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Turn With Independence

October 2019
President's Message

       From the President,
    In the AAW toolbox this month they talked about your creative voice. In our club we have many creative voices. Each is unique almost like a fingerprint. A person’s creative voice is hopefully expanding. This is done by seeing what others are doing in our craft. Some people are good at reading and creating something new. Others it is the visual that inspires them. Therefore, being in a woodturning club is so important to your creative voice. New members add to this voice in ways we might not even notice at first. Older members trying other techniques and/or tools add to this voice. So, we all have something to share and give to other members. In the coming year I hope you as a member have an opportunity to express your creative voice. Not only are the demos part of this, but other activities. Such as, Show & Tell and Demo challenge. In a meeting a couple of months ago a member brought to us a problem he needed ideas on. As a club we suggested different avenues and he reported at the next meeting that the problem was solved. I would like to see more of that done. If you have a problem, you need assistance on, come see me and we will work it into the meeting (within a time frame).
            Next meeting is the President’s challenge for the Jar Lids. I hope to see a lot of entries for the prizes. Then November is the Creativity Challenge judging and voting for Treasurer and Vice-President. So, get those projects finished on time. Of course, in December is the banquet. This is always a good time. For the banquet bring your best ornaments to display.
      Start thinking about next year and what you would like to club to do (demos, activities, ie.). Be safe and see you at the next meeting October 15th.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
October 2019
            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. 
  • The demo challenge for this month will be the use of pyrography or colored artwork on your turned pieces.
  • Don't forget to bring your mason jar lid covers to enter them into the President's Challenge and so we can deliver them to the church ladies for their use. (See the President's Challenge article in this newsletter.)
  • Be sure to check out our new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.).
  • The Creativity Contest for this year is quickly approaching. Once again we will are giving out a piece of wood to be used for the creation of a prize winning turning. We began giving out the wood at the June meeting, but you can still join. Please refer to the article later in this newsletter.  
  • As a reminder, the membership dues will become $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. 
  • Officers election for Vice-President and Treasurer will take place this year in the November meeting. Mel Bryan has agreed to continue as Treasurer, however the vice-president's position is open to candidates. Therefore, anyone that would like to be considered for that position should speak to one of the officers. The vice-president is responsible for presiding at meetings in the absence of the president and also the obtaining and scheduling of demonstrators and programs. 
  • 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

      To help us add an artistic flare to our woodturning Kathy Bruno demonstrated the art and process of wood burning and different methods of adding color to wood turned pieces. Kathy explained some different wood burning tools and tips. She gave many good pointers on which tool tips were the best to use as well as wood choices. She emphasized that good hard wood is much better than soft woods. And the simple step of sanding the wood smooth makes a very big difference. Using a light touch and retracing your strokes is much better than trying to burn it in one stroke. Getting the pattern onto the wood can be accomplished several ways for which she gave many suggestions and provided many tips.
     Coloring designs or figures possesses a myriad of avenues from simply painting, colored pens and pencils, markers, inks, dyes, and more. Here again she gave many tips on "staying in the lines" and putting on the finishing touches.
      Thank you, Kathy for sharing your expertise. 



     The video of each meetings' demo are available in the library on DVD to be checked out  by members. Also, the video will be available online at; YouTube Independence Woodturners 
     The video of Kathy's demo is on YouTube at the following link: 
  Using Pyrography and Color on Woodturning



President's Challenge 
    The President has issued a challenge to be held at this October meeting. It is to bring as many mason jar lid covers as you would like, decorated as you would like that is pleasing and made from any wood type as appropriate. There will be a first and second prize of $20 gift certificates to Metro Hardwoods which will be determined by the president based on number of lids, quality of turning, quality of finish and/or embellishment/decoration, and overall creativity. 
    The goal is to have 60 or 70 (or more) jar lids to donate to the ladies group of Mike McReynolds' church. (Jars are not necessary with the lids as they already have the jars.) 
    So, step up and take a spin and making a decorative jar lid cover. 

Mason Jar lid covers by David Rink

Mason Jar lids covers by Gale Markley

Mason Jar lid cover by Jim Tate

Mason jar lid cover by Danny Smith

Spalted maple bowl by Gale Markley 


Segmented bowls by Ben Simmons


Segmented vessel with open segmented feature ring and segmented vessel by Ben Simmons


Officers contact info


Ron Bruno

Vice President

Vaughn Bradley

(816) 589-1325 


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

  Oct 12   
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Oct  15   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Oct 26   
Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Nov 09    Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

 Nov  19  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Nov 23
 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. 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  taken place  Oct. 12th. The next one for this month will be Oct. 26th and will be the "Skills Enhancement" shop where beginner as well as experienced turner can work on improving our skills. Following Open Shops will be: Nov. 19th and 23rd. 


Upcoming October Meeting 

         Helping us enhance our turning skills, Chip Siskey, will be demonstrating techniques that will undoubtedly prove to help us "Think Outside The Chuck". Chip is going to show us how to use chucks in unconventional ways to do offset turning by turning an offset clock.  Sometimes, half the battle of turning a project is the matter of holding or mounting the wood on the lathe. With Chip's expertise we should be inspired to explore innovative methods of  getting the job done.

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of September 30, 2019  
        September 2019 YTD  2019  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
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

   Check out our new 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:  

       Use a bore light for internal work   

     In those dark places where the opening isn't much larger than your tool shaft such as when hollowing a hollow form, a small light can ease the mystery of what you're doing. To shed the light inside while turning, use a gun cleaning bore light taped to your tool shaft to do the job. Small LED lights on flexible extensions can be acquired in the sporting goods departments of  stores  like Walmart or even Harbor Freight. Even if you don't use it with the hollowing tool, you can easily have a peek inside while the lathe is stopped. 

      Mel Bryan

Annual Creativity Contest
   The annual Creativity Contest is a fun contest where you take the piece of wood that will be provided by the club when you sign up for the contest and put your own creativity into action. Your turned project can be anything you desire by following the rules listed below. You will receive about 1 to 1 ½ board feet of wood from the club when entering the contest.

     1. Use only wood. No kits, or additional hardware or accessories
     2. The project/item must by primarily turned. It may be segmented, or otherwise cut and re-glued, or from a solid piece. And use only the wood acquired from the club.
     3. May be stained, painted, or otherwise decorated and finished. (Including, pyrography, texturing, piercing, carving, or such.)

   The contest will be held in November as the program at our regular meeting and the winners will be determined by the vote of all members present. 

    This year we will have two separate categories in the competition. One will be for less experienced turners and another for more experienced turners. The category that your piece will be placed in will be determined by a panel before the member voting begins 

   First prize will be a $50 bill and second prize will be a $20 gift certificate to Metro Hardwoods in each category. 

   So, be sure to join in on the fun and let your creativity flow and sign up for the contest and get your wood so you can study it and see what it wants to become.

Bowl of unknown wood by Phil Seaton

 Paper towel holder by Don Burns

Figured walnut decorative wall button and open segmented bowl by Mikeal Jones

Matt Allen's second pen
Maple baseball bat by Bill Boyle 


Lidded boxes by Phil Royer

Russian bowl spindle by Danny Smith
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