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Turn With Independence

April 2021
President's Message

       From the President,    

     Good day, everyone. Just want to remind everyone that this month is the Craig Timmerman live demo. The cost is only $10.00 through  the PayPal link on the website, or you should have gotten an email with the link. This will be a remarkably interesting demo for all levels of turning.

     Another topic which has been discussed among those of us who are doing the Open Shops, is reducing the number to one a month. It is becoming really difficult to put on 3 demo’s a month (2 open shops, 1 monthly meeting). So, starting in May, unless we get other feedback, the 2nd Saturday will be the only open shop until the month of September. If we get several requests and members to do demos during open shop during the summer months, we can restart. I do thank the members who have been coming in recently during the open shops and hope this trend continues for the single open shop for each of the months May, June, July, and August.

     I hope to see everyone on April 20th for the demo meeting. If you have paid, an email will be sent with the information to log into Zoom. If you do not get any information by the 19th, please get a hold of one of the officers ASAP. Everyone have a safe and wonderful April.


          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
April 2021
            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. Dues payments being collected now will go for the 2021 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 pay 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.
  • 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.
Live Interactive Remote Demonstration
    This month's meeting will be our first Interactive Remote Demonstration and will replace our normal meeting because we have joined forces with the other clubs in the KC Metro area, the Kansas City Woodturners and Northland Woodturners. 
   We have engaged Professional Woodturner Craig Timmerman to demonstrate turning his imaginative "Torus Vase" on Tuesday, April 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm.. This is a Zoom demo with Craig live turning and narrating in his studio. You will be able to ask Craig questions after his demo. Craig will send out the Zoom link a week or two before the demo. We will make sure you get the link.
    Craig Timmerman's demo is not free for the clubs so we request a $10 donation to help pay for this event.  To use Paypal to pay Craig's fee:  Click Here
    If you don't do Paypal, you can pay with a credit card by emailing Kevin Neelley (KCWT Treasurer) to arrange for a phone call:  Email Kevin  
    If you wish to mail cash or check, that's okay but email Kevin Neelley to let him know. Mail to KCWT Treasurer, 14738 W 80th St, Lenexa, KS 66215

     Notice:  So that you know, this demonstration will not be recorded and will, therefore, will not be available later because Mr. Timmerman will not allow it to be recorded. 
   Independence Woodturners are hosting this event. The Northland Woodturners and the Kansas City Woodturners will each host another demonstration event this year.  Don't worry if you are a member of more than one club because all proceeds go into a common pool to pay for this year's demos.

        Craig Timmerman

                 Torus vase 
   Craig will be demonstrating how to turn this torus vase during the live demo.

Craig Timmerman's Bio:
      Craig Timmerman is a full-time artist and production woodturner living in Austin, TX. He is a nationally-known woodturner and gives demonstrations and woodturning instruction.
     He picked up woodturning in 1998 when he took a weekend class at a local store. After that weekend the wood working equipment in his shop ceased to be used for anything except woodturning. He has now expanded into using bent lamination (the process of gluing of thin strips of wood and bending them under pressure over a form) to augment his turnings and to produce new and exciting pieces.
     Craig's specialties include hollow forms, spheres, and non-round (e.g. square) turnings. Many of his pieces combine multiple turnings and bent laminations. He works primarily with reclaimed timber--trees that have come down in storms, trees being taken down for construction, and the occasional piece of firewood. Reclaimed timber is often filled with flaws of different kinds, such as cracks, bug holes, or voids. Rather than try to remove the flaws, he accentuates them by making them the focal point of the piece, filling them with crushed stone, or carving them into other shapes.
     Craig is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Central Texas Woodturners and is a firm believer in their mission to provide education and information to those interested in woodturning. Craig frequently demonstrates and teaches his craft. He has been a featured demonstrator three times at the American Association of Woodturners National Symposium as well as multiple regional woodturning symposiums, and local woodturning clubs.

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 a good turnout and included several show & tell items by the members in attendance.
     Ben Simmons p
re-recorded a video  at his own shop specifically for our club meeting on sharpening our turning tools. Ben started out explaining a bit about the different profiles on gouges, both bowl and spindle gouges, and also explained some of the options on grinders, sharpening systems and grinding wheels. 

        Ben then demonstrated how to grind the tool edge on several different tools. He covered; bowl gouges, spindle gouges, spindle roughing gouges, negative rake scrapers, and skew chisels.  


 If you missed the presentation or would like to watch again you can view it on YouTube. The demo is on YouTube at this link;  Sharpening Turning Tools

    Thank you, Ben, for your time and effort for this cutting edge and informative demo. 

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.
 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.


Turned and carved art piece by Ben Simmons


              Hybrid wood and acrylic cup by Rick Tucker

    Bowl by Rick Tucker

     Textured vessel by Ben Simmons


Offset turned and carved art piece by Ben Simmons


Router embellished vessel by Rick Tucker

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

April 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. 

April 20 
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom.
         The Zoom meeting will be held at the normal time of 7 PM.  Please refer to details below and to your email messages for logon information.

April 24 

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

May 8    

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

May 18
 Monthly meeting -
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom.
    The Zoom meeting will be held at the normal time of 7 PM.  Please refer to details below.

May 22   

 Open Shop  
The regularly scheduled Open Shop meeting will be held virtually on Zoom. Refer 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.
       The last Open Shop was well attended. Mark Inmon attempted to make a pocket box however, the lathe needed adjustment so the attention was focused on correcting that issue. 
       The next Open Shop, the second one of the month, will be Apr 22nd. (Projects or topics of discussion to be determined.)
       If you would like to take a turn at doing some turning during open shop, please contact one of  the officers so we can arrange a spot so that we don't violate the current social distancing protocols currently in effect. 
                  Notices will be sent out for the online meetings. The next meeting will be; Mar 13th at 10 AM. Check your email for the logon information.
    Thank you all for hanging in there with us while we endure this time.

Upcoming April 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.
     The regularly scheduled meeting on the 20th of  April at 7 PM  will not be conducted as normal. We will be having a paid professional guest demonstrator (see the "Live Interactive Remote Demo" box below). This meeting will be in conjunction with the other clubs in the KC Metro area and is not free. To attend this meeting, you will need to sign up and pay $10 (instructions in the "Live Interactive Remote Demo" following). This is the result of the survey we conducted earlier. It should be a professional, interesting and educational demo. So, please sign up and join the fun. 
     Therefore, we will not be having show and tell, but will carry them over until the May meeting. So, please go ahead and send pictures of your Show & Tell items to Mel Bryan ( to be included in the next Show & Tell slide show. And if you are entering something for the Demo Challenge, also send Mel the pictures and indicate that they are for the Demo Challenge otherwise they will be included as Show & Tell items. (If you aren't able to take pictures and send them, no problem, you can still show them via your webcam.)

     Following  the demonstration there will be an opportunity to ask the demonstrator questions.  As mentioned in the box about the demo, this is the first one of these demonstrations. The second is tentatively scheduled for the June meeting, coming from the professional Emiliano Achaval in Hawaii. 
     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 February 28,  2021  
        February 2021 YTD  2021  
  GENERAL Account


Cookie expenses 
PayPal Account Balance $251.78
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:  
      Tip Protectors
     Here's a tip that will protect your tips and help avoid your tips poking, scratching, or otherwise injuring you or other things in their vicinity. I found that putting those little vinyl rubber tips like screw thread protectors or rod end protectors on my calipers avoided scratching an already finished surface. I use them for pointed tools and objects such as scratch awls, dental tools, compass or divider points and such. In the case of the calipers you may need to allow for a bit of space they add. They are available in all sizes and colors on Amazon (of course). 


      Mel Bryan

Thank You
     A grateful THANK YOU to all those that donated items to the Tomah Shinga fund raising auction to benefit the youth camp near Junction City, Kansas. This is the camp that we have been going out to to help the teenage youth turn pens and introduce them to woodturning. The camp is very grateful and it will help provide a meaningful summer camp experience for some very deserving young people.
      Below are pictures of the items donated.  Thank you for lending your skills, time and materials!!



          Spalted bowl by Ben Simmons

             Flowers and vase by Rick Tucker  
                                Spalted bowl by Rick Tucker

Spalted wide rimmed bowl by Ben Simmons


Dyed eggs by Mel Bryan

Egg box by Mel Bryan

Tall dyed vase by Mikeal Jones


Scratch awls by Mel Bryan
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