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Turn With Independence

April 2019
President's Message

From the President,
    This month I am going to talk about safety. There are many aspects of woodturning that can place yourself and others at risk. The obvious is wood flying off the lathe. A good face shield is a must to keep head injuries down to a minimum. Turning speed and lathe to wood attachment is important. Size, wood density and lathe type all matter in safe turning. This not only protects you but anyone around you. This link is about a story on impact safety; SAFETY MATTERS From the Eye of a Survivor. This video about Personal Protective equipment; Protect Yourself with Personal
     Another risk is inhalation of dust. Any fine dust inhaled can be very dangerous. I have been a woodworker since my dad gave me my first hand saw. I turned spindles in the 80’s with no mask or proper ventilation, because I did not know any better. I had a filtered mask to stain or apply finish because I could smell the toxic air and it burned my nose. But most dust does neither. Last summer I picked up some wood that had been outside for a while. It showed no signs of spalting (any form of wood coloration caused by fungi) or other toxins. After I turned a couple of bowls, I started having sever sinus headaches and coughing. It did not take me long to figure out it was the wood I picked up. Even though I could not see it, something was in the wood. After this I purchased a room air filter and a ventilated mask. Continued use can lead to serve lung damage. More information at; Wood Toxicity & Identification
     On the AAW site is a guide on Safety; Safety Guidebook for Woodturners . Another is; Woodturning safety is YOUR responsibility . For AAW members there are these links; Safety for Woodturners Book. & Personal Protection Equipment for Woodturners. Another practice AAW is against is Fractal Burning. Here is an article on this; Fractal Burning.
      If you are unsure about something you are doing. Ask someone in the club. That’s what we’re here for. Everyone has experiences to share. Everyone Stay Safe. See you April 16th!

          Ron, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
April 2019
            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 take note of the changes to the Open Shop schedule. Please refer to the Open Shop section of this newsletter. 
  • The demo challenge this month will be to turn a practice piece. It should be just off the lathe with no sanding or finish. 
  • Be sure to check out our new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article on the website.)
  • Once again this summer we will be going out to the church camp, Tomah Shinga, at Junction City, Kansas and helping teen aged kids to turn a pen. If you would like to help out by either going with us or helping prepare the pen kits or donate, please contact one of the officers or Mike McReynolds.
  • Be on the lookout for a brief questionaire/survey to come in your email. Please take a moment and fill it out and return it. We are trying to improve our club and want to know what you would like to see and for us to consider. Thank you very much in advance.
  • 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.

Our Last Meeting

      At the March meeting we received the expert instruction of basic woodturning tool control by Anthony Harris. Besides explaining the mechanics of controlling the spindle gouge and the principles that also apply to all beveled woodturning tools, Anthony turned a utility scoop and tried an experiment in finishing it off. As usual, Anthony's  instructions were clear, concise and very informative. 


     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 of Anthony's demo is available on YouTube in two parts. Here are the links to those videos. 
Basic Tool Control Part 1
Basic Tool Control Part 2.




 Drop spindles by Kristin Christ

 Drop spindles by Ron Bruno

 Staved spalted maple vase by Michael Straughn

 A "Niddy Noddy" (yarn skein winder) by Kristin Christ

 Hollow form by Bill Corteville

Officers contact info


Ron Bruno

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 13   
 Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Apr  16   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Apr 27   
Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon  

May 11   
 Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon


May 21  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

May 25   
 Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon


Monthly Open Shop
    Open Shop has undergone a bit of revamping. We are now planning to hold Open Shop each second  and Fourth Saturday of the month. The intent is to  accommodate as many people as possible and to involve as many turners as we can. If attendance and participation warrants it, we will increase the number of Saturdays for Open Shop during the month.        
     The intent and purpose of Open Shop is for any member to be able to come use a lathe and hone your skills or work on a project that you may not be able to perform on your own equipment. Or to simply receive help on any aspect of turning, whether it's tool usage, work-piece mounting or anything turning related, 
     Be sure to bring you own tools and wood (or wood can be purchased at the store). And of course bring your safety equipment. Any level of turning experience is welcomed and encouraged, regardless if you're an expert or beginner. That is what the club is for. 
     Open Shop is a great opportunity for any member to come together with other members where we can help each other learn, practice, work on a special project, get to know each other, make connections and share your experience with others that can benefit from it. The best way to learn is by helping others and asking questions, so, take advantage of the experience of others and if we don't know, we can all learn together. 
    If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, Mike McReynolds is the project chairman to contact. His contact info is: 816-356-7262 or 
    Keep turning and be safe. See you at the next available Open Shop, which will be April 13th  then April 27th. 

Upcoming April Meeting 

         The demo this month will be given by member Mel Bryan. He will show us how to turn a one sided object. In keeping with the scheme of basic woodturning, he will show how simple a little fun project can be and how it can help improve you basic skills.  

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of Mar 31, 2019  
        March 2019 YTD  2019  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
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.
          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

   Check out our new website if you haven't already. Just click on the image above and you will be directed to it. 
    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.
2019 Dues
     The dues for 2019 will now be accepted if you would like to take care of that matter. They are $15 for emailed newsletter (or no newsletter) and $25 for US mailed hardcopy newsletter. See Mel Bryan, Treasurer, at the meeting. 

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:  

       Tennis ball tail support   

     To steady an item that is pretty well already finished and you need a 'soft touch' steady, try using a tennis ball between your tail center and the work piece. You probably can't use it to play your next tennis game because it may require putting a hole in it to mount it on the tail center.  

This tip comes from Lyle Jamieson and his YouTube video on turning a natural edge bowl. Click this link to watch on YouTube.


 Clock by Gale Markley 

 Carvers mallets with dovetailed wedged tenons by Mel Bryan


 Steampunk lamp by Ron Bruno

 Bottle stoppers and stands with turned bases made from wind bottles by John Thornton

 Natural edge elm bowl by Mike McReynolds


A maple and sassafras bowls "from a board" by Leonard Pearce
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