.

The club has purchased a new Jet 1642 variable speed lathe for use at various club events.

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.

Craig Mason
Albert Koorenhof
Larry Rodrigues
Craig Mason
First Place Gold
Albert Koorenhof
Second Place Gold (tie)
Larry Rodrigues
Second Place Gold (tie)

Tim Freeman
Tim Freeman
Third Place Gold
  Larry Wilson    
Larry Wilson holding
Eric LeBuse's piece
First Place Silver
  Keith Maile    
Keith Maile
Second Place Silver (tie)
  Tim Sprowls    
Tim Sprowls
Second Place Silver (tie)

  Roger Hirlinger    
Roger Hirlinger
Third Place Silver

The Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Tim Sprowls.

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

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.

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Patch
  1st Craig Mason lychee hollow form with burning and carved milo finial
  2nd Albert Koorenhof spalted autograph with pewa patches
  2nd Larry Rodrigues milo toothpick holder with inlace
  3rd Tim Freeman neem cup holder with burning and wire stitching
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Patch
  1st Eric LeBuse hau bowl with tagua nut and ebony pewa patches
  2nd (tie) Keith Maile kou 'umeke with cover and pewa patches
  2nd (tie) Tim Sprowls milo cribbage board with koa honu patch
  3rd Roger Hirlinger set of 3 nested milo bowls with maple pewa patches
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Jim Fleming longan bowl with maple pewa patches
    Kyle Iwamoto nested set of three longan bowls
    Allan Spitzer two koa/mango pens with pewa patches
    Tom Young koa bowl with mineral pewa patches
    Robert Duffer multi-axis piece with peace patch
    Rob Hale burned mango with koa pewa patches
    Francisco Clemente koa bowl with pewa patches
Instant Gallery:
    Joshua Fisher cedar goblet with captive rings and marblewood plate
    Tom Young Formosan koa hollow form with burned pewa patches
    Brett Schenk false olive natural edge bowl
    Ed Niemi fragrant pine box
    Jim Fleming sun dial
    Charles Gerdes set of two curved segmented pens
    Tim Freeman monkeypod bowl with burned hibiscus flower
    Bob LaReaux spalted mango bowl
    Keith Maile kou practice form with five different traditional patches
    Stan Hebda mango and acrylic pen with stainless steel mechanical parts made in the USA
    Albert Koorenhof January demonstration Norfolk Island pine bowl with honu patch
    Andy Cole design opportunity lemon eucalyptus crotch that came off the lathe and broke into many pieces
    Brian Green longan bowl (his first bowl), distressed olive bowl, and mango pen with submarine clip
    Rob Hale mango nested set with many pewa patches and painted and burned maple offset piece

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 http://www.utahwoodturning.com or contact Andy at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) 27th Annual Symposium is scheduled for June 28, 29, and 30 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida. Visit the AAW website at http://www.woodturner.org/sym/sym2013/index.htm for more information.

The club is attempting to organize another Fun at Fred's event sometime this year. We have done a couple of these already and they are always great fun and well attended. Information will be sent out as it becomes available. We are currently looking at sometime in June.

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

David's featured website is http://www.timberly.co.nz The website features pieces by Terry Scott and Gordon Pemridge.

Several generous members of the Honolulu Woodturners brought in wood to share. Andy Cole brought in some macadamia nut; Dean Mailheau brought in some eucalyptus, mango, and monkeypod; Dougie Bowers brought in a truck load of chinaberry, mountain apple, and lychee; and David Higa brought in some eucalyptus. Mahalo guys!

Wood, Wood, and More Wood ~ Always a Big Hit

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.

Tom Young filled in for David Chung on the 'New Comers Corner'. David is visiting family on the mainland.

Tom Young  
Tom Young

Tom rough turns all the wood he gets and has found the full size EZ Rougher made by EZ Wood Tools to be very efficient in rough turning green wood. See their website at http://www.easywoodtools.com to see their various tools.

The tools are designed with support directly beneath the cutting edge transferring the cutting pressure downward on the tool rest.

The cutters are square with all four sides usable. EZ Wood Tools sell the replaceable cutters for about $14 each.

Global Tooling sells carbide cutters that fit the large EZ tool for $2.61 each in a box of ten. The part number is IC-2515154-4100. They also sell many other carbide knives which may fit other tools. Visit the Global Tooling web page by clicking here.

Tom also shared a chain saw cutting stand made from threaded rods and plywood. Sandy shared a link to Laymar Crafts Woodturning which shows a similar stand and how to make and use it. The URL is http://www.laymar-crafts.co.uk/tip33.htm

Tom also showed some cardboard discs, in various sizes, he uses to cut round bowl blanks.

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for the May meeting is multi-axis or off-set turning. The piece must fit within a 10 inch cube.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, Alan Kamaura, and John Frigillana 

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated March 16, 2013