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Turn With Independence

January 2020
President's Message

       From the President,
          Happy New Year to everyone. We start another new year at IWT. I hope the members attend the meeting to enjoy conversation with fellow turners and to share what they have learned. I ask members; “what are you wanting to see most from the demonstrations?” I have asked this a few times with very little response. Please feel free to speak to one of the officers or send us an email with your thoughts and ideas. (You can get our email addresses and phone numbers from the newsletter.)"
     In February we are having Jigs & Fixtures night again. So, dig out all those handy little gadgets you have to help you in your craft and bring them to share with other club members.
      In a long-term activity, we hopefully will be going back to the youth camp in June/July this year. Make plans to go and assist. We turn pens with the teenagers at the camp. This is a very fulfilling experience.
       If you are not sure about whether or not open shop or a monthly meeting is occurring, we will send out an email in the case of cancellation and it will be posted on the web site.
      Everyone be safe during these winter months and we’ll see you all at the monthly meetings and open shops.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
January 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 take note of the changes to the Open Shop schedule. Please refer to the Open Shop section of this newsletter.
  • Be sure to check out our website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.).
  • As a reminder, the membership dues will become $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. 
  • The Woodworking Tool Show will again be held in January at the KCI Expo Center up by the airport. It will be January 17th thru the 19th. The officers have decided that our club is to not have a booth this year. The information with website links are in the Upcoming Events box.
  • 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

      Last month we enjoyed a bounty of good eats and fellowship and friendship with other members at our Annual Christmas Dinner. After partaking of a good choice of side dishes and desserts and deli style sandwiches, we had the regular Show & Tell. Then the prizes for the Christmas Ornament Contest were awarded. The winning places were decided by the attendees voting on their choice of ornament. (Below are the pictures of the winners and all entries.) Door prizes were drawn for and the voluntary gift exchange added to the festivities. Thank you to all that attended, participated and helped in the evening. A big thank you to Beth Gahm and Kathy Bruno for organizing and taking care of the details. 


Celtic knot Christmas ornament by Ben Simmons.  First place in the Christmas Ornament contest.

Second place Christmas Ornament winner was this segmented globe ornament by Mikael Jones.

Inside out staved Christmas ornament by Gale Markley

Miniature Christmas Ornament by Ron Bruno. 

Four in one screwdrivers of Eastern red cedar by Leonard Pearce

Maple rolling pins also by Leonard Pearce

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

Jan 11    Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Jan 17 - 19
                 The Woodworking Shows
                KCI Expo Center
                11728 NW Ambassador Drive
                Kansas City, MO 64153

                    Get Directions

                Ticket Price*

               $14 General Admission at the door, cash only
               $12 General Admission if purchased online ($2 discount)


 Jan  21  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Jan 25
 Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement) 
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon 

Feb 8   
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

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

Feb 22   
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 and the one on the fourth Saturday will be more "Skills Enhancement".  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  take place  Jan 11th. The second Open Shop (Skills Enhancement) will be Jan 25th. 

Upcoming January Meeting 

         Whether you are choosing firewood or wood for turning, the presentation this month should be of interest. Chuck Conner, forester, from the Missouri Conservation Department will fill us in on the latest information about our Missouri trees and woods. He may even help us identify some woods and have tips on where to find that free wood begging to be turned. 


Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of December 31 2019  
        December 2019 YTD  2019  
  GENERAL Account


Christmas Dinner
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

   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. 
    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:  

     Turning Tool Cutting Edge Protector   

     Whether you're traveling with your woodturning tools to Open Shop, across the country or simply storing them in your tool box, to protect the cutting edges can be safe and simple by using one or more of the following ideas.
      1. One way is to cut a section of plastic or rubber tubing and slide it over the tool tip. 
      2. Similarly, cut a piece of pipe insulation or foam insulation to fit on the end of the tool.
      3. You can make a sheath out of leather and stitch it into a protective cover. 
      4. Take a worn pair of leather gloves (or even cloth gloves) and cut the fingers off to use as your tool protectors.
      5. Use wine bottle corks (or any other bottle corks) and carve pockets for custom covers.
      6. Heck, maybe you could even turn wooden covers for your tools.

     These methods are probably not the only way to protect your tools but they are some simple, inexpensive ways. If you have other ideas, please feel free to share them with us.

      Mel Bryan


Christmas ornament by Ron Bruno made from winged elm

Penguins by Mikeal Jones
Walnut Christmas trees by Ben Simmons

Additional Christmas ornaments by Gale Markley

Three sided box turned from some species of oak by Rick Tucker
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