Big Island Woodturners

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The Woodturners' Show currently at the Wailoa Center has been cancelled due to the virus preventative measures. No one will be admitted to the center and woodturners are asked to pick up their pieces on Saturday March 21 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Minutes of January  2020 Meeting

Minutes of January 18, 2020 BIW meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Les Pedersen

New member Alan Adler was introduced

New officers of BIW for 2020 are:

President Les Pedersen

VP Leland Anderson

Secretary George Jensen

Treasurer Cynthia Schimpf

Secretary Report- Everyone be sure to sign in to remain on the mailing list

Treasurers Report- Same balance as the last meeting.

A safety lesson was given by Les

George asked if anyone would be willing to put on an After Dark In The Park program at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Mark Stebbins volunteered.

Mark Stebbins and Aaron Hammer have a show at the Volcano Art Center.

Woodturner Show Report by Dennis Hakes

Take in is the 29th of Feb.

All the permits have been applied for.

Need to get the insurance for the show from AAW

March 6 is the reception – We need to find a volunteer to handle the food

Bring bowls to be donated for a raffle at the reception

Posters and post cards will be dropped off at the Wailoa Center when they come in.

The new banner was described by Ray Schimpf

Island Printers quoted $399 for a 3oz vinyl banner

Vista Print quoted $140 + $35 shipping. We decided to use Vista Print.

Getting 2 banners was discussed and authorized by the club. We will only get the second banner if the permit required from the county does not cost too much.

It was discussed how the dates on the banner will be changed for next year. We will figure that out next year.

Demos have not been finalized yet. Dennis is still working on it.

Vinces highly recommended for sand paper

Next challenge- Copy exactly something found in your home in wood. Must bring in turned item with the item being copied.

Possible subjects for demonstrations:

Vacuum chucking

Mark’s platter bottom design

Spinning tops

Carving and embellishing


How to price a piece / marketing

Packing and shipping

January Meeting

The January meeting of Big Island Woodturners will be on Saturday, January 18th 

starting at 10 A.M. Meeting will be at Les Pedersen's home - 1938  28th Ave. in HPP.

MINUTES OF November Meeting

BIW meeting 11/9/2019

Meeting brought to order by president Les Pedersen

New member introduced ; Irene

Treasurer report; Parker was not present

Secretary report; Members were encouraged to sign in

Show report; Dennis Hakes

Tried to get Pat Kramer to come to show again. No response

Trying to get Derrik Bencomo to come to the show to do a demo instead. Cost will be the same as Pat Kramer.

Pat got back to Dennis. He will be on island in March so it might be possible to have both Pat and Derrick at the show.

Take in 29 Feb

Reception on Friday Mar 6

Demos on March 14 and 21

5 pieces can be entered

It was decided to get a new banner. A discussion on the layout was done. Ray needs help with design. He will get back at the January meeting.

Mentoring Plan

Taira is trying to put together a Community College Program

Cost to the club will be around three thousand dollars. Could possibly be financed by an AAW grant. Equipment would have to be purchased. Small lathes

Cindy Schimpf was elected to the board If donuts and coffee are to be brought to the meetings, a new volunteer to do that is needed. No volunteer, no donuts. A discussion made as to what to do with the clubs lathe after Gene moves away.

Next challenge – Turn a vessel with at least two natural edge holes in it.

A discussion on finishing was given by Les

Challenge Winners

First Place 

Jacqui Marlin

2nd Place 

Bill Sewell

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