January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

  Barry Wheeler
President Barry Wheeler with his Go/No Go Jigs

President Barry Wheeler called meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

New members attending the meeting were Ben Padilla, Chester Koga, Nick Hunsinger, John Berthiaume, and Steve Roderick. Visiting from California was Gerry Davis.

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

Barry reminded folks now is the time to renew your Honolulu Woodturners membership fees. Annual dues are $25 for the calendar year. 

To renew your membership, please make a check payable to "Honolulu Woodturners"

To help with our bookkeeping, please print the membership renewal form from by clicking here and include with your renewal check and mail your dues to:
          Andy Cole, Treasurer
          Honolulu Woodturners
          1534 Bertram St.
          Honolulu, HI 96816

Treasurer Andy Cole reported the club treasury, prior to the meeting, had a balance of $9,401.80 in the account. Andy said the club has purchased 48 new folding chairs for the club’s use. The club also purchased 6 six foot tables.

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

Barry introduced the club officers for 2016. The officers are: President, Barry Wheeler; Vice President, Ron Tosh; Treasurer, Andy Cole; and Secretary, Tom Young.

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.

Koa and Monkeypod

Mahalo to Peter Luscomb, Mike Chu, Brian Green, and Dean Mailheau for bringing in koa and monkeypod wood to share.

Barry expressed the club’s mahalo to Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues for continuing on the challenge committee; Carl Sherry, Alan Kamaura, and George Wong for taking the photos used on the webpage; Brett Schenk for being our audio/video guru; and Dean Mailheau for serving as our librarian.

The symposium committee, headed by Rob Hale, is hard at work coordinating the Seventh Honolulu Symposium.

We will have two featured demonstrators: Cliff Johns is an accomplished turner from the Big Island. Cliff will demonstrate his multi axis, hollow form, pod series and will do a rotation on carving and embellishing. Cynthia Gibson, from South Carolina, specializes in pyro engraving.

Local turners from Oahu will fill in the remaining rotations. They include the following:
          David Chung will do a rotation on turning a Music Box
          Eric LeBuse’s demonstration is titled ‘Creative Tool Design’
          Tom Young will do a session on turning Tool Handles
          Kyle Iwamoto’s demonstration is on turning Threaded Boxes
          Albert Koorenhof will do a rotation on Natural Edge Bowls
          Ron Tosh will be turning a laminated platter

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.

Maple, Walnut, Sapele, and Hickory

Information and rotation schedule are available on the website at by clicking here.

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.

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.

Below are the collaborative teams:

Gordon Tang Willy Ridep Albert Koorenhof Eric LeBuse Kyle Iwamoto Tom Young
Roger Hirlinger Jon Ogata Rob Hale Charles Gerdes Warren Naai Larry Rodrigues
Stan Hebda Mike Chu Ron Tosh Craig Mason Andy Cole John Hunter
Chris Rollins Will Branham Don Moody Dougie Bowers Luther Bjornsen Joan Graham
  Peter Luscomb   Brian Green   Tim Freeman
          Kraig Smith
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.

  Rob Hale  
Participation Prize Winner
Rob Hale

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: http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2016_symposium_flyer_long.html

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.

  Vince Hazen and Barry Wheeler  
Vince Hazen and Barry Wheeler

Symposium commemorative turning smocks were offered to the membership for purchase at $65 each. Deadline was January 12.

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. Woodcraft offered a very reasonable quote on the sale of all their class room turning equipment including 5 lathes, 5 sets of turning tools and scroll chucks.

The board has worked with Vince Hazen of the Honolulu Museum of Art to start holding wood turning classes at Spalding House. The people at the museum are very excited about the prospects of adding wood turning classes to their repertoire of educational opportunities. The first class is offered in February and has already sold out. The board offered a donation of up to 50 percent of the lathe costs to help put this all together.

Luther Bjornsen  
Luther Bjornsen
Examples of Luther's Pens

Luther Bjornsen gave an interesting demonstration on making a pen using a Bic insert.

He titled his demonstration ’20 Minute Pen’. Luther said all you need is a 9/64 6 inch drill bit and a 7 inch pen blank.

Luther also brought in some pen blanks to share.

The following YouTube links show a couple of ways to make a similar pen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1sFjukASBw or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp1YtLDPeqk

See pen handout at the end of this webpage.

As an affiliated chapter of American Association of Woodturners we are eligible for a general liability insurance policy at a cost of 95.00 per year. We have purchased this group plan as it insures AAW members demonstrating on behalf of the club and non-members who are volunteering their time to officially sanctioned meetings or events.

Kyle Iwamoto and Barry Wheeler shared various jigs and gadgets.

Thanks to Sandy Rhines for putting together a StarBond CA glue order. By buying in bulk, the club members are able to realize a considerable savings.

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 Rob Hale.

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.

Craig Mason
Tom Young
Willy Ridep
Lee Takushi
George Wong
John Hunter
Will Branham
Brian Green
Rob Hale
Eric LeBuse
Ron Tosh
Luther Bjornsen
Selected Pieces from the Challenge

The challenge was to turn a bracelet.

Craig Mason
Gordon Tang
John Hunter
Craig Mason
First Place ~ Gold Division
Gordon Tang
Second Place ~ Gold Division
John Hunter
Third Place ~ Gold Division
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Bracelet
  1st Craig Mason braided koa bracelet
  2nd Gordon Tang 3 multi-axis oval bracelets
  3rd John Hunter koa with stainless insert – insert available at http://www.bangleguy.com
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Bracelet
  1st Willy Ridep curly koa cuff style bracelet
  2nd Jon Ogata robusta split bracelets
  3rd Luther Bjornsen laminated with inlaid coconut shell
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Tom Young Corian bracelet
    Kyle Iwamoto bracelet with koa beads
    Eric LeBuse carved milo bracelet
    George Wong Norfolk pine bracelet with knots
    Rob Hale heliotrope bracelet
    Lee Takushi Philippe Cristofini style lychee bracelet
    Tim Freeman allspice bracelet
    Albert Koorenhof koa segmented bracelet
    Dougie Bowers koa bracelet
    Brian Green 2 citrus dyed bracelets
    Will Branham monkeypod bracelet
    Ron Tosh bowl of bracelets
Willy Ridep
Jon Ogata
Lluther Bjornsen
Willy Ridep
First Place ~ Silver Division
Jon Ogata
Second Place ~ Silver Division
Luther Bjornsen
Third Place ~ Silver Division

David’s Featured Website can be found at http://www.sofasandsectionals.com/wood-turning-resources. This is a resource page for general information.

Tom Young
Nick Hunsinger
Jon Ogata
Ron Tosh
Don Moody
David Chung
Brian Greeen
Bob LaReaux
Stan Hebda
Larry Rodrigues
Kraig Smith
Albert Koorenhof
Gerry Davis
Albert Koorenhof
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery
The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, March 8, 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 March is to turn something based on the word ‘spring’.

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

Submitted by Tom Young

pen handout
Drawing of Articulated Hollow Form Rig


Updated January 15, 2016