September 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.

New member attending the meeting was Len Kurrle. Also attending the meeting was Don Moody’s daughter, Elaine. Elaine lives in Seattle and just turned her first bowl while here on vacation.

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

Nomination and election of officers for 2016 will be held at the November meeting.

Please think about what your personal level of participation in club activities will be in the year 2016 and how you can contribute to making the Honolulu Woodturners club a better organization.

Barry Wheeler, as current Vice President, is the President for next year. Officers we need to elect are Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. If you would like to volunteer to run for one of the positions, or nominate someone, please contact Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org or any board member.

Treasurer Andy Cole reported the club treasury, as of September 7, had a balance of $12,149.78 in the account.

Tim Freeman  
Tim Freeman

Tim Freeman gave an interesting presentation on how to make sound powered amplifiers for an iPad or iPhone. He brought in numerous examples and showed how some of them worked.

Barry Wheeler talked about the club participation in the Mango Show which was put on by the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts at Honolulu Hale.

The club put on turning demonstrations Friday evening, August 7, and all day Saturday, August 8.

Maybe the biggest hits were the bracelets turned by Willy Ridep and the pens turned by Luther Bjornsen.

Mahalo to David Chung, Barry Wheeler, Andy Cole, Kyle Iwamoto, Willy Ridep, Larry Rodrigues, Tom Young, Gordon Tang, Will Branham, Luther Bjornsen, Albert Koorenhof, Dean Mailheau, and Eric LeBuse for volunteering to do a turning demonstration.

Barry said we had 38 pieces on exhibit in Honolulu Hale. Photos of the demonstration and exhibit are available on the website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2015_mango%20show.html

Mahalo to Barry for coordinating the event.

On Sunday, September 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mike Hunter, a turner and tool maker from Minnesota, will be giving a demonstration making a box using his carbide tipped tools. The demo will be at MRC Roofing.

Philippe Cristofini, from a small island in Micronesia, will also demonstrate some techniques using the Hunter tools while turning difficult tropical hardwoods. 

There is no charge for the demonstration. Members in attendance at this demo will be offered a 30% discount on purchase of any Hunter tool. Carbide tips in various sizes will also be available.  

Mike's company website is: www.huntertoolsystems.com

Eric LeBuse
Tom Young
George Wong
Eric LeBuse
First Place Gold
Tom Young
Second Place Gold (tie)
George Wong
Second Place Gold (tie)

Stan Hebda
Third Place Gold (tie)
  Barry Wheeler    
Barry Wheeler
Third Place Gold (tie)
  Will Branham    
Will Branham
First Place Silver
  Allan Spitzer    
Allan Spitzer
Second Place Silver
  Bob LaReaux    
Bob LaReaux
Third Place Silver

The challenge for the meeting was to turn a paper weight. There was no size limit. Rob Hale asked that some of the paper weights be donated to the club for use at the next symposium. About 10 paper weights were donated to the club.

Everyone who participates in the Challenge or Instant Gallery must sign the Participation Sheet to be eligible for the Participation Prize.

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

The Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Stan Hebda.

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 ~ Paper Weight
  1st Eric LeBuse African mahogany poi pounder with captive ring
  2nd Tom Young curly koa with ebony and palm inlay
  2nd George Wong juniper school bell
  3rd Stan Hebda 1945 three inch fifty caliber artillery shell with longan
  3rd Barry Wheeler lychee hand weights
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Paper Weight
  1st Will Branham monkeypod with finial
  2nd Allan Spitzer koa magnifying glass
  3rd Bob LaReaux milo with magnet
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    David Chung lychee poi pounder with pewa patches
    Lee Takushi Norfolk Island magnetic picture frame
    Rob Hale lychee with texturing
    Larry Rodrigues allspice poi pounder
    Gordon Tang laminated curly koa
    Tim Freeman koa solid hollow form
Instant Gallery:
    Kainoa Del Rosario spalted mango hollow form, monkeypod crotch bowl, and Cuban mahogany bowl
    David Chung wet turned neem calabash
    Bob LaReaux rubberized cup holder
    Eric LeBuse genie style bottle from mystery driftwood
    Allan Spitzer koa pen with curly mango honu inlay
    Brian Green geometry wood bowl
    Tom Young kamani natural edge bowl
    Andy Cole large koa bowl
    Jim Bannister tin can foam cutters of various sizes

The annual Hawaii Woodshow Na La‘au o Hawaii runs from September 20, through October 11, at the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery at Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu. The show is sponsored by the Hawaii Forest Industry Association (HFIA). This is the 23rd year of the show. All are invited to visit the show. The artists of Hawaii create some amazing pieces of work and of course, have access to some the most beautiful wood. This year Craig Mason is one of the jurors. Visit the HFIA Woodshow webpage at www.woodshow.hawaiiforest.org

The Seventh Honolulu Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, 2016. Featured turners will be Cliff Johns from the Big Island and Cynthia Gibson who will be on her way to Australia for Turnfest 2016. Cynthia has created her own unique style of pyroengraving. Cynthia’s website may be found at www.cynthiagibsonpyrography.com Selected members of the Honolulu Woodturners club will fill in the remaining demonstration rotations.

We intend to again set up collaborative teams to turn something to be auctioned off at the symposium. This symposium, instead of using donated maple blocks, we have purchased some pieces of lumber from Pacific American Lumber for use in the collaboration.

Sandy Rhines passed around a signup sheet and will set up the various teams. If you would like to be included, as either a team leader, or a team member, contact Sandy

Additional information will be sent out as it becomes available.

On July 29, the Honolulu Museum of Art requested help with creating a Korean pottery (onggi) wheel for a visiting artist. Four members, David Chung, Brian Green, Kyle Iwamoto, and Warren Naai accepted the challenge. They brought in the wheel to show and Warren explained the process of creating the wheel. There are photos on the website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/tips_onggi.html

Andy gave a report on the 13th Annual Nohea Wood Turning Show at Nohea Gallery in Ward Warehouse. The club provided demonstrations all day Saturday, August 15. There was an artist reception following the demonstrations. Mahalo to Craig Mason, Carl Sherry, David Chung, Andy Cole, Tom Young, Eric LeBuse, Gordon Tang, Tim Freeman, and Jon Ogata for volunteering to do demonstrations.

Photos of the demonstrations and display are available on the club website at by clicking here.

Tom Young
David Chung
Kainoa Del Rosario
Eric LeBuse
Andy Cole
Allan Spitzer
Kainoa Del Rosario
Bob LaReaux
Kainoa Del Rosario
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

Brian Green donated a Richard Raffan wood turning DVD to the club.

Mahogany to Share

Barry Wheeler brought in a truck load of mahogany to share.

David’s Featured Website is Doc Green’s Woodturning Site.

The URL is www.docgreenwoodturner.com/index.html

David said the website has plenty of potentially useful information.

There is an open invitation for members to have a gallery section on the club website. Contact Tom Young at Tom Young for additional information.

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

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, November 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 and George Wong 



Updated September 10, 2015