November Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

President Ron Tosh called meeting to order at approximately 6:05 p.m.

We ask everyone to make and wear a name tag. We have a lot of new members and a name tag makes it easier for everyone.

Charlie Schmucker, a new member was present. Also attending was Mark Bartley.

The engagement of Johnedel Boyer and Ginelli Abalos was announced. Congratulations!

  Rob Hale
Rob Hale

Rob Hale, symposium chair, talked about our Honolulu Symposium. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, 2018. Ashley Harwood from Charleston, South Carolina, will be our featured demonstrator. Ashley will present four rotations on Saturday and conduct hands-on rotations on Sunday.

Sunday, Ashley will conduct hands-on sessions. Tentatively, Sunday morning there will be a two-rotation hands on session on finial turning and in the afternoon a hands-on session workshop on turning jewelry. The intent of the hands-on sessions is not to complete a finished product but rather to work on design and tool control.

Hands-On: The hands-on sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There are boxes on the registration form to be checked if you intend to participate in the hands-on workshops. The first registrations received will be placed in the hands-on workshops. At this point, we are not certain on how many slots will be available for the workshops.

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

Additional rotations will be presented by Hawaii turners. Tentatively, they include Craig Mason, Jon Ogata, Preston Christensen, Johnedel Boyer, and Kyle Iwamoto

Additional information and tentative rotations may be found on the club website by clicking here.

Collaborative: Sandy Rhines is heading the collaborative project. The club has 6 sealed boxes of wood left over from the 2016 collaborative. Each wood package contains pieces of the following woods: maple, walnut, sapele, and hickory.

There are absolutely no restrictions except that you must use each of the woods in some manner.

Sandy has formed teams based on those who signed up at the September meeting. If you would like to participate, there is still time to add your name to one of the teams. If interested, contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org if you would like to be on one of the teams. All skill levels are invited.

The teams are:
     Team 1:      Rob Hale, Kraig Smith, Gary Anderson
     Team 2:      Tom Young, Larry Rodrigues, Stan Hebda
     Team 3:      Willy Ridep, Albert Koorenhof, Sandy Rhines
     Team 4:      Jon Ogata, Eric LeBuse, Ron Tosh, Chester Koga
     Team 5:      Barry Wheeler, Don Moody, Paul Maki

This is good fun and a great chance to work with some of the other turners in the club.

The collaborative projects are due at the symposium. The finished pieces will be auctioned off at the Symposium.

Instant Gallery: There will be the same opportunity as in previous symposiums for participants and demonstrators to show their work in an instant gallery.

You may bring up to three pieces for the instant gallery. We are hoping that the collective body of work will show the diversity of interests held by our club members.

Sign in will include name, description, and sales information (if applicable). Sale will be directly between buyer and seller. The club will not collect nor distribute funds.

Club will not monitor display and will not control pickup at end of program. Please leave items on display until end of your attendance.

Auction: All participants, including demonstrators, may submit one piece for the auction. All pieces entered into the auction are a donation to the club.

In addition, pieces from previous and current demos may be included. The pieces will remain on display throughout the day Saturday and during the dinner and program portion of the symposium.

We intend to move all items from the auction display into the live auction portion of the Saturday evening program.

There is a chance that an item will not reach the value desired by the turner. However, once in the auction, no item may be withdrawn. We will sell the pieces at the best price we can obtain at the auction.

All proceeds from the auction will be used to offset expenses of the symposium. Any proceeds left, after expenses, will be used to offset the cost of future club events.

Used Tool Sale: This year we will again have a used tool sale. This is a great opportunity to get rid of those old tools sitting around that just collect dust.

The rules are simple: Just bring in what you want to sell. Write your name and the price on a piece of painter's blue masking tape and attach it to the tool.

Say one last goodbye to those things and leave them with the used tool sales team, headed by Joan Graham. There are no commissions so you get to keep all the money (unless you spend it buying other used tools)!

Disclaimer: in the event something doesn't sell, you are requested to take it back.

Registration: Registration for Honolulu Woodturners or American Association of Woodturners members is $75 if paid prior to February 10. Early sign-ups greatly help with the committee’s planning. This is particularly important in planning for Ashley’s hands-on sessions.

The registration form, and a flyer, are available at the bottom of the following webpage: http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2018_symposium_schedule.html

Included in the cost of $75 is breakfast (pastries, coffee, juice, etc.) and lunch (subway style sandwiches with chips, veggies, drinks, etc.) for Saturday and pizza for Sunday. Also included is plenty camaraderie and a large helping of our aloha spirit. The dinner is an extra charge of $15 per person. If you cannot attend the symposium, you are still encouraged sign up for the dinner.

There will be an opportunity to purchase turning smocks. Information will be sent out in an e-mail when it is finalized.

We are always in need of volunteers to help during the symposium. Please contact Rob at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org to volunteer.

Nomination and election of officers for 2018 was held at the November meeting. Chris Rollins, as current Vice President, per our by-laws, is the President for next year. Officers needed to be elected were Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The directors are the previous three presidents.

Chris Rollins
Brian Green
Andy Cole
Tom Young
Chris Rollins
Brian Green
Vice President
Andy Cole
Tom Young
Ron Tosh  
Ron Tosh
The 2018 officers of the Honolulu Woodturners club:
          President Chris Rollins
          Vice President Brian Green
          Secretary Tom Young
          Treasurer Andy Cole
          Director Kyle Iwamoto
          Director Barry Wheeler
          Director Ron Tosh

Andy Cole reported the treasury has a current balance of $10,490.78. We had a net gain from the Mark Sfirri demonstration of $22.87. Our goal is always to break even. The club currently has 109 paid members.

Ron Tosh demonstrated vacuum chucking methods using various chucks and pumps. His handout is available by clicking here.

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. Click here to view an AAW file on box lid alignment:

Albert Koorenhof

Albert Koorenhof
Participation Prize Winner

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

There is an open invitation for members to have a gallery section on the club website. For additional information, contact Tom Young at tom_young@honoluluwoodturners.org

In order to be eligible for the participation prize, you must participate in the challenge or the instant gallery and sign the Participation list.

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 Participation Prize of a $25 Woodcraft gift certificate was won by Albert Koorenhof.

The challenge for November was to turn something based on the word ‘flower’. There were no limitations on size.

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.

Dean Mailheau
Tom Young
Barry Wheeler
Willy Ridep
Rob Hale
Larry Rodrigues
Gordon Tang
Warren Naai
George Wong
David Chung
Luther Bjornsen
Craig Mason
Selected Pieces from the Challenge
Larry Rodrigues
Gordon Tang
Warren Naai
Larry Rodrigues
First Place Gold
Gordon Tang
Second Place Gold
Warren Naai
Third Place Gold

Dean Mailheau
Dean Mailheau
First Place Silver
  Willy Ridep    
Willy Ridep
Second Place Silver
  Luther Bjornsen    
Luther Bjornsen
Third Place Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ word 'flower'
  1st Larry Rodrigues inside/out koa flowers with Norfolk pine vase
  2nd Gordon Tang carved koa flower
  3rd Warren Naai passion fruit arrangement
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ word 'flower'
  1st Dean Mailheau three flower arrangement
  2nd Willy Ridep koa stand with ear pods
  3rd Luther Bjornsen milo German ring style flower
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    George Wong avocado flower
    Carl Sherry natural edge plumeria bowl
    Tom Young primavera box with mineral flower inlay
    Eric LeBuse carved kou flower
    Stan Hebda olive flower holder
    Barry Wheeler natural edge milo vase
    Craig Mason bottlebrush bowl with burned flower and rim
    David Chung square bowl with burned flower pattern
    Johnedel Boyer milo finial box
    Rob Hale popular flowers on kiawe twig
    John Berthiaume koa vase
Instant Gallery:
    Johnedel Boyer milo engagement ring holder
    Tom Young milo calabash
    Warren Naai Cuban mahogany Beads of Courage box -- for information on Beads of Courage boxes, click here
    Mike Chu natural edge curly koa calabash
    David Chung natural edge silky oak bowl
    Bob LaReaux various fruit pieces
    Kainoa Del Rosario mango bowl
    Jon Ogata macadamia nut mushroom bowl
    Andy Cole nested set of 5 macadamia nut bowls
    Tim Freeman natural edge milo bowl
    Albert Koorenhof natural edge kamani bowl
    Eric LeBuse natural edge curly cinnamon bowl
    Warren Naai monkeypod yarn bowl
    Ron Tosh African palm bowl with carved and burned top
    Allan Spitzer 6 pens of various local woods
David’s Featured Website sells a good finish to use on milo. It is Millies Tung Oil Finish. Sutherland Welles website states that the Millies finish has a matte sheen only. This company sells other tung oil finishes with other gloss options. To view the website, click here.

David’s ‘Newcomers Corner’ featured various questions from the audience on woodturning.

T-shirts and caps with the club logo are available at a cost of $15. For additional information, see the club website at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/apparel.html.

End grain wood sealer is also for sale at the meetings for $15 a gallon. Bring your own container.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The meeting is held at MRC Roofing, 1041 Puuwai Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m.

The challenge for January is to turn a set of 3 wine bottle stoppers. You may use any kind of stopper. There is no size limitation. Mahalo to Rick Houck for donating the stoppers to the club. stoppers.

Christmas came early! Dougie Bowers, Dean Mailheau, Eric LeBuse, Andy Cole, Ron Tosh, and Brett Schenk, all brought in wood to share.

Wood Shared by Generous Members

Submitted by Tom Young

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


Updated November 15, 2017