November Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

  Kyle Iwamoto
President Kyle Iwamoto

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

Kyle offered his appreciation to all those who helped him during his term as president of the Honolulu Woodturning club.

New member attending the meeting was Allan Yoshimoto. Steve Thompson was visiting here from Tyler, Texas.

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

Treasurer Andy Cole reported the club treasury, as of November 9, had a balance of $11,177.97 in the account.

Andy said the club has purchased 48 new folding chairs for the club’s use. The club will also be purchasing 6 six foot tables prior to the symposium.

Nomination and election of officers for 2016 was held at the November meeting. Barry Wheeler, as current Vice President, per our by-laws, is the President for next year. Officers needed to be elected are Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Nominated for Vice President were Chris Rollins and Ron Tosh. After a vote, Ron was declared the winner. Andy Cole was the only member nominated for Treasurer. Tom Young was the only nomination for Secretary.

Barry Wheeler
Ron Tosh
Andy Cole
Tom Young
Barry Wheeler
Ron Tosh
Vice President
Andy Cole
Tom Young

The 2016 officers of the Honolulu Woodturners club:

  President Barry Wheeler
  Vice President Ron Tosh
  Treasurer Andy Cole
  Secretary Tom Young
  Director Sandy Rhines
  Director Robert Duffer
  Director Kyle Iwamoto
Sandy Rhines has agreed to put together a StarBond CA glue order. The product and price list is available by clicking here.

Product descriptions are available on the StarBond website at www.starbond.com

Contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org with what you would like to order. Sandy will place the order in time for delivery at the January 12 meeting. Please order ASAP to ensure your order gets placed.

Willy Ridep  
Willy Ridep Turning a Bracelet
Willy Ridep gave an interesting demonstration on turning end grain bracelets.

In the absence of Symposium Chair Rob Hale, Andy Cole gave an update on the 7th Honolulu Symposium. The dates of the symposium are Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13.

We will have two featured demonstrators: Cliff Johns is an accomplished turner from the Big Island and Cynthia Gibson, from South Carolina, specializes in pyro engraving. Local turners from Oahu will fill in the remaining rotations. They include Larry Rodrigues, Kyle Iwamoto, Albert Koorenhof, Eric LeBuse, Ron Tosh, and Tom Young.

We will have on-going hands-on stations with Cynthia Gibson, Stan Hebda, and Andy Cole. Also planned is a panel discussion with Ron Kent, Cliff Johns, and Cynthia Gibson.

Collaborative: Sandy Rhines spoke about the collaborative project. The club purchased 4 different kinds of wood for the teams to use. Each wood package contains the following pieces: 12x12x2 inch maple, 10x10x1 inch walnut, 10x10x2 inch sapele, and an 8x8x1 inch hickory. We have 6 sets for 6 teams.

There are absolutely no restrictions except that you must use each of the woods in some manner.

Collaborative Wood Package

We still have room for those of you who would like to participate, but have not yet signed up. Contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org if you would like to participate. All skill levels are invited.

The finished pieces will be auctioned off at the Symposium.

This is good fun and a great chance to work with some of the other turners in the club.

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.

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.

Registration for Honolulu Woodturners or American Association of Woodturners members is $75 if paid prior to February 5. For planning purposes, we ask that you fill out the registration form and mail it in as soon as possible.

The registration form, and a flyer, are available at the bottom of the following webpage: www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2016_symposium_short.html The webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.

Included in the cost of $75 is breakfast (pastries, coffee, juice, etc.) and lunch (subway style sandwiches with chips, veggies, drinks, etc.) for Saturday and Sunday along with plenty camaraderie and a large helping of our aloha spirit. The dinner is an extra charge of $15 per person.

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

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 Kyle Iwamoto.

Gordon Tang
Lee Takushi
George Wong
Gordon Tang
First Place Gold (tie)
Lee Takushi
First Place Gold (tie)
George Wong
Second Place Gold

Edward Niemi
Edward Niemi
Third Place Gold (tie)
  Jon Ogata    
Jon Ogata
Third Place Gold (tie)
  John Hunter    
John Hunter
First Place Silver
  Brett Schenk    
Brett Schenk
Second Place Silver
  Ron Tosh    
Ron Tosh
Third Place Silver

The challenge was to turn a bell. The bell must be functional in that some kind of clapper is required. There is no size limit.

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

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.

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Bell
  1st Gordon Tang birch and koa Hope Bell
  1st Lee Takushi mango bell
  2nd George Wong hau bell
  3rd Ed Niemi bell amplified bugle
  3rd Jon Ogata end grain milo bell
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Bell
  1st John Hunter lychee bell
  2nd Brett Schenk macadamia nut bell
  3rd Ron Tosh Norfolk pine bell
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Craig Mason milo bell
    Larry Rodrigues milo bell
    Tom Young koa bell
    Eric LeBuse hau bell
    Kyle Iwamoto haole koa bell
    Barry Wheeler macadamia nut Liberty bell
    Willy Ridep coconut bell
    Brian Green mystery wood bell
    Luther Bjornsen teak bell
    Kainoa Del Rosario mystery wood bell
    Dougie Bowers spalted starfruit stand with milo bell
Instant Gallery:
    Kainoa Del Rosario lychee bowl
    Tom Young milo calabash
    Charles Gerdes koa lamp and mango clock
    Ron Tosh spalted soapberry hollow form and opiuma bowl with copper metallic rim
    Alan Kamaura curly koa pen and lama pen
    Luther Bjornsen coconut bell
    Albert Koorenhof natural edge end grain milo vase
    Lee Takushi Philippe Cristofini style box
    Craig Mason spalted albizia bowl
    Willy Ridep naio bracelet, koa bracelet, milo bracelet, and laminated bracelet
    Andy Cole Formosan koa natural nested set and natural edge mystery wood bowl
Andy reported Woodcraft is consolidating their space and will be giving up the warehouse behind the store. This will result in the discontinuation of classes that have been held there.

Andy has been working with Vince Hazen of the Honolulu Museum of Art to see if the museum would like to start holding wood turning classes there. The people at the museum seem very excited about the prospects of adding wood turning classes to their repertoire of educational opportunities. Woodcraft has given the museum a quote for the used classroom equipment. The board has offered to fund up to 50 per cent of the purchase price.

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.

David’s Featured Website is www.woodturner.org This is the American Association of Woodturners website.

You are encouraged to join the American Association of Woodturners.

Under the ‘Resources’ tab, they have a section titled ‘Woodturning Tips’.

Their journal, published six times a year, is also full of useful information. Some sections of the website are available only to members.

For David’s ‘Newcomer’s Corner’ he shared a sand paper cutter made using a hack saw blade.

T-shirts and caps with the club logo are available at a cost of $15. See the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/apparel.html for additional information.

End grain wood sealer is also for sale at the meetings for $15 a gallon. Bring your own container. The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, January 12, 2016. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

The challenge for January is to make a bracelet. There is no size limit.

Tom Young
Andy Cole
Albert Koorenhof
Kainoa Del Rosario
Ron Tosh
Craig Mason
Willy Ridep
Charles Gerdes
Willy Ridep
Andy Cole
Alan Kamaura
Ron Tosh
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

Submitted by Tom Young

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry and George Wong 


Updated November 12, 2015