January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Robert Duffer  
President Robert Duffer

President Robert Duffer brought the meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Robert asked new members Jon Vaughn, Buff Haars, and Tim (Woody) Woodard to introduce themselves. Woody took Andy's bowl turning class at Woodcraft.

Gerry Davis, from California, was here for his annual vacation in paradise.

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

Robert expressed our mahalo to Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues for continuing to serve on the Challenge Committee.

Robert also thanked Carl Sherry, Alan Kamaura, and George Wong for their work on taking the photos used on the website. Mahalo also to Joshua Fisher for helping as a runner moving the pieces to the camera location.

Robert introduced the club officers for 2014. The officers are: President, Robert Duffer; Vice President, Kyle Iwamoto; Treasurer, Andy Cole; and Secretary, Tom Young.

Robert Duffer
Kyle Iwamoto
Andy Cole
Tom Young
Robert Duffer
Kyle Iwamoto
Vice President
Andy Cole
Tom Young

Robert reminded folks now is the time to renew your Honolulu Woodturners membership fees. Annual dues are $25 for the calendar year. 

  Kyle Iwamoto
Kyle Iwamoto
  Andy Cole
Andy Cole
  Tom Young
Tom Young

To renew your membership, please make a check payable to "Honolulu Woodturners"

To help with our bookkeeping, please print the membership renewal form from application/membership_application.pdf and include with your renewal check and mail your dues to:
          Andy Cole, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          1534 Bertram St.
          Honolulu, HI 96816

Andy Cole reported the club treasury, on January 13, had a balance of $8,349.80 in the account.

The meeting demonstration was handled by Kyle Iwamoto, Andy Cole, and Tom Young. They were each given a similar piece of mango and allotted 15 minutes to turn something. Kyle made a box, Andy cored his piece and made two bowls, and Tom turned a vase.

Brett Schenk was recognized for his work as master videographer.

After serving as club librarian for several years, Dean Mailheau has decided to retire, Joan Graham has generously agreed to take over the librarian duties. If anyone has outstanding videos from the library, please return them to Joan.

Neil Scobie from New South Wales, Australia, is scheduled to conduct a demonstration and hands-on class Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, 2014.

Neil will be a demonstrator at the American Association's Symposium in Phoenix and is stopping in the islands.

Additional information will be passed on as it becomes available. Mark your calendars. Visit Neil's website at www.neilandlizscobie.com Mahalo to Pat and Sharon for hosting Neil during his stay on Oahu.

The club unexpectedly ran out of end grain sealer. Please fill in the sheet by the barrel as that is how we know when it is time to re-order. Mahalo to Bart Potter for loaning us 20 gallons for the meeting.

The club will be putting on a turning demonstration April 4 for Malama o Manoa's 1000 Tree Give-a-Way at Manoa District Park. Demonstrations will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We will be looking for volunteers to fill up the needed rotations. Additional details will be sent out as they are determined.

Robert 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 challenge for the January meeting was to turn a name tag.

Selected Pieces from the Challenge

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

Jon Ogata
Jim Fleming
Allan Spitzer
Jon Ogata
First Place ~ Silver Division
Jim Fleming
Second Place ~ Silver Division
Allan Spitzer
Third Place ~ Silver Division
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Name Tag
  1st Jon Ogata carved on turned milo
  2nd Jim Fleming laminated koa disc
  3rd Allan Spitzer Oahu shaped koa
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Name Tag
  1st Tim Freeman bowl shaped milo
  2nd Robert Duffer star shaped laminated piece with pukas
  3rd Tom young koa disc with mineral inlay
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Andy Cole bowl shaped maple
    Kyle Iwamoto osage orange disc
    Craig Mason multi-axis koa
    Eric LeBuse milo with pedestal holder
    Rob Hale koa hanging disc
    Jon Vaughn spindles
    Buff Haars carved koa
    Edward Niemi lip shaped
Instant Gallery:
    Woody Woodard Native American flute and his first bowl turned from opiuma
    Andy Cole natural edge avocado bowl
    Jim Fleming koa trivet and cheese board and kamani bowl
    Tom Young Formosan koa calabash
    Chris Rollins monkeypod hollow form
    Robert Duffer monkeypod platter with honu and Norfolk Island pine goblet
    Jon Ogata Norfolk Island pine hollow form and Norfolk Island pine with open sides
    Eric LeBuse guava hollow form
    Albert Koorenhof Norfolk Island pine vase
    Joshua Fisher spinning top with carved koa rectangle bowl
    David Chung large translucent Cook pine bowl
    Curtis Tanaka plumeria bowl with koa base
    Gerry Davis olive eggoscope, fluted walnut box, and patriotic pen blanks
    John Frigillana sphere cutting jig
    Brian Green assortment of rolling pins
Tim Freeman
Robert Duffer
Tom Young
Tim Freeman
First Place ~ Gold Division
Robert Duffer
Second Place ~ Gold Division
Tom Young
Third Place ~ Gold Division

Robert mentioned the need for a safety officer. If this position interests anyone, contact Robert at robert_duffer@honoluluwoodturners.org The position basically is to be aware of what is going on, watch, and gently remind folks if they see someone using an unsafe method. Sometimes for demonstration purposes, turners forego use of a helmet for convenience. Safety should always be paramount when working around power tools.


Fred Humphrey shared this as a reminder for everyone to please always use good safety practices. The left photo is of Fred's forearm after he tripped and fell onto his chain saw. The saw was not running at the time.

It's been said "timing is everything". It took 56 stitches to close all the cuts. There is no permanent damage.

The right photo was taken at the meeting, one week after the accident. Fred retains his sense of humor and said: "I will now leave the saw laying much further from where I am working, lying on its side, under a wooden crate, covered with a mattress, and surrounded by yellow caution tape with flashing yellow lights."

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

Mahalo to David Higa and Dougie Bowers for bringing in wood to share. David brought in kou and milo and Dougie some hau wood.

David Chung's featured website was the work of Australia's Neil Scobie. The URL is www.neilandlizscobie.com/index.html

David presented the 'Newcomers Corner'. David showed one method of enlarging a hole using a spade bit.

Mahalo to Joe Swizdor for taking the initiative and ordering vinyl stickers of the club logo.

The stickers are about 4 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches high. The example on the right is shown on a tinted window.

These stickers can be placed on car windows (tinted or clear), car bumpers, walls, notebooks, lathes, and many other places.

The stickers are available from Andy for $3.00 each or two for $5.00.

Instructions and a video for applying the stickers is available at www.carstickers.com/instructions.php

Instructions for applying the stickers is also shown below.

The challenge for March is to turn an end grain bowl. Size limit is in effect. The bowl must fit within a 10 inch cube.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, March 11, 2014. 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, Joshua Fisher, Alan Kamaura, and Tom Young


Updated January 16, 2014