September Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

  Ron Tosh
President Ron Tosh

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

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

New members present were Mark Grief, Jon Vaughn, and Curtis Kono.

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

Andy Cole reported the treasury has a current balance of $10,496.60.

Andy saw Makena Ross at the closing the Nohea Gallery Ward Warehouse store. Makena had a stroke several years ago and Ross wanted to thank the club for its support.

Nomination and election of officers for 2018 will be held at the November 14 meeting. Please think about what your personal level of participation in club activities will be in the year 2018 and how you can contribute to making the Honolulu Woodturners club a better organization. Chris Rollins, as current Vice President, is the President for next year. Officers we need to elect are Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. If you would like to volunteer to run for one of the positions, or nominate someone, please contact Barry Wheeler at barry_wheeler@honoluluwoodturners.org or any board member.

Rob Hale talked about the return of our Honolulu Symposium next spring, Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, 2018. Ashley Harwood from Charleston, South Carolina, will be our featured headline demonstrator. Ashley will present four rotations on Saturday and conduct hands-on rotations on Sunday.

Rob Hale  
Symposium Coordinator Rob Hale

Ashley’s website may be viewed at www.ashleyharwood.net/ashleyharwood The website includes a video and photos of bowls, ornaments, and jewelry. A magazine article may be viewed at 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 by clicking here.

Collaborative: Sandy Rhines spoke about 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 passed around a list for those interested in participating to sign. The teams will be formed at the November meeting.

We still have room for those of you who would like to participate, but have not yet signed up. Contact Sandy at sandy_rhines@honoluluwoodturners.org if you would like to be on one of the teams. All skill levels are invited.

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

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.

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 by clicking here.

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 Sunday along with plenty camaraderie and a large helping of our aloha spirit. The dinner is an extra charge of $15 per person.

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

Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson
Examples of Peter Thompson's Flowers

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

Members are encouraged to join the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), our parent organization. To join, visit the AAW website at http://www.woodturner.org/

Peter Thompson demonstrated how he turns and carves various flowers and buds.

Peter turns the flowers and then uses a hacksaw to notch the petals. He then uses a file to shape the petals. He uses copper wire for the stems.

Ron thanked Barry Wheeler for coordinating the Mango Jam and Andy Cole for doing a TV spot. Andy’s KITV video can be viewed by clicking here.

Mahalo to the volunteers who did turning demonstrations at the Mango Jam: Barry Wheeler, Dean Mailheau, Ron Tosh, Willy Ridep, Larry Rodrigues, Tom Young, Jon Ogata, Stan Hebda, Eric LeBuse, Chester Koga, and Warren Naai. Special thanks to Ron for picking up the equipment and set up and Warren for helping break down everything Saturday night.

The Hawaii Forestry Industry Association (HFIA) is bringing in Mark Sfirri for their Woodshow. The Honolulu Woodturners are partnering with HFIA and Mark will hold a demonstration on Saturday, September 23.

Sharon Doughtie encouraged folks to sign up for the demonstration. We typically schedule one or two outside demonstrations a year. There is so much to learn from these professional turners.

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

The demonstration is open to the general public as well as club members. Visit the club website at http://www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2017_Sfirri_flyer.html for details

The hands-on workshop has been cancelled due to lack of participation.

Tom Young
Rob Hale
Albert Koorenhof
Stan Hebda
Barry Wheeler
Craig Mason
John Hunter
Larlry Rodrigues
Allan Spitzer
Selected Pieces from the Challenge

Rob reminded us that in order to be eligible for the participation prize, you must 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 again won by Rob Hale with an assist by Stan Hebda.

The challenge this meeting was to turn a donated glass insert. There were no limitations on size.

Rick Houck donated to the club a box full of glass inserts used for candles or oil lamps. The challenge was to use one of these glass inserts in a turning. There was 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..

Rob Hale
Larry Rodrigues
Tom Young
Rob Hale
First Place Gold
Larry Rodrigues
Second Place Gold
Tom Young
Third Place Gold

Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Glass Insert
  1st Rob Hale mahogany multi-axis holder embellished with 7 layers of milk paint
  2nd Larry Rodrigues monkeypod spindle holder
  3rd Tom Young natural edge kamani holder
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Glass Insert
  1st Willy Ridep curly koa holder
  2nd Brian Green tall spindle holder
  3rd Allan Spitzer footed kiawe holder
Willy Ridep
Brian Green
Allan Switzer
Willy Ridep
First Place Silver
Brian Green
Second Place Silver
Allan Spitzer
Third Place Silver

Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Albert Koorenhof natural edge driftwood holder
    Stan Hebda Bethlehem olive holder
    Craig Mason koa holder
    John Hunter Norfolk pine holder
    Barry Wheeler multi-axis milo camshaft holder
    Eric LeBuse multi-axis ohia holder
Instant Gallery:

    Eric LeBuse large termite eaten mango bowl
    Tom Young maple box with calcite flowers and juniper calabash
    David Chung large kamani bowl
    Robert Duffer blue painted bowl and bowl with acrylic painting of Hokulea sailing canoe
    Gary Johnson blue mahoe bowl, segmented bowl and wormy walnut bowl
    Curtis Kono large curly mango bowl
    Barry Wheeler milo stovepipe candle holder
    Roy Reeber natural edge longan bowl
    John Hunter footed natural edge koa bowl
Andy reported the Hawaii Forestry Industry Association (HFIA) Hawaii's Woodshow, will be held at the Honolulu Museum of Art Gallery at Linekona Gallery, 1111 Victoria Street. The show opens September 23 and runs through October 8. Admission is free. There are always fantastic pieces from Hawaii’s wood artists.

Visit the HFIA website for more information and to view some of the art at www.woodshow.hawaiiforest.org

Ron Tosh brought in Christmas Berry Wood to Share

Ron brought in some Christmas berry wood to share.Some of our generous members almost always bring in wood to share.

Ron talked about the Hawaii Craftsmen show which runs October 25 through November 10.

Registration of completed art will be accepted until October 1.

For additional information, visit the Hawaii Craftsmen website by clicking here.

Ron said registration is done through CaFE and is a bit cumbersome. Contact Ron by clicking here for help with the registration or for more information.

David’s Featured Website is a .pdf file on Wood/Dust Toxicity. View the file by clicking here.

David’s ‘Newcomers Corner’ featured various questions including bowl mounting.

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

The challenge for November is to turn something based on the word ‘flower’. There is no size limit.

Submitted by Tom Young

Photographs courtesy of Carl Sherry, Albert Koorenhof, and Alan Kamaura 


Updated September 14, 2017