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Turn With Independence

December 2020
President's Message

       From the President,
      Another year is ending and for most not soon enough. I would like to thank all the members for the loyalty during this trying year for meetings. We all had to learn to meet virtually and found out new ways to use our phones, iPad, and laptops to achieve this. The officers all are grateful for those members who did demos during the year. We know more will step up in the coming months. Usually right now we would be planning for the annual holiday banquet. As with how the rest of the year went, this month meeting will be virtually. We are still having the Ornament contest and will be giving away Gift Certificates. So, if I do not see you at this month’s meeting have a great holiday season and look forward to a new year.

         Keep turning and be safe. See you all at the next meeting on December 15th.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
December 2020
            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 years' 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.

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.
     The demo portion of the meeting was a p
re-recorded video  at our club meeting site at Metro Hardwoods on the club lathe specifically for our club meeting. Bill Baker demonstrated how he turns acrylic pens.
    First, Bill explained the choices of Acrylics, pen kits and decisions to be made before turning.

Next, he explained the options of drilling the blanks and demonstrated drilling them on the lathe. 

Then, he turned and polished the pens to a mirror finish using the wet sanding/polishing technique. 

     Finally, he explained the options for pressing the parts together and demonstrated assembling the pen parts into a functional and fashionable pen anyone would be proud to have and use.

     If you missed the presentation or would like to watch again you can view it on YouTube. The demo is divided into two videos on YouTube at these links;  Acrylic Pens Part 1    and    Acrylic Pens Part 2.      

    Thank you, Bill, for your time and effort for this 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.

Pens by Mark Inmon


Crotch bowl by Rick Tucker


 Snowmen by Mikeal Jones
 Long stemmed goblet by Rick Tucker

Hollow vessel by Ben Simmons

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


December 12   

 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. 

December 15 
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
          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.

December 26  

 Open Shop   
    Due to the holidays, we will forgo holding an Open Shop this weekend.

Jan 9    

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

Jan 19
 Monthly meeting -
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

Jan 23   

 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.
       At the Open Shop on November 14th, Mike McReynolds got a good start on turning a tri-cornered bowl. The action took place at Metro Hardwoods on our club lathe and was shared on our Zoom meeting. Unfortunately, there was no recording or pictures taken, therefore, we are lacking anything to display here.
       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. 
      The next meeting, Dec 12th, will once again originate at Metro and the plans are still in the making. We will probably focus on the more basic fundamentals of woodturning. We may possibly turn a tool handle or simple Christmas ornaments.
     Because Christmas will be the day before the next regular open shop day, we will not have an open shop on the 26th after Christmas.  
            Notices will be sent out for the online meetings. The next meeting will be; Dec 12th at 10 AM. 
    Thank you all for hanging in there with us while we endure this time.

Upcoming December 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.
     At the regular meeting on the 15th of  December at 7 PM, we will attempt to follow the normal format including Show & Tell, business and demonstration. (However, you will have to supply your own cookies and beverage.) 
     At some point in the meeting, we will have our annual Christmas ornament contest. To enter the contest, simply email a picture of  your ornament to Mel Bryan ( at least by Dec 14th. The winner will be chosen by the vote of the members present and will receive a gift certificate to either Craft Supplies USA or Metro Hardwoods.
      This months demo will be given by Phil Royer via video on turning toy spinning tops. He will discuss the tools, blank preparation, decorating and coloring of the tops.  The video was recorded at our club space on the club lathe at Metro Hardwoods. 

     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 November 30,  2020  
        November 2020 YTD  2020  
  GENERAL Account


Cookie expenses 
Mel Bryan, Treasurer

Win a Gift Certificate 

      Try your hand at turning Christmas ornaments and enter it into our Christmas Ornament Contest. We are offering gift certificates to either Craft Supplies, USA or Metro Hardwoods for the winners. Submit a picture to Mel Bryan at  by Dec. 14th so that it can be added to the slides to be presented for the contest. We will present the entries at the December meeting and the members will be able to vote on their choice. 
     Have fun and see what your creativity and skill can produce. 


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.
Member Recognition

      Congratulations to member Mark Inmon for recognizing the police officers and support staff of the Liberty Police department with 60 pens that he made for them. 
    Way to go, Mark.   Thank you. 

    You can view the Liberty Police Department's Facebook posting HERE. And also on our own facebook page.

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:  

      Sanding Inside Tight Places   

     There are several instances where we use a few common sizes of drill bits for starter holes, mortises, and such that it is very handy to have the often used ones ready to go without using a drill chuck. What makes them handy is to have them permanently mounted in their own morse taper. To make them, simply turn a morse taper out of a piece of poplar, maple, or other suitable hardwood then turn it around and mount in the headstock. Drill a hole in it using the drill bit to be mounted and epoxy it into the morse taper (solid end in, of course). Now you're equipped with drill bits ready to go. 

      Mel Bryan

Colored vessel by Ben Simmons

Bowls by Rick Tucker 

  Hollow vessels by Ben Simmons

And also a vase by Ben Simmons 


Furry gnomes  by Ben Simmons

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