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Turn With Independence

February 2020
President's Message

       From the President,
          Hello members. March is fast approaching (thank goodness). Hopefully, this will mean warmer weather is coming and for those with workshops that are not necessarily weather friendly this will be a welcome relief. For the month of March, the monthly meeting will be on St. Patrick’s Day. And, we have Chip Siskey doing a demo creating a Celtic Goblet. April, we have an opening if someone would like to put on a demo. At the end of April (matter of fact the 24th, 25th, and 26th) will be our participation in Railroad Days in Pleasant Hill. We will have signup sheets coming for each day. We need people to help set up each morning, do turnings so the passersby can see what we do, members to answer questions and people to help tear down at the end of the day. More information will be available at this month’s meeting. In May the demo will be given by David Bartlett. The month of June will be the judging of the President’s Challenge. At the upcoming February meeting, I will inform the members what you will be making and what the parameters will be. Also, at the June meeting, we will be having a club picnic. Details will be released soon. So, that is the first half of the year. Everyone be safe and we’ll see you at the February meeting.
As far as RR days, here are the times. We set up on Friday as early as 1pm. Exact time will be out later. Sat. & Sun it’s at 7am. Breakdown after 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 4pm on Sunday.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
February 2020
            As woodturners, we do not have much scrap, just smaller pieces that can be used together to make something larger in combination with other bits and pieces. That's what this little section attempts to produce. By adding the small parts of our activities and plans we have a combined bigger picture of opportunities to take part in within the club.
  • Please take note of the changes to the Open Shop schedule. Please refer to the Open Shop section of this newsletter.
  • Be sure to check out our website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.).
  • As a reminder, the membership dues became $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. The 2020 dues are now payable and may be paid at any meeting to the treasurer, Mel Bryan.
  • For your information; The Woodcarvers Show, currently called "Elegance KC", which was scheduled for March 13 & 14, has officially been canceled.
  • Prepare to take up the challenge of the "President's Challenge" for the June meeting. Details will be shared at this meeting.
  • Plan on joining us in participating in the Pleasant Hill Railroad days on April 24th through the 26th. Refer to the box below and more information, including signup sheets, will be given at the meeting.  
  • The officers are very willing to hear from you, the members, any thoughts and ideas you might have as to what you would like to see from the club within the abilities, guidelines and purposes of the club. Therefore, feel free to contact any officer with your input.
  • There are many ways you can contribute to the life of our club. A really good way is to partake in the Open Shop by bringing a project or turning and get a lathe going. Another  way is to submit your woodturning tips also for the newsletter. (Refer to the article later.) Of course there are many other ways to put your enthusiasm into action. You can ask any officer for direction. There are many practical ways to be involved. A simple way to help is to come early to the meeting and help set up the room for the meeting and/or stay afterwards and help clean up. Either or both are appreciated. 
Keep turning safely and we’ll see you at the meeting.

Our Last Meeting

      Last month we learned about the invasive elements that threaten our forests, urban and natural, from Chuck Conner, forester, from the Missouri Department of Conservation. He helped us understand how some of these threats are introduced into our environment and how difficult they are to recognize, understand and control. Chuck told us about the Emerald Ash Borer, which attacks the ash trees, the Thousand Cancers disease, which affects the walnut trees and many other things like the invasive trees that overcrowd and harm the natural forests. These undesirable elements are the result of unwitting activities and unknowing imports, but the first step in our helping to control them and combat them is education and learning about them. That is what Chuck helped us to be aware of and their presence and affects. Thank you, Chuck, for a very informative presentation.

Pleasant Hill Railroad Days
     Begin planning to join with us in participating in the 5th Annual Pleasant Hill Railroad Days on April 24th, 25th, & 26th in downtown Pleasant Hill. More information will be shared at the meeting, but we need you to help man the booth by either talking to people about woodturning and our club or demonstrating woodturning. If you can't be there during the show, please help us out by setting up or finishing up. We are allowed to sell items for which the proceeds will go toward the club, so another way you can help is by donating turnings to be sold. 
     It should be a fun time and a great way to share our craft and club.

Ring stands by Ron Bruno


Drop spindle and crochet hooks by Kristin Christ

Interlocking Taurus by Gale Markley

Pierced turnings by Steve Tyner

Embellished bowls by Ben Simmons
Bowl by Rick Tucker

Officers contact info


Ron Bruno

Vice President

Mike McReynolds

(816) 356-7262 


Gary Gahm

(816) 313-5065 


Mel Bryan

(816) 524-7767

Director at Large

Bill Baker

(816) 836-5656


Where We Meet

Metro Hardwoods

4243 S. Noland Rd
Independence, Mo.

Click: for a map


Upcoming Events


Feb 8   
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Feb 18   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Feb 22   
Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement)
          Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon


Mar 14    Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon


 Mar  17  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Mar 28
 Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement) 
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon 

Monthly Open Shop
    In an effort to improve Open Shop we are attempting to add more specific focus to our times in the shop.  We are still planning to hold Open Shop each Second  and Fourth Saturday of the month. However, the Open Shop on the second Saturday will focus on more basic turning techniques intended for newer woodturners and the one on the fourth Saturday will be more "Skills Enhancement".  These changes do not alter the fact that you can still bring your own project, wood, tools, questions or assistance. 
     The intent and purpose of Open Shop is for any member to be able to come use a lathe and hone your skills or work on a project that you may not be able to perform on your own equipment. Or to simply receive help on any aspect of turning, whether it's tool usage, work-piece mounting or anything turning related, 
     Be sure to bring you own tools and wood (or wood can be purchased at the store). And of course bring your safety equipment. Any level of turning experience is welcomed and encouraged, regardless if you're an expert or beginner. That is what the club is for. 
     Open Shop is a great opportunity for any member to come together with other members where we can help each other learn, practice, work on a special project, get to know each other, make connections and share your experience with others that can benefit from it. The best way to learn is by helping others and asking questions, so, take advantage of the experience of others and if we don't know, we can all learn together. 
    If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, Mike McReynolds is the project chairman to contact. His contact info is: 816-356-7262 or 
    Keep turning and be safe. The first Open Shop ("Learn to Turn") for this month will  take place  Feb  8th. The second Open Shop (Skills Enhancement) will be Feb 22nd. 

Upcoming February Meeting 

         The February meeting will feature the “jigs and fixtures” of all members, new and old. It is a time when we can share with everyone those clever fixtures, tips, tricks, and self-made tools that help you in your woodturning endeavors. No matter how simple or fancy you may think, if it works for you it very well could help someone else solve a similar situation. Bring in your idea and share it with us. Who knows, you may spark someone’s imagination and open new ideas. I know I’ve gotten many a good idea that went to work in my shop. This is just a step beyond Show and Tell or kind of a “behind the scenes” craftsmanship that helps us all work safer and makes it more fun, precise, easier, time saving or even cheaper. Besides something you’ve made yourself, it could be a unique tool or product you’ve found and use in your shop. The sharing of ideas and skills is the foundation of our club, so let’s keep it up.



Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of January 31 2020  
        January 2020 YTD  2020  
  GENERAL Account


Cookie expenses 
Tools & Equipment
Mel Bryan, Treasurer
Turning to the Library.
     As a reminder, be sure to take advantage of the fact that our monthly demonstrations are not only in our library on DVD discs, but are posted on You Tube.  One advantage is that the most recent demo will be on You Tube faster than it shows up in our library.  This is true for most of the demos done this year. Simply go to the You Tube site on your computer, tablet, iPad or smart phone and in the search box, search for  “Indep Woodturners” and the topic in which you are interested. And usually, the first item in the search results will be our YouTube channel which when you click on it you will get our channel with all the videos. Not only will the video of our demo show up, but related videos will show on the screen for later viewing.
          Now, with the advent of our website, as a paid member you can use your logon userid to logon and have access to the library inventory listing anytime you desire. Therefore, you can check on what is available and be prepared to make a quick "check out" of that helpful item from the library.             

---  John Thornton, Librarian

   A reminder to make use of  our website if you haven't already. Just click on the image above and you will be directed to it. 
    You will notice there is a lot of information about our club, when we meet, where we meet, current events, upcoming news, the latest show & tell galleries, and a lot of other resources. Some include; links to woodworking/woodturning stores and catalogs, classified ads of tools for sale or wanted, links to past newsletters, links to videos of past demonstrations, woodturning tips, and several others. 
     As a member, you will be given a userid  with which when you logon you will have access to the membership directory, treasurer's report and a listing of all items in our library for you to pick from. The userid and instructions will be emailed to you after you have paid your annual dues. 
      So, be sure to take advantage of this resource provided by your club.

Trusted Turning Tips

     Submit your tips for this column and win a $10 gift certificate from Craft Supplies, USA if it is published here in the newsletter. You may submit your tip to Mel Bryan at or

Now for this month's tip:  

     Setting the Tool Rest on the Center-line   

     When you need to set your tool rest precisely on the center-line, move the banjo and tool rest to the tailstock and adjust the tool rest height even to the tail center point. Then without changing the height, move the entire banjo and tool rest around to the side of the work piece. 

      Mel Bryan

AAW and Woodturning Community News

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Yarn spinner by Chan Combs
Candy dish by Phil Seaton

Walnut bowl by Danny Smith
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