May Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

  Barry Wheeler
President Barry Wheeler

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

New member attending the meeting was Brett Sortor.

Visiting the meeting were Chuck and Ann Horton of Williamsburg, Virginia. Chuck and Ann are members of Honolulu Woodturners club and visit the islands for several months each year.

Barry reminded everyone to make and wear a name tag. We have a lot of new members and a name tag makes it easier for everyone, including your struggling secretary.

Barry brought in several issues of the American Association of Woodturner’s Journal for anyone wanting to check out the magazine. The magazine is a benefit of belonging to the American Association of Woodturners. There is always a lot of photos of member’s pieces and it is full of useful information.

Dean Mailheau is the club librarian. Barry thanked him for the extra work he does for the club. If you have any material checked and over-due, please return to Dean at the next meeting.

Apaulding House  
Turning Class Room at Spalding House

Woodcraft is consolidating their space and will be giving up the warehouse behind the store. This resulted in the discontinuation of classes that had been held there. Woodcraft offered a very reasonable quote on the sale of all their class room turning equipment including 5 Nova lathes, 5 sets of turning tools, and scroll chucks.

The Honolulu Museum of Art purchased the equipment and set up wood turning classes at Spalding House. The board offered a donation of up to 50 percent of the lathe costs to help put this all together. With Andy’s guidance, they have added a sharpening grinder, band saw, and dust collection system.

The people at the museum are very excited about the addition of wood turning classes to their repertoire of educational opportunities. The first class was offered in February. Each class, so far, has been sold out. There currently is a waiting list to attend a class.

  Albert Koorenhof
Albert Koorenhof

Albert Koorenhof gave a nice presentation on his method of rough turning a green wood bowl. He turned a good sized kou bowl.

After the bowl dries, he will finish it and bring to the club as part of the instant gallery.

Mike Horton left a box of dental picks to share.

The Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA) is displaying an ocean themed art show at Honolulu Hale. All types of wood, carved or turned, will be considered for display if it's an ocean themed piece. 

The pieces need to be dropped off at Honolulu Hale on May 20, and picked up on June 9.

Everyone is invited to an artist’s reception at Honolulu Hale June 2, 4:30 to 6:00.

MOCA is in the process of deciding on space and how many pieces they can accommodate. Currently it looks as though we will be provided five display cubes.

Warren Naai is leading the effort. Contact Warren at warren_naai@honoluluwoodturners.org for additional information. We certainly had some outstanding ocean themed pieces at the meeting including a carved octopus and several ocean themed German ring turnings.

The Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts has again invited Honolulu Woodturners to demonstrate at their Mango Jam.

We will demonstrate using two lathes on Friday, July 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

MOCA will provide the tent, tables and electricity for us.

There is no show exhibit in Honolulu Hale this year.

They requested we turn mango for the demonstrations. We will try to gather a bunch of mango blanks so the demonstrators will have plenty of mango to work with.

More information and a demonstrator sign-up sheet will be e-mailed to the membership as the demonstration time nears. We will need plenty of volunteers, so mark your calendar.

Due to insurance requirements, all Honolulu Woodturner demonstrators, must be American Association of Woodturner (AAW) members. To join the AAW visit their website at http://www.woodturner.org/

Barry Wheeler
Lee Takushi
Craig Mason
Warren Naai
Rob Hale
Luther Bjornsen
Selected Pieces from the German Ring Challenge
Barry Wheeler
Craig Mason
Warren Naai
Barry Wheeler
First Place ~ German Ring
Craig Mason
Second Place ~ German Ring
Warren Naai
Third Place ~ German Ring
Challenge ~ German Ring
  1st Barry Wheeler swimming fish
  2nd Craig Mason reef life with sea horses and fish
  3rd Warren Naai sea horses and whales
Honorable Mention:
    Kyle Iwamoto heart pendant
    Lee Takushi butterflies in plywood vase
    Luther Bjornsen flowers in milo vase
    Rob Hale Christmas ornaments

The Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Bob LaReaux.

Everyone who participates in the Challenge or Instant Gallery must sign the Participation Sheet to be eligible for the Participation Prize. We had a healthy number of turnings at the challenges and instant gallery. Please use the second sheet if the first one is filled.

The order of the names on the sheet is re-numbered prior to a number being picked. Therefore, if you signed up on line 1, chances are line 1 was assigned another number.

The challenge was somewhat different this month. There was not a Gold and Silver category. Instead we had two categories.

One category was the German Rings as demonstrated by Craig Mason at the March meeting. The other category was a turning with embellishment. The embellishment could be any of your choice: burning, texture, beads, color, carving, etc. Each member was eligible to enter a piece in either one, or both, categories.

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.

Johnedel Boyer
Craig Mason
Rob Hale
Johnedel Boyer
First Place ~ Embellishment
Craig Mason
Second Place ~ Embellishment
Rob Hale
Third Place ~ Embellishment
Challenge ~ Embellishment
  1st Johnedel Boyer milo crown bowl
  2nd Craig Mason kamani hollow form with finial
  3rd Rob Hale monkeypod burned and carved bowl
Honorable Mention:
    Stan Hebda banksia pod pen
    Lee Takushi dyed Norfolk pine bowl
    Kyle Iwamoto Neil Scobie style leaf kou bowls
    Tom Young primavera hollow form with burned lei
    Bob LaReaux burned and spalted Norfolk pine bowl
    Jon Ogata pierced milo wine glass
    Carl Sherry Cook pine with honu patch
    Tim Freeman burned plumeria bowl
    Luther Bjornsen carved lychee octopus
    Larry Rodrigues Q-tip holder
Rob Hale
Tom Young
Kyle Iwamoto
Johnedel Boyer
Jon Ogata
Craig Mason
Bob LaReaux
Carl Sherry
Luther Bjornsen
Selected Pieces from the Embellishment Challenge
Andy reported the club treasury, as of May 9, had a balance of $10,810.74.

Cliff Johns, who has demonstrated and supported our symposium, has recently suffered heart problems. He is back in Kona and is recovering.

The final numbers are in for our symposium. We had 59 people attend. 48 of those were club members. Our current membership roster lists 113 members. The club realized a profit of $44.64.

A tremendous amount of time and effort was put in by the Symposium Committee. Given the lack of club member participation, consideration is being given to holding the symposium every other year rather than yearly.

One possibility is to have a ‘Fun at Fred’s’ type of hands-on event in the off-years. Mike Chu has generously offered his place as a venue. Any input you have would be welcome. Send your suggestions or comments to Symposium Chair Rob Hale at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org

There is an open invitation for members to have a gallery section on the club website. A quick count comes up with 24 members with a section in the gallery. That is about 25%. Look at the things that are brought to the instant gallery and the challenges. There are some fantastic examples of our members’ work. If there are at least 8 photos of your work displayed in the newsletter, they can probably be used to build a gallery section for you. Contact Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org for additional information. New additions to the gallery are Ron Tosh and Jon Ogata.

We are privileged to have Derek Weidman visit the islands and provide us a demonstration and hands-on workshop. The demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, with a start time of 9:00 a.m. There is no space available for the hands-on workshop scheduled for Sunday, May 22.

Derek is an elite turner in the world of multi-axis wood turning. He is quickly becoming widely recognized as one of the most innovative wood lathe artists around. Details on Derek's demonstration my be found on the website at http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2016_Weidman_flyer.html

Derek has requested we use only lathes with variable speed as the hands-on work shop will turn as slow as 250 RPM. Mini lathes are acceptable as long as they are variable speed. We currently have four variable speed lathes at MRC. If anyone can bring a variable speed for use in the hands-on work shop, please contact Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org

Andy Cole and Sharon Doughtie gave pep talks about the value of Derek’s demonstration and encouraged members to support the demonstrators we bring in from outside Hawaii. Sharon said the direction of her career turned after attending a demonstration by Graeme Priddle. Andy credited his specialty of nested sets to a demonstration by Mike Mahoney.

Andy talked about the 1000 Tree Give-Away put on by Malama o Manoa. This event takes place every two years. Honolulu Woodturners have demonstrated every time since 2006. We always have quite a few people viewing the demonstrations and talking story with the demonstrators.

Mahalo to Dean Mailheau, Kyle Iwamoto, Willy Ridep, Stan Hebda, Jon Ogata, and Tom Young for volunteering their time to demonstrate.

Albert Koorenhof
Chris Rollins
Albert Koorenhof
Barry Wheeler
Brett Schenk
John Hunter
Tom Young
Tom Young
Tom Young
Johnedel Boyer
Carl Sherry
Johnedel Boyer
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery
Craig Mason brought in partially used containers of various types of finishes to share with whoever wanted.

David’s Featured Website has an article on Moisture Content and Wood Shrinkage. The URL is

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, July 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 July is to turn a bowl. The bowl must fit within a 10 inch cube. We will again have Gold and Silver Divisions. We may need to put up an extra table for this one as many entries are expected.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated May 13, 2016