March Newsletter


Honolulu Woodturners
A Chapter of the
American Association of Woodturners

  Chris Rollins
President Chris Rollins

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

New members attending were Shu and Kevin Lui. Shu is a graduate of an Andy Cole turning class.

Visiting at the meeting was Marshall Ness. Marshall is relocating to the mainland and has a Jet mini lathe and various flat work tools for sale. He can be reached by phone at 672-6377.

Folks are reminded annual $25 club membership fees are now past due. If you have not already done so, please print out the application form available by clicking here. Mail to Andy at the address on the form. Members not current with their dues will be dropped from the distribution list.

We have been invited to do a demo and presentation once again in conjunction with the Malama O Manoa bi-annual 1,000 Tree Give-A-Way. It will be held this year in the Manoa Valley Shopping Center in the courtyard corner where the public market is normally held. This has always been a great opportunity to turn and demo for the public. It will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Brian Green, with an assist from Andy, will be coordinating the event this year.

Eric LeBuse  
Eric LeBuse
Examples of Eric's Fruit

Eric LeBuse gave the turning demonstration. He showed how to turn a pear. He used food coloring to finish the piece.

There is an open invitation for members to have a gallery section on the club website. Contact Tom Young for additional information.

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

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.

Rob Hale, symposium chair, talked about our Honolulu Symposium. By all accounts the symposium was a huge success. Photos from the symposium are available on the website by clicking here.

Our featured demonstrator, Ashley Harwood, arrived in Honolulu without her tools. She was a real trooper demonstrating with borrowed tools. Hawaiian Airlines delivered her tools around lunch time Saturday.

Mahalo to our local turners Craig Mason, Allan Spitzer, Jon Ogata, Preston Christensen, and Johnedel Boyer, who filled in open rotations on Saturday and Sunday.

Special thanks go to Emiliano Achaval from Maui who demonstrated thread chasing and to Kyle Iwamoto from the Big Island who demonstrated how to make various small turnings.

Mahalo also to Tim Freeman who manned his CNC Engraving machine to make name tags.

Mahalo to the turners who donated a turning to the club auction.

  Gordon Tang  
Participation Prize Winner
Gordon Tang

Sandy Rhines headed the collaborative project. The club had 5 sealed boxes of wood left over from the 2016 collaborative. Each package contained pieces of the following woods: maple, walnut, sapele, and alder. There were absolutely no restrictions except that each team must use each of the woods in some manner. The finished pieces were very creative and were auctioned off at the Symposium. Thanks to all who participated in the collaborative effort.

Mahalo plenty to the numerous volunteers who helped make the symposium successful.

Andy Cole reported the treasury took an expected, and reasonable, loss from the symposium. Andy is waiting for all receipts to come in before the final accounting.

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 Gordon Tang.

Albert Koorenhof
Tom Young
Andy Cole
Rob Hale
Craig Mason
Tom Stagnaro
Jon Ogata
Mike Schick
David Chung
Allan Spitzer
Warren Naai
Eric LeBuse
Selected Pieces from the Challenge
The challenge for March was to repair a crack, or bad spot, on a turning. No size limitation was in effect. Thus, we had some really large pieces entered into the challenge.

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.

Albert Koorenhof
Rob Hale
Jon Ogata
Albert Koorenhof
First Place ~ Gold Division
Rob Hale
Second Place ~ Gold Division
Jon Ogata
Third Place ~ Gold Division
Challenge ~ Gold Division ~ Repair
  1st Albert Koorenhof spalted autograph bowl with honu and pewa patches
  2nd Rob Hale natural edge spalted maple bowl with coffee grounds and pewa patches in the bottom
  3rd Jon Ogata curly Formosan koa hollow form with pewa patches
Challenge ~ Silver Division ~ Repair
  1st Tom Stagnaro natural edge silky oak with pewa patches
  2nd Allan Spitzer koa plate with honu and dolphin patches
  3rd Bob LaReaux large mango bowl with pewa patches
Honorable Mention for Both Divisions:
    Warren Naai coffee scoop with filled handle
    Eric LeBuse milo calabash with pewa patches
    Gordon Tang koa bowl with round patch covering a void
    Tom Young natural edge with burned design
    Craig Mason footed natural edge milo with burned edge and pewa patches
    Andy Cole Norfolk Island pine with patch in bottom
    David Chung Norfolk Island pine with through pewa patches
    Mike Schick monkeypod box with pewa patches
Tom Stagnaro
Allan Spitzer
Bob LaReaux
Tom Stagnaro
First Place ~ Silver Division
Allan Spitzer
Second Place ~ Silver Division
Bob LaReaux
Third Place ~ Silver Division
Johnedel Boyer
Tom Young
Charlie Schmucker
David Chung
Warren Naai
Eric LeBuse
Kainoa Del Rosario
Kainoa Del Rosario
Kainoa Del Rosario
Bruce Soll
Eric LeBuse
Tom Stagnaro
Albert Kooenhof
Joe Swizdor
Selected Pieces from the Instant Gallery

David’s ‘Newcomers Corner’ featured a discussion on how to finish milo. The general consensus was that oil based finishes do not work well.

The next meeting of the Honolulu Woodturners is Tuesday, May 8, 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 May is to turn something based on the word 'FRUIT'. Size limitation is in effect. The piece must fit within a 12 inch cube.

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

Submitted by Tom Young


Updated March 16, 2018