May Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Vice President Kyle Iwamoto brought the meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

  Kyle Iwamoto
Vice President Kyle Iwamoto

New members attending the meeting were Peter Thompson, Sean Ross, and Mike Nahoopii.

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.

Kyle reminded folks club membership fees are now past due.

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

Andy Cole reported the club treasury as of May 7, had a balance of $11,094.47 in the account.

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. The Sunday session is now full. The Saturday demonstration has plenty of space available. Information may be found on the website at http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2014_scobie_flyer.html Deadline for the early bird special is May 24. Mark your calendars. Visit Neil's website at http://www.neilandlizscobie.com/index.html Mahalo to Pat and Sharon for hosting Neil.

Robert Duffer  
Robert Duffer

Robert Duffer gave us a demonstration of how to turn an Alan Carter style thin stemmed goblet.

Robert prepared a handout titled Thin Stemmed Stuff which is available at the bottom of this webpage.

The club put on a turning demonstration April 6 for Malama o Manoa's 1000 Tree Give-a-Way at Manoa District Park. Photos from the demonstration are available on the website by clicking here.

Keith Maile currently has an exhibit at the Luis Pohl Gallery, 1142 Bethel Street. The exhibit runs through May 30.

We were reminded that 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 Eric LeBuse.

The challenge for the May meeting was to turn a kendama toy. There was no size limit.

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.

Craig Mason
Tom Young
Robert Duffer
Craig Mason
First Place ~ Gold Division
Tom Young
Second Place ~ Gold Division
Robert Duffer
Third Place ~ Gold Division
Ed Niemi
Willy Ridep
Eric LeBuse
Edward Niemi
First Place ~ Silver Division
Willy Ridep
Second Place ~ Silver Division
Eric LeBuse
Participation Prize Winner
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Kendama
  1st Craig Mason large koa
  2nd Tom Young milo and Formosan koa
  3rd Robert Duffer Barbie and Ken Dama
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Kendama
  1st Edward Niemi laminated milo
  2nd Willy Ridep strawberry guava
Honorable Mention:
    Eric LeBuse Christmas berry
    Kyle Iwamoto paperbark
    Tim Freeman koa and milo
Instant Gallery:
    Willy Ridep koa pedestal bowl and carved milo bracelet
    Sean Ross small scale mahogany book holder and carved mahogany links
    Carl Sherry natural edge sandalwood bowl
    Kris Ferrara three pens of various woods
    David Chung redwood burl box
    Allan Spitzer set of five curly koa pens
    Stan Hebda koa pen and gmelia burl pen
    Andy Cole set of five nested milo bowls with sanded rims
    Albert Koorenhof Cook pine with honu patch and Norfolk pine with pewa patches
    Eric LeBuse milo bowl
    Jon Ogata mango hollow form
    Tom Young natural edge milo bowl
    Ron Tosh coconut bowl, mango calabash, milo calabash, natural edge avocado bowl and a branding iron
    Robert Duffer sphere cutter made from bicycle parts and ironwood bowl with carved feet

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

Wood Lei ~ 2007 First Prize Winner

At the AAW Symposium, Andy will be doing a round of demonstrations and leading a couple of panel discussions.

David and Ruth Waterbury, well known avid collectors of wood art, donated a piece purchased at the 2007 AAW symposium in Portland, to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The piece was the first prize winner of the chapter collaborative. 

The piece is a lei made of various local wood flowers.

Members participating were David Higa, Roy Masaki, Dan Nakanishi, Doug Nakata, Craig Mason, Ed Potter, Larry Rodrigues, Gordon Tang, and Tom Young.

David Chung’s featured website is by Lyle Jamison. Lyle has several YouTube videos with valuable information. The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t93ThXidf5Y

David mentioned Vinces WoodNWonders as an excellent place to buy sanding materials. The website is http://vinceswoodnwonders.com/

Gordon Tang mentioned a YouTube video on how to sharpen band saw blades. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UygEQ-079Ws

David mentioned you can also sharpen a band saw blade by using a rotary tool. A YouTube video showing this method is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wht-30Oh4zQ         

Tom Young
Albert Koorenhof
Carl Sherry
Allan Spitzer
Stan Hebda
David Chung
Andy Cole
Albert Koorenhof
Jon Ogata
Willy Ridep
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for July is to turn a thin stem piece.

An Alan Carter thin stem tutorial is available on the website, under the Tips section, by clicking here.

A video of Alan Carter turning a thin stemmed goblet can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Mahalo to Dougie Bowers for sharing some silver trumpet wood and Don Moody for bringing some mango and monkeypod.

Dougie Bowers
Monkeypod and Mango from Don Moody
Dougie Bowers' Cutting Silver Trumpet

Robert Duffer

Handout by Robert Duffer

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, Jim Basnnister, and Tom Young


Updated May 29, 2014