July Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

  Ron Tosh and Sharon Doughtie
Ron Tosh and Sharon Doughtie

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

New members at the meeting were Kaku Johnson and Dwayne Arelliano.

Andy reported, as of prior to the meeting, the club treasury has a balance of $10,398.24. Our expenses for the Dixie Biggs demonstration and workshop were $1,826.00 and our income was $1,730.00. Therefore, we came out with a negative of $96.44. Our goal is always to come out about even and that is about as close as we ever get.

The 2017 Honolulu Mango Festival is scheduled for Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15. The Honolulu Woodturners Club has once again been asked to do turning demonstrations. The plan is to set up the Jet 1642 and a Jet mini lathe.

A big mahalo and one ‘attaboy’ goes to Dean Mailheau for volunteering to demonstrate for three shifts. Chester Koga, Barry Wheeler, Warren Naai, Ron Tosh, Willy Ridep, Larry Rodrigues, Tom Young, Jon Ogata, Stan Hebda, and Eric LeBuse also volunteered to demonstrate. Mahalo also to Ron Tosh and Barry who have collected mango wood for the turners to demonstrate on.

Mark Sfirri  
Example of
Mark Sfirri's Work

The Hawaii Forestry Industry Association (HFIA) is bringing in Mark Sfirri this fall for their Woodshow. The Honolulu Woodturners are partnering with HFIA and will have a demonstration and hands-on workshop.

The demonstration will be open to general public as well as club members. The hands-on workshop will be restricted to club members.

The dates are Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24.

Mark is primarily known for his whimsical multi-axis turnings. An example of Mark’s work can be found on a YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uZNmvwHHIY  Additional information on Mark’s demonstration and hands-on workshop will be added to the website’s ‘Events’ section as it becomes available.

John Hunter gave us an overview of his recent visit to the American Association of Woodturners’ Symposium in Kansas City.

Sharon Doughtie  
Sharon Doughtie
Detail of Carved Legs

Sharon Doughtie gave us a demonstration carving legs on natural edge bowls.

She first reminded folks to take care of their lathe. With our climate it is particularly important to wipe down the ways with WD-40 or camellia oil.

Sharon also suggested buying a Morse taper cleaning tool. The tool is available from Craft Supplies in Utah. Their webpage may be viewed by clicking here.

Sharon’s choice of turning tools are made by Doug Thompson. Thompson Tools webpage can be found at http://www.thompsonlathetools.com/

To make the legs, she begins by turning the outside profile of the legs and then the inside profile. Then begins the carving process to remove the unwanted wood. Sharon recommended the WeCheer rotary carver as a good product for the money. The WeCheer carvers are available from The Woodcraft Shop. Their website can be found by clicking here.

Sharon mentioned that she and Pat are distributors for Saburtooth burs. To contact Sharon, e-mail her at

Rob Hale talked about the return of our Honolulu Symposium next spring, Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, 2018. Plans have been made to bring in Ashley Harwood from Charleston, South Carolina, as our headline demonstrator. Ashley will present four rotations on Saturday and hands-on rotations on Sunday.

Ashley’s website may be viewed at http://www.ashleyharwood.net/ashleyharwood/Woodturning.html The website includes a video and photos of bowls, ornaments, and jewelry. A magazine article may be viewed at http://www.charlestonmag.com/features/ashley_harwood

Graeme Priddle and his wife, Melissa Engler, will present us some demonstrations on Sunday. A few other rotations will be presented by Hawaii turners.

This is a return to Honolulu by Graeme as he gave us a demonstration in 2009. Graeme’s website may be viewed at http://www.graemepriddle.com/

Additional information and tentative rotations may be found on the club website in the Events section. The link to the page is http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2018_symposium_schedule.html

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 by clicking here.

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.

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 Kainoa Del Rosario.

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 for this meeting was to turn a traditional Japanese rice bowl.

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.

Rules for challenges are everyone begins in the Silver Division. Two first place wins in the Silver Division moves that artist to the Gold Division.

Barry Wheeler
Lee Takushi
John Hunter
Barry Wheeler
First Place Gold
Lee Takushi
Second Place Gold
John Hunter
Third Place Gold

Chester Koga
Chester Koga
First Place Silver
Kainoa Del Rosario
Kainoa Del Rosario
Second Place Silver
Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson
Third Place Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Japanese Rice Bowl
  1st Barry Wheeler multi-axis olive bowl
  2nd Lee Takushi lychee rice bowl with koa chopsticks
  3rd John Hunter monkeypod and ironwood rice bowl
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Japanese Rice Bowl
  1st Chester Koga mango rice bowl
  2nd Kainoa Del Rosario milo rice bowl
  3rd Peter Thompson resin rice bowl
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Tom Young milo rice bowl
    Tim Freeman 2 scoop rice monkeypod bowl
    Andy Cole warped avocado bowl
    George Wong spalted avocado rice bowl
    Larry Rodrigues kolohala rice bowl
    Warren Naai texture painted rice bowl
    Eric LeBuse milo rice bowl with CA finish
    David Chung red and gray texture painted rice bowl
    Craig Mason lychee with burned wave design
    Ron Tosh primavera rice bowl
    Rob Hale textured with dots heliotrope rice bowl
    Bruce Soll mango rice bowl
    Brian Green monkeypod rice bowl
    Alan Acevedo cherry rice bowl
    Bob LaReaux cinnamon rice bowl
    Luther Bjornsen mountain apple rice bowl
    Willy Ridep pheasant wood rice bowl
Instant Gallery:
    Willy Ridep carved spiral koa bracelet and carved silky oak with carved flowers
    Tom Young natural edge narra with burned rim
    Allan Spitzer koa pen with stand and koa pen
    Mike Schick purchased set of rice bowls
    Tim Freeman cinnamon platter with routed design
    Roy Reeber 2 piece hollow form and natural edge bowl
    Stan Hebda 20 mm casing curly koa pen
    Rob Hale set of five textured rice bowls
    Johnedel Boyer alabaster bowl and onyx bracelet and box
    Mike Trombatore maple hollow form and avocado, milo bowls
    Bruce Soll Norfolk Island pine calabash
    David Chung kamani bowl
    Warren Naai starfruit chalice
    Paul Maki FOG spalted bowl
    Robert Duffer dyed mango bowl
    Eric LeBuse spalted mango piece
    Warren Naai rice bowl with dyed base
    Albert Koorenhof large spalted autograph bowl
    Kainoa Del Rosario two segmented platters
    Andy Cole cinnamon nested set

David’s website for this month can be viewed at http://www.ttit.id.au/eggpage/eggmain.htm
This is a website for Vern Bunn of Australia, who has a large collection of turned eggs. He shows an interesting way of making a chuck to hold the almost finished egg to turn away the last remnants of attachment. If you intend to make a lot of eggs or similar shaped items, like spheres of a like diameter, this simple chuck may be worthwhile making. Also has methods of displaying an egg collection.

David Chung brought in a sled used in cross-cutting round logs on a band saw. David’s ‘Newcomer Corner’ discussion was tabled due to time constraints.

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.

Kainoa Del Rosario
Tom Young
Tim Freeman
David Chung
Albert Koorenhof
Bruce Soll
Willy Ridep
Allan Spitzer
Johnedel Boyer
Warren Naai
Albert Koorenhof
Roy Reeber
Stan Hebda
Allan Spitzer
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery
September Challenge: Long-time member Rick Houck is moving to the mainland. Rick donated to the club a box full of glass inserts used for candles or oil lamps. The challenge for September is to use one of these glass inserts in a turning. There is no size limit. Rob has additional inserts. If you did not pick up one at the meeting, contact Rob at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Albert Koorenhof and Barry Wheeler brought in Monterey cypress wood to share.

Wood Shared by Albert Koorenhof and Barry Wheeler

Submitted by Tom Young

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


Updated July 16, 2017