West Hawaii Woodturners
Minutes of June meeting 6/25/2016

Meeting was called to order by President Ralf Soderbergh.  

Guests:    President Ralf Soderberg welcomed guests Roy Beard from East Hawaii Woodturners, and Jim Harrold part time Kona resident.


Treasurer’s Report:   Kelly Dunn reported the club has $2,400 in the treasury.

 Next meeting:   August 20, 2016   Challenge is turner’s choice with the gallery opened to selection by our most generous landlords Rich and Eileen Blake as our “pay the rent” challenge.


  • Greg Smith took orders for Big Island Woodturners logo t-shirts sponsored by the Hilo club. $25.00. A dozen members ordered
  • Ralf reported that the PacRim Glass ware house would soon have new tenants which will likely necessitate a move by the club. Our  landlord, Rich Blake, has another location in the Koloko Industrial area that will be available for our club use when the time comes.
  • Guest demonstrators. Kelly Dunn reported that we will have a 10:00-4:00 Demo day with Betty Scaropino, former editor of the AAW magazine and exceptional studio turner Sunday September 25, $25.00 fee. We will start alternating Saturday/Sunday demo days with the Hilo club starting in September.
  • Kelly reminded us that due to poor attendance the club lost money with our last demonstrator, who was amazing. If the club doesn’t support our demonstrators we will not be able to participate with some excellent people shared with the Oahu, Hilo and Maui clubs. We all gain skills and ideas from the turners we are able to share with the other clubs.

 Show and Tell:

  • Dick Wagner assembled and presented to the club a very completed first aid kit. Thank you Dick.
  • Jack Mise share info and laminated turnings for his awesome spiral staircase. It is a work in progress that is quite an engineering feat.
  • Cliff John showed an amazing Koa calabash from a stump collected in another age. Cliff also has a number of traditional vessels in use on the Hokulea’s world voyage including a presentation vessel for President Obama. The top to that piece was created by Gregg Smith.
  • Kirby Fritchman showed his design for a wall hanging display for ceramic and wooden platters. A great idea.
  • Rob Woodward shared a beautiful Koa bowl with a tricky butterfly repair on a concave rim surface…very creative save.
  • Ken Obensi showed a footed piece that suffered a tragic break out, but
  • Still looked pretty cool.
  • Jim Harrold share his design for a turners tool cabinet that will be part of a new Woodcraft book. Also a cool beer opener and sports team themed cutting board. The members reckoned that we should have had individual practice with the beer opener.

Challenge :  FOOTED VESSEL and GERMAN RING Challenge 

The creativity and participation by members in this challenge was inspiring!

All the entries were winners for their creators, and the voting went thusly:

  • Intermediate…..Kirby Fritchman
  • Advanced….Jack Mise
  • Master……tie..Kelly Dunn/Jeff Machit
      Tie breaker vote….Jeff Machit

Everybody was a winner in the creativity and skills practiced on this challenge.  Special props to Jeff Mchit and his lifelike German ring ghekko and a beautiful butterfly by Gary Beck. Way to Go!

CLUB DEMO: Jack Mise shared the technique for making bandsaw boxes that he learned at great personal expense from a local hands on class.  We learned saw maintenance and setup as well as the planning, cutting and gluing stages. Tip of the day was the GluBop glue dispenser available from Amazon Prime for $8.90, free Prime member shipping. Thank you Jack for your unflappable patience and good humored approach with our group.

Submitted by Jeff Machit

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