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Turn With Independence

November 2017
Offcuts from the Board
November 2017
            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.
  • This month’s Open Shop is truly "open" to anything anyone desires to bring and work on. Bring your tools and project material and make something happen. See more information below.
  • The program for this month’s meeting will be a demonstration on making whistles by David Bartlett and he may even add a novelty enhancement to it. 
  • Believe it or not Christmas is coming, and that means our annual pot luck dinner will be next month.  The club will provide the drinks and main course and members bring a side dish or desert. We will also have our Christmas ornament contest at that event. So, it's not to early to plan and begin making your Christmas ornaments to bring and enter into the contest. Christmas is a time of sharing, so bring your ornament and show us your creativity and skills and maybe take home a prize. Also, at that event, we traditionally have a "give one get one" gift exchange. So, this heads-up can help you prepare and select a gift not over $20 to exchange with another member which is determined by drawing. Plus, we will have "Show & Tell" as usual. So, plan to join us for a fun evening of fellowship and sharing.
  • Dues for 2018 are now being accepted. They are still $15 for emailed newsletter (or no newsletter) and $25 for hardcopy USPS delivered newsletter. Please see Mel Bryan at the meeting to pay.
  • As a reminder, you have a chance to win an airbursh by purchasing a ticket for $2 each for the "special raffle". The funds raised will go into the equipment fund. We will do the drawing after we collect $100 dollars in ticket sales.
  • There are many ways you can contribute to the life of our club. A couple simple ways are to submit your answers to the "5 Woodturning Question" article. (See the article below for more details). Another similar 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.
Monthly Open Shop
     The Open Shop for the recent months have not had a specific focus so it's wide open to whatever you desire. So, bring your tools, project piece and safety equipment and join in the activity. There will be others there and we will try to help in whatever way we can. We will meet on Saturday, Nov 18 at 10 AM at our meeting place at Metro Hardwoods.
    Keep turning and be safe.


Our Last Meeting

      Our program last month consisted of our annual Creativity Contest where members joined in by drawing a piece of wood and turning something from it. The contest guidelines stipulated that only the wood drawn could be used and without any kits, or other hardware but could be cut, glued, dyed, stained or painted. The winner was chosen by the voting of all members present and the winner won a "Carter & Son" 1/4 inch detail spindle gouge. Mel Bryan was the lucky winner of the gouge. There were many nice entries that represented many hours of thought, work and fun. The pictures of the entries and their creators are shown in the "Show and Tell" photos below.
      Thank you to all that took part in the contest and if you were not able to attend the October meeting, be sure to bring your piece to this meeting and share it with us. 

   Due to the nature of the program, a video was not produced and is therefore not available. 

Faux basket weave Christmas ornaments by Mike McReynolds

Inside-out Christmas ornament by Mike Jones

Spalted vase by Bill Corteville

Secret compartment flower vase contest piece by Michael Straughn


   Matching candle sticks contest piece by Jim Tate


  Segmented bowl contest piece by Mike Jones

  Cherry tart and accessories contest piece by Mel Bryan


  Staved bowl contest piece by Dave Burton

Officers contact info


Don Bird

(816) 377-2752

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

Nov  18   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

 Nov 21   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Dec  16   
 Open Shop
          At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon
Dec  19   
 Monthly meeting -
              Annual Christmas dinner
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM


Upcoming November Meeting 

       This month, Dave Bartlett will be demonstrating how to turn a whistle and at the same time add a captive ring to it. 

5 Woodturning Questions
     The following are the answers to the five questions  as answered by member John Thornton.  
      The intention of this is for us to get to know each other and our passion for woodturning by answering five simple questions related to our woodturning desires. I’m sure that as you read through these questions, you will be able to relate to them
and will think of them as they refer to yourself. Therefore, you will be ready to take up the challenge at the end of this article.
    1.         When did you start turning and why?
               I started turning about 15 years ago after several years of woodcarving.  I was befriended by Sonny Sharrar at the Independence Woodturners meeting who taught me a lot of what I know and encouraged me to reach out and learn more.

2.         What tools do you use the most?
            The tools I use most are the roughing gouge, spindle gouges and more recently, texturing tools.

3.         What finish do you prefer?
            I generally use spray lacquer. 

4.         What part of turning do you enjoy the most? What draws you to it?
             I enjoy the challenge of segmented bowls, but recently have made many bottle stoppers with various textures applied.  I enjoy the creativity that is involved. 

5.         What do you hope to achieve this year in your shop?
             I want to get back to making more segmented bowls and would like to try a regular solid piece wood bowl.  I have yet to do one. 

       Now it's YOUR turn, John Tornton.

       Don’t wait to have your arm twisted to answer these five question. Simply write down your responses and submit them to or give them to Mel Bryan at a meeting. As they are received, they will be put in the newsletter and we will be able to enjoy “your” story and get to know you a little better.


Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of October 31, 2017  
        October 31 YTD  2017  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Lathe Fund

Available Funds $1211.29
Mel Bryan, Treasurer

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:
   This month's tip comes from the AAW. It is a 10 minute video by Jimmy Clewes on how to sharpen and use the microbevel on a bowl gouge to get a clean cut in the tight areas of a bowl or platter. Click on this link to view the video. Enjoy.


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.
          Don’t forget to check the inventory of our library as we are regularly adding new items.            

---  John Thornton, Librarian

 Trying Something New

                When was the last time you tried something new?  Either a new type of project, new technique or maybe just a new tool. 
            I’m not sure when the last time for me was.  I get too comfortable with what I know I can do to push myself to new things.  I make pens.  That is about all I do on a lathe.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to make pens, but I wonder what else I could do if I could only push myself to try it.  Every year at the woodworking show, I spend more money than I should on tools and jigs and whatnot because I tell myself that I can use it to make something spectacular.  Almost every item I have bought is still in the box and untouched.  Why?  Fear of the unknown?  Fear of failure?  Fear of success?  What if I can make whatever it is and do a good job at it and people love it, but I hate the process of making it but I have to keep making it because everyone loves it and wants one? 
            If we stay in our comfort zones, we never grow.  We never learn new things.  Maybe that is what our club does best – introduce us to new things and plant a seed of desire in us to try that.  The demo challenge is a perfect example of that.  I have never tried a demo challenge – yet.  I am getting my confidence up and I am sure that I will try one at some point.  Heck, I helped with a demo this year and even turned a quick top at the show last year (when no one was looking). 
            Maybe that is the biggest benefit of belonging to and participating in our club – gaining the courage to try something new and knowing that no one will belittle us if we don’t do it right the first time, but will give us another way to try it and the encouragement to try, try again.

    Bill Baker, Contributor 
Show & Tell


Stained bowl contest piece by Bill Sapp

Cherry bowl contest piece by Bill Corteville



Lighthouse contest piece by Bill Boyle




Lidded vessel contest piece by Vaughn Bradley with "poke root" zentangle pyrography 




Cake pedestal contest by Mike McReynolds 




Open segmented vessel contest piece by Don Bird

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