September 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.

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.

Dean Mailheau, club librarian, asked that any over-due items be returned in a timely manner.

Andy Cole reported the treasury has a current balance of $9342.94.

The treasury took a pretty big hit on the recent demonstration by Betty Scarpino. We came out with a deficit of $453.18. Photos of the event are available on the website by clicking here.

The next mainland demonstrator scheduled is Dixie Biggs. Dixie is scheduled for May of 2017. Details will be sent out as they are finalized. Mark your calendar and plan on attending. Dixie's website may be viewed at http://www.dixiebiggs.com/

Nomination and election of officers for 2017 will be held at the November meeting. Please think about what your personal level of participation in club activities will be in the year 2017 and how you can contribute to making the Honolulu Woodturners club a better organization. Ron Tosh, 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.

Robert Duffer  
Robert Duffer ~ Top Turner

Robert Duffer gave us a demonstration on top turning. Robert had multiple types of tops on display. He turned a tippy top which will flip over and reverse spin. A YouTube video of another method of making the tippy top can be viewed by clicking here.

Barry read a thank you letter from Scott Goto of the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA). He thanked us for doing turning demonstrations during the Mango Jam Festival.

Willy Ridep made a mango bracelet for Misty Kela'i, Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts.

Barry mentioned Oahu, as well as the Kauai and Maui clubs, have been invited to participate in the Big Island Woodturners Exhibit in March of 2017. The show is held at the Wailoa Gallery in Hilo. Prizes are $100 each for: People’s Choice Award, Artist Choice Award, and Curators Choice Award, (by Codie King, Director of the Gallery).

If this interests you, let Barry know via e-mail at barry_wheeler@honoluluwoodturners.org Details will be forwarded as more information becomes available.

  Larry Rodrigues
Larry Rodrigues
Participation Prize Winner

Andy reported on the 14th Annual Nohea Woodturning Show. The club set up 3 lathes and put on demonstrations all day on Saturday, August 20. Following the demonstrations there was an artists’ reception at the gallery.

Each year a charity is chosen to benefit from donated pieces. This year the charity is Family Promise Hawaii. Their mission is to mobilize existing community resources to aid families with children experiencing homelessness and help them transition to sustainable independence. Their website may be found at http://www.familypromisehawaii.org There were a nice number of pieces donated by club members.

Photos from the demonstrations may be found at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2016_Nohea.html

The Star-Advertiser wrote a nice article on the show in the Today Section. Nohea reported very good response from the article and Carl Sherry and David Chung spent an afternoon at the gallery answering question and talking to the shoppers.

Barry reminded us that in order to be eligible for the participation prize, you must sign the Participation list.

The Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was again won by Larry Rodrigues.

Mahalo to Willy Ridep for donating a pop-up canopy to the club. This will come in handy for the various demonstrations the club provides.

The 55 gallon barrel of end grain sealer has been emptied into gallon jugs. The sealer is available to club members for $15 per gallon.

Andy reported the Hawaii Forestry Industry Association (HFIA) Hawaii's Woodshow, will be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery at Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street. The show opens September 17 and runs through October 2.

March 17, 2017, we are putting together a day of fun, food, and turning. This will be a free, one day event for club members. The name has been changed from 'Madness at Mike’s’ to a more positive 'Magic at Mike’s'. It will be fashioned after the 'Fun at Fred’s’ functions of the past.

  Honolulu Woodturners
Honolulu Woodturners

The purpose of the event is to get to know each other better, talk story, exchange ideas, ask questions, improve our techniques, pick up some tips, have fun, and provide hands-on time for those who desire it.

This will likely be a potluck event with the club supplying meat for barbequing along with water, juice, and soda.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

The folks at Creative Arts Experience have requested that the Honolulu Woodturners provide wood turning demonstrations on October 8, and November 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The location will be the corner of Nu’uanu Avenue and Pauahi Streets.

Warren Naai has agreed to lead the effort. The club will provide two mini lathes (Rikon and Jet). Therefore, we need to fill 6 slots for each day.

There are several slots remaining open, so, if you would like to participate, please contact Warren at 206-2706 or warren_naai@honoluluwoodturners.org if you can take a demonstration slot.

Prizes of Woodcraft gift certificates are awarded to the first, second, and third places. The values of the certificates are $20 for first, $15 for second, and $10 for third place.

The challenge this meeting was to turn a platter. There were no limitations on size.

Craig Mason
Andy Cole
David Chung
Craig Mason
First Place Gold
Andy Cole
Second Place Gold
David Chung
Third Place Gold

Ron Tosh
Ron Tosh
First Place Silver
  Don Moody    
Don Moody
Second Place Silver
  Warren Naai    
Warren Naai
Third Place Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~Platter
  1st Craig Mason jacaranda pardo crotch platter
  2nd Andy Cole narra crotch platter
  3rd David Chung rectangular mango crotch platter
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Platter
  1st Ron Tosh opiuma platter with burned coral
  2nd Don Moody natural edge Formosan koa platter
  3rd Warren Naai dyed Norfolk Island pine platter
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Albert Koorenhof myrtle platter
    Barry Wheeler laminated koa platter
    Eric LeBuse spalted cinnamon platter
    Larry Rodrigues laminated koa platter
    Kyle Iwamoto nawa platter set
    Lee Takushi air brushed pine with lychee and koa inlay
    Gordon Tang freeform carved kou platter
    Tom Young koa platter with compression curl
    Rob Hale Norfolk Island pine with pewa and burned edge
    Johnedel Boyer carved and inlayed lychee platter
    George Wong spalted tamarind platter
    Brett Schenk monkeypod crotch platter
    Brian Green mango platter
    Will Branham monkeypod platter
    Robert Duffer laminated platters with stand
    Chris Rollins monkeypod platter
    Luther Bjornsen mango platter
    John Berthiaume koa with white epoxy and black dots inlay
    Bob LaReaux monkeypod platter
Instant Gallery:

    Tom Young burned natural edge grapefruit
    Warren Naai dyed NIP sushi platter and dyed mango bowl
    Johnedel Boyer mango hollow form with milo finial and lattice mango ball
    Rob Hale Norfolk Island pine bowl
    Chris Rollins koa bowl
    Willy Ridep large koa bowl
    Barry Wheeler monkeypod vase with voids
    Charles Gerdes 5 pens with brushing lacquer finish
    Albert Koorenhof side grained Norfolk pine bowl with star pattern

Members are encouraged to join the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), our parent organization. Annual memberships in the AAW operate on an anniversary cycle, whereby your membership will start with your join date and continue for one year.  

AAW dues will increase by $5 for U.S. membership types, as follows: General $60, Family $65, Educator $60, Student $24, Student Plus $29, Online $50, Artist $86, and Business $86. Dues will remain at 2015 rates for all U.S. members who renew before October 1, 2016.

The AAW also offers a limited access, free, 60 day trial membership. Visit the AAW website at www.aaw.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp?

Wood to Share

Some of our generous members almost always bring in wood to share.

Barry brought in some mahogany logs and Dougie Bowers brought in some milo, tulip, and koa.

David Chung offered prizes to those asking questions in his ‘Newcomers Corner’ segment. Discussion included how to sand the inside of hollow forms and how to keep bark on natural edge bowls.

David expressed his concerns about low number of turnout for the Betty Scarpino demonstration.

We are very fortunate to bring in these elite turners from the mainland and other parts of the world including Israel, England, Australia, and New Zealand. David says he never misses one of these demonstrations and always learns something.

It is interesting to note that almost all of the members attending Betty’s demonstration are the long-time turners. Actually, it is the newer turners who would benefit the most from the demonstrations.

David also goes to some of the mainland symposia where there are multiple turning demonstrations to view. Those symposiums are nice, but there are cost factors to consider compared to the fee to watch the demonstrations here in Honolulu. Typically our local demonstrations last about 8 hours, and the cost is slightly over $6 an hour . . . and lunch is included.

Tom Young
Warren Naai
Charles Gerdes
Chris Rollins
Johnedel Boyer
Barry Wheeler
Warren Naai
Johnedel Boyer
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

David’s Featured Website is a .pdf file on spindle terminology. The file may be viewed by clicking here.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. November 8 is Election Day. The meeting will be held as scheduled at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

The challenge for November is to turn 3 tops. The 3 tops together, must all fit on a 6 ½ inch plate. The tops may over-hang the edge of the plate.

Submitted by Tom Young

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, Dan Nakanishi, and George Wong 


Updated September 15, 2016