May Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

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

Michael Trombatore was a first time visitor and signed up as a new member.

Andy reported on the kamani and mango trees that are to be taken down at the Honolulu Museum of Art. They still do not know when the mango will be cut due to nesting terns. Andy said the kamani is partially rotten and Craig Swedberg is working with the contractor in an attempt to preserve the main trunk for slabbing. The location and time for pick up has not yet been set, but Curator Vince Hazen will notify us as soon as it has been determined.

  Ron Tosh and Barry Wheeler
President Ron Tosh & Director Barry Wheeler

Andy reported, as of prior to the meeting, the club treasury has a balance of $10,592.32.

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. We will need 4 people to demo on Friday evening and 12 people to demo for Saturday.

You can view the demonstrator grid by clicking here.

Please contact Tom Young to sign up for a rotation or to help with the organizing.

Please remember that all demonstrators must be current AAW members in order to meet the liability requirements for public and club functions. 

More information on becoming an AAW member can be found by clicking here.

We are also in need for volunteers to pick up the lathes from MRC Roofing and return them.

Since this is a mango festival, they have requested we turn mango. Barry Wheeler and Ron Tosh have been collecting mango for us to turn. If you have any mango, please bring for your rotation.

Dixie Biggs  
Example of
Dixie Biggs' Work

Internationally known turner and demonstrator Dixie Biggs is on the islands 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. Additional information is on the website at 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.

Dixie’s website may be viewed at http://www.dixiebiggs.com  

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.

  Mark Sfirri
Example of
Mark Sfirri's Work

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.

Rob Hale talked about the Magic at Mike’s day which was held on March 18. This was a free, no-cost day of fun for club members and their immediate family members.

The primary purpose was 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 provided pastries, coffee, water, juice, soda, steak, and chicken. The remaining food items were provided by those attending.

By all accounts, the day was a huge success and exceeded all expectations. Tentative plans are to do something similar again in 2019.

Next spring, Saturday, March 10, 2018, and Sunday, March 11, 2018, will mark the return of the Honolulu Symposium. Plans are in the works to bring in Ashley Harwood from Charleston, South Carolina, as our headline demonstrator. Ashley’s website may be viewed by clicking here.

The website includes a video and photos of bowls, ornaments, and jewelry. A magazine article may be read by clicking here.

The planning committee, headed by Rob Hale, is working on the format of the symposium. Likely it will follow the pattern as past symposiums with additional rotations filled by Hawaii turners.

Willy Ridep  
Willy Ridep

Willy Ridep gave us a demonstration on how he uses Xacto type knives to carve name on bracelets. He prefers to use Old English characters.

You can print out the name you want and use a spray adhesive to attach the name to the wood. Willy says a tight grained wood works best. Always carve on the side grain, never on the end grain.

When finished with the carving, use lacquer thinner to remove the paper and adhesive. Willy uses black acrylic paint to darken the letters.

With the planned demolition of Ward Warehouse to build more condominiums, things are a bit hectic at Nohea Gallery. Therefore, there will be no Nohea Wood Show or demonstrations this year.

Laurie Baron, owner of Nohea Gallery, has been a long-time supporter of Hawaii wood turners. Last year marked the 14th annual Nohea Wood Show. We hope to be able to resume the show when things are settled down.

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. 

Andy Cole

Andy Cole
Participation Prize Winner

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 Andy Cole.

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 Hawaiian calabash. Size limit was in effect. The calabash must fit within a 10 inch cube.

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.

Craig Mason
George Wong
Eric LeBuse
Craig Mason
First Place Gold
George Wong
Second Place Gold
Eric LeBuse
Third Place Gold

Ron Tosh
Ron Tosh
First Place Silver
  Dougie Bowers    
Dougie Bowers
Second Place Silver
  John Berthiaume    
John Berthiaume
Third Place Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Hawaiian Calabash
  1st Craig Mason kou calabash
  2nd George Wong kou calabash
  3rd Eric LeBuse Norfolk Island pine calabash
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Hawaiian Calabash
  1st Ron Tosh mango calabash with burned rim
  2nd Dougie Bowers Formosan koa calabash
  3rd John Berthiaume milo calabash
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    David Chung Norfolk Island pine
    Gordon Tang kou natural edge
    Albert Koorenhof Norfolk Island pine calabash
    Barry Wheeler Norfolk Island pine calabash
    Preston Christensen mango calabash
    Tom Young milo calabash
    Robert Duffer Norfolk Island pine with sand and painted honu
    Johnedel Boyer natural edge maple burl
    Tim Freeman teak calabash
    Lee Takushi Norfolk Island painted calabash
    Carl Sherry Norfolk Island pine calabash
    Warren Naai kou calabash
    Andy Cole mango calabash
    Rob Hale mango with burned patches
    Luther Bjornsen Cuban mahogany calabash
    Bob LaReaux Norfolk Island pine calabash
Instant Gallery:
    Kainoa Del Rosario avocado miso bowl and lychee bowl
    Tom Young curly koa bowl with pewa patches
    Don Moody Norfolk Island bowl
    Johnedel Boyer Norfolk Island pine calabash
    Preston Christensen maple screwdriver
    Carl Sherry Norfolk Island pine calabash
    Dougie Bowers red gum bowl
    Albert Koorenhof natural edge juniper bowl and starburst Norfolk Island pine bowl
    Bob LaReaux cherry pedestal stand
    Andy Cole 7 piece natural edge nested box elder burl set
    Eric LeBuse ohia spinning top with captive ring

David Chung’s ‘Newcomer Corner’ included a discussion on food safe finishes and how to measure the wall thickness with a gauge. David brought in a gauge made by Keith Thompkins. David suggested if enough folks wanted to buy the gauge, he would attempt to work a deal with Keith.

David's featured website of the month: A compilation of tips and how-tos from the Cumberland Woodturners club. Click here to visit the site.

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
Andy Cole
Albert Koorenhof
Johnedel Boyer
Eric LeBuse
Albert Koorenhof
Carl Sherry
Preston Christensen
Luther Bjornsen
Gordon Tang
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

The challenge for July is to turn a traditional Japanese rice bowl. Size limit is in effect in that the bowl must fit in your hand. Typically that would be a 4 ½ inch diameter bowl.

A webpage by Keita Suzuki suggest the perfect shape and size of a traditional Japanese rice bowl. The webpage may be found at www.urdesignmag.com/design/2015/03/05/keita-suzuki-designs-the-perfect-rice-bowl/ Other examples may be found by Googling ‘rice bowl design’.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

Our generous members 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 Warren Naai 


Updated May 11, 2017