July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Kyle Iwamoto  
Vice President Kyle Iwamoto

Vice President Kyle Iwamoto introduced himself as Robert Duffer and brought the meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

New members attending the meeting were Lee Takushi. Visitors included CJ Jenkins, Jaylen Jenkins, Lamar Jones, and Isiah Jones, all visiting from California.

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

Please make and wear a name tag. We have about 100 members and a name tag makes it easier for everyone.

Andy reminded us registration deadline to sign up for the 2014 Hawaii's Wood Show is Wednesday, July 16. Your entries don't need to be finished yet, but the registration does need to be submitted. 

The Hawaii Forestry Industry Association (HFIA) is bringing in Binh Pho as lead juror. We have a great opportunity to have Binh Pho here and he will be conducting a demonstration and 'hands on' workshop. The demonstration is Saturday, August 30 at a cost of $40. The ‘hands-on’ session is Sunday, August 31 at a cost of $100. The Sunday session is limited to 8 participants.

Contact Andy at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org or 778-7036 for additional information.

The annual Woodcraft tent sale is tentatively scheduled for late September. The club will be providing some demonstrations. Additional information will be supplied as it becomes available.

Laurie Baron, of Nohea Gallery, spoke about the upcoming Honolulu Woodturners Show. The opening date will be on Saturday August 16th. We will set up three lathes and run turning demonstrations from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

An artist's reception will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Folks are encouraged to supply a pupu for the artists' reception. Please kokua.

Laurie needs to know if you are planning to participate and approximately how many pieces you plan to bring. A spreadsheet with the information is available on Google Drive. Click here to view the spreadsheet.

You should be able to access the spreadsheet, but not make changes. To sign up, contact Andy at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org or Tom at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org

There is only one demonstration slot remaining for opening day. It is from 10 a.m. to noon on the Rikon mini.

Pieces entered in the show are due at Nohea Gallery by Wednesday, August 6.

Every year a charity is chosen to benefit from donated pieces. This year the charity is YMCA Workforce Training program. This is a program for individuals disconnected from workforce, to learn job skills and gain experience. Please consider donating a piece. 100 per cent of the sale goes to the charity.

Laurie is also looking for someone to take photographs on opening day. In addition, she is looking for a good band to provide music opening day. If you know of one, contact Laurie at nohea@lava.net

  Mike Chu
Mike Chu
  Kyle Iwamoto
Kyle Iwamoto

Pat Kramer is in the process of putting together a bulk sandpaper order. This enables us to receive a better price. Additional information and cost will be sent out as it becomes available.

Andy reported the club treasury, as of July 5, had a balance of $11,673.48 in the account.

Andy reported that the Neil Scobie demonstration and ‘hands-on’ session resulted in a gain of $192.62.

Mike Chu and Kyle Iwamoto gave talks and demonstrations on how to sharpen tools. Mike said the most dangerous tool in your collection is a dull tool.

Mike distributed a handout by Kirk DeHeer titled ‘Sharpening Demystified’. This handout is available on the club website, in the ‘Tips Section’.

Mike demonstrated how to sharpen using the Oneway Wolverine Sharpening System.

He explained the differences between aluminum oxide wheels and the CBN (Cubic Boron Nitride) wheels.

Mike also demonstrated the Sorby Pro Edge Sharpening System.

Mike recommended the stainless steel Robo Adjustable Tool Rest for freehand sharpening. There is no website but the stand is available from Reed Grey, aka Robo Hippy, by calling (541) 463-9634. A YouTube video is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ7w6yFhw4c

Mike talked about tool steel and said he prefers the M42 used by D-Way tools. D-Way’s website may be found at d-waytools.com/

Kyle uses the Tormek Sharpening System which is a wet sharpening system.

Various sharpening systems, jigs, and wheels are available at suppliers such as Craft Supplies, Woodcraft, and Packard Woodworks.

Selected Pieces from the Challenge

As a reminder, everyone who participates in the Challenge or Instant Gallery 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 Jaylen Jenkins.

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.

The challenge for the July meeting was to turn a thin stemmed piece. There was no size limit.

Kyle Iwamoto
Mike Chu
Tom Young
Kyle Iwamoto
First Place ~ Gold Division
Mike Chu
Second Place ~ Gold Division
Tom Young
Third Place ~ Gold Division
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Thin Stem
  1st Kyle Iwamoto 5 maple goblet set with bamboo stems
  2nd Mike Chu padauk goblet with kolohala stem
  3rd Tom Young 3 flower arrangement, maple with milo stems
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Thin Stem
  1st Edward Niemi Olive goblet
  2nd Jon Ogata Surinam Cherry Goblet
  3rd Bob LaReaux mock orange goblet
  Honorable Mention for Both Divisions
    Eric LeBuse ohai ali’i Christmas berry
    Andy Cole milo goblet
    Rob Hale not so thin stemmed goblet
    Sandy Rhines thin koa stem
Edward Niemi
Jon Ogata
Jaylen Jenkins
Edward Niemi
First Place ~ Silver Division
Jon Ogata
Second Place ~ Silver Division
Jaylen Jenkins
Participation Prize Winner

Craig Mason gave a report on the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) Symposium held in Phoenix, Arizona, June 13 through 15. Also attending were John Hunter, Jim Bannister, and Andy Cole. As always, the symposium was declared a smashing success.

The 2015 symposium is scheduled for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the 2016 is scheduled for Atlanta, Georgia.

Rob Hale, chairman of the Honolulu Woodturners symposium, said the dates for the 6th Honolulu Symposium are Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. Jerry Kermode will be the featured demonstrator. Jerry now lives in Sebastopol, California. Jerry was the driving force behind the formation of the Honolulu Woodturners club in March 2000. The other demonstration rotations will be filled by local turners.

A symposium organizational meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 12. We will need plenty of volunteers to make this symposium the best yet. Please contact Rob if you are willing to help.

Sandy Rhines suggested we again have collaborative pieces to auction off at the Honolulu Symposium. We have done this at least twice and it seems to be popular. We will have identical blanks (as yet unknown wood type or size) for several teams. Each team can use the blank in any way they wish and incorporate any other woods desired. The finished pieces will be auctioned off at the Symposium. We will need volunteers to be team leaders and participants. Sandy suggested the groups not choose their own team leaders. Geographic location will be considered.

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

Mahalo to Dougie Bowers, Ralph Goto, and David Chung for bringing in wood to share. Dougie brought in some magnolia wood and some Australian fern wood. David and Ralph brought in Norfolk Island pine.

David’s ‘Newcomers Corner’ featured questions and discussion on using a string steady rest, and using end grain sealer to slow the drying on rough turned bowls.

David shared a positive air flow respirator mask he picked up at the AAW Symposium in Phoenix.

Ron Tosh brought in some synthetic steel wood. He uses it for polishing and also uses a square as a sanding pad.

David Chung’s featured website is by John Beaver. Visit the website by clicking here.

The challenge for September is to turn a calabash shape incorporating at least two kinds of wood. Size limit is in effect. Maximum diameter is 12 inches.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, September 9, 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, George Wong, and Tom Young


Updated July 10, 2014