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Turn With Independence

November 2020
President's Message

       From the President,
  
      As the year winds down (finally) we look back and hope we never repeat this again! I thought there was a bright note when they said Black Fridays where over. Well, just like the rest of the year it started out okay then all of a sudden changed. Now there is a Black Friday every weekend until Christmas. As far as the club goes, we have learned a lot about how to have meetings and demos in ways we have never done before. These new techniques I am sure will carry over and improve our club experience. If there is anything you want as a demo or want to try giving a demo yourself, contact an Officer! I tried my first one last open shop. It wasn’t very good, but I learned things that I should have done and should have not done. So, if you need tips on how to start, I am sure we can give you some tips and ideas.
         On another point, remember this is the holiday season. Sometimes it is a hard time due to numerous reasons. One thing we can all do is reach out by phone, text, email, or social media and let them know someone is thinking about them.
 
         Keep turning and be safe. See you all at the next meeting on November 17th.


          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
November 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; independencewoodturners.org   (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 by paying by PayPal. To pay by PayPal, as a member, sign in to our website, Independencewoodturners.org, 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; indepwoodturners@gmail.com 
  • 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 at least 20 participants 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. David Albright, a student of Anthony Harris, turned a bowl. David starts with a rough block of wood and fashions a very nice bowl from start to finish. By-the-way, David is 100% blind. David's demonstration was very inspirational.


     If you missed the presentation or would like to watch again you can view it on YouTube at this link.
      Thank you David and Anthony for putting in the time and effort to share with us. 

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: mrwudb@gmail.com 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.
 
  



Christmas ornament by Kenny Heermann with one piece bottom finial and center insert
 
   

Duplicated bed post finials by Mel Bryan
   



  Bowl with inlaid material in progress by Chan Combs
   



Pocket pill cases by Mel Bryan
 

Officers contact info

President

Ron Bruno
816-288-7587

ronaldebruno@gmail.com

Vice President

Mike McReynolds

(816) 356-7262

jmikemc@att.net 

Secretary

Gary Gahm

(816) 313-5065
gahmgb@gmail.com 

Treasurer

Mel Bryan

(816) 524-7767
mrwudb@gmail.com

Director at Large

Bill Baker

(816) 836-5656

twist-and-click@comcast.net


Website:  Independencewoodturners.org 

Where We Meet

Metro Hardwoods

4243 S. Noland Rd
Independence, Mo.


Click:  http://mapq.st/1jjGqsW for a map


 

Upcoming Events



 

    

Nov 14    

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



Nov 17
   
       
 Monthly meeting -
        
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.



Nov 28   

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

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.

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 October 24th, Ron Bruno, our president, conducted the Zoom meeting from his own shop. Ron turned a Christmas ornament bell. He took a piece of a limb and roughed it down, put it in a chuck, drilled the center out some then turned the outside shape. He then refined the interior followed by the exterior, and finished it with some teak oil. This being our first home workshop presentation, it went very well. 
       
  

    The next meeting, Nov. 14th, will once again originate at Metro and we plan to turn Christmas ornaments. We may have different methods of how to turn similar items. I'm sure we will have fun however and whoever the turning gets done.
     Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will not have an open shop on the 28th after Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family time whether in person or Zoomed. 
   
            Notices will be sent out for the online meetings. The next meeting will be; Nov. 14th at 10 AM. 
    Thank you all for hanging in there with us while we endure this time.

Upcoming November 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 17th of November 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.) 
     Even if you've turned pens or have been leery of  turning acrylic pens, this demo will be one to be a part of. Bill Baker gives us some very good detailed information and example of how to turn an acrylic pen from kit and material selection, turning, and finishing to assembling a fantastic pen. Bill adds many good tips for pen turning even for the experienced. 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, “https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting” 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
 

  INDEPENDENCE WOODTURNERS  
  Treasurer's Report  
  As of October 31,  2020  
        October 2020 YTD  2020  
  GENERAL Account

 

 
 
  BEGINNING BALANCE
$718.04
$1361.93
 
  MONTH'S INCOME
$0
$452.21
 
  MONTH'S EXPENSES
$0
$1096.10
 
  ENDING BALANCE
$718.04
$718.04
 
 
SUMMARY OF EXPENSES  
Cookie expenses 
$0
 
 
   
         
 
Mel Bryan, Treasurer

Christmas Ornament Contest
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 mrwudb@gmail.com  by Dec. 10th 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.

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 mrwudb@gmail.com or indepwoodturners@gmail.com

Now for this month's tip:  

      Sanding Inside Tight Places   

     Instead of risking my fingers when sanding the inside of  small spaces such as the pill cases, small boxes or Christmas ornaments and such, I take a length of dowel rod (1/4 inch works well) and cut a 1 inch slot in one end. Then I take a short (2 inches or so) piece of a 1 inch sanding roll, double in half, stick it in the slot of the dowel mounted in my drill and sand away. 

      Mel Bryan

  
   

   

Rolling pin by Mikeal Jones
     
   

   Segmented bowl by Ben Simmons

  
                                                                      
     

  Segmented bowl by Mike McReynolds
 



 
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