November Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

Robert Duffer  
President Robert Duffer

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

New members attending the meeting were Rich Harragan. Visitors included David Lovelace and Josiah Stephens.

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.

Craig Mason said there will be a Celebration of Life for Jim Fleming at Kaneohe Yacht Club on December 23.

A card and envelope was passed around. Joan Fleming sent cookies as a token of her appreciation of all the friends Jim had in the club.

Andy reported the club treasury has a balance of $10,374.41 in the account. Total 2014 income for the club was $3,387.62 and total expenditures were $3,012.52.

  treasury report

The annual Woodcraft tent sale was held Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28. The club provided 17 turning demonstrations of three hours each.

Buff Haars brought in a table band saw free for the taking.

Election of club officers for 2015, scheduled for the meeting, has been postponed until the January 13, meeting.

Please think about what your personal level of participation in club activities will be in 2015 and how you can contribute to making the Honolulu Woodturners club a better organization.

Nominations for 2015 officers are currently being accepted.

Up for election are the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and
Secretary. Our By-Laws dictate the current Vice President, Kyle Iwamoto, serve as President for the following year.

There are many other positions that need volunteers such as the program and challenge committees.

If you would like to volunteer, nominate yourself, or make a nomination, contact President Robert Duffer at robert_duffer@honoluluwoodturners.org or one of the other board members. (Kyle Iwamoto at kyle_iwamoto@honoluluwoodturners.org, or Andy Cole at andy_cole@honoluluwoodturners.org, or Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org).

Bart Potter  
Bart Potter

Our members are more than generous in bringing in wood to share.

Dougie Bowers brought in some California pepper tree wood and some primavera. Dougie also had some teak squares to share. David Higa brought in some arborvitae and Ron Tosh brought in a truck load of mango.

Bart Potter gave an informative and interesting presentation on chainsaw safety and maintenance. Bart stated that using a sharp chain is probably the most important single thing you can do for chainsaw safety.

Lynn Schaper shared a YouTube video link on chainsaw sharpening. To view the video, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvq3GS1szKU

The following is a Tree identification, current nomenclature, etc--a "tip of the iceberg" set of listings supplied by Bart:
"The Bible" Wagner, Herbst and Sohmer's Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii Vols I and II
Very useful old book, collector's item now, Marie Neal's In Gardens of Hawaii.  Many botanical names have changed
George Staples' update of Neal, A Tropical Garden Flora
Smithsonian search tool for flora of Hawaiian Islands (a good site for most current name)
A page from Kim and Forrest Starr's site
Gerry Carr's (UH Botany) native plant gallery
Carr's Campus plant guide
Skolmen and Little's Common Forest Trees of Hawaii made available online by CTAHR
Leroux, et al challenge the botanical designation of koa
Historical information on Forestry in Hawaii
Deborah Woodcock's excellent paper
"To Restore the Watersheds:  Early 20th Century Tree Planting in Hawai`i":
Chainsaw and logging supplies:

The symposium committee, headed by Rob Hale, is hard at work coordinating the 6th Honolulu Symposium. The keynote demonstrator will be Jerry Kermode. Jerry now lives in Sebastopol, California. Jerry was the driving force behind the formation of the Honolulu Woodturners club in March 2000.

Sally Ault, a resident of Southern California, will do a couple of rotations along with other local turners. The dates of the symposium are March 14 and 15, 2015..

Additional information is available at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2015_symposium This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.

Registration is now being accepted. There is a link to a registration form near the bottom of the page. The direct link is www.honoluluwoodturners.org/19_symposium/events_2015_symposium_reservation.pdf

Silent Auction and Instant Gallery guidelines are also available on the webpage.

This year we will have a used tool sale. This is a great opportunity to get rid of those old tools sitting around that just collect dust.

The rules are simple: Just bring in what you want to sell. Fill out a ‘used tool sales tag’ and ‘inventory sheet’. Say one last goodbye to those things and leave them with the used tool sales team, headed by Joan Graham. There are no commissions so you get to keep all the money (unless you spend it buying other used tools)!

Start rounding up those tools now and the chances are pretty good that you can pay for your symposium registration by just getting rid of stuff you don't use. Disclaimer: in the event something doesn't sell, you are requested to take it back.

We are in need of volunteers to help during the symposium. Please contact Rob at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org to volunteer.

  Lynn Schaper
Lynn Schaper
Participation Prize Winner

Sandy Rhines said North Woods Figured Wood donated to the club some 6'' x 6'' x 3'' maple bowl blanks to use as collaborative pieces.

Teams will be formed to turn something with the blanks. 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. A portion of the sale will be donated to a yet to be determined charity.

As a reminder, everyone who participates in the Challenge or Instant Gallery must sign the Participation Sheet to be eligible for the Participation Prize.

The Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Lynn Schaper.

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 November meeting was to turn a Christmas ornament.

Tom Young
Robert Duffer
Larry Rodrigues
George Wong
Kraig Smith
Kainoa Del Rosario
John Hunter
Stan Hebda
Craig Mason
Rob Hale
Kyle Iwamoto
Selected Pieces from the Challenge
Robert Duffer
Craig Mason
George Wong
Robert Duffer
First Place ~ Gold Division
Craig Mason
Second Place ~ Gold Division
George Wong
Third Place ~ Gold Division
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Ornament
  1st Robert Duffer inside/out ornament with cocobolo and curly maple
  2nd Craig Mason spalted tamarind and cocobolo ornament
  3rd George Wong Norfolk pine and curly koa ornament
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Ornament
  1st Lee Takushi inside/out mango and koa ornament
  2nd Kraig Smith tamarind and sea grape ornament
  3rd John Hunter milo and cherry ornament
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Tom Young koa and blackwood ornament
    Ed Niemi magnolia ornament
    Kyle Iwamoto pen blank ornament with pukas
    Rob Hale hemlock burl ornament
    Kainoa Del Rosario inside/out ornament
    Larry Rodrigues inside/out ohia and geometry
    Jon Ogata Surinam cherry
    Stan Hebda multiple mini ornaments
  Instant Gallery:
    Lynn Schaper curly koa stylus
    Kainoa Del Rosario afromosia bowl and monkeypod bowl
    John Hunter Norfolk pine calabash
    Tom Young Christmas ornaments made by Ashley Harwood and Steve Sherman
    Bob LaReaux burned turtle shell bowl
    Barry Wheeler red/white/blue veterans’ pen
    Stan Hebda sandalwood pen and acorn pen
    Allan Spitzer 2 curly koa pens
    David Chung large Norfolk pine calabash and lychee hollow form with pewa patches
    Robert Duffer pierced candle holders
    Buff Haars natural edge lychee bowl, avocado bowl, and spalted mango bowl
    Tim Freeman 3 primavera bowls with burned rims
    Jon Ogata Norfolk pine hollow form
    Andy Cole nested set of 7 Norfolk pine bowls
    Rob Hale hemlock burl ornament
Lee Takushi
Kraig Smith
John Hunter
Lee Takushi
First Place ~ Silver Division
Kraig Smith
Second Place ~ Silver Division
John Hunter
Third Place ~ Silver Division

David Chung fielded questions in his Newcomer’s Corner segment.

David’s featured website is www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity

David Chung
Andy Cole
David Chung
Robert Duffer
Robert Duffer
Robert Duffer
Stan Hebda
Barry Wheeler
Allan Spitzer
Tim Freeman
Tim Freeman
Buff Haars
Bob LaReaux
Jon Ogata
Buff Haars
Steve Sherman
John Hunter
Ashley Harwood
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for January is to turn a spindle type piece holding a candle or light.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, January 13, 2015. 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, Alan Kamaura, and Tom Young


Updated November 23, 2014