January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

President Ron Tosh called meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

  Ron Tosh
President Ron Tosh

New members present were Kelly Williams, Mark Johnson, Roy Reeber, and Tom Stagnaro. Visitors present were Gerry Davis and Ross Mukai. Ross is the founder of Oahu Makerspace. The Oahu Makerspace website may be found at www.oahumakerspace.com

Membership fees for the Honolulu Woodturners are due the first of the year. If you have not already done so, please fill out the application form and send to Treasurer Andy Cole. The form and information are available on the club website by clicking here.

Andy reported the club treasury has a balance of $9,535.63.

The club has purchased two 55 gallon drums of end grain sealer. The sealer is available to club members at the meetings. The price is $15 a gallon. Bring your own container.

Ron introduced the 2017 Board of the Honolulu Woodturners. President, Ron Tosh; Vice President, Chris Rollins; Treasurer, Andy Cole; and Secretary, Tom Young.

Ron Tosh
Chris Rollins
Tom Young
Andy Cole
Ron Tosh
Chris Rollins
Vice President
Tom Young
Andy Cole

The 2017 officers of the Honolulu Woodturners club:

  President Ron Tosh
  Vice President Chris Rollins
  Secretary Tom Young
  Treasurer Andy Cole
  Director Robert Duffer
  Director Kyle Iwamoto
  Director Barry Wheeler
The directors are the past three presidents.

The club would like to express our mahalo to the volunteers who help make the club a thriving enterprise:           Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues for continuing on the challenge committee
          Carl Sherry for taking the photos used in the newsletter
          Brett Schenk and Robert Duffer for being our audio/video coordinators
          Dean Mailheau for serving as our librarian
          Rob Hale for acting as coordinator for events such as the symposium and Magic at Mike’s

Carl Sherry brought in a catalog from Global Tooling. Global Tooling sells carbide inserts that can be used on the Full Size Easy Wood Tools at a very reasonable price. Global Tooling’s phone number is (541) 302-1366. Their website may be found at http://www.globaltooling.bizhosting.com/products The part number for the 15 mm x 15 mm x 2.5 mm cutter is IC-2515154-4RC. Global Tooling does sell various sizes of cutters, including the square and round cutters.

Global Tooling

Rob Hale detailed the plans for Magic at Mike’s.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: MRC, Inc., 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
What: An alcohol free, no-cost day of fun for club members and their immediate family members.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to get to know each other better, talk story, exchange ideas, ask questions, improve our techniques, pick up some tips, have fun, and to give hands-on time for those who want.
Food: The club will provide pastries, coffee, water, juice, soda, steak, and chicken. The rest is pot luck.

Please bring a side dish and serving utensil.

RSVP: Those who did not sign up at the January meeting, please send a message to Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org and indicate if you want to attend and if you intend to bring a guest.

We need the information to figure out how much meat and drinks to buy. We also need to find out if you wish to take advantage of the hands-on time and which stations. We need to have enough of the club provided pen kits and wood on hand. Indicate any of the following rotations you would like to attend: coring, threading, pens, bangles, sharpening.

    Chain Saw




Barry Wheeler will demonstrate how to cut up a log and provide information on chain saw safety.

David Chung will have his chain sharpening tools available for those who want to learn how to sharpen dull chains.

Bring your old and dull chains if you want to take advantage of this opportunity.

    Coring Andy Cole, Tim Freeman, and Eric LeBuse will demonstrate 3 different coring systems and explain the advantages of each. You will have the opportunity to try each of the systems.
    Maintenance How do you keep rust at bay in a high humidity environment? Ron Tosh will help us through the basics.
    Finishing Listen as Craig Mason, Tom Young, and Albert Koorenhof (Larry's finish) explain the details of their techniques. A Beall system will be set up and Tom will show how and help you polish your own turnings.
    Threading Want to try different threading techniques? We can all learn together. Larry Rodrigues will demonstrate a die cutting technique and Ron Tosh will show us how to use nuts and bolts for similar results. Tim Freeman has various systems and if you know how to use them, we can all work our way through to perfect threads.
    Pens Always wanted to turn a Slim Line pen? Stan Hebda will mentor all who want to learn how. Pen kits and wood blanks will be provided.
    Bangles Here is your chance to make someone a bracelet or napkin ring. David Chung will lead the hands-on opportunity.
    Sharpening Want to know how to use a tool or how to get the perfect shape? Craig Mason will explain several different grinds. Mentors with various grinders and jigs will be available to get to the perfect edge.

Bring your gouges for sharpening.

RSVP: Those who did not sign up at the January meeting, please send a message to Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org and indicate if you want to attend and if you intend to bring a guest.

We need the information to figure out how much meat and drinks to buy. We also need to find out if you wish to take advantage of the hands-on time and which stations. We need to have enough of the club provided pen kits and wood on hand. Indicate any of the following rotations you would like to attend: coring, threading, pens, bangles, sharpening.

Gerry Davis  
Gerry Davis
Gerry Davis, who lives in Lompoc, California, has been visiting our January meetings for the past 10 years. He volunteered to show us his method of making an egg kaleidoscope.

Gerry uses a kit from Penn State Industries. Their website can be found by clicking here. Penn State also provides a .pdf instruction file. The instructions can be found at by clicking here.

Gerry donated one of his egg kaleidoscopes to the club. A random drawing was made from those who participated in either the challenge or instant gallery. Warren Naai was the lucky winner.

Internationally known turner and demonstrator Dixie Biggs will be on the islands in May and will be conducting a demonstration and hands-on workshop. Tentatively, the dates are May 20 and 21.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. Dixie’s website may be viewed at http:www.dixiebiggs.com Mark your calendar and plan on attending.

Jon Ogata provided a chart showing the differences in grit size between US and European sandpaper.

As can be seen in the table, it is only when using finer grits that the difference need to be considered. But in the fine grits, the difference is huge. The chart may be found on the internet at www.mibnet.se/

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. Visit the AAW website at https://aaw.site-ym.com to join.

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 Barry Wheeler.

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.

Craig Mason
Johnedel Boyer
Eric LeBuse
Craig Mason
First Place Gold
Johnedel Boyer
Second Place Gold
Eric LeBuse
Third Place Gold

Chris Rollins
Chris Rollins
First Place Silver
  Luther Bjornsen    
Luther Bjornsen
Second Place Silver
  Ron Tosh    
Ron Tosh
Third Place Silver

The challenge for this meeting was to turn a bowl or vessel with carved or turned support. The support needs to be an integral part of the design but need not be the same material as the vessel. There is no size limit.

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 ~ Vessel with Support
  1st Craig Mason Natural edge Italian cypress
  2nd Johnedel Boyer milo urn with crystal finial
  3rd Eric LeBuse Norfolk Island pine alien mutant turtle
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Vessel with Support
  1st Chris Rollins Natural edge allspice bowl
  2nd Luther Bjornsen Guilio Marcolongo style mango dog bowl
  3rd Ron Tosh date palm with ebonized base
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Barry Wheeler milo vase
    Tom Young burned waves on podocarpus vase
    Jon Ogata Cuban mahogany hollow form
    Rob Hale small maple vase on kiawe thorn base
    Robert Duffer Formosan koa puka lamp
    Warren Naai burned and carved jabong (pomelo) form


Instant Gallery:
    John Berthiaume milo and koa vase and milo rolling pin
    Tom Young ogee shaped mango vase
    Chris Rollins monkeypod scoop
    Ross Mukai 4 pens
    Albert Koorenhof natural edge kamani crotch bowl and natural edge kou bowl
    Johnedel Boyer miniature hollow form with finial and hybrid burl/acrylic pens
    Allan Spitzer spalted koa beer tap handle
    Sandy Rhines mango box with finial and rubber tree bowl
    Andy Cole 2 natural edge macadamia nut bowls
    Luther Bjornsen Harry Potter style magic wand
    Gerry Davis Rose engine turned walnut and maple box with finials
    Rick Houck carved lychee poi pounder
    Dougie Bowers eucalyptus burl with natural branch stand
    Stan Hebda titanium pen assortment
    David Chung large kou bowl with pewa patches
    Warren Naai large wood wreath
Tom used a product called Stick ‘n Burn Design Transfer Sheets to transfer the wave design to his challenge piece for carving. It is a clear film with self-adhesive backing. Print your design onto the transfer paper, cut it out, stick it on your piece, and start burning or carving. The website for Stick 'n Burn may be found at http://www.welburngourdfarm.com/Sticknburn.aspx

In David Chung’s ‘Newcomer Corner’ section, he showed a sandpaper cutting guide using a hacksaw blade. David also suggested using leather as a backing to help control heat. Heat checking is almost impossible to get rid of.

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.

Albert Koorenhof
Tom Young
Albert Koorenhof
Andy Cole
David Chung
Andy Cole
Chris Rollins
John Berthiaume
Rick Houck
Gerry Davis
Sandy Rhines
Sandy Rhines
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

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 March is to turn any egg shaped object. There is no size limit.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Rick Houck and Albert Koorenhof both brought in wood to share.

Wood Shared by Generous Members

Submitted by Tom Young

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, John Hunter, Willy Ridep, and Will Branham 


Updated January 13, 2017