If you have trouble reading or printing this newsletter 
Click here to view in your browser

Turn With Independence

December 2019
President's Message

       From the President,
      It is the holiday season already. I would like to thank all the Officers who have done an excellent job moving the club along this year. I felt as a club, we tried some new ideas and learned a lot along the way. I especially would like to thank all the members who have supported this club throughout this year and all the past years. Without you there would be no club.
      In the coming year I hope to continue this movement in making this club responsive to the member’s needs. I hope we can continue to grow the open shop on Saturday’s to help the members in turning. If there are demo’s you would like to see let us know what you are interested in seeing. In the coming year we already have planned an off-site demonstration of turning during a festival in April. I am sure we will have the pen turning at Camp for the kids again this year. This is a great experience to see the kids turn pens. The Officers have discussed having a picnic there at Metro for one of the meetings complete with a turn-off competition. So, this should be an interesting year.
      Again, I thank everyone for making this club what it is. Have a great holiday season and see you at the Banquet on the 17th at 6:30pm.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
December 2019
            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 new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.).
  • As a reminder, the membership dues will become $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. 
  • Officers election for Vice-President and Treasurer took place in the November meeting. Mel Bryan was re-elected as Treasurer, and Mike McReynolds was elected into the vice-president's position.
  • The annual Christmas dinner and social time will again be held at the December meeting. There will be the traditional Christmas ornament contest so prepare your entry. Anyone desiring to help out set up is welcome. 
  • The Woodworking Tool Show will again be held in January at the KCI Expo Center up by the airport. It will be January 17th thru the 19th. The officers have decided for our club to not have a booth this year. The information with website links are in the Upcoming Events box.
  • 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 enjoyed seeing what our members came up with for their entries in our annual Creativity Contest. The Creativity Contest is our annual event where contestants that choose to enter are given a piece of wood with which they are to turn their creation from. Only that wood can be used without any additional hardware, kits, or added wood. It can be colored or finished in any manner desired. This year we broke the contest into two different categories, experienced and novice. The judging is done by members casting their vote for one item in each category. Below are the 1st and 2nd place winners in each category. First place in each category was a $50 bill and second place was a $20 gift certificate to Metro Hardwoods. In the following section are the pictures of all the entries.

Mike McReynolds, First place, Experienced

Stan Gilliland, First place, Novice

MIkeal Jones, Second place, Experienced

Leonard Pearce, Second place, Novice



       Following are all the entries in the Creativity Contest. Thank you to all that entered. All entries were winners. 

Leonard Pearce, Walnut bowl 

   Mike McReynolds, Interlocking tori (two torus objects) 

Gale Markley, Open segmented vessel

Phil Seaton, Inside-out turned stemmed goblet

Mikeal Jones, Open segmented globe

Stan Gilliland, Spacecraft sculpture 

Annual Appreciation Drawing 

    The annual appreciation drawing was held at the November meeting and the lucky winner was Robert Anderson. Robert won a Nova II Chuck. Congratulations, Robert, and happy turning.

Officers contact info


Ron Bruno

Vice President

Vaughn Bradley

(816) 589-1325 


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

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

Dec 17   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Dec 28   
 The regular 
Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement)
           that would normally be held on this date will 
           not be held due to the holidays 

Jan 11    Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

 Jan  14  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Jan 18
 Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement) 
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon 

Jan 17 - 19
                 The Woodworking Shows
                KCI Expo Center
                11728 NW Ambassador Drive
                Kansas City, MO 64153

                    Get Directions

                Ticket Price*

               $14 General Admission at the door, cash only
               $12 General Admission if purchased online ($2 discount)

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. 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  taken place  Dec. 14th and we will be focusing on Christmas ornaments. The one that would fall on the 4th Saturday (Dec 28) will not be held due to the holidays.

   A scenes from the last Open Shop.


Upcoming December Meeting 

         This month we will continue with the traditional Christmas Dinner at this December meeting. We will have a pot-luck type dinner where the club will furnish the deli-style sandwiches, drinks, plates and utensils and members bring a side dish. Also, bring your significant other as a guest and enjoy the time of fellowship and friendly get together. Any member is welcome to bring a wrapped unlabeled gift (about $20 value) and enter the gift exchange. Also, bring this years Christmas ornament and enter into the Christmas ornament contest for which a prize will be awarded. Show and Tell is also a fun part of the meeting, so bring your turning projects, tips, or tools and share with members and friends. The meeting will begin at 6:30 instead of the normal 7:00 start due to the meal. You may feel free to arrive early and help with the setup fun.
      See you there.

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of November 30 2019  
        November 2019 YTD  2019  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Equipment & Tool Fund  
Available Funds
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

   Check out our new 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:  

     Turning Tool Holder   

     Make a turning tool holder to keep your tools within your reach and keep them from rolling off onto the floor. All that's needed is a 2 X 4 about 2 feet long and a piece of plywood about 2 ft X 3 ft. Drill 1 1/2 inch holes centered on the 4 inch side down the length of the 2 X 4 spacing them about 1/2 or 3/4 inches apart, then rip the 2 X 4 in half through the center of the holes. Turn the halves up with the half  holes aligned and fasten them to the plywood. Now you have a tool holder that you can place on a work table, saw top, bench, portable stand or even sawhorses and your tools can be safely within reach without rolling around or going to the floor.

      Mel Bryan


Segmented vase dyed with leather dye by Ben Simmons

Purpleheart mortise & pestle by Kristin Christ
Salt shaker rest by Don Burns

Natural edge bowl by Ron Bruno
If you have trouble viewing or printing this newsletter click on the following link. View this email in your browser

Toll Free: 888-PEN-KITS
9am-6pm EST Monday-Friday
Local phone: 317-873-4485
Fax: 775-806-1514
By mail: WoodTurningz, Inc.
15248 Stony Creek Way


Visit us online!


1287 East 1120 South Provo, Utah 84606
7am-6pm Mon-Fri, MST

Support our supporting vendors by patronizing them while at the same time receiving a discount on your purchases. Thank you.

More Woodturning Magazine, your online source for innovative ideas and detailed articles about the woodturning world.

Copyright © 2019 Independence Woodturners, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp