January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

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

New members attending the meeting were Josiah Stephens, Will Branham, and David Lovelace. Visiting from California was Gerry Davis.

Kyle Iwamoto  
President Kyle Iwamoto

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 a lot of new members and a name tag makes it easier for everyone.

Membership fees are now past due. If you have not paid your 2015 dues, fill out the application form found on the website. Send, along with your fees, to:
          Andy Cole, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          1534 Bertram St.
          Honolulu, HI 96816

Andy reported the club treasury, as of January 12, had a balance of $12,341.72 in the account.

Kyle expressed our mahalo to Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues continuing to serve on the challenge committee; to Joan Graham for being in charge of our club library; Carl Sherry, Alan Kamaura, and George Wong for taking photos used on the web; and Brett Schenk for being our audio/video, do everything guy.

Nominations and election of officers for 2015 was held at the January meeting. The officers for the Honolulu Woodturners for the year 2015 are: President, Kyle Iwamoto; Vice President, Barry Wheeler; Treasurer, Andy Cole; and Secretary, Tom Young.

Kyle Iwamoto
Barry Wheeler
Andy Cole
Tom Young
Kyle Iwamoto
Barry Wheeler
Vice President
Andy Cole
Tom Young

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

Sally Ault, a resident of Southern California, will demonstrate in a couple of rotations. Local turners Andy Cole and Ron Tosh, will also be doing rotations. David Chung and Stan Hebda will head up an on-going, hands-on, mentoring stations for pens and pepper mills. Plans are in the works to also have a sharpening station.

Tool Sale: This year we will again have a Used Tool Sale. The sale is chaired by Joan Graham. 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.

  Rob Hale
Rob Hale

There are no commissions so you get to keep all the money (unless you spend it buying other used tools).

Take a look around your shop. This is a great opportunity to get rid of those old tools sitting around collecting dust and rust. Joan will bring in informational (price, name, etc.) tags at the March 10 meeting. Disclaimer: In the event something doesn't sell, you are requested to take it back.

Instant Gallery: There will be the same opportunity as in previous symposiums for participants and demonstrators to show their work in an instant gallery.

You may bring up to three pieces for the instant gallery. We are hoping that the collective body of work will show the diversity of interests held by our club members.

Sign in will include name, description, and sales information (if applicable). Sale will be directly between buyer and seller. The club will not collect nor distribute funds.

Club will not monitor display and will not control pickup at end of program. Please leave items on display until end of your attendance.

Auction: All participants, including demonstrators, may submit one piece for the auction. All pieces entered into the auction are a donation to the club.

In addition, pieces from previous and current demos may be included. The pieces will remain on display throughout the day Saturday and during the dinner and program portion of the symposium.

Nice Crowd and all Great People

We intend to move all items from the auction display into the live auction portion of the Saturday evening program.

There is a chance that an item will not reach the value desired by the turner. However, once in the auction, no item may be withdrawn. We will sell the pieces at the best price we can obtain at the auction.

All proceeds from the auction will be used to offset expenses of the symposium. Any proceeds left, after expenses, will be used to offset the cost of future club events.

Smocks: The club will be purchasing turning smocks for the demonstrators. The club is also offering to sell these smocks, at cost, to members attending the symposium. The cost is approximately $70, depending on the cost of the embroidery.

The embroidery will have the club logo along with the text “2015 Symposium and Honolulu Woodturners”. We probably will also have your name embroidered.

These smocks will need to be ordered within the next couple of weeks. An e-mail will be sent to the club members asking for names and sizes of those who wish to purchase a smock.

Collaborative: Sandy Rhines spoke about the collaborative project. North Woods Figured Wood donated a box of maple bowl blanks to the club. These blanks, 6'' x 6'' x 3'', will be used for a team collaborative.

Each team can use the blank in any way they wish and incorporate any other woods desired.

There are seven teams:
          Team 1:      Tom Young, Dougie Bowers, Willy Ridep, and Curtis Tanaka
          Team 2:      Joan Graham, Tim Freeman, Craig Mason, and Will Branham
          Team 3:      Jon Ogata, Sandy Rhines, and Rob Hale
          Team 4:      Andy Cole, Kainoa Del Rosario, and Albert Koorenhof
          Team 5:      Eric LeBuse, Buff Haars, and Ron Tosh
          Team 6:      Barry Wheeler, David Higa, and Rich Harragan
          Team 7:      Kyle Iwamoto, Stan Hebda, Chris Rollins, and Robert Duffer

Some teams only have three participants so a few openings are still available. Contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org if you would like to participate. All skill levels are invited.

The pieces are due at the March 10 meeting.

The finished pieces will be auctioned off at the Symposium. A portion of the sales will be donated to a local charity with the remaining profits going to the club treasury.

The dates of the symposium are Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, 15. We have many, many door prizes to distribute.

Registration for club or American Association of Woodturners members is $75 if paid prior to February 20. For planning purposes, we ask that you fill out the registration form and mail it in as soon as possible. The registration form, along with the latest information, is available at the bottom of the following webpage: http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2015_symposium_flyer_long.html

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

Tom Young
John Hunter
Larry Rodrigues
Ed Niemi
Eric LeBuse
George Wong
Rob Hale
Jon Ogata
Kainoa Del Rosario
Selected Pieces from the Challenge
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 Eric LeBuse.

The challenge for the January meeting was to make a spindle turning with a light or candle.

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.

John Hunter
Kainoa Del Rosario
Jon Ogata
John Hunter
First Place ~ Silver Division
Kainoa Del Rosario
Second Place ~ Silver Division
Jon Ogata
Third Place ~ Silver Division
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Spindle turning with a candle or light
  1st John Hunter mystery wood candle holder
  2nd Kainoa Del Rosario Norfolk pine candle holder
  3rd Jon Ogata thin vase type candle holder
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Spindle turning with a candle or light
  1st Eric LeBuse mock orange and monkeypod candle holder with a twist
  2nd George Wong burned and textured natural edge longan candle holder
  3rd Ed Niemi bent basswood candle holder around milo and narra
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Kyle Iwamoto mahogany multi-axis candle holder
    Larry Rodrigues koa candle holder with square edges
    Tom Young maple sphere candle holder
    Robert Duffer koa/primavera candle holder with captive rings
    Rob Hale juniper candle holder
    Craig Mason koa floor lamp
Eric LeBuse
George Wong
Ed Niemi
Eric LeBuse
First Place ~ Gold Division
George Wong
Second Place ~ Gold Division
Ed Niemi
Third Place ~ Gold Division

Kyle gave a demonstration on box turning. He uses the golden rule of one third/two thirds for his boxes. The top is one third the height and the base is two thirds. Kyle explained different ways to make the lid fit and how to make a jam chuck to finish the bottom of the box.

John Hunter and David Louie
Hawaiian Soapberry Wood

Kyle has Jon Ogata lined up to do a demonstration for the March meeting. He is looking for volunteers to do a 30 minute demonstration for the May, July, September, and November meetings. Please contact Kyle at kyle_iwamoto@honoluluwoodturners.org if you are willing to do a short demonstration or talk.

Our members are more than generous in bringing in wood to share. Dougie bought in some wood. Bob LaReaux brought in some Red Mangrove and Brett Schenk brought in some Hawaiian Soapberry..

David Chung is working on setting up a demonstration with Guilio Marcolongo in late May. Guilio comes highly recommended as a wood turner and demonstrator. Information will be posted on the “Events” page as it becomes available.

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

David’s featured website is a video about what tree rings can show us about history. The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAOYkx8E-Gc

The challenge for March is to turn a box. Size limit is in effect. The box must fit within an eight inch cube.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday,March 10, 2015. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Tom Young

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, George Wong, Alina Niemi, and Tom Young


Updated January 15, 2015