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Turn With Independence

May 2019
President's Message

From the President,
     Spring is finally here. The start of new growth and new things. The topic for the month is Mentoring. I believe people have different interpretation of what mentoring means. Youth mentoring, Job mentoring, and Personal mentoring all have a specific goal in mind. For the club, mentoring is having a member with an ability that you want to learn. Even, if you have never turned, to those who have turned for years. Some turners like different aspects of turning ie; pens, bowls, spindles, etc. Over the weekend I was at a festival and there were a couple of other turners who after talking to them wanted to do other things. I also talked to individuals at the fair who started but never continued turning because they did not know how to progress in the art of turning. So that is what mentoring is for the club. It allows members and those who may want to be members to grow in this medium. So, every member has something to contribute. Whether it be using a lathe, bandsaw, table saw, sanding, finishing, planning and shop layout YOU can contribute to expand someone else’s knowledge. This mentoring starts at Open Shop / Monthly Meetings and could go to working at the mentee’s home shop.

          This month’s meeting is Tips, Tricks and Jigs. This can be bringing something to demonstrate or just getting up and telling the members a tip or trick you think others should know. This is Mentoring on a club level and is a good place to have fun and learn. So see you all on the 21st for the monthly meeting, but you can come to the Open Shop on the 11th and help us get pens ready for summer camp.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
May 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 femisphere.
  • Don't forget to bring your Jigs, fixtures, self made tools, or even special tools, and tricks you've used to share with the club. This month's program is your very own, so please share with us. 
  • Be sure to check out our new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about 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.
  • Begin thinking about what you would like to make during the Creativity Contest this year. Once again we will be giving out a piece of wood to be used for the creation of a prize winning turning. We plan to begin giving out the wood at the June meeting. 
  • 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

      During the April meeting, Mel Bryan demonstrated turning femispheres. Femispheres are a one sided object just as is a sphere but the femisphere has a cove going all the way around it giving it a feminine curvature. After showing some that he had made and explaining them, he started by showing how to layout and prepare the blanks. They are made using the split-turning method so that after the basic turning they can be separated and offset by one quarter of a turn. After turning the blank to a cylinder, he drew the layout lines for the coves to be turned. Mel then turned the mating coves, fine tuned them, parted them off, then offset the halves a quarter turn. He then showed how he sanded the waste from the ends and fine tuned the shape. The intriguing shape turns out to be a very simple project. 



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




 Open segmented soup bowl by Mikeal Jones

 Clock by Gale Markley 

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


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

June 8   
 Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

June  18   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

June 22   
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 May 11th then again on May 25th and June 8th.  

Upcoming May Meeting 

         This month it is all members' opportunity to take  part and share with the other members the tips, tricks, tools, jigs, fixtures and 'bright ideas' you have used in your own shop. It's the "Jigs & Fixtures" meeting. That means you bring the gadgets, accessories and helping hand fixtures that you have made for your own unique use. That can be anything that helps you turn safely and efficiently. So, make a list, or dig through your tool box and shelves and bring them to share with the rest of us. It is always an interesting meeting to see what great ideas our creative members come up with. (And that means you.) 

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of April 30, 2019  
        April 2019 YTD  2019  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
PA System
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:  

       Stretch Wrap Work Holding   

     When you are ready to finish the bottom of a turning and there is no place to hold it with a chuck without risking damaging the finished piece, you are faced with a challenge. I recently had the idea and used the following method with very good success. I expanded on the idea I saw in an AAW publication which suggested using kitchen stretch wrap. Using a waste block mounted in my chuck I turned the negative profile of the finished piece into it and lined it with non-slip material. I then mounted the piece onto it and centered it with the tail stock live center with the original center point. While holding it in place I wrapped it with strips of stretchy bandaging tape pulling it very snug. (Actually, the non-slip material I used was a doubled piece of the bandaging tape.) I used an 'X' pattern wrapping the tape from one side of the piece to the other side of the back of the chuck, then went the opposite way on the other side. Then as an extra precaution, I wrapped it all with the thin stretchy packaging film. (Make sure you wrap it in the proper direction so it does not unwind when the lathe is running.) I kept the tail center in place until the very last moment and took light cuts. It worked like a champ. The bandaging tape can be purchased in most drug stores or first aid departments and the stretchy thin film packaging can be found in office supply departments. Below is a picture of my "first aid" work holding. 

      Mel Bryan


 Mosaic coffee table by John Atkins 


Yarn bowl by Wilbur Willson
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