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Turn With Independence

February 2018
Offcuts from the Board
February 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 preempted by the Wood Working Tool Show, therefore there will not be any Open Shop this month.
  • Please see the article below for Wood Working Tool Show details. 
  • 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.
  • As a reminder, you have a chance to win an airbursh 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 after we collect $100 dollars in ticket sales.
  • 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
     We had a very special group of visitors for the Open Shop of January.  A group of boys from a troop of "Trail Life USA" (similar to Boy Scouts) visited for the purpose of getting acquainted with woodturning. They were all eyes and full of questions and it was fun to introduce our craft to the younger generation. They were introduced to pen turning, the turning of a box, a rough turned bowl, and many even went home with some tops. Several of the dad's and grandfathers were quite interested, too. 
    Due to the Woodworking Tool Show which will conflict with our Open Shop time, we will not have an Open Shop this month. So, we'll see you at the Show.
    Keep turning and be safe.
Below are pictures of our last shop time and visitors in January.


Our Last Meeting

      Don Bird showed us how he turns the base for an antique pepper mill. He gets the kits from Penn State Industries and Woodcraft then turns the bases of either 4, 5 or 6 inches. After turning a 3 x 3 blank of the appropriate length into a cylinder, he drills the hole in the center and contours the bottom. Then he turns it around on a pin jaw chuck drills a counter-sink for the base and then turns the shape. After sanding and texturing the base is ready for the mechanism to be mounted (after finishing with your chosen finish). 
    Thank you Don

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:  YouTube.



   The Wood Working Tool Show is upon us once again. It is gong to be in the same location it was last year at the Kemper Arena Grounds in the Governor's Building. It will be on Feb. 16 & 17 (Friday & Saturday) from 10 AM to 6 PM. Notice it will only be for two days this year.
     If you are not working in our booth the admission is $12 if purchased online or $14 at the door. (One ticket is valid for both days.)  Click on this link for more information and to see a list of the seminars available.
    Note that since the Show falls on the date of our normal Open Shop schedule, there will not be any Open Shop this month. See you at the Show. 

Pepper Mill turned from Ronron wood by Bruce Stevenson

Throw top by Mike McReynolds

Rings and ring box by Mel Bryan

"Flame" by Steve Tyner
Wedding goblets by Bill Corteville

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

Feb 16 & 17   
 Woodworking Tool Show
          at Kemper Arena Grounds
              Governor's Building
              10 am - 6 pm both days

Feb 20   
 Monthly meeting -
              Annual Christmas dinner
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Mar  17   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM


Upcoming February Meeting 

       The skew chisel seems to be the most feared and misunderstood tool at the turners disposal. However, in the demo this month Mel Bryan will attempt to help us to overcome the fear of the skew chisel. He will show the different cuts, techniques and secrets of conquering the skew and show why it is probably the most versatile tool in spindle turning.  

5 Woodturning Questions
      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. This month the questions have been answered by Robert (Bob) Anderson 
1.         When did you start turning and why?

I started turning in the fall of 2016 when I felt that I could afford a small lathe. I also fond out very quickly that the lathe is the cheap part. My son started a few years earlier and turned his wedding toasting cups. That was the real inspiration.

2.         What tools do you use the most?
Table saw, lathe, band saw, scroll saw, drill press and planer.

3.         What finish do you prefer?

I usually use a mixture of Johnson Floor Paste Wax and mineral oil on most lathe turnings. I have started using shellac on small projects and polyurethane on larger projects. Almost all projects get a coat of paste wax as the final finish. 

4.         What part of turning do you enjoy the most? What draws you to it?

I'm new enough that what I enjoy the most is not destroying the project at hand.

             Not screwing up.

5.         What do you hope to achieve this year in your shop?

I have been making drop spindles for us and for Renaissance Festival. I made fids for the Renaissance Festival leather worker. I was able to make two spinning wheel bobbins for a friend who couldn't find bobbins because the spinning wheel was not a production model. That was a very good experience. 
This year I would like to make simple Christmas ornaments and fids for Renaissance Festival, inside out Christmas ornaments for us and whatever else pops into my head (candle sticks, etc.) Biggest achievement would be a bowl and a covered box. I also need a whole lot more time to work on the lathe.
Robert (Bob) Anderson

     Thank you, Bob. 

       Do you enjoy this feature of your newsletter? If so, why not submit your answers to the following five questions and let us get to know you a little better. Who knows, you could help some other member gain the confidence or confirm that they are truly on the right track.
       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 January 31, 2018  
        January 31 YTD  2018  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
AAW Insurance
Lathe Fund
Available Funds $1670.31
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:
   Again, this month's tip also comes from the AAW.
 After a brief message from the AAW, Mike Mahoney shares a tip on shear-scraping to help you be more successful.
     Click on this link to view the video. Enjoy.


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

Skew Inspiration  

        The following is from Ron Brown's newsletter. I felt that is was pretty appropriate for this month's demonstration, so I've included it here with his permission. Enjoy.

      Some folks have natural talent. We see that all the time in sports, on the big screen and in the art world. For the rest of us, we can learn skills, secrets, methods which allow us to appear far above average. One of the two edged swords of our modern information age is access to educational information in abundance.
I have abilities, but I’m no Tom Brady, Albert Einstein or Richard Raffan. To some folks who know me, I do pretty well so I must have a lot of natural talent. My secret is that I dig until I find the answer or solution. If I can’t find the answer I go with what I know at that point knowing that success comes, on average, on the 10th to 12th attempt. My personal talent is tenacity and being willing to fail in order to succeed.
I was talking to a couple of other professional turners recently who admitted to not being very good with a skew chisel. I have become very proficient with a skew, but only after much research and effort. Many years ago a fellow came to my booth and seemed to hang around much longer than usual. Finally when everyone else had gone, he said “I would like for you to teach me how to use the skew.” I replied that “I was struggling with the skew myself.” I will never forget the look of disappointment on his face as he said “I drove 400 miles just to see you. You are a professional wood turner and you of all people should know how to use a skew.” He was right but I still let him down that day.
When I got home I set about to not only learn the skew, but to become its master. Alan Lacer knows more about the skew than I ever will, but I’m definitely closing in. It took about 100 catches and several spindle blanks before I understood how to use a skew safely and catch-free, but it finally clicked. Now I love skews and use one effectively much of the time but only because I decided to and didn’t quit after the first several dozen failures.
I paid full price to attend a hands-on class with David Ellsworth for the single reason of understanding his grind; how and why. I like to think that I’m teachable. You too, can learn if you apply yourself and if someone else has already experienced the 100 catches ahead of you and is willing to share what they discovered in the process, it will save you a lot of time. Add several of those lessons together and you will appear to be far above average. 
Ron Brown
Show & Tell

Antique Pepper mills turned by Don Bird

Garden dibber by Lester Gillett 
(His skew chisel practice)

Bottle stoppers by John Thornton


Cherry bowl by Dave Burton

Tea light holder and skew practice ornament by Bill Baker
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