March 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 Larry Larita and Bruce Soll.

Andy Cole reported the club treasury has a balance of $10,699.65.

Ron Tosh gave a report on Chinatown’s 2nd Saturday event. The Honolulu Woodturners had a booth on March 11. Generally we have been giving turning demonstrations at this event, but the decision was made to have a booth and allow club members to showcase their turnings and conducts sales. While turnout was good, the sales were lacking.

Rob Hale explained what we are planning for Magic at Mike’s scheduled for Saturday, March 18. This is an alcohol free, no-cost day of fun for club members and their immediate family members.

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. The club will provide pastries, coffee, water, juice, soda, steak, and chicken. The rest is pot luck.

Dixie Biggs  
Example of
Dixie Biggs' Work

Internationally known turner and demonstrator Dixie Biggs will be on the islands in May and will be conducting a demonstration and hands-on workshop for club members.

The dates are May 20 and 21. Dixie is primarily known for her carvings on bowls and vessels.

Dixie’s website may be viewed at http://www.dixiebiggs.com Additional information on the event is on the club website and may be viewed at http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2017_Biggs_flyer.html

Mark your calendar and plan on attending. There is a limit on the number of slots available for the hands-on workshop, so get your registration in early.

  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.

  David Chung
David Chung

David Chung presented a talk on various eye-pleasing shapes including the Hawaiian calabash. The accepted authority on the calabash is the book by Irving Jenkins titled ‘The Hawaiian Calabash’.

The club website has an article, with photos, titled ‘Traditional Hawaiian Bowls’ by Pat Kramer. The article may be found under the ‘Tips’ section. The direct link is www.honoluluwoodturners.org/tips_calabash.html

David also suggested Bill Luce turns perfectly proportioned bowls. Photos of these bowls are available at http://www.billluce.com/other_bowls.html The home page for Bill Luce’s website is http://www.billluce.com/gallery.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 https://aaw.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp? to join. A tip from the AAW on making and using a jam chuck may be viewed by clicking here.

Rob Hale
Rob Hale
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 Rob Hale.

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 any egg shaped object. 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.

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.

Lee Takushi
Johnedel Boyer
Jon Ogata
Lee Takushi
First Place Gold
Johnedel Boyer
Second Place Gold
Jon Ogata
Third Place Gold

Warren Naai
Warren Naai
First Place Silver
  Allan Spitzer    
Allan Spitzer
Second Place Silver
  Kainoa Del Rosario    
Kainoa Del Rosario
Third Place Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Egg Shaped Object
  1st Lee Takushi pierced and colored egg inside inside/out maple turning
  2nd Johnedel Boyer textured bowl with 4 hybrid (epoxy and wood) eggs
  3rd Jon Ogata textured milo fish egg
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Egg Shaped Object
  1st Warren Naai pink tacoma egg in an egg
  2nd Allan Spitzer spalted koa eggoscope
  3rd Kainoa Del Rosario marblewood egg
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Stan Hebda mango eggoscope
    Tom Young curly koa egg
    Barry Wheeler macadamia nut egg
    Craig Mason mahogany egg with feet
    Eric LeBuse nest with ebony, ivory, and koa egg
    Rob Hale giant teak egg
    Bob LaReaux royal poinciana cracked egg
    Ron Tosh Norfolk Island pine egg box
    Brett Schenk milo egg with puka
    Luther Bjornsen milo egg
    Tim Freeman Formosan koa egg
Instant Gallery:
    Kainoa Del Rosario natural edge milo bowl with 3 pens
    Sandy Rhines ambrosia maple bowl
    Tom Stagnaro milo calabash
    Warren Naai false kamani bowl
    Tom Young natural edge Cuban mahogany bowl
    Ron Tosh Norfolk Island pine bowl
    Robert Duffer kaleidoscope with stand, carved dragon claw wine goblet, and carved koa dragon ring box
    Johnedel Boyer hybrid epoxy/wood maple burl box
    Stan Hebda koa kaleidoscope
    Craig Mason mystery wood vase
    Stan Hebda malachite kaleidoscope pen
    Albert Koorenhof natural edge juniper bowl and kamani bowl
    Roy Reeber stained monkeypod bowl and large vase
    Eric LeBuse mango straight edged bowl with raised petroglyph
    Jon Ogata broken egg
    Allan Spitzer two long barrel koa pens
David Chung’s ‘Newcomer Corner’ included a discussion on how to keep bowls from cracking.

Larry Rodrigues had the best solution in using stainless steel hose clamps to band the bowl. The clamps can be linked together to fit any size. It is a good idea to clamp the top of the bowl and the foot. The bowl will still move while drying, but should not crack.

David's featured website is a site that has interesting tools and accessories. Visit the website at . http://www.jtturningtools.com

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.

Tom Young
Eric LeBuse
Albert Koorenhof
Stan Hebda
Tom Stagnaro
Stan Hebda
Johnedel Boyer
Robert Duffer
Albert Koorenhof
Ron Tosh
Robert Duffer
Roy Reeber
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for May is to turn a Hawaiian style calabash. Size limit is in effect. The calabash must fit within a 10 inch cube.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Andy Cole, Jim Bannister, and Dougie Bowers generously brought in a variety of wood to share.

Wood Shared by Generous Members

Submitted by Tom Young

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, Alan Kamaura, and Peter Luscomb 


Updated March 17, 2017