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Turn With Independence

June 2020
President's Message

       From the President,
    Well, another month has gone by, and some things have changed and some have not. Some stay-at-home orders are still in effect for a little while longer which limit the size of group meetings. For the months of June and July we will be have virtual meetings using Zoom. Which brings up August. The officers would like your feedback about when you would feel comfortable enough to attend an in-person meeting. So just send us an email and let us know your position. As far as the ‘open shop’ we will still do zoom meetings for the month of June. For July we will look into having open shop back at Metro since attendance is low for these get-to-gathers. That would be July 11th based on things continuing to go well and with Metro’s okay.
      As far as the rest of the year the officers have decided to cancel the “creativity challenge” and “President’s challenge” for this year. Hopefully next year we can make up for this loss in some way.
     On the AAW front it looks like they are going to have a virtual symposium meeting. Details have not been released yet. During the coming month if you see a turning video that is interesting that members might want to see send me the link and we will get it out to the members. Seems there is always something interesting on the Web of what others are doing.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
June 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 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.).
  • 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. However, due to the situation and the fact that we are not having physical meetings, dues payments can be deferred until we are able to physically meet. 
  • The "President's Challenge" that was scheduled for August and the "Creativity Contest" for this year have been canceled due to the impact of the pandemic quarantine restrictions making it difficult for us to give out the wood in a timely manner. 
  • 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

      Due to the COVID-19 self quarantine restrictions, instead of physically meeting, we have been holding our meetings virtually online. We have had good turn out including demonstrations. Last month our meeting (at the regular meeting time) was held online and we had at least 23 participants and included several show & tell items by the members in attendance.
     The demo consisted of a video produced by Mel Bryan on turning a sphere. However, apparently, the sound was inaudible. I apologize for that. I was not aware that it was a problem. (I now know how to correct that. Sorry.) 
     Thank you to all that attended. 

Our Sincere Condolonces  
   Our sincere condolonces to member Al Rudd on the passing of his wife, Grace, on May 30. Please know that our prayers for you and your family during this difficult time are expressed on your behalf. May you experience comfort and peace  during this time. 

 Hybrid Walnut burl and acrylic bowl by Mike McReynolds


Matching wine goblets by Ralph Benjamin 

    Colored pencil embedded acrylic bowl and pen by David Bartlett

 David Bartlett's son, Ben working at the lathe on his first project 


Red Elm burl and oak bowls by Lester Gillett

Created mess of finishing the colored pencil and acrylic bowl by David Bartlett


Emerging branch bowls by Mel Bryan

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


June 13   

 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

June 16
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

June 27  

 Open Shop   (Method of meeting still to be determined)  
           Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below. 

July 11   

 Open Shop  
           Whether we meet in person at Metro or virtually on Zoom is still to be determined.  Announcements regarding the venue will be distributed. 

July 21
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

July 25   

 Open Shop  
          Whether we meet in person at Metro or virtually on Zoom is still to be determined.  Announcements regarding the venue will be distributed. 


Monthly Open Shop
    We did not have an open shop meeting the end of May due to it being a holiday weekend and some people were out of town. We will resume holding 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. 
    Notices will be sent out for the online meeting. The meetings will be; June 13th and June 27th at 10AM. 
    Thank you all for hanging in there with us while we endure this time.

Upcoming June 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.
     The regular meeting on the 16th at 7 PM, will attempt to follow the normal format including Show & Tell, business and demonstration. (However, you will have to supply your own cookies and beverage.) 
     The demonstration will be given by Chip Siskey turning a goblet with captive rings from within his own shop. 
     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 May 31,  2020  
        May 2020 YTD  2020  
  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.

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:  

     Bamboo Skewers    

     Bamboo skewers are not just for cooking. They are a very useful and helpful item to have in the shop. Besides the obvious use as a small dowel, they can be used in many ways limited only by your imagination. First, as a dowel, they can be used to join small wooden parts that may be turned where a metal fastener would damage a cutting tool. They could also be used as an accent inlay or decorative feature. One thing to keep in mind when using them in a drilled hole is to be sure to measure the skewer first because they are not all exactly the same dimension.
      They make good picks for cleaning out glue or paint spill over in tight corners or hard-to-reach places where you don’t want to risk a metal pick.
       Bamboo is a very tough, strong material and they are very inexpensive. You can get them in the grocery store and possibly in different sizes. So, keep some on hand and you’ll be surprised at how many uses will present themselves for them.

      Mel Bryan


Lidded box by David Bartlett
Cellphone acoustic amplifier by Rick Tucker 


Spalted sycamore sphere by Mel Bryan
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