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Turn With Independence

May 2020
President's Message

       From the President,
           I hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and doing well. As each city, county and state start opening up areas at their own rate, it is still up to each individual on how safe they feel. I believe for the club the current Zoom meetings will continue for at least the next couple of months. Then we can take the pulse of the club and see what everyone wants to do. Of course, that will also depend how things are going in the general public.
      Remember we do have a Facebook page that we would like to post everyone’s projects on. If it is a long term project just send us pictures in progress. If you hear of any good videos you have seen on turning, let us know. During virtual open shop last Saturday we learned of some places to order odorless cyanoacrylate glue. It was discussed since most of us work in tight enclosed spaces regular cyanoacrylate glues become dangerous to our health. It is tips like this we can share in the zoom meetings or just in emails so they can be placed in the newsletter.
      Remember our next meeting is next Tuesday at 7pm. An email will go out with the Zoom details. So everyone keep turning and keep safe in your woodshop and in the general public.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
May 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.).
  • As a reminder, the membership dues became $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. The 2020 dues are now payable and may be paid at any meeting to the treasurer, Mel Bryan. However, due to the situation and the fact that we are not having physical meetings, dues payments can be deferred until we are able to physically meet. 
  • The "President's Challenge" that was scheduled for the June meeting has now been pushed back until the August meeting assuming that we can meet then. That does not keep you from enjoying going ahead with working on it. Details are available on the website and will be available at the meeting.
  • The officers are very willing 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.
  • 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

      Due to the COVID-19 self quarantine restrictions, instead of physically meeting, we have been holding our meetings virtually online. We have had good turn out including demonstrations. Last month our meeting (at the regular meeting time) was held online with a demo by David Bartlett. We had at least 21 participants including show & tell.
     David demonstrated from his own shop on his own lathe by turning a whimsical lidded box. He turned the lid first then hollowed the box and fitted the lid. (You can see the box in the show & tell pictures below.)
     Thank you all that attended. And thank you, David for doing the demo. It was a great experience for us all.


 Toy table setting by Mikeal Jones


Football stand by Mikeal Jones

    Patio table insert by David Bartlett

Lego mallet by David Bartlett 


Appliance foot by David Bartlett

Whimsical lidded box by David Bartlett

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

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

May 23   

 Open Shop  
           Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

June 13   

 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

June 16
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

June 27  

 Open Shop   (Method of meeting still to be determined)  
           Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.


Monthly Open Shop
    Due to the coronavirus pandemic  restrictions to social gathering, we have been conducting Open Shop virtually online. Below are a couple of screenshots of the meetings. Hopefully, we will soon be able to resume normal activity, but we want to continue to be safe and we will check with club members during our next meeting. We will at least continue with online meetings if we don't actually meet physically. Notices will be sent out for any online meetings. Thank you all for hanging in there with us while we endure this time.

      Open Shop meeting April 25th

           Open Shop meeting of May 9th.


Upcoming May Meeting 

         Yes, we will have a meeting. HOWEVER, it will not be the normal meeting gathering at Metro. 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.
     The regular meeting on the 19th at 7 PM, will attempt to follow the normal format including Show & Tell, business and demonstration. (However, you will have to supply your own cookies and beverage.) 
     The demonstration is still yet to be determined, but we will have something. 
     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 April 30,  2020  
        April 2020 YTD  2020  
  GENERAL Account


Cookie expenses 
Zoom license 
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

   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.

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:  

     Musical Instrument String for Burn Wire   

     A common method to burn accent/decorative  rings on turnings is to use a "burn wire".  A very good source for the wire, is a metal string that has been replaced from a musical instrument such as a guitar or piano instead of a stiff ordinary wire. They are flexible and smaller and vary is size to suit fine decoration. Be sure to make handles for the ends of the wire and NEVER just hold them in your hands. So, take your "G" string to the shop and add some accent to your turning. 

      Mel Bryan


Lidded box by David Bartlett

Open segmented vessel by Mikeal Jones

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