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Turn With Independence

September 2018
Offcuts from the Board
September 2018
            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 change to the day that Open Shop will be held. Please refer to the Open Shop section of this newsletter.
  • The Demo challenge will a winged bowl following Dave Bartlett's demonstration. 
  • Begin your planning for the annual creativity contest. See the article about it later in this newsletter. (There is a little different twist to it this time, so check it out.) 
  • As mentioned in the meeting, here is the link to the More Woodturning Magazine.  Click on that link and you can take a look at a sample edition of the magazine. 
  • As a matter of notice; officer elections will be held this November for Vice-president and Secretary. Anyone wishing to serve, please contact one of the officers.
  • 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

      David Bartlett demonstrated making a square winged bowl. Using a block of ambrosia maple about 12 inches square and 2 1/4 inches thick he mounted it on a chuck worm screw and turned the bottom making sure to leave the corners of the block at least 2/3 the way from the bottom. He also made sure he kept his hands behind the tool rest with the square edges spinning around. He of course put an expansion mortise in the bottom for the remounting in the chuck to hollow out the bowl. During the hollowing process, he kept the square corners in tact to make the "wings" of the bowl and ended up with a bowl with square corners. Thank you Dave for an entertaining demonstration. 


     The video of each meetings' demo are available in the library on DVD to be checked out  by members. Also, the video will be available online at; YouTube Indep Woodturners      
The videos for this demo can be viewed at: 
Turning a Winged Bowl - Part 1 
Turning a Winged Bowl - Part 2 
Turning a Winged Bowl - Part 3 


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:  
        Save and protect you fingers when sanding the inside of a turning. 

     Avoid the potential of having an accident of getting your fingers twisted or worse when sanding the inside of a small bowl or other turning, use a sander cleaner (the giant gum eraser). Wrap the sandpaper around the end, and it holds the sandpaper in place keeping your fingers safe from damage.
    This tip was taken from the AAW "Thirty Top Shop Tips" and written by, Bill Wells, Washington. 

Bowls by Dave Burton
Vase by Mikeal Jones

Open Segmented bowl also by Mikeal Jones

And a back scratcher by Mikeal Jones

Beaded bracelett by Kristin Christ and pencil cup also by Kristin

Ice cream scoop by John Thornton

Self made wood burning  tips by Phil Royer


Officers contact info


Don Bird

(816) 377-2752

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

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

Sep  22   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

Oct 16   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Oct  20   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon


Monthly Open Shop
     The day of the month for Open Shop has been changed to the Saturday AFTER the regular meeting instead of the Saturday before. It will be on Sept 22nd at Metro Hardwoods from 10 AM to 12 noon as usual.  The intention of this change is for us to help anyone that desires to work on the demo challenge from the meeting demonstration.  You are still free to bring in your own project or question and we'll see if  someone can't help you with it. So, bring your tools, wood and safety gear and make use of one of our several lathes and the help of fellow members.
     Open Shop is the 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. 
    Keep turning and be safe. See you at Open Shop.


Upcoming September Meeting 

         The September demonstration will feature Alex Garcia. Alex will show us how to get a handle on your woodturning (at least your tools). He will show how to make a tool handle for your new woodturning tool. 

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of Aug 31, 2018  
        August 18 YTD  2018  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Tools & Equipment
Web services  
Lathe 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.
          Don’t forget to check the inventory of our library as we are regularly adding new items.            

---  John Thornton, Librarian

What is a Fibbonacci and Who Cares?

   What in the world is a “Fibonacci” and what does it have to do with woodturning? Well, it is not a pasta or some old exotic dance, but it is all around us. It is in almost everything in nature, architecture, art, even your face. Touching on the “who cares” part first, it has a lot to do with the proportions of the elements of an object in its design.
     When we look at something there is a built in sense to our perception that gives us a feeling of agreeableness or uneasiness about that object. It has to do with the proportions in the design of that object. If the proportions are out of relationship with one another we feel a somewhat questionable attitude toward it. But if the proportions are within a certain range, we feel a comfortable and acceptable attitude about it and maybe even a little excited. The ancients clear back to the early Egyptian and early Grecian times or maybe even before, figured this out and it is seen in their architecture, sculpture, art and utility items. And, since human nature has not changed, neither has this aspect of human perception. Therefore, it is still with us and is just as important in our design. We will get into more detail later, but for now we will address the basis of how we get those proportions using the rule of Fibonacci.
     Fibonacci was the nickname of an Italian mathematician, Leonardo BonacciLeonardo of PisaLeonardo Pisano Bigollo, or Leonardo Fibonacci from the 12th century. He is the one that came up with the number sequence referred to as the Fibonacci Sequence. That sequence of numbers is; 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, ….. and so forth. The sequence of numbers is generated by starting with either 0 or 1 and the next number is created by adding the last two numbers. When you divide the current number with the number before it, the result is 1.618…. which is the ratio referred to as the Golden Mean, Golden Ratio, Golden number and is denoted by the Greek letter “Phi” (ø).The math between the Golden Mean and the Fibonacci sequence are intimately related. The math behind this can get very involved and way beyond what we need to know in using it. Suffice it to say that that is what it is. So, the number 1.618 is really about all we need to know.
     Now, how do we use it? Here again, the answer to that question goes way beyond the scope of this article, but we’ll attempt to give some practical application usage.
     In the design of an object it is the Golden Ratio or Fibonacci rule that gives us the relationship of proportions in the elements of that object. First of all let’s look at the familiar Fibonacci square.

If you build a square starting with 1 and continue to add squares/rectangles using the Fibonacci sequence, every next rectangle is the sum of the previous two sides.
Then if you draw an arc in each box that has the radius of its side, you get the familiar Fibonacci spiral.
This spiral is seen in many places in nature such as the nautilus shell, sunflower seed pattern, and many other flowers in the petals, seeds or leaves, the pattern of clouds and wind in a hurricane or the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy and on and on.

     So, to use this concept in designing a turning, plan the elements of the object to conform to these ratios. For instance, the bottom part of a box would be .618 the length of the whole box or the wide spot in a hollow form would be .618 of the total height from the bottom. For example; for a 6 inch box, the bottom part would be: 6 x .618 which equals 3 11/16 making the top of the box 2 5/16. (Or you could round to 3 ¾ and 2 ¼.)  And for a 10 inch hollow form the wide spot or feature ring would be at 6 ½ from the bottom. (10 x .618 = 6 3/16 (and rounding to 6 ½ )) Also, the height and width of an object would be in the proportions of 1.618 or .618 of one another. These proportions are also equal to 5/8 or 5 to 8, for instance if the height of a box is 8 inches, the bottom would be 5 inches and the top 3 inches. These ratios can be further defined within the individual elements themselves, for instance a bead or cove or line on the lid or box bottom could be placed within those ratios. Or, a feature ring would be placed within those guidelines. The length of a finial could be in these proportions to the object it is on and the features within the finial could be proportional to itself. The possibilities are endless.
     Another close ratio is the rule of thirds. In other words, one part would be 1/3 and the other part 2/3 in proportion. Each are close, but the Golden ratio seems to be more pleasing.
      To avoid all the math and head scratching, you can make your own Fibonacci or Golden mean calipers. Here are a couple of links to help; Wood magazine video or Plans . I have made some for myself and they are very handy.
      So, did you know you have Fibonacci on you face? Your nose is at a Golden section of the distance between the tip of your chin to your eyes from the tip of your chin. And your mouth is at a Golden section of that same distance between your eyes and the tip of your chin from your eyes. Even from the side, you ear is in golden mean proportions. Needless to say, the examples of Golden mean or Golden section abound in nearly everything Therefore, when planning a piece, take all the elements into account and place them within the golden ratio guidelines and it is bound to be more pleasing. So even in design, it’s a good idea to try and follow “the golden rule”.

Written by Mel Bryan
Annual Creativity Contest
    This year the annual creativity contest will have a small modification in that instead of receiving a piece of wood at the club, you may use your own choice of wood supplied by yourself. All the same rules will still apply;
   1. Only 1 to 1 1/2 board feet of wood
    2. Use only wood. No kits, or additional hardware or accessories 
    3. May be stained, painted, or otherwise decorated and finished. (Including, pyrography, texturing, piercing, carving, or such)
    Since you can furnish your own wood, we would like for you to take a picture of the wood before you begin if possible. 
   A signup sheet will be available at the meeting to enter the contest.
   The first prize will be a $50 bill. And the second prize will be a $20 gift certificate to Metro Hardwoods.
   The contest will take place at the October meeting. 

Don't delay signing up. Time is rapidly approaching the contest.

Note:    Don't let the lack of wood prohibit you from entering the contest. There are a few pieces of wood available for some that do not have any of your own. Contact one of the officers when you sign up and we'll get you a piece of wood. 

Open segmented bowl by Gale Markley

Bird's mouth bowl by Bill Corteville

Hollow Sphere by Jim Tate

Faux basket weave platter with tumbling block bottom inlay by Mike McReynolds

Bowl by Leonard Pearce

Cottonwood Bowl by Don Bird

No roll tool holder by Dave Bartlett   
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