March 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.

New members attending the meeting were Kainoa Del Rosario, Kris Ferrara, and Willie Ridep.

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.

Robert expressed our mahalo to Joan Graham for taking on the responsibilities of club librarian. Joan has a box of DVD's available to the members. Folks are asked to return borrowed items in a timely manner (such as a couple of months). An outdated list of available DVD's is posted on the club website at http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/library.html

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 facemask for convenience. Safety should always be paramount when working around power tools.

Andy Cole reported the club treasury as of March 11, prior to the meeting, had a balance of $9,475.13 in the account. Andy said the club has about 80 paid members.

Dave Higa  
Dave Higa

Robert reminded folks club membership fees are now past due. The distribution list will soon be deleted of members not current in their dues. Dues are $25 for the calendar year. 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

The meeting demonstration was presented by Dave Higa.

Dave is a Honolulu Woodturners club past president and was one of the original group who formed the Honolulu Woodturners club in March of 2000. Dave gave a demonstration on how to turn one of the popular kendama toys.

For members of the AAW, dimensions and instructions for a kendama are available at http://www.woodturner.org under the American Woodturner drop down menu under the AW Journal Archives tab. The kendama article is in August 2011 issue, Volume 26, Issue 3, Pages 38 - 43.

Robert asked folks to please wear a name tag at the meeting. It is a big help in recognizing members and putting names to faces.

  Jim Fleming
Jim Fleming

The Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Jim Fleming.

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 and cost will be passed on as it becomes available. Mark your calendars. Visit Neil's website at http://www.neilandlizscobie.com/index.html Mahalo to Pat and Sharon for hosting Neil.

The club will be putting on a turning demonstration April 6 for Malama o Manoa's 1000 Tree Give-a-Way at Manoa District Park. Demonstrations will run from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. The plan is to have three lathes set up. We need volunteers to fill six two-hour slots. Please contact andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org to volunteer. No experience is necessary. All are welcome to attend.

The Utah Woodturning Symposium, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, will be held May 15 through May 17. The website may be viewed at https://www.utahwoodturning.com

American Association of Woodturners (AAW) Symposium will be held in Phoenix, Arizona. on June 13 through 15. The symposium website may be found at http://www.woodturner.org/Page/2014Speak

At the AAW Symposium, Andy will be leading a couple of panel discussions: Elements of Critique and Regional Symposiums.

Selected Pieces from the Challenge

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

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.

Carl Sherry
Craig Swedberg
Edward Niemi
Carl Sherry
First Place ~ Silver Division
Craig Swedberg
Second Place ~ Silver Division
Edward Niemi
Third Place ~ Silver Division
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ End Grain Bowl
  1st Carl Sherry Norfolk pine calabash
  2nd Craig Swedberg Keith Tompkins style linen fold carving
  3rd Edward Niemi olive bowl with milo lid
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ End Grain Bowl
  1st Larry Rodrigues covered Norfolk pine calabash with textured band
  2nd Robert Duffer carved lychee stand and bowl
  3rd Eric LeBuse mahogany bowl with carved feet
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Craig Mason kamani calabash
    Tim Freeman Norfolk pine urn with finial
    Tom Young kou calabash with burned pewa patches
    Gordon Tang milo hollow form
    David Chung koa confetti light holder with chatter work and silver inlay
    Rob Hale Australian fern calabash with pewa patches
    Andy Cole small Norfolk pine bowl
    Jon Ogata monkeypod utility vase
    Don Moody Norfolk pine bowl
    Bob LaReaux milo bowl
    Buff Haars monkeypod bowl
    Jim Fleming kamani hollow form
    Mike Schick end grain natural edge kamani bowl
    David Higa mango bowl
Instant Gallery:
    Joe Swizdor small koa hearts
    Tom Young natural edge macadamia nut bowl and narra bowl
    Edward Niemi albizia platter
    Allan Spitzer two curly koa pens
    Albert Koorenhof mother of chocolate natural edge bowl
    Eric LeBuse eucalyptus hollow form and palm hollow form
    Robert Duffer carved lychee sea horse
    Jon Ogata Chinese mahogany bowl
    Tim Freeman kendama toy
    Kyle Iwamoto spalted mango box
    Bob LaReaux mango box
    Billy Hargis three pens and keawe bowl
    Jim Fleming kamani bowl
    David Chung Cook pine platter
    Barry Wheeler milo orchid holder
Larry Rodrigues
Robert Duffer
Eric LeBuse
Larry Rodrigues
First Place ~ Gold Division
Robert Duffer
Second Place ~ Gold Division
Eric LeBuse
Third Place ~ Gold Division

Robert talked about the value of joining the American Association of Woodturners organization. Consider joining the AAW today. The cost is $53 annually. The AAW website is http://www.woodturner.org The American Woodturner magazine is well worth the price of membership fees.
Some of the benefits are:
          Six issues of American Woodturner magazine annually.
          Automatic participation in periodic drawings for prizes.
          Access to all past issues of American Woodturner, viewable online through the website.
          Marketing opportunities on the AAW website for artists, collectors, galleries, and museums.
          Group rates for individual and chapter insurance.
          Eligibility to apply for AAW Educational Opportunity Grants.
          AAW Forum and member-only access to articles and resources on our website.  
          Annual International Symposium.
          AAW Resource Directory that contains a complete listing of contact information for members, local                chapters, demonstrators, and other woodturning resources. Updated listings are available to                members through the AAW website.  

Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

Mahalo to David Higa, Dougie Bowers, Lono Goo, and Edward Niemi for bringing in wood to share.

David Chung's featured website is a YouTube video on sharpening by Doug Thompson. The video may be viewed by clicking here.

In the Tips section of the club website there is an article titled Sharpening Demystified by Kirk DeHeer. You may view the article by clicking here.

The challenge for May is to turn a kendama toy.

The kendama dimensions are available in the end of this page.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

The following diagram is available in a printable .pdf file in the Tips section of the website. Click on the following link to access: http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/16_tips/kendama%20dimensions.pdf



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


Updated March 18, 2014