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Turn With Independence

May 2017
Monthly Open Shop
     The next Open Shop will be May 13th.  We will work on any project desired with focus on a boxes for "Beads of Courage" or bowls in connection with the AAW Symposium. So, as we learn, we will be benefiting the charity. It should be a fun rewarding experience.
      Bring your tools, safety equipment and some wood for your turning. Wood could be purchased at the store if you don't already have some. 

     We will meet at Metro Hardwoods in the club space on May 13th at 10 am to 12 noon.

Our Last Meeting

     At the April meeting our president, Don Bird, came through at the 11th hour and demonstrated how he turns bottle stoppers using the Easywood Tools and decorates them with the Robert Sorby spiraling and texturing tools. Don turned three or four different profiles using different woods. He used a Jacobs chuck to hold the stopper blanks making it safer than a large scroll chuck. Thank you, Don, for demoing for us on short notice.

      Demo challenge note: Remember, the a lucky member (by drawing) of the demo challenge takes home a gift certificate to Craft Supplies, USA.



The video of each meetings' demo are available in the library on DVD to be checked out  by members. Also, the video is available online at;
Indep Woodturners on YouTube


Logo Contest

    In the process of updating our club logo, we will be selecting the logo by voting on the ones that have been submitted and approved by the officers and board. 


AAW Symposium in Kansas City June 22 - 25, 2017
      Well here we are 7 weeks away from the 2017 International AAW Symposium. Time marches on and in our case keeps getting shorter. But I am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Meeting and watching world acclaimed turners as well as getting to see and talk to turning vendors from all over the world first hand will be an experience I won’t forget. Kansas City will be the place to be for turning.
   We were told a week ago that registration is close to 700 so far and the 2300 room block at the Marriott is 90% booked. That’s incredible. We are centrally located, friendly and KC is set for a great show.  
   We need volunteers to help make this event the best one ever. Volunteerism is picking up and we seem to be on track but there are still a lot of positions to fill. Come on down and register for the demonstrations and discussion panels and even get your youth signed up for the youth turning where they will get hands on instruction by some really great turners included with your registration at no extra charge and will be entered in the drawing for 15 lathe sets including a Jet mini lathe, tools and safety equipment. Visit the vendor area free and see lathes and turning tools and supplies that you only see in magazines and get expert advice on anything turning. While you are there take a little time to volunteer at least 1 or more 2-3 hr. slots helping with everything from passing out packets to helping vendors and/or demonstators to helping the youth in the youth turning and even meeting the foreign turners at the airport and getting them settled in at the hotel. There’s lots to do and see. So come on down and make a half day, day or weekend of wood and turning. You’ll be glad you did and know you helped make this show the best ever. When you volunteer please use IWT (Independence Woodturners) as your club affiliate as well as your t-shirt size for your complimentary t-shirt. You can make a difference.
     Don’t forget the raffle tickets are now available for a chance at one of two lathes being given away. They are $5.00 ea. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win. You can buy tickets at the regular meeting or you can buy them using a credit card at this PayPal link and you will be emailed your Raffle ticket numbers:

      Thanks for your support and see you there.

       Mike McReynolds
Check the following link for details; 


Show & Tell

Indexed top by Phil Royer
LIghthouse, bud vase by Vaughn Bradley

Clock with basket weave border by Gale Markley

Officers contact info


Don Bird

(816) 377-2752

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

 May 13   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

May 18
        Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Jun  17   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

Jun  20   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Jun  22 thru 25
        AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium in                             Kansas City, Missouri
    Click here for information 

Upcoming May Meeting 

       The month of  April we will be honored to have Anthony Harris. As usual, Anthony will undoubtedly inspire and entertain us with his unique turning and artistic talent. 

5 Woodturning Questions
     The following is the first installment of a new section to our newsletter. Bill Baker gets the credit for initiating this idea and completing this premier article. He will explain it and finish it in his own words. The intention of this is for us to get to know each other and our passion for woodturning by answering five simple questions related to our woodturning desires. I’m sure that as you read through these questions, you will be able to relate to them and will think of them as they refer to yourself. Therefore, you will be ready to take up the challenge at the end of this article.

Bill Baker

     If you watch any wood turners from the UK on You Tube, you may have seen them doing the “10 Woodturning Questions.”  It was dreamt up to allow their followers to get to know them a bit better.  As one turner answers the questions for himself, he nominates another to do it next and so on.  I thought it might be fun for our club to do something similar.  I will go first and, hopefully, someone will volunteer to go next month.  I have downsized it to 5 questions for us.

       1. When did you start turning and why?
I started turning about 12 or 13 years ago.I have always been drawn to wood pens since the first time I saw one in a bookstore when I was about 10 years old.I had mentioned this to a friend a few times and he bought me a reconditioned Delta lathe for helping him do some work on his house.He gave it to me and made my first pen within a couple of days.I still have it although it is so bad, that I do not show it to anyone.That was my first experience on a lathe.
       2. What tools do you use the most?
I use my ¾” Robert Sorby Roughing Gouge almost exclusively.I do everything from start to finish on my pens with it whether they are wood or acrylic.I am starting to collect other tools and trying to learn to use them, but it is a slow process to move away from what you are comfortable with.
      3. What finish do you prefer?
I have not found a finish that I am happy with for everything.Since most of my pens are acrylic, I wet sand with the MicroMesh system up through the 12,000 grit.I have been using the Doctor’s friction finish on the tops and such that I am practicing on and like it for those small items.
      4. What part of turning do you enjoy the most? What draws you to it?
I enjoy creating something with my hands.I try to imagine the person that will buy or receive the piece that I am working on and give it something special for them.Making something special and beautiful out of a piece of plastic or firewood is very satisfying.
      5. What do you hope to achieve this year in your shop?
I would like to become more proficient with all of my turning tools and learn to do some bowels and lidded boxes.

Who would like to be next?
Bill Baker

      Don’t wait to have your arm twisted to answer these five question. Simply write down your responses and submit them to or give them to Mel Bryan at a meeting. As they are received, they will be put in the newsletter and we will be able to enjoy “your” story and get to know you a little better.


Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of April 30, 2017  
        Apr 31 YTD  2017  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookie fund

Lathe Fund
Mel Bryan, Treasurer

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:
   This month's tip is taken from the YouTube video by Mike Peace on cleaning up the metal filing from your grinder. To get all the metal "dust" that comes from sharpening you tools, put a magnet in a plastic bag such as a sandwich bag and pass it over the metal dust and shavings, then simply take the magnet out of the bag (over the waste basket) and the mess ends in the trash. 

  Mike Peace YouTube Video


     Our on-going display at the North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library continues to be a popular attraction of the fine work of our members.
     Thank you to all that have participated in the display promoting our club and your fine work. 
    Anyone that would like to add their work to the display can by bringing what you would like to enter into the display to the meeting or contact Mike Straughn (816-812-7621) to get it into the display. Please put your name on your item or in some manner identify it so that it may be returned to the proper person and proper credit may be given by name placards. 


Maple bowl with Lichtenberg decoration                   

Show & Tell

Basket weave design bowl by Gale Markley

Baton & "stars" by John Pryor
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