January Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

President Chris Rollins called meeting to order at approximately 6:00 p.m.

  Chris Rollins
President Chris Rollins

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.

New members attending were Charlie Schmucker, Noah Unger, Mark Kobayashi, Jay Sheperd, and Merrie Grain. Noah, Mark, Jay, and Merrie all attended one of Andy Cole’s turning classes.

Gerry Davis, annual visitor from California, was also present and brought examples of decorations made from his rose engine.

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

Chris reminded everyone that annual $25 club membership fees are now past due.

If you have not already done so, please print out the application form available at www.honoluluwoodturners.org/18_application/membership_application.pdf and mail to Andy at the address on the form.

Chris introduced the newly elected officers of the club. The 2018 officers are: Chris Rollins, President; Brian Green, Vice President; Tom Young, Secretary, and Andy Cole, Treasurer. The previous three presidents, Ron Tosh, Barry Wheeler, and Kyle Iwamoto serve on the board as Directors.

Chris Rollins
Brian Green
Andy Cole
Tom Young
Chris Rollins
Brian Green
Vice President
Andy Cole
Tom Young

Mahalo to Rob Hale and Larry Rodrigues for continuing on the challenge committee; Carl Sherry. Alan Kamaura, and George Wong for taking the photos used in the Newsletter; Robert Duffer and Brett Schenk for being our videographers; Dean Mailheau for serving as our librarian.

David Chung  
David Chung
pewa patches
Example of Pewa Patches

David Chung presented an interesting demonstration on how to make a pewa patch to reinforce a crack in a bowl.

David uses a template to cut the recess for the pewa inlay. He attaches the template using hot melt glue.

He then routes out the recess. The patches are glued into the recess and sanded to the surrounding surface level.

The templates, as well as the patches, are made by Mark Stebbins and are available at Big Island Engraving. The pewa patches come in various sizes and types of wood. Patches such as honu and dolphin are also available. The URL for Big Island Engraving is www.bigislandengraving.com Mark will ship USPS, so the shipping rates are reasonable.

Andy reported that the treasury, as of January 8, had a balance of $10,834.37.

Willy Ridep said he picked up a large piece of wood from Re-Use Hawaii. The wood was from the demolished Ward Warehouse. Re-Use Hawaii is located at 200 Keawe Street in Kakaako.

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 three rotations on Sunday.

Ashley’s website may be viewed at 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 charlestonmag.com/features/ashley_harwood

Additional rotations will be presented by Hawaii turners. They include Craig Mason, Jon Ogata, Preston Christensen, Johnedel Boyer, Kyle Iwamoto, Allan Spitzer, and Emiliano Achaval.

Maui turner Emiliano Achaval will demonstrate making boxes with threaded lids; Preston Christensen will demonstrate turning an earring holder; Big Island turner Kyle Iwamoto’s rotation will be working with small pieces of wood; Jon Ogata will be doing hollow forms and the use of the Lyle Jamieson system; Craig Mason will be demonstrating the making of a Lazy Susan; Johnedel Boyer will show how to make hybrid pen blank castings.

Allan Spitzer will be doing a hands-on workshop on using CA for a finish on small projects such as pens or bottle stoppers.

Tim Freeman will be making name tags using his CNC machine. Tim will be set up at various times during the symposium.

  Rob Hale
Rob Hale

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

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.

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.

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 or Rob at rob_hale@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.

Andy Cole

Andy Cole
Participation Prize Winner

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 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. After February 10, the registration fee is $100.

The tentative schedule is available on the website under the Events page. The direct link is www.honoluluwoodturners.org/events_2018_symposium_schedule.html The registration form, and a flyer, are available at the bottom of the webpage.

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 to sign up for the dinner.

If you desire a vegetarian dinner, please let Rob know at rob_hale@honoluluwoodturners.org

We have quite a number of quality door prizes including gift certificates and turning tools.

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

Dougie Bowers  
Dougie Bowers

Dougie Bowers brought in wood to share.

Chris is looking for someone to demonstrate at the March general meeting. If you can do so, please contact Chris at chris_rollins@honoluluwoodturners.org

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. The link to the AAW website is www.woodturner.org

There are many benefits to belonging to the AAW. Among them are links to videos and tips. A YouTube video on smoothing the inside curves of bowls by Reed Gray, aka, Robo Hippy. The video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlEfNb9A1Ac An AAW tip on using a jam chuck is available by clicking here.

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


Warren Naai
Tom Young
Sandy Rhines
Andy Cole
Eric LeBuse
Craig Mason
Ron Tosh
Rob Hale
John Berthiaume
Stan Hebda
Preston Christensen
Chris Rollins
Selected Pieces from the Challenge
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 Andy Cole.

The challenge for January was to turn 3 bottle stoppers. 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.

Warren Naai
Tom Young
Ron Tosh
Warren Naai
First Place Gold
Tom Young
Second Place Gold
Ron Tosh
Third Place Gold

Allan Spitzer
Allan Spitzer
First Place Silver
  Sandy Rhines    
Sandy Rhines
Second Place Silver
  Chris Rollins    
Chris Rollins
Third Place Silver
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ 3 Bottle Stoppers
  1st Warren Naai barrel stand with koa, barrel, and hybrid stopper
  2nd Tom Young 2 kolohala and 1 maple stopper
  3rd Ron Tosh stand with olive, milo, and albizia stopper
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~3 Bottle Stoppers
  1st Allan Spritzer multi-axis, barrel, and wine glass stopper
  2nd Sandy Rhines 3 acrylic stoppers on Plexiglas stand
  3rd Chris Rollins 3 finial style stoppers with wood stand
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Stan Hebda 1 koa with turquoise inlay, 1 koa, and 1 sandalwood with Plexiglas stand
    Dean Mailheau chrome stoppers
    Craig Mason 1 kolohala, 1 lychee, and 1 albizia stopper
    Andy Cole 1 kolohala, 1 purple heart, and 1 padauk stopper
    Larry Rodrigues 3 stoppers
    John Berthiaume 3 stoppers with golf ball marker inserts
    Jon Ogata 3 stoppers
    Rob Hale 3 open grain colored oak stoppers
    Eric LeBuse milo stand with ohialii and milo stoppers
    Joan Graham milo stopper
    Preston Christensen 3 monkeypod stoppers
Instant Gallery:
    Larry Rodrigues Illusion piece by Jim Duxbury
    Tom Young natural edge kamani bowl and lidded milo calabash
    Chester Koga macadamia nut bowl
    Gerry Davis wood and acrylic rose engine ornaments
    Andy Cole large mango bowl
    Albert Koorenhof 2 Cook Island pine bowls and antique warped mystery wood bowl
    Allan Spitzer lighthouse bottle opener
    Jon Ogata macadamia nut stopper
    Sandy Rhines 3 wood stoppers
    David Chung kou calabash with pewa patch
    Warren Naai ulu maika set
    George Wong macadamia nut stopper
    Preston Christensen milo and Cuban mahogany earring stands
    Eric LeBuse natural edge kamani hollow form
    Roy Reeber 2 shower tree bowls
    Rob Faris Norfolk Island pine bowl
    Tim Freeman natural edge milo bowl
    Brian Green 5 maple bowls
    Mark Kobyashi lychee bowl
David’s Featured Website is named Woodweb and is loaded with information. The URL is www.woodweb.com/KnowledgeBase/KBIndex.html

David’s ‘Newcomers Corner’ featured various questions 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, March 13, 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 March is to repair a crack, or bad spot, on a turning. There is no size limitation.

Submitted by Tom Young

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


Updated January 13, 2018