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Turn With Independence

September 2020
President's Message

       From the President,
      The first thing I would like to do is thank all those who participated in the survey. The information we obtained will be very helpful to all the Officers. This month a few of the officers participated in a leadership Zoom meeting hosted by Woodturners of SW Missouri. The discussion was on how the COVID rules have effected participation. Almost all clubs, which were from Iowa, Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri, were doing Zoom meetings. Most were having good attendance, but some were not. We talked about the fact that the Show & Tell had fallen off tremendously, which seemed odd since most were at home. One thing they talked about was, instead of having each member show their creations, but to have them send in a picture or even a brief video on the piece to allow them to be directed by one person on the Zoom meeting. We are ahead of that curve since Mel Bryan has been doing that at the last few meetings. So if you have a Show & Tell piece, send the pictures to Mel or any officer and we will put it into the Show & Tell segment. When your piece is shown, then you can explain it and answer questions about it just like at a regular meeting.
              I would also like to invite those who have not participated in a meeting to do so. Either on computer, tablet or phone. If you have never used Zoom contact Mel or myself and we will help you though the process. It is really easy.
               I would also like to thank all those who stepped up and did a demo. This is what the club is about and that is sharing what we know. These recorded demos are a great way to do a demo since there is no crowd of people there. Plus it is edited so any small missteps are eliminated.
               I hope everyone had a good Labor Day holiday weekend. See everyone at the open shop September 12th and the monthly meeting the 15th.
Status of the Club
     We are approaching the time of the year that membership is due. This year has placed all the clubs in a scramble to determine how to best serve their membership. The participation on the Saturday meetings has been better than the in-person ‘open shop’ meetings. The monthly meetings though, have been slightly less than the in-person meetings. IWT overall has responded well in keeping the spirit of the club alive and moving forward.
     So, if you are wondering why there are still dues, despite not meeting in person the club still incurs expenses. We have insurance to pay for not only the in-person meetings but for demos now being done at Metro. Dues were just a part of what the club took in for expenses. The raffles that occurred every meeting was another income for expenses. Of course, we are not spending money of drinks/food for meetings. We will have expenses for doing the demonstrations as we all know turning requires materials and tools that must be replaced from time to time. We are also looking at replacing some video equipment which has not been replaced for years and some equipment which belong to members that we are using currently. This equipment will be used for in-person and on-line meetings. We would also like to be able to provide some more professional demonstrators, however, they also have expenses and therefore must charge a fee. So, we are trying to figure that out.
     So dues are just as important to the club as they have been every year. With a new year approaching, in-person meetings will be restarted sometime next year. In the transition period a hybrid approach to meetings is being looked at. What we have learned from this year is that the on-line meetings could have a place in the future. During inclement weather or if members having other medical issues that keep them from driving to an in-person meeting, the on-line option could allow them to participate.
So if anyone has questions about dues or other suggestions, contact one of the officers and we will bring that up during our officer’s meeting. Thanks to the membership for hanging with us during this unusual time.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
September 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.)
  • 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. 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 may be made by sending a check to Mel Bryan, Treasurer at; 204 NW Redwing Dr., Lee's Summit, Mo. 64063
  • 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 at least 23 or 24 participants and included several show & tell items by the members in attendance.
     The demo portion of the meeting was a video by Mike McReynolds pre-recorded at the club's meeting space at Metro Hardwoods. He demonstrated turning a natural edge bowl which featured an angel wing pattern in the wood grain. If you missed the video or would like to watch again you can view it on YouTube at this link.
      Thanks to Mike for putting in the time and effort to share with us. 

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.

      Mortar and Pestle turned by Gale Markley 

Doughnut cutters 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

Sep 12    

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

Sep 15
 Monthly meeting -
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

Sep 19   

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

Sep 24 - 26

 Woodturners Worldwide Sympoisum  
             A new Symposium put on by a new group called Woodturners Worldwide will be held these dates. For more information check their website:

October 10   

 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. 

October 20
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
          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.

October 24  

 Open Shop   
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. 

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 September 12th, we will have a video demonstration on turning a three sided tool handle by Mel Bryan. 
            Notices will be sent out for the online meetings. The next meeting will be; Sept. 26th at 10 AM. 
    Thank you all for hanging in there with us while we endure this time.

Upcoming September 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 15th 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.) 
     The demonstration will be a video demonstration given by Mike Jones. Mike will demo turning a doughnut cutter videoed at our club meeting site at Metro Hardwoods on the club lathe.
(Please refer to the "want ad" box here in this newsletter.) 
     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 July 31,  2020  
        July 2020 YTD  2020  
  GENERAL Account


Cookie expenses 
Web domain & Hosting
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:  

     Getting a Grip   

     Sometimes your chuck or other accessory can get lodged pretty securely onto the head-stock drive and can be a challenge to remove. That's why I have a rubber grip glove in my tool box. Often times just being able to grip the hand wheel and chuck with the gloves enables me to free the chuck. 

      Mel Bryan


                            Limb bowl and winged bowl by Mel Bryan
 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.

                           Christmas ornaments by Gale Markley

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