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Turn With Independence

July 2020
President's Message

       From the President,
       So here we are again. Just as I thought our meetings might get back to normal things slipped up a little. So our monthly meetings will be held virtual for this month and for the month of August. Then we will see where we are. The same goes for the open shop. It had looked like that in July we were going to have our open shop at Metro Hardwood. Now we will shoot for August 22nd.
          In this month’s AAW toolbox the subject of Food-Safe Finishes was discussed. The article stated, “To be safe, they use mineral oils or vegetable oils that don’t cure, or they compromise and use raw linseed oil or walnut oil that take weeks to cure. The result is a wood surface that is often dull or sticky and is poorly protected.” There is an article from Rob Wallace on options and suggestions for types of work and uses of the vessel. I will place this a link to the PDF on our website at the end of the Presidents Message section under the ‘About Us’ page.
           Everyone remember to be safe when turning or doing any woodworking. See everyone at the July monthly meeting on 21st at 7pm on Zoom. An email invitation will be sent out with the details of signing in for the meeting.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
July 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. 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 August and the "Creativity Contest" for this year have been canceled due to the impact of the pandemic quarantine restrictions making it difficult for us to give out the wood in a timely manner. 
  • 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 at least 23 participants and included several show & tell items by the members in attendance.
     The live demo was presented by Chip Siskey from his own shop where he demonstrated how to turn a traditional wedding goblet with two captive rings. (He actually turned three so the better could be chosen for the final product.) (You can see an example of one down in the Show & Tell pictures.)  He turned the maple goblet by starting with a cylinder, shaping the bowl including the hollowing of it then turning the 3/8" captive rings. To turn the rings, he started with creating 3  beads and sanding the tops. Continuing the ring process he used a ring cutting tool that cuts the bottom out from under the beads leaving the rings. By turning the stem down a little and even, he could apply sandpaper and sand the inside of the rings. He finished the goblet by turning the stem to size and turned a base with nice transitions at the base and bowl ends of the stem.
    Thank you, Chip, for the preparatory time and equipment you spent for this very good 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).   


  Cast  acrylic and wood cup by Rick Tucker


     Traditional wedding goblet with captive rings by Chip Siskey

 Long stemmed goblet with 68 captive rings by Chip Siskey


          Laminated bowl by Ron Bruno
Mortar and Pestle by Gale Markley

Sphere also by Gale Markley 


Wedding gobletts with applied rings and carved rosewood rose by Bruce Stevenson


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


July 11   

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

July 21
 Monthly meeting -
          Instead of physically meeting we will continue to meet virtually online using Zoom. Please refer to details below.

July 25   

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


August 8   

 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. 

August  18
 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.

August 22  

 Open Shop   
  The tentative plan is to meet "person-to-person" at Metro, however,
 please refer  to your email messages and our website for the current 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 June 27th, we had a video demonstration on turning your own sanding disc pads by Mel Bryan. If you'd like to view the video you can click on this link.
       This past Saturday, Jul 11th, we had an open shop meeting online with 12 participants. We had good discussions, tips and plans shared and got a head-start on this years' Christmas ornaments via video. Thanks to all involved. 

     Notices will be sent out for the online meetings. The next meetings will be;  July 25th and Aug 8th at 10AM. 
    Thank you all for hanging in there with us while we endure this time.

Upcoming July 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.
     The regular meeting on the 21st 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 will probably be a video selected by the officers. (Please refer to the "want ad" box here in this newsletter.) 
     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 June 30,  2020  
        June 2020 YTD  2020  
  GENERAL Account


Cookie expenses 
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:  

     Thread Chasing Practice    

     If you've wanted to practice thread chasing but don't want to waste good thread chasing wood, give a section of  PVC pipe a try. It comes in a variety of sizes and you can chase both inside (female) threads and outside (male) threads. Actually, you could use your practice piece in a project if you so desired, I suppose. 

      Mel Bryan


Open segmented vessel by Mikeal Jones

Turned orange by Mikeal Jones with his homemade dimpling tool 


Side view of the dimpling tool

Closer view of the orange showing the dimpling


Threaded boxes by Phil Royer displaying segmented rings used for the chased threads.



Persimmon root burl of Lester Gillett's that is intended to be a vessel one day.
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