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Turn With Independence

April 2018
Offcuts from the Board
April 2018
            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 will be held at the normally scheduled time and date on April 14 at Metro Hardwoods from 10 AM to 12 noon. 
  • This month, we will have our first Silent Auction. (Refer to the Auction article later in this newsletter) 
  • Dues for 2018 are now being accepted. They are still $15 for emailed newsletter (or no newsletter) and $25 for hardcopy USPS delivered newsletter. Please see Mel Bryan at the meeting to pay.
  • You will still have a chance to win an airbrush by purchasing a ticket for $2 each for the "special raffle". The funds raised will go into the equipment fund. We will do the drawing at this April meeting since we will have collected the  $100 dollar goal in ticket sales by this meeting.  So, don't miss your chance to own the airbrush.
  • The Mid-Continent Library display will be resuming soon, so collect you thoughts and items for display. (See article later for more info.) 
  • If you have some extra Slimline pen kits you can donate them to the club for the Youth Camp pen turning project. (See more info in the article below.)
  • There are many ways you can contribute to the life of our club. A couple simple ways are to submit your answers to the "5 Woodturning Question" article. (See the article below for more details). Another similar 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.
Monthly Open Shop
     Last month Open Shop became a lesson/explanation in tool sharpening. Then after resharpening some tools we gave them a test.
    This month Open Shop will be on April 14 at Metro Hardwoods from 10 AM to 12 noon as usual. We will be there to tackle some turning and help each other in whatever way we can.  So, bring you wood, tools, ideas and questions and let's see what happens. 

    Keep turning and be safe.

Our Last Meeting

      Chip Siskey gave us a very good explanation and demonstration on sharpening our lathe tools. Chip explained the different sharpening systems, grinder wheel options, and how to maintain them. He also explained the differences in the steels that tools are made of and the sharpening aspects of each with good advice on what to look for when purchasing tools and grinder wheels.
      Included in his explanation, he covered tool profiles and the reasoning behind them and why they are shaped the way they are. He then covered sharpening jigs and demonstrated how to use them. He showed how to sharpen the parting tool, roughing gouge, spindle gouge, bowl gouges, scrapers and the skew chisel.
     Thank you, Chip for your comprehensive demonstration. It should make us "sharper" turners.


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      The video for this demo can be viewed at:  Tool Sharpening Part 1 and Tool Sharpening Part 2.   

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:
   Once you've rough turned a bowl blank or vessel and it needs to dry before continuing final turning the drying process can be a perplexing question. Here are some tips on drying your wood. One is a video tip by turning master Trent Bosch. Click here to view his tip after a short AAW add. Then click here for an article on making your own kiln for drying your turnings. Enjoy


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     The airbrush drawing will take place at the meeting this month. There will still be a chance to purchase a ticket for the drawing beforehand, so get in on the action. You don't need a special air compressor to use an airbrush, but you may need to have a regulator to soften the pressure to the airbrush. Tickets are $2 apiece and will be available back at the raffle table. 
Lichtenberg embellished maple vessels

 Roman canteen by Mel Bryan dyed and finished after turning at the Tool Show

Lighthouse box also turned at the Tool Show by Mel Bryan

Tool Show turned tea light by Mel Bryan

Bud vase of Florida rosewood by Randy Hardy

Bowl by Dave Burton     
     Cherry platter and negative rake scraper by Lester Gillett

Paper towel holder and coaster inserts by Don Burns

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

Apr  14   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

 Apr 17   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

May  12   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

May 17   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM


Upcoming April Meeting 

         Adding shades of color to your turnings can add a lot of interest and draw much attention to your work. Jerry McMasters will introduce us to the world of airbrushing to add that accent to our turnings. You don't have to be an artist to add a touch of class to your work. Jerry will show us the ins and outs of airbrushing. 

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of March 31, 2018  
        March 18 YTD  2018  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Supplies & facilities  
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

Happy Place   

        Mental health experts tell us that we all need a “happy place” to go to.  Someplace to go to relax, zone out, de-stress - someplace to get away from the pressures of everyday life and be “happy” even if it is only for a few minutes.  Whether it is an actual place or just a day dream does not matter as long as we go there. 
        For me, and most of us I’m sure, that place is my shop.  Even if I don’t have time to make anything, just going down there and sitting in the middle of it for five minutes is calming and usually the break I need. I am normally the only one in my shop, but some of us are lucky enough to have a buddy to go there with – a spouse, child, grandchild, neighbor or just the dog to share our happy place with.  Either way, it is the recharge that we need. 
       It is also the place that I don’t get to go to enough.  That is why our club is so important to me and to many of us.  It gives me a chance to have a short “party” in my happy place.  Since I am usually the only one in my shop, I can spend time with, and talk to others, that share my passion.  That is the best recharge of all.  It is something that we all need and some of us crave.  That is why I participate in as many club activities as I can – to feed my passion and recharge my batteries.  Why not join us for an activity or two and see if it helps you as well.  If you are not able to join us, just go to your own happy place as often as you can and then come to a meeting and show us what you did while recharging.

Bill Baker
Silent Auction
   This month we will hold our first silent auction for the purpose of raising additional funds for our equipment fund. The details of the auction will be explained at the meeting.
     Bring in any woodworking, wood turning or even wood that you'd like to donate to the club for the auction. You probably have some tool or gadget of some sort that you don't use that someone else could get some use out of, so bring it in for the auction. 
     Basically, there will be a minimum bid placed on the item and you can place your bid along with the last 4 digits of your phone number rather than your name on the sheet accompanying the item. The highest bid takes home the special prize. 
           Once again we have the opportunity to represent and present our club to the public through the Mid-Continent library display case at the North Independence branch. We will meet at the North Independence library (317 W 24th, Independence, Mo.) Tuesday morning to populate the display case. The time is to be determined later and an email notice will be sent out about it. If you cannot bring your items then, bring them to the meeting and they will be taken to the library. 
    Please make sure all your items are identified by having your logo or name on them or with a tag or label. It will insure that they are returned to you. 
      So, gather your woodturning work and bring them to share with the public.
Youth Camp Penturning

     Once again we have the opportunity to take our woodturning craft to the younger generation. We've been invited (and have accepted) to go to the Tomah Shinga Youth Camp to help the youth campers turn pens. Tomah Shinga is just outside Junction City, Kansas. It's about a three hour drive and we go out and return the same day and spend 3 or 4 hours setting up, turning pens with the kids and packing up to return. It's a good days work, but quite worthwhile and fun. We are open to volunteers that can make the venture with us. We will be going out on; June 6th, 20th, and July 11th, 18th. It will be discussed at the meeting and you can contact any one of the officers to volunteer or for more information.
     The urgent need to start with is acquiring the pen kits. We use slimline pen kits and need several. (We will possibly help 50 or so kids through out the summer.) So, please donate some kits if you can (even if you can't go) or cash donations will be accepted so we and order kits and supplies. We seem to have enough pen blanks at this point. 

Osage orange mallet by Danny Smith

Antique pepper mill also by Danny Smith

Ships wheel clock by Gale Markley

Pepper mill, salt shaker combination by Gale Markley

  Staved lidded jewelry box by Michael Straughn
     Staved lidded vessel by Michael Straughn and staved blank below also by Michael Straughn


Imitation basket weave bowl by Mike McReynolds

Imitation basket weave platter and show award(s) also by Mike McReynolds

Bowl by Steve Tyner

Two sided lazy susan by Bruce Stevenson
Bowls by Ron Bruno
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