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Turn With Independence

January 2019
President's Message

From the President,
      Hello club members. I just wanted to let you know who I am and what my thoughts are about the direction of the club. I go by Ron. My dad did carpentry work and that is where I got my interest in woodworking. In the 80’s I set up a shop in my garage to build furniture. I got a lathe to turn spindles. At the time I knew nothing about lathe work and did not know anyone else who did either. I did try my hand at a couple of bowls but did not really have the turning tools. I sold all my equipment in the 90’s due to moving from where I was located. I got back into a house in 2014 capable of having a shop. So, I purchased a lot of used equipment. At this time, I was really interested in turning. I bought a Sears lathe like I had in the 80’s. This time I had a lot of online information. Really, too much information. So, looking for wood I found Metro Hardwood one day and it was open shop for the club. I came to a meeting and learned more from the demo and discussing my questions with other members that I had learned in the previous decades. I enjoy taking wood and starting with an idea, but it may go a completely different direction once I see how the wood turns.
      As far as being the President, I have been involved as an officer in car clubs and Toastmasters over the years. I want this club to be responsive to its members. If there is something you need to learn or want to do, I want us to be an avenue for that. We are going to try a change in the Open Shop from past years. It will only work with the members participation. Myself and the other Officer’s want to see a Mentor program started. This is not just my club or any one Officer’s club. We are here to guide and assist the members to create an atmosphere where members can enjoy the craft of woodturning. I am available to talk to any member in person, phone or email. If you have an idea or something you really want to learn, let the Officer’s know. In the coming year we are going to try to plan further in advance the activities of the club. This is not going to happen in a month and is not going to happen without members participation. So, let’s have a productive 2019 and beyond.
          Ron, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
January 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. 
  • There will not be a  demo challenge this month because of the Christmas dinner last month instead of a demonstration.
  • Be sure to check out our new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article on the website.)
  • Be on the lookout for a brief questionaire/survey to come in your email. Please take a moment and fill it out and return it. We are trying to improve our club and want to know what you would like to see and for us to consider. Thank you very much in advance.
  • A friendly reminder:   As a matter of respect for the demonstrator and your fellow members, please hold your conversations for either during the break or after the meeting. It is very difficult for people in the back of the room to hear as well as distracting for all. Thank you for your kind consideration of others.
  • 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

      The December meeting was our annual Christmas pot luck dinner. There were at least 47 members, spouses and guests taking part in the festivities. There were many delicious dishes and deserts brought by those attending which were put together with the sandwiches provided by the club. Besides the fellowship and friendly visiting among friends the evening included a gift exchange for all those that brought a gift to exchange with someone else. We had the normal show & tell time as well as the sharing of the demo challenge which were the decorative buttons following Rick Bywater's demo in November. There were several well done Christmas ornaments entered in the Christmas ornament contest which has become an annual contest. Mike McReynolds won the voting of those present with his hollow globe with carved spiral twists and the snowman inside. Good job, Mike. Gale Markley took home the Feather light chuck by winning the appreciation drawing. Congratulations Gale.
      Thank you to all that attended, brought food and for joining in the fellowship. And a big thank you to Carol Bird for taking care of the sandwiches, supplies and table decorations. Well done. 




     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 
Since there was no demo for the Christmas dinner meeting, there was not any video this month.  

   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:  

        Jam Chuck "Pushaouta" Hole  

     A very tense moment can happen when removing an item from a jam chuck without marring or otherwise damaging it in the case of when it "jams" on tighter than expected . A method I've used to assist in removing a turning from a sacrificial block that has been held by double stick tape is to pre-drill a "pushaouta" hole before applying the work piece to the mounting block. A pushaouta hole is simply a "knock out hole" pre-drilled in the center for the knock out bar. In addition to the hole, I counter-bored the hole to fit a cork in it to cushion the knock out rod. The same thing can be done for a jam chuck, but in that case you might want to tape a piece of cushioning material to the center of the work piece before mounting it.
           Cap'n Eddie Castelin gets the credit for this one.

2019 Dues
     The dues for 2019 will now be accepted if you would like to take care of that matter. They are $15 for emailed newsletter (or no newsletter) and $25 for US mailed hardcopy newsletter. See Mel Bryan, Treasurer, at the meeting. 
 The Woodworking Tool Shows will be January 18-20 at the 

KCI Expo Center
11728 NW Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO 64153

 Get Directions 

Even though we, as a club, will not be participating, you may attend on your own. Following is a link to their website to purchase tickets, view the seminars and all other information.
         The Woodworking Tool Shows 

      Staved Kitchen Utensil Container by Mikeal Jones


         Decorative wall buttons by Mikeal Jones

        Deocrative buttons by Danny Smith

         Inside-out ornaments by Gale Markley

          First place winner twist carved hollow globe ornament with snowman by Mike McReynolds. 

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

Jan  15   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Jan 18 - 20   
 Woodworking Tool Shows       

          KCI Expo Center
          11728 NW Ambassador Drive
          Kansas City, MO 64153

           Get Directions

Jan 19   
 Open Shop
         (Due to the Woodworking Tool Show there may be limited availability for Open Shop this month.)

Feb 19  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Feb 23   
 Open Shop

Monthly Open Shop
    Open Shop, needless to say, is undergoing a process of revamping. We are still in the planning process so as a result there isn't much that can be presented as far as schedule or details. The current plan is to try and have Open Shop every Saturday in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Just when that will begin has not been discussed as of the publication of this newsletter. So, the best advice currently is to check with one of the officers before planning on going to an open shop. At present, we will stick to the current schedule which is the Saturday after the regular meeting. However, Open Shop would fall on the weekend of the Woodworking Tool Show in January following our normal meeting. Therefore, attendance may be very iffy and unlikely. We apologize for any confusion or mix-up in scheduling.  
     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 the next available Open Shop.

Upcoming January Meeting 

         There may still be time this winter for you to get a new pair of wool socks knitted from your own wool yarn. The husband and wife team of Danny and Marilyn Smith will demonstrate the making and use of the 'drop spindle' used to make the yarn. Danny will demonstrate how he makes the drop spindle along with a decorative item as a by-product. His wife, Marilyn, will show how she uses the drop spindle to make the wool that she uses in many woolen items she has made. This is a very interesting and informative presentation.

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of Dec 31, 2018  
        December 2018 YTD  2018  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Christmas Dinner Supplies
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


American hornbeamCarpinus caroliniana.




Hophornbeam – Ostrya virginiana

      At the risk of causing confusion, this article will cover two different woods with similar names, that share similar characteristics and are both found here in Missouri. To start off on a side note; this is a good example as to why scientific names are so very important in wood identification and nomenclature.
     Both woods are in the birch family and are sometimes confused with birch. American hornbeam is also sometimes called Blue Beech even though it is not related to beech. The sapwood is very wide and lighter in color therefore the boards it produces are mostly made from the sapwood. The heartwood is a pale yellowish or brownish white. The wood is very hard and tough “as a horn”, and was used as an ox yoke thus giving it the name hornbeam. The wood wears very well and resists splitting and ranks as one of the hardest and strongest woods known in eastern North America – surpassing oak, hickory, locust and persimmon. It is therefore used for tool handles, golf clubs, and mallets and is an excellent turning wood. However, it may require more time, patience and care to work because the tree grows so short, crooked and contorted that the grain can abruptly change. Another name for hornbeam is; musclewood. The tree’s trunk grows fluted into muscle-like ridges giving the appearance of muscles, hence the name.
     Eastern hophornbeam, as stated before, is also in the birch family and is sometimes confused with birch. It is sometimes called American Ironwood and hornbeam. The tree gets its name from the seed clusters that are packaged in little parchment-like bags that resemble the hops that are used in brewing. The wood has a whitish wide sapwood with heartwood that varies from whitish to light brown tinged with red. The tree is a smaller tree reaching only 40 to 50 feet in height and 1 to 1.5 feet in diameter. The wood is also very tough and wears well and therefore is used in farm vehicle parts such as axels, handles, mallets, canes, woodenware and novelties, splitting wedges, and fuel wood. It also requires care and patience in working using carbide tools and requires pilot holes. Some describe hophornbeam as a poor man’s lignumvitae.
    In colonial times, a fluid extract was used to treat malaria. Both bark and inner bark have been used to treat indigestion and fever.
    You can read more about American hornbeam at; The Wood Database  and Hophornbeam also on The Wood Database.

Written by Mel Bryan

   Decorative wall button by Gale Markley


   Open segmented Christmas ornament by Mikeal Jones

Snowman ornament by Rodney Robinson

Segmented star ornament by Mel Bryan

          Laminated ornament by Danny Smith

          Globe ornaments with finials by Ron Bruno

             Square and carved ornament by Bill Boyle
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