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Turn With Independence

April  2020
President's Message

       From the President,
       Hello members. I hope this newsletter finds everyone well, at home and doing some turning. I would like to thank those who did send in pictures of what they are working on for Show and Tell. Keep sending them in and we will post them on our web site and on Facebook. Or, better yet why not request to join our Facebook Group and you will be able to see all activity and post your own pictures and comments.
     Early this month Mel Bryan and I participated in a video club meeting of the Northland club. It went very well. David Bartlett did a demo on turning an egg. So, I am asking all members to participate in our video meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 7pm. We are going to run a test to provide information about how to join the meeting and video chat on Tuesday April 16 at 7pm. Information is the in newsletter on how to install the app and how to join in on the meeting. It is fairly easy to access.
     On the Metro Hardwood front, I talked to Jeff and he said business was slow. Some days better than others. They did get the HVAC unit installed and insulation replaced in the meeting room.
     I just want every member to know that the Officers are constantly talking about future plans. Our main issue is keeping everyone safe. The video meetings will help all of us keep in touch about a craft we all love. If members seem to participate in these video meetings this could be expanded to an additional once a month open video chat on issues or problems members would like to address. This would take the place instead of Open Shop on a Saturday. Just an idea. This could be an excellent opportunity for us to take advantage of to have one of the several pro demonstrators give us a demonstration live without having to pay travel expenses, etc. But it could very well depend on how many of our members participate in the online meetings.
     If members have ideas, please pass those on to an officer so we can talk about them and see how viable they might be. One of my lessons at the Tech school is ‘problem solving’ and we discuss How to Think Outside the Box. This is a time for that.
     The club is not going anywhere, and we will meet again down the line again. So, hang in there, Stay Safe-Stay Home, stay in touch.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
April 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 planing and attempting to hold online virtual meetings. 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 the June meeting has now been pushed back until the August meeting assuming that we can meet then. That does not keep you from enjoying going ahead with working on it. Details are available on the website and will be available at the meeting.
  • The Pleasant Hill Railroad days on April 24th through the 26th has been canceled due to the coronavirus restrictions. Maybe next year.  
  • The officers are very willing 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.
  • 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

      Sorry to say, as you know, our last meeting was canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak and the precautions that have been put in place. Please refer to the "Upcoming Meeting" box for further info.

Pleasant Hill Railroad Days
     As I'm sure  that you have surmised, assumed and are not surprised about, the Railroad Days for this year has been canceled. Thank you to any that have planned and/or prepared to participate in helping with our booth. Perhaps next year.
     Due to the cancellation of our last meeting, the show & tell items here are from what members have shared to be placed on Facebook as well as some individual ones. When it comes to our "Virtual Online Club Meeting", even if your show and tell is here, PLEASE go ahead and show it during the meeting because not everyone may have seen it on Facebook or even here. Thank you for your participation and understanding.


 Delores and Lester Wieners with their segmented bowls

Bill Baker's first bowl. 


Bill Baker made this pen from colored craft sticks. 

Fruit by Mel Bryan. The apple is apple wood and the rest are sycamore dyed with artisan dyes.

Tippie tops by Mel Bryan (with some regular tops included) 
Sycamore sphere by Mel Bryan

Aspen sphere by Mel Bryan
Red Elm sphere by Mel Bryan                              

     Sycamore crotch bowl by Mel Bryan dyed with Briwax dye


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

Apr 11   
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Canceled due to COVID-19 Restrictions      

Apr 21   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
          Canceled due to COVID-19 Restrictions

Apr 24, 25, 26   
 Pleasant Hill Railroad Days

           Canceled due to COVID-19 Restrictions

Monthly Open Shop
    Needless to say, due to the fact of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions to social gathering, we have canceled all meetings including Open Shop. Hopefully, we will be able to restart as soon as the self-quarantine is lifted.


Upcoming April Meeting 

         Yes, we will have a meeting. HOWEVER, it will not be the normal meeting gathering at Metro. You can attend the meeting from your own home. We are planing and preparing to conduct online virtual meetings. Below are the instructions on how you can install the needed FREE software and join in on the meeting. As a member, you should have received these instructions in a separate email and hopefully plan to participate in the test meeting. (See below) 
     The regular meeting on the 21st 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 David Bartlett from his own workshop. At this point the subject of turning has not been disclosed.
     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.
     To help expedite our meeting experience, we are having a “test” meeting on Thursday, Apr. 16th at 7 PM. The purpose of it is to help get familiar with Zoom and how to navigate in it and verify your installation. This should help give everyone a more pleasant experience in the actual meeting. The test should not last for more than 40 minutes to an hour. So, please install Zoom and join us. It will not be a formal meeting so any Show & Tell or club business related info will be carried out in the actual meeting on the 21st.
To join the test meeting click on this link;
Or enter the Meeting ID: 956 606 764 on the main menu of Zoom (you shouldn’t have to do both)
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.
 Helpful tips and information 

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of March 31, 2020  
        March 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:  

     Synthetic Wine Bottle Cork Sandpaper Cleaners   

     Just like the sponge rubber sandpaper cleaning sticks for belt and disc sanders, synthetic wind bottle corks make a good smaller version of sandpaper cleaner for your 2 inch or 3 inch inertia or drill sanding discs. To protect your fingers for when they get shortened, turn a small handle with a 3/4 inch hole in the end to hold the cork. Any scrap wood will work and you've got an inexpensive sandpaper cleaner. 

      Mel Bryan

Ben Simmons hollow vessels   


And rough turned bowls for future finish turning


Friction fit lidded boxes by Mel Bryan. Made from maple and dyed with Artisan dyes.


Segmented football by Mike Jones made of walnut and aspen lacing.

         As it's being turned 


     "Survival kit" by Ralph Benjamin
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