March 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 Rudy Ballaibe and Matt Sproat. Visitors were Patrick Tummins and Aaron Chang.

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.

  Jon Ogata
Jon Ogata

Jon Ogata gave a demonstration on his method of turning a winged bowl. Included in Jon's demonstration were photos of his process.

Please make and wear a name tag. We have a lot of new members and a name tag makes it easier for everyone.

Andy reported the club treasury, as of March 9, had a balance of $14,698.42 in the account. Andy said that amount will drop significantly when the symposium bills are paid.

Kyle is looking for a volunteer to do a 30 minute program for the November meeting. Please contact Kyle at kyle_iwamoto@honoluluwoodturners.org if you are willing to do a short demonstration or talk.

Mahalo to Pat Kramer for putting together a sandpaper order for the club and to Sandy Rhines for distributing the sandpaper at the meeting.

Don Moody  
Don Moody

There was question about the laser cut pewa patches. The patches and templates can be purchased from Mark Stebbins. The name of his company is Big Island Engraving. The patches come in various sizes and types of wood.and his website is http://www.bigislandengraving.com

Don Moody gave a little talk about his conversion of his Nova chuck to Infinity chuck quick change jaws. Information and parts are available at http://www.teknatool.com/Infinity_quick_change.htm

Dean Mailheau has volunteered to assume responsibility of the club library. He will attempt to catalog what we have available. He asks that anyone having borrowed club DVDs to please return them at the May meeting.

Rob Hale gave us an update on the Symposium scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, March 14. 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.

Tom Young, Dougie Bowers
Curtis Tanaka, and Larry Rodrigues
Barry Wheeler, David Higa
and Rich Harragan
Joan Graham, Tim Freeman,
Craig Mason, and Will Branham
Eric LeBuse and Ron Tosh

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

We currently have 62 folks signed up for the symposium and expect a few more to show up at the door.

All the information including demonstrators and rotation schedules is available on the club website by clicking here.

Joan Graham reminded folks that we are having a used tool sale and if you have anything to sell, bring it to the symposium and fill out a tag with pertinent information. There are no commissions so you get to keep all the money. You are asked to take anything that does not sell back home after the symposium.

Barry Wheeler is looking for volunteers to help during the auction Saturday evening.

We have a lot of great door prizes with the goal of everyone receiving a door prize. In addition everyone has a chance at the grand prize.

Collaborative: Sandy Rhines has headed the collaborative project. North Woods Figured Wood donated a box of maple bowl blanks to the club. Each team can use the blank in any way they wish and incorporate any other woods desired.

There are seven teams:
      Tom Young, Dougie Bowers, Larry Rodrigues,             and Curtis Tanaka
      Joan Graham, Tim Freeman, Craig Mason, and            Will Branham
      Jon Ogata, Sandy Rhines, and Rob Hale
      Andy Cole, Kainoa Del Rosario, and Albert             Koorenhof
      Eric LeBuse and Ron Tosh
      Barry Wheeler, David Higa, and Rich Harragan
      Kyle Iwamoto, Stan Hebda, Chris Rollins, and             Robert Duffer

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.

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.

Charles Gerdes  
Charles Gerdes
Participation Prize Winner

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.

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.

Tom Young
Willy Ridep
David Chung
Craig Mason
Larry Rodrigues
Mike Schick
Rob Hale
Tim Freeman
Tim Freeman
Will Branham
Dan McGurk
Selected Pieces from the Challenge

As a reminder, two First Place wins in the Silver Division moves the winner to the Gold Division.

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 Charles Gerdes.

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

Craig Mason
Eric LeBuse
Rob Hale
Craig Mason
First Place Gold
Eric LeBuse
Second Place Gold
Rob Hale
Third Place Gold

Dan McGurk
Dan McGurk
First Place Silver
  John Hunter    
John Hunter
Second Place Silver
  Willy Ridep    
Willy Ridep
Third Place Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Box
  1st Craig Mason kolohala box with spalted inlay
  2nd Eric LeBuse milo box
  3rd Rob Hale textured maple box
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Box
  1st Dan McGurk Formosan koa box
  2nd John Hunter koa box
  3rd Willy Ridep Spalted mango “Hershey Kiss” box

Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Don Moody koa
    Mike Schick staved koa umeke
    Will Branham winged banyan and kiawe box
    Tom Young lignum vitae box
    Lynn Schaper primavera box
    Ron Tosh cedar box
    Tim Freeman milo gramophone iPhone holder
    Larry Rodrigues robusta box with primavera finial
    Ed Niemi olive box with epoxy inlay
    George Wong milo box with carved frog finial
    Kyle Iwamoto Formosan koa box
    David Chung curly maple music box with pierced cherry lid
    Lee Takushi lychee box
Instant Gallery:
    Ron Tosh three primavera bowls
    Andy Cole natural edge milo bowl
    Jon Ogata milo winged bowl
    David Chung three cocobolo boxes
    Mike Horton carved mango bowl
    Allan Spitzer three curly koa pens
    Charles Gerdes mango lamp
    Albert Koorenhof natural edge mother of chocolate bowl
    Eric LeBuse side grain Norfolk pine bowl and box with carved geckos made by his father
    Lee Takushi mango light stick with resin
    Ed Niemi cypress box
    Tom Young milo calabash with pewa patches

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.

David Chung, our demonstrator coordinator, has set up a demonstration and hands-on session with Guilio Marcolongo Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. Guilio comes highly recommended as a wood turner and demonstrator. Information has been posted on the “Events” page of the club website. Information is available by clicking here.

Lynn Schaper is planning a move to the mainland and will have some wood available. She will send out the particulars in an e-mail.

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

David’s featured website is http://rudeosolnik.com/?q=home This is a very extensive site of the late Rude Olsolnik, credited as the originator of the iconic Danish Modern candlestick holder. 

The challenge for May is to turn a winged bowl. Size limit is in effect. The bowl must fit within an eight inch cube.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Our members are more than generous in bringing in wood to share. This month Tim Freeman brought in some milo and Barry Wheeler brought in some nice Cuban mahogany.

Mahogany and Milo

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated March 12, 2015