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Turn With Independence

August 2017
Offcuts from the Board
August 2017
            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.
  • This month’s Open Shop is truly "open" to anything anyone desires to bring and work on. Bring your tools and project material and make something happen.
  • The program for this month’s meeting will be our own member, Mel Bryan, turning a Roman canteen.
  • Independence Woodturners were recognized in the AAW Journal, "American Woodturner" on page 13 of the current August 2017 issue. If you are not an AAW member and do not get the Jounral, try clicking on this link for the article; American Woodturner  Tip: Click on the "Close" button on the first page that comes up.
  • Our annual Creativity Contest will once again be held in October. There is still time to collect your piece of wood for the contest. Please refer to the Creativity Contest article for more information.
Keep turning safely and we’ll see you at the meeting.
Monthly Open Shop
     The Open Shop for the summer months do not have a specific focus so it's wide open to whatever you desire. So, bring your tools, project piece and safety equipment and join in the activity. There will be others there and we will try to help in whatever way we can. We will meet on Saturday, Aug 12 at 10 AM at our meeting place at Metro Hardwoods.
    Keep turning and be safe.


Our Last Meeting

     Jim Tate demonstrated at the July meeting how to turn a one-piece coffee scoop. He started out with a piece of wood about 2" x 2" x 6" long, turned it into a cylinder and turned a sphere on the end. Then he shaped the handle and parted it off. He then put it in the doughnut chuck that he had made with the sphere end centered in the opening and hollowed it for the cup of the scoop.  
       Thank you, Jim for sharing your expertise with us. 

      Demo challenge note: Remember, the lucky member (by drawing) of the demo challenge takes home a gift certificate to Craft Supplies, USA.


   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 Part I  & Part II  

Creativity Contest 

    Once again, we will have our annual Creativity Contest. That is where the participants get a piece of wood and have the chance to exercise their creativity in producing something from it. The rules are simply; use only the wood you receive, do not use any hardware or kits. The wood may be dyed, painted, carved, wood burned, cut and re-glued or any other crafty treatment, but not added to.
     We began giving out the wood at the meeting in June and the contest will be held at the October meeting. The winner will chosen by the vote of the membership and will receive a prize that is still yet to be determined.
    There is still time to get your wood and begin the creating process. So, be sure to pick up your challenge piece so that you can study it and see what lies within. 

Bowl by David Rink

Ink dyed bowl by Dave Burton 

Kevin Canales' first bowl turned from cherry 


Darrell Newell's first bowl turned from cedar

Textured vase by Don Bird

 And bud vases by Don Bird

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

Aug  12   
 Open Shop
          At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon
Aug  15   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

 Sep  16   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

 Sep  19   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM


Upcoming August Meeting 

       This month, member, Mel Bryan will demonstrate how to turn a Roman canteen. 

5 Woodturning Questions
     The following are the answers to the five questions  as answered by member Mel Bryan.  
      The intention of this is for us to get to know each other and our passion for woodturning by answering five simple questions related to our woodturning desires. I’m sure that as you read through these questions, you will be able to relate to them
and will think of them as they refer to yourself. Therefore, you will be ready to take up the challenge at the end of this article.
      1.   When did you start turning and why?
I started turning about 30 years ago (whew… time flies when you’re having fun) in the mid-‘80’s. I started learning woodworking on my own about 1966 when I was given a brand new Craftsman tablesaw and made many amateur blunders (not saying I still don’t) because I’ve always liked making things with my hands and exploring my creativity. During the child rearing years, the woodworking progress was pretty slow, however picked up as the high school years passed and the nest began to empty. About 1986 I purchased my Shopsmith second-hand. A friend saw an article in Wood Magazine about turning pens using a drill press and suggested that it was something I could do. I brushed the idea aside for a sort while. Then as I rethought the idea and re-read the article, I thought I could give it a try. I did, and was unhappy with the results as well as the process. So I thought; “why not try it for real.” I had never done any woodturning before, nor had I even seen it done, but I dove in. I started turning pens on my Shopsmith using very unconventional methods. I got the job done, (sort of) and realized there had to be a better way so began paying closer attention to the methods and witnessed some demonstrations while visiting Paxton Lumber in K.C. that opened my eyes to the woodturning world. I began turning pens by the score on the Shopsmith. As I gained confidence and to help improve my techniques, I started making other things, most of which I cannot even recall. My learning and growing process had begun, as well as my enjoyment.
    2.    What tools do you use the most?
I use most all of the conventional woodturning tools from gouges of all types, straight edged tools and even scrapers. My favorite is the skew chisel. I feel you can get the fairest curves and finish cuts with the skew like no other tool. I admit I didn’t always feel that way about the skew and avoided it for its unpredictable habit of ruining a turning at the most inappropriate time. However, after watching Mike Darlow’s DVD on the skew over and over and following his advice, began practicing and practicing until I developed some confidence. I believe the skew has helped me use all the other tools better. Basically, I try to use the tool that works the best for the task I’m doing at the moment and that may mean trying more than one to see what works best. Although I enjoy using all of the different tools, I think I prefer the bevel edge tools.
    3.  What finish do you prefer?
To me, finish is not just a “one-finish-fits-all” scenario. There are many factors involved in choosing the “right” finish, such as; the wood, how the turning will be used, the application method, the time involved or available, and what I have on hand. For small items that are not going to be handled much and for time’s sake, I use a lot of friction polish followed by a coat or two of wax. It’s quick and easy and can give a nice finish for something that will mostly sit on a shelf. Probably my next most used finish is lacquer, sprayed on most of the time because it generally does not give the appearance of a thick buildup and lets the wood show more naturally. I am currently getting interested in using different coloring methods and dyes to accent the woods natural beauty and add some interest. Then I prefer to use lacquer because it does not obscure the color like some other finishes do.
    4.    What part of turning do you enjoy the most? What draws you to it?
This is a difficult question to limit. I think I enjoy all aspects of woodturning, however, I think I can focus on two or three; design, challenge, wood, tool use & control. Naturally, the overall turning project from beginning to completion involves design. From the initial conception when an idea is born, a shape is conceived and when it begins to take form, design is in progress. I love getting an idea, choosing the right wood, albeit sometimes the wood determines the design, then experiencing the challenge of making the conception emerge. Making that happen involves the proper process, choosing the right tools and meeting the challenges that arise along the way. It’s exciting when the right tool is being employed and you can see your vision emerge little by little. And I love using the proper tool and feeling it cut cleanly through the wood. As you may or may not know, I also belong to the International Woodcollectors Society and am therefore interested in knowing how all the different woods of the world work. Woodturning is a great way of getting that feel of the different woods and therein comes my collection of lighthouses.
What draws me is almost a magical attraction similar to the explorer being drawn by the sea or the mountain on the horizon. Woodturning is a way of allowing the creative spirit within me to be expressed and the satisfaction of “creating” something unique that began as a thought or dream.
    5.    What do you hope to achieve this year in your shop?
Find my tools. My workspace is rather small and crowded and therefore gets very cluttered. Even though I have regular places for my tools to be put, they tend to get piled up and difficult to locate sometimes. But, in reality, I will probably continue digging around looking for that tool I know I have because I don’t want to stop turning since the ideas seem to come faster than the time does. In all seriousness, I want to continue improving my skills by stepping up my challenge to myself. I don’t want to just jump on the current fad or try to “keep up” with the latest craze, I want to be able to do whatever I’m learning as well as I can. Keeping up with all the crazes can make you “crazy”. I want to continue working with dyes and coloring and expanding in that arena.
       Now it's YOUR turn, Mel Bryan

      Don’t wait to have your arm twisted to answer these five question. Simply write down your responses and submit them to or give them to Mel Bryan at a meeting. As they are received, they will be put in the newsletter and we will be able to enjoy “your” story and get to know you a little better.


Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of July 31, 2017  
        July 31 YTD  2017  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookie fund
Lathe Fund

Available Funds
Mel Bryan, Treasurer

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:
   To check your work for sanding scratches or imperfections, wipe it with naptha before applying finish. The naptha will expose any scratches and will dry quickly and will not raise the grain of the wood.


Turning to the Library.
     Don't forget to check your club's library for that bit of inspiration or instruction that will help you in your journey in woodturning. As club members you are able to check out from many videos and books on a large variety of topics for the woodturner and enjoy them for one month. A list is provided in the library to help your browsing process.  

     Our on-going display at the North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library continues to be a popular attraction of the fine work of our members.
     Thank you to all that have participated in the display promoting our club and your fine work. 
    Anyone that would like to add their work to the display can by bringing what you would like to enter into the display to the meeting or contact Mike Straughn (816-812-7621) to get it into the display. Please put your name on your item or in some manner identify it so that it may be returned to the proper person and proper credit may be given by name placards. 

Show & Tell

Airbrush dyed maple bowl by Jim Faherty

Coasters by Don Burns

Natural edged cherry bowl by Don Bird

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