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Turn With Independence

August 2019
President's Message

       From the President,
    Well, Summer is coming to an end, kids are going back to school, time to start thinking about what turning you will do this fall and winter.
    Remember, we are participating as a club in making the jar lids. This is something simple and easy. If you are just starting into woodturning this is a good project to learn how to use certain tools. Come to the Saturday open shops (especially Aug 24th, Sept 14th & 28th) for assistance and even turn one from beginning to end. For those of you who feel this is to easy. Make it harder. Experiment with putting scraps together and see what you get. Try painting or staining or other finishing ideas. This is for a great cause.
    I hope everyone is working on their Creativity Challenge. I know some of you are already done. Well, not myself. I have finally figured what I want to do and have cut out the wood. Remember, take some pictures along the way to show us how it progressed. If you have no way of printing them you can send them to me and I can print them on card stock for displaying.
    Coming up is our holiday Dinner. If you have been to any of them or not let us know what you like(d) or not like. This is for the members. Officers want you to come to enjoy an evening of food and meeting other members and their families.
               Also, elections are coming up for Vice-President and Treasurer. Mel Bryan has thrown his hat back into the Treasurer’s election. That will occur at the December dinner.
    See everyone at the monthly meeting and the 2nd Saturday ‘Learn to Turn’ and 4th Saturday ‘Skill Enhancement’ meetings.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
August 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 your own half bowl wall hanging.
  • Be sure to check out our new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.).
  • The Creativity Contest for this year is quickly approaching. Once again we will are giving out a piece of wood to be used for the creation of a prize winning turning. We began giving out the wood at the June meeting, but you can still join. Please refer to the article later in this newsletter.  
  • As a reminder, the membership dues will become $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. 
  • 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

      David Bartlett shared techniques and skills for turning faceplate turning by turning the base plate for a wall hanging. On that base, he will mount a bowl cut in half to create a shelf like compartment to display flowers or other items as desired. He started out by preparing a glue block onto which he mounted the block of wood to become the base plate. After truing up the block of wood, he cut a recess for mounting it onto a chuck in expansion mode in order to turn the face side. This back side also received a groove cut about midway between the center and the edge which will serve as the hanging point onto the wall. He turned the plate around on the chuck and turned the front side. He then  show how to line up and mount the half bowl to complete the wall hanging. 
     Thank you Dave for sharing with us. 

Preparing the glue block

Roughing out the base plate

Cutting the chuck recess and hanging groove.

After turning the front face, preparing to mount the half bowl


     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 Independence Woodturners 
     The video for this presentation is available on YouTube at the following link: 
   Turning a Half Bowl Wall Hanging




Pen and marking knife with CA finish by Leonard Pearce 

Stick pen with CA finish by Rick Tucker 

Persimmon shaving brush and razor stand, Honduran rosewood shaving brush and Australian wood razor with CA finish by Mel Bryan

Miniature goblet with CA finish by Gale Markley

Lidded box with CA finish by Stan Gilliland 

Twirling button toys by David Bartlett  

Segmented lidded box by Michael Straughn

Lidded box by Rick Tucker
Bowl from a board by Leonard Pearce


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

Aug 10   
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Aug  20   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Aug 24   
Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Sept 14  
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Sept 17  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Sept 28
 Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement) 
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon


Monthly Open Shop
    In an effort to improve Open Shop we are attempting to add more specific focus to our times in the shop.  We are still planning to hold Open Shop each second  and Fourth Saturday of the month. However, the Open Shop on the second Saturday will focus on more basic turning techniques intended for newer woodturners. These changes do not alter the fact that you can still bring your own project, wood, tools, questions or assistance. 
     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. The first Open Shop ("Learn to Turn") for this month will have already taken place  Aug 10th by the time this newsletter is published. However, the next one for this month will be Aug 24th and will be the "Skills Enhancement" shop where beginner as well as experienced turner can work on improving our skills. Following Open Shops will be: Sept.  14th and 28th. 


Upcoming August Meeting 

         In preparation for the Presidents challenge, Ron Bruno (president) and Mel Bryan will demonstrate different methods of turning mason jar lid covers. The members are challenged by the president to turn mason jar lid covers to be donated to the ladies group at Mike McReynolds' church. The president will judge them based on number of lids, creativity, appearance as well as turning finesse. The contest and donation will take place at the September meeting. There will be a $20 gift certificate awarded as first prize. Join in the fun and help make somebody's day with a pretty jar that will be given as a gift.  

Treasurers Report

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


Coffee & cookies
Camp Thoma Shinga expenses
Equipment & Tool 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.
Youth Camp Penturning
    We made two trips out to Camp Tomah Shinga near Junction City, Kansas the month of July where we helped thirty four high school aged youth turn their very own pen. The excitement and smiles of satisfaction of making a pen of their own design and craftsmanship is well worth the hard work and time spent in helping them. If you missed out this year, there may be another opportunity next summer. Any help will be appreciated  and the effort is rewarding and fun. 
     Below is a photo of the great bunch of kids we had the pleasure of helping on July 10th. 

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:  

       Are Your Centers Sharp?   

     To help prevent your spindle work from stalling and your drive center just spinning in the end of your work, occasionally sharpen you drive center spurs. It only takes a few moments to dress them up with a small file or diamond hone to cut down on the frustrating stalls when you get a dig-in or tough wood to cut. 

      Mel Bryan

Annual Creativity Contest
   The annual Creativity Contest is a fun contest where you take the piece of wood that will be provided by the club when you sign up for the contest and put your own creativity into action. Your turned project can be anything you desire by following the rules listed below. You will receive about 1 to 1 ½ board feet of wood from the club when entering the contest.

     1. Use only wood. No kits, or additional hardware or accessories
     2. The project/item must by primarily turned. It may be segmented, or otherwise cut and re-glued, or from a solid piece. And use only the wood acquired from the club.
     3. May be stained, painted, or otherwise decorated and finished. (Including, pyrography, texturing, piercing, carving, or such.)

   The contest will be held in November as the program at our regular meeting and the winners will be determined by the vote of all members present. 

    This year we will have two separate categories in the competition. One will be for less experienced turners and another for more experienced turners. The category that your piece will be placed in will be determined by a panel before the member voting begins 

   First prize will be a $50 bill and second prize will be a $20 gift certificate to Metro Hardwoods in each category. 

   So, be sure to join in on the fun and let your creativity flow and sign up for the contest and get your wood so you can study it and see what it wants to become.

Cedar vase by Gale Markley

 Cherry wall button and bowl by Mikeal Jones

 Weekly medicine box (top and bottom views) by Michael Straughn 

Miniature butter churns and buckets by Stan Gilliand 

Stick pens and Celtic medallions by Phil Royer 

Sycamore vase by Phil Seaton
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