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Turn With Independence

April 2022

President's Message

       From the President,    

   Hope everyone is doing well. Spring is upon us finally. Time to think about what projects you are going to do for the summer. As far as the club, we have Chip Siskey coming this month doing wide rimmed shallow bowl with an embellished rim. His demos are always very educational. I know the last few meetings we did the dual formats of in-person and zoom. I feel though the zoom meetings are not presenting the meetings as they should do to the lack of proper video equipment needed to present in this format. It served us well for the pre-recorded demos. Those of you doing the zoom give me feedback on what you think.

     Mel got an email from Klingspor’s wanting an updated members list so we can get discounts from ordering from them. So, this is requiring us to update the membership list. If you have not paid your dues for 2022 you need to do that to get the benefits of being a part of this club. Please check out the box about the Klingspor discount in this newsletter for more info.
     Make sure to bring your show & tell or demo projects to the meeting or send pictures to Mel Bryan so you can have a chance to win the drawing for a Metro gift card. If you have anything you would like to bring for raffle for the club that would be greatly appreciated. We are discussing about the annual creativity contest for this year. If you have ideas on what you think it should be let me know. We will need to release information on that soon to give everyone a chance to get a project completed by November judging.
    Remember we are going to have some positions opening up in the club soon and we need members to step up and help fill these positions. Officers will put out a list of these positions soon. Everyone have a safe and creative week and see you all at the monthly meeting.
      Everyone be safe and have fun.

           Ron Bruno, President, IWT
Offcuts from the Board
April 2022
            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.
  • We have begun holding meetings both publicly and online. Please refer to the "Upcoming Meeting" box for further information.
  • 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. Dues payments being collected now will go for the 2022 year's dues. They may be paid by either; sending a check to Mel Bryan, Treasurer with the check made out to "Independence Woodturners" at; 204 NW Redwing Dr., Lee's Summit, Mo. 64063. Or you may pay by PayPal by either one of two options. You may renew your dues by going to the web address, or via our website. To pay, using the website, as a member, sign in to our website,, using the userid you were given when you joined. Once you sign in, go to the "Members Only" tab and click on "Financial". If you've misplaced your id or have trouble, please contact either Ron Bruno or Mel Bryan for assistance.
  • 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.
            As a member of Independence Woodturners, you have an automatic 10% discount on purchases from the Klingspor Woodworking Shop when you order online or by phone. They are known for their high-quality sandpaper, but they carry a full range of woodworking, woodturning tools and supplies also. Below is an excerpt from their letter to us explaining that your information is not going to be shared and information on how to setup your account. Please be sure to take advantage of this benefit of your membership. Their website is: 

.  " Please remind your members that club member names are not sold.  Members can also order online.  They just need to call 800-228-0000 and set up a user name and password with one of our customer service representatives or create one themselves online. Please let members know that they will need to login before ordering in order for the discount to work. If Not then they will not get the discount. Also with our new system the discount shows up on the item NOT at the end of the order.
 This program is a great way to help woodworkers across the country save money on products that are already being purchased and also to help promote our great sanding products to your club members.  Listed below are some examples of what we have to offer your woodworking members:
  • 10% discount on all non-powered merchandise in our catalogues
  • **Discounts Do Not apply to items already discounted in catalog**
  • Regular mailings of our most up-to-date catalogs
  • Monthly newsletter via email
  • Expert advice on sanding and woodworking applications "

Our Last Meeting

          Mike Thomas shared with us last month how to make a nice decorative pen with only a Bic Pen filler rather than using a purchased pen kit.


     These pens give you the freedom to make them into many different types such as a desk pen, pocket pen, utility pen, fancy or plain restricted only by the length of the Bic filler.   The Bic pen filler is about 5 inches long (unless you snip it off a little).  Mike made a long pen like a desk pen which could be used as a "refrigerator" pen or 'telephone' pen that was about 8 or 10 inches long.
        Mike took a 3/4 x 3/4 piece of wood about 10 inches long, mounted in a chuck so that the end could be drilled. He drilled an 1/8 inch hole the depth of the filler, drilled a 5/32 counter bore for the base of the filler then brought up the tail center and finished turning.  Shape and details can be a plan or a surprise; whatever you desire. Mike turned a bead about 4 inches up from the nib end to function as a stop when placed in the pen holder. The pen holder is simply a piece with a hole drilled through then turned to your desires, rare earth magnets glued into the back side and it can be place on any metal surface to keep the pen 

Thank you, Mike, for sharing this clever, crafty piece of turning.



       Unfortunately, the video of this demonstration is not available yet on YouTube. Different technical issues appeared this time and hopefully will be overcome later.   

   Videos of all previous demonstrations are available online on YouTube.    They are on our YouTube channel  Independence Woodturners. After clicking on the link, you can access any video by clicking on it's link or go to the "Playlists" tab and find them by demonstrator. 

   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.

   Videos of all previous demonstrations are available online on YouTube.    They are on our YouTube channel  Independence Woodturners. After clicking on the link, you can access any video by clicking on it's link or go to the "Playlists" tab and find them by demonstrator. 

Ben Simmons's streptohedron "Box with a twist"


Rick Tucker's spalted vessel

Lighthouse Pens by Mel Bryan

Robert Wilson's miniature wine glass and cordial glass made of Kentucky Coffee Bean

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 19 

        Monthly meeting -
         This month, we will continue using hybrid meetings. We will have an in-person meeting at Metro and also conduct the meeting online using Zoom. Please read the "Upcoming Meeting" box for more information.
           Meeting location: Metro Hardwoods
                                           4243 S Noland Rd.
                                            Independence, Mo. 64055
           Meeting time: 7 PM - 9PM

May  17
           Monthly meeting -

     We plan to continue using hybrid meetings as described above.

Monthly Open Shop
   We, the board, have had to make the difficult decision to discontinue holding Open Shop sessions at least for the time being. We will re-evaluate later in the spring and summer about resuming and/or revamping that activity. 
         Thank you  to all that have participated and we hope that it was of value to you and  are hopeful that we can restart again. If you have any input or suggestions, please contact one of the officers. If you would like to volunteer in any way to assist, please let us know. The purpose of Open Shop is to help each other in learning and perfecting our craft. The intent is to have hands-on time to practice and improve our skills and not just another demonstration. So, please give us your input and opinion. Thank you. 


Upcoming April Meeting 

         We will continue with 'hybrid' meetings this month by having the meeting at Metro for those that feel safe in meeting in person and also online using Zoom as we have been doing. The wearing of masks is an individual choice but keep in mind that the masks are for other persons safety not your own.  You can still attend the meeting from your own home using Zoom. 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.
      The demonstration this month will be presented by Chip Siskey and will be live streamed from our club space on Zoom. Chip will turn a wide rimmed bowl with embellishment on the rim.  
       We have resumed conducting the raffle, so come prepared to purchase raffle tickets and join in on the chances to win. 
        We will also have our show & tell both in person and online for those that will be joining online.  

       As usual, send pictures of your Show & Tell items to Mel Bryan ( to be included in the Show & Tell slide show.  (If you aren't able to take pictures and send them, no problem, you can still show them via your webcam.)

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 
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

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of March 31,  2022  
        March 2022 YTD  2022  
  GENERAL Account


PayPal Account Balance      $743.49  
Mel Bryan, Treasurer
   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
    Buffer Pad & Wheel  Arbors 

     For those quick buffing tasks that you want to make without setting up the entire buffing system, make some dedicated arbors to mount some buffing pads and wheels onto. They will mount directly onto the lathe spindle either by threading on or using a scroll chuck without fear of them coming off during use.
Turn a piece of wood that you can tap to fit onto the spindle drive, drill a hole in the opposite end to epoxy in a nut for the mounting bolt to screw into. I used a 3/8 bolt for the arbor bolt. Mount the buffer pad/wheel with washers on both sides and buff away. Another option if you don’t have a spindle tap, is to make the arbor to fit into your scroll chuck by a tenon turned on the end. Add the nut the same way and buff away.


      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.

A 'flat' bowl by Rick Tucker


Ron Bruno's "Thousand Dollar Clock"

Tall segmented vessel by Ben Simmons
"Eruption",  Box elder hollow vessel by Mel Bryan 

   Natural edge walnut bowl by Rick Tucker

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