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Turn With Independence

February 2021
President's Message

       From the President,
    Good day to everyone. In the AAW tips was a story from Jim Rodgers about routine maintenance of the lathe and chucks. This is something I know I need to do more often. Just like any mechanical device keeping up with maintenance will assure that; one, lengthens the life of the equipment; two, assures that it operates in a safe manner. Here is the link for the YouTube video;

    Just a reminder we are working with the Kansas City and Northland clubs to organize some demonstrators for our clubs to share the cost. These demos would probably not happen on our monthly meeting night and would be just like a zoom meeting. What the Officer’s and I would like is some input on what kind of demo you would like to see or a particular demonstrator you may know that does this type of demonstrations. If so, you can email me at and give me your thoughts.

    This brings up another subject. We do need help on the open shop time for people to come in and turn a project. You do not even have to think of what to say. We will guide you with the whole process. Same thing on the monthly meeting demos, which are even easier because they are recorded and edited.

    Remember, this month’s meeting is on embellishing turnings with the router by Ben Simmons on the 16th. Our next open shop is the 13th.

    Everyone be safe and turn something!

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
February 2021
            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 note that all public meetings of the club are on hold because of the COVID-19 self-quarantine restrictions. We are having our meeting virtually on line. Please refer to the information in other sections of the newsletter on how to prepare and participate in those meetings.
  • Be sure to check on our website for the current status and information on club activities.  The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.)
  • Members, please join us on Facebook where you can see what others are doing and you can post your own projects and artwork. 
  • As a reminder, the membership dues became $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. Dues payments being collected now will go for the 2021 year's dues. They may be paid by either; sending a check to Mel Bryan, Treasurer with the check made out to "Independence Woodturners" at; 204 NW Redwing Dr., Lee's Summit, Mo. 64063. Or you may pay by PayPal by either one of two options. You may pay by going to the web address, or via our website. To pay, using the website, as a member, sign in to our website,, using the userid you were given when you joined. Once you sign in, go to the "Members Only" tab and click on "Financial". If you've misplaced your id or have trouble, please contact either Ron Bruno or Mel Bryan for assistance.
  • Want to help out? Check out the "Want Ad" below. 
  • The officers would very much like 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. You can use any of the officers' email addresses listed above or the club email address; 
  • 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

      As we continue to follow the self quarantine restrictions, instead of physically meeting, we have been holding our meetings virtually online.  Our meeting last month was also held online (at the regular meeting time) and we had a good turnout and included several show & tell items by the members in attendance.
     Ben Simmons p
re-recorded a video  at his own shop on coloring our woodturnings  specifically for our club meeting. He started out by showing and explaining the different effects and reasons for coloring the wood and many of his own and the wide variety of possibilities. He also explained the differences between dyes and stains and showed many of the options available from, shoe dyes, water based dyes, and solvent based dyes.
     Ben then demonstrated the application of multi-colored dyes to a vessel he had prepared. He applied the water based General Finishes dyes to the vessel using tac sponge pieces. 

      The finished product is shown below.

    He then went on to explain and demonstrate how he accents the grain of his vessels using black dye then covering the vessel with the finish color.

     Sanding down the pre-dyed vessel to achieve the accented grain.    

    Then applying the finish color to the vessel.
   You can see some of  Ben's colored vessels in the show & tell section of this newsletter 

     If you missed the presentation or would like to watch again you can view it on YouTube. The demo is divided into two videos on YouTube at these links;  Coloring Woodturnings Part 1    and    Coloring Woodturnings Part 2.      

    Thank you, Ben, for your time and effort for this colorful and informative demo. 

Help Wanted
A Plea for Demonstrators

      Because of the quarantine situation, we find ourselves in the awkward position of not being able to schedule a variety of demonstrators. Many are not able to present from their own shops or make videos that we can share. Therefore, we are asking our members to consider and step up to give a demonstration. What we are willing to do is video your demo at our club site at Metro Hardwoods then present it in our online meetings. If you have been on the borderline of giving a demo, this is an excellent opporturnity (misspelling intentional). You can share your skill and techniques without the fear of people throwing stones and we can edit the oopses. If you are willing to give it a try, please contact one of the officers. (Names, emails, phone numbers above).  
    And a big thank you to all of the members that have come forward thus far and made videos already for the rest of the club. This is what the club is about; sharing and helping each other. 


   If you haven't used YouTube to view the videos of our club demonstrations you could be missing out on a helpful reminder of how to do something that we've been shown. You can watch the demos that you've missed in person and review that little bit of information or technique that slipped by. We want to encourage you to subscribe to our channel (Independence Woodturners) so that you will be notified of when a new video is posted. The subscription is freeThe easy way to subscribe is to click on the 'Subscribe' button below the video. And also click on the 'bell' to be notified of new videos. Another way to subscribe is to search for "Independence Woodturners" and when our logo comes up, click on the 'Subscription' button on the right. And don't forget the 'bell'. 
   By subscribing, you will help us get more attention on YouTube and possibly help us receive a small bit of income at some point.
 Thoughts and suggestions for Show & Tell  

    To help us all to be able to get the most out of our show and tell time, please consider these guidelines and suggestions.
    Please take pictures of your show and tell items and either email or text them to Mel Bryan; email: or cell: 816-830-0107  We will put them into a slideshow and at the Zoom meeting when your picture comes up, you can talk about it and explain, brag, or ask questions, etc. 
      If you don't have a way of getting a picture, when you show your piece, hold it before the camera and look at your video to see how it is showing. You may need to back further away from the camera to get it into view well. 
     If you need assistance or have questions, please feel free to contact us (Mel Bryan, Ron Bruno, or any officer).
     The most important part is to be sure to take part in the show & tell portion of our meetings.

   Grain accented bowl by Chip Siskey using tinted wax
Light box by Ron Bruno 


Segmented vessel by Mark Inmon

Mark's first segmented bowl

John Thornton's bottle stoppers and cheese slicer

A "stick" pen by Rick Tucker

Contest/art piece by Chip Siskey

   Fishing fly by Chip Siskey
Bowl by Ron Bruno


Acorn boxes by Mikeal Jones

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

February 13   

 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below and to your email messages for logon information. 

February 16 
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom.
         The Zoom meeting will be held at the normal time of 7 PM.  Please refer to details below and to your email messages for logon information.

February 27  

 Open Shop   
The regularly scheduled Open Shop meeting will be held virtually on Zoom. Refer to your email messages for logon information.

Mar 13    

 Open Shop  
           The regularly scheduled Open Shop meeting will be held virtually on Zoom. Refer to your email messages for logon information. 

Mar 16
 Monthly meeting -
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom.
    The Zoom meeting will be held at the normal time of 7 PM.  Please refer to details below.

Mar 27   

 Open Shop  
The regularly scheduled Open Shop meeting will be held virtually on Zoom. Refer to your email messages for logon information. 

Monthly Open Shop
   We are still conducting our Open Shop meetings this month using Zoom for virtual online meetings. All members are welcome to join for a time of sharing, asking questions, and possible demo or video.
       At the Open Shop on January 23rd, Mel Bryan began turning a dead blow mallet with a disguised filling portal. He rough turned the mallet head and handle separately putting a 2 inch tenon on the handle to go in the 2 inch hole in the head. Progress was halted when he discovered that he had forgotten his drill bit extension.  (Sorry, no photos were taken.)  
      At the next Open Shop on Feb 13th, Mel will show the finished mallet and explain how he finished it and might pick up where he stopped last time if there is enough interest. That project should not take long and if there is interest, he will turn a simple but useful scratch awl. 

       If you would like to take a turn at doing some turning during open shop, please contact one of  the officers so we can arrange a spot so that we don't violate the current social distancing protocols currently in effect. 
                  Notices will be sent out for the online meetings. The next meeting will be; Feb 13th at 10 AM. Check your email for the logon information.
    Thank you all for hanging in there with us while we endure this time.

Upcoming February Meeting 

         Once again we will have our meeting online using Zoom. You can attend the meeting from your own home. We will once again conduct an online virtual meeting. Below are the instructions on how you can install the needed FREE software and join in on the meeting if you haven't already done so. As a member, you will receive an invitation with the appropriate information to join the meeting.
     At the regular meeting on the 16th of  February at 7 PM, we will attempt to follow the normal format including Show & Tell, business and demonstration. (However, you will have to supply your own cookies and beverage.)
     Please send pictures of your Show & Tell items to Mel Bryan ( to be included in the Show & Tell slide show. (If you aren't able to take pictures and send them, no problem, you can still show them via your webcam.)

     Following a time of socializing, a brief business meeting, Show & Tell  and an opportunity for members to exchange information and ask questions we will have a pre-recorded demonstration. 
      This months demo will be given by Ben Simmons on embellishing your woodturnings with a router. Ben will be online with us to field questions and comments.  The video was recorded in his own shop and his own environment. 
     Please join in with us as we attempt to stay connected, involved and enthused.

Instructions to Install ZOOM for Online Virtual Club Meetings 
      The officers have been working on how we can still get together as a club and stay in contact with each other and enjoy each other’s work, ideas and friendship even during this time of isolation. We have adopted the method that many other organizations have and that is to use the internet service called; “Zoom”. Zoom is a free application (and is being used worldwide). You can use it on almost any computer, smartphone, iPad, or tablet.       
     Below are the instructions to get you “up and running”. If you need assistance in installing or joining a meeting you may call either; Ron Bruno, 816-288-7587, or Mel Bryan, 816-830-0107.

The meeting number of the regular meeting will be sent out in a separate email before the meeting.  

Also included below are some helpful tips and information for using Zoom that the AAW has published. Please read them and they should help anyone that may be new to Zoom.
ZOOM install
     Zoom is an online interactive conferencing application and service that allows participants to communicate interactively through the internet by using a PC, Mac, smartphone, iPad, or tablet. Video conferencing is accomplished by using the microphone, speakers and video camera on your computer or mobile device. If you do not have a camera, don’t let that stop you from joining in on a meeting. It is much more effective and pleasant with video but is not mandatory. To easily use this service they provide software that you install on your device. You can do this by going to their website, “” or by going to either the Apple App store for Apple devices or the Google Play store for android devices. (For PC’s click on the link above and then click on “Download” for “Zoom Client for Meetings”.)
      Once installed, then open the App. The first screen that you will get gives you the options to: “sign in”, “sign up”, or “join a meeting”. It is easier for future uses to ‘sign up’. It is free and it will keep you from having to enter your name on your screen for each meeting and any preferred settings you might want. Once you “sign in” when you start the app you’ll be ready to go. Otherwise, you can “join a meeting” by entering the meeting number and password if required. When you join a meeting, click on “Join with (computer or internet) Audio”, then once you’re connected, click the “Start Video” icon to be visible.
Some usage tips
  • You should have the option to be in either, “Gallery view” or “Active speaker view”. Gallery view lets you see all participants at once and Active speaker view displays only the person talking.
  • To display items for “Show & Tell” you can either use the camera on your device, or you can show a photo that is on your device. To use the camera simply place the item in view of the camera, preferably off to the side of, or below your face and not in front of it. To show a photo, the photo should be on your device and you can access it by using the green “Share screen” or “Share content” icon. Then select the photo or screen. Then don’t forget to tap or click the “Stop Share” button when finished.
  • To help reduce the unnecessary interruptions and reduce the confusion, please keep your microphone muted except for when you want to speak. When muted, you can use the space bar, if you're on a computer with a keyboard, as a "press to talk" switch. Otherwise you can un-mute yourself, speak then re-mute. Thank you.  
 Helpful tips and information 

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of January 31,  2021  
        January 2021 YTD  2021  
  GENERAL Account


Cookie expenses 
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. 
    Even now, more than normal, the website is key to communication to the members for changes that are taking place as necessary during this time of dealing with the coronavirus issues. Look for meeting information and use the member's only directory to get contact info for fellow members, information about changes in activates, and so forth. 
    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.
           Demo Challenge Re-Instatement

     Due to the protocol we've been using because of COVID and meeting via Zoom, we hadn't figured out how to have the "Demo Challenge" that we had before. Now that we have some experience, and have gotten more comfortable with the process, we are re-instating the Demo Challenge. We will begin officially with the March meeting. We wanted to give everyone fair warning before beginning.  So, just as with your Show & Tell pictures/entries, if you would please email the Demo Challenge entries to Mel Bryan ( and state that they are for the Demo Challenge. Then we will have a slide show of the Demo Challenge entries and a separate drawing also. 
      Looking forward to seeing your good work in the Demo Challenge. 
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:  
      Jaw Protection  
     When reversing your turning in the chuck to finish off the bottom or an unfinished end and the only place that can it be held is an already finished part, you risk damaging it. Of course you can wrap your part in some sort of cushioning material or masking tape or stretchy bandaging or such, but another way is to use bits of vinyl tubing. You can cut lengths of tubing the length of the chuck jaws and slit it lengthwise and put it on the jaws for a softer jaw grip. Another method for smaller diameters that I found was to cut a short piece of tubing the of the inside diameter matching the tenon like portion of the turning and stick it in the chuck center and tighten it down. 

      Mel Bryan

Segmented Bowl by Rick Tucker

                              Segment gluing jig and clamp
                                   by Rick Tucker                                        
               Kenny Heermann's self-made threading system


David Bartlett's folding work table


Colored vessels by Ben Simmons

Lidded jewelry box by Rick Tucker

Segmented vessel and fluted vessel by Ben Simmons

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