May 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 any visitors to introduce themselves. Franklin Niemi is in the islands visiting his father, Edward.

The 2013 Utah Symposium, is scheduled for May 16, 17, and 18, in Orem, Utah. Andy Cole will be one of the demonstrators. Visit the Utah Symposium webpage at http://www.utahwoodturning.com/home

Fun at Fred's has been scheduled for Saturday, June 15. We have done a couple of these already and they are always great fun and well attended. Mark your calendar. Details are being worked out and will be posted as they become available.

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) 27th Annual Symposium is scheduled for June 28, 29, and 30 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida. Sharon Doughtie will be one of the demonstrators. Visit their website at www.woodturner.org

Travis Idol  
Dr. Travis Idol

Dr. Travis Idol, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Tropical Forestry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, gave an informative presentation on the on-going efforts of management, re-forestation, and modeling of Acacia Koa forests. Visit the Forestry Extension website at www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/ for the latest developments.

The 11th Annual Nohea Gallery Wood Show is scheduled for August. Dates and information will be posted as it becomes available.

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. For more information visit their website at www.woodshow.hawaiiforest.org The artists of Hawaii create some amazing pieces of work.

The 5th Annual Honolulu Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. This year, Sally Ault, a turner from San Diego, has been invited to demonstrate. The symposium will feature local and neighbor island demonstrators. The cost for the two day symposium has been set at $75. Tickets for the Saturday evening dinner will be $15. Additional details will be posted as they become available. Rob Hale is the symposium coordinator and we are always looking for additional volunteers for the symposium. Contact rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org if you are willing to help. The Symposium Committee meets every other month, typically the second Tuesday of the even numbered months at MRC Roofing.

  Francisco Clemente
Francisco Clemente and Rob Hale

Francisco Clemente, assisted by Rob Hale, explained how he turned this multi-axis hollow form.

The Woodcraft Tent Show is scheduled for October 19.

The treasury report, prepared by Andy Cole, was read by Sandy. Thanks to a couple of late sign-ups for the Don Derry hands-on session, the club realized a profit of $211.04. As of May 13, the club has a balance of $10,412.86.

Peter Van Zile's wife, Judy, is seeking a donation of three small unique wood pieces for an international Asia Pacific Dance Festival. Contact Judy at 734-7468 or zile@hawaii.edu

Interest has been expressed by Kaneohe Marine Base in a Wounded Warrior turning project. There are about 10 to 15 Marines, on any given day, who would like to participate in the project. We need volunteers who are interested in working one on one with the Marines, primarily making pens. In addition, we are looking for someone to spearhead the efforts. Contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org if you would like to participate.

The club library, handled by the capable hands of Dean Mailheau, has books and DVD's available for lending. As Dean is visiting the mainland, the library is being handled by Larry Rodrigues.

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

Larry Rodrigues
Mike Chu
Francisco Clemente
Larry Rodrigues
First Place Gold
Mike Chu
Second Place Gold
Francisco Clemente
Third Place Gold

Kyle Iwamoto
Kyle Iwamoto
First Place Silver
  Tim Sprowls    
Tim Sprowls
Second Place Silver
  Allan Spitzer    
Allan Spitzer
Third Place Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Multi-Axis
  1st Larry Rodrigues kamani hollow form turned on 4 axis
  2nd Mike Chu maple burl hollow form with ebonized multi-axis finial
  3rd Francisco Clemente cedar multi-axis hollow form
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Multi-Axis
  1st Kyle Iwamoto three sided American elm box with finial
  2nd Tim Sprowls chess knights
  3rd Allan Spitzer multi-axis kou candlestick
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Tom Young koa letter opener
    George Wong cypress tea kettle
    Eric LeBuse 16 axis Norfolk pine vase with carved feet
    Rob Hale burned off center kauri bowl
    Craig Mason pair of koa candle sticks
    Don Moody three candle holders turned on 2, 3, and 5 axis
    Joshua Fisher goblet
Instant Gallery:
    Allan Spitzer curly koa fountain pen
    Tom Young natural edge cherry burl bowl and walnut lidded container made in 1932 by his father
    Jon Ogata kou hollow form
    Kyle Iwamoto sphere, egg, and pear form from Don Derry class
    Albert Koorenhof side grain Norfolk pine with branches
    Eric LeBuse milo wine glass stem
    Chris Rollins two koa bowls
    Joshua Fisher green turned macadamia nut bowl
    Dougie Bowers Hawaiian rosewood poi pounder
    Rob Hale bleach and burned Formosan koa bowl
    David Chung large burned Norfolk pine calabash

To burn the designs and lettering, David uses a transfer film made for gourd burning. He gets the film from a company called Welburn Gourd Farm. Visit the company's website at www.welburngourdfarm.com Click on the Stick 'n Burn link on left side of the home page.

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.

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.

Several generous members of the Honolulu Woodturners brought in wood to share. The wood included koa, African tulip, pheasant, tamarind, and cinnamon.

Wood, Wood, and More Wood ~ Always a Big Hit
Eric LeBuse brought in lychee fruit to share.

David's featured website is www.billluce.com David said for him personally and for many highly regarded woodturners, Don Derry included, the work of Bill Luce is considered at the top of the list for being able to generate powerful, simple forms.

Craig Mason  
Craig Mason
Participation Prize Winner

The Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Craig Mason.

One of the questions from David's Newcomers Corner was how best to fasten hook and loop (Velcro) to sanding pads. Contact cement seemed to be the unanimous choice.

David also mentioned the World of Wood (WoW) turning website. The site is at www.thewows.com

This is a canned website (MyFamily.com) that has been adopted for woodturners. WoW has thousands of members. Any member can have a permanent photo album on the site.

As members post their work, others comment, congratulate, and make suggestions on the piece. There are hundreds of tips and tricks, and thousands of photos in the albums of woodturners, beginners to professionals. For WoW, you only need an invitation from another WoW member to sign up. Anonymous usernames are not allowed. David, Francisco Clemente, Kelly Dunn are among active local turners. Contact David at david_chung@honoluluwoodturners.org and ask him to invite you to join WoW.

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for the July meeting is to turn a hurricane lamp. David Higa donated the glass for the lamps. There is no size limits.

Dan Nakanishi brought in some blue eucalyptus leaves. The challenge for the September meeting is display the leaves with some kind of turning. There is no size limits.

Both the hurricane glass and eucalyptus leaves are available at MC Roofing. Contact Mike Chu at mike_chu@honoluluwoodturners.org or call 479-8351 to make arrangements to pick up the items.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, July 9, 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, George Wong and Jon Ogata 

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated May 16, 2013