The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

April 2013                             Vol. 14, No.4


From the Editor

Those Members who did not attend the business meeting and wish to know the status of the Clubs funds can contact the club Treasurer, Martin Robinson (406)-252-4457.

New Meeting Location Starting January 2013

 Roaring 20'S Auto Club

7400 Grand Ave


Think About Turning Today!

April 2013 President’s Message:

The year is passing rapidly and spring is beginning to bloom.  This means it will soon be time to rake the yard, tune up the sprinklers, and get ready for mowing season.  Lots of work ahead.  But let’s hope we have rain first.  Rain is the secret to getting the countryside green.

The next meeting program will be both interesting and a bit different.  Since our members invest in more than just lathe turning, it is appropriate to periodically feature other wood crafts.  A member recently completed making a Civil War Officer’s Chair.  This is a small piece of furniture that played a significant role in the Civil War.  It will be shown, demonstrated, and an explanation of how it was made will be outlined.

Our next Workshop will be on June 15 at Dan Vanderhoof’s Workshop, 1225 Tappadero Drive, in Lockwood.  With summer at that time, we can count on a picnic in Dan’s back yard.

See you on April 10 at our next regular meeting.

Dr. Van


Meeting Location

Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse, 7400 Grand Avenue. (see map below).




Yellowstone Woodturners

March 2013 Meeting Minutes

Guests: No guests at the March meeting
Cookies: Provided by Dr. Van
Show & Tell:  
- Creeky brought in a nice candy bowl on a stand made form paduak.
- Chris S. brought in a nice bowl made from spalted sycamore a piece he purchased form Green Valley Wood Products.
- Nick brought in his first bowl on his new lathe, a bowl made from laminated 2 x6’s.
- Dan V. brought in 4 bowls; a small plum bowl, 2 apricot bowls and a small end grain walnut bowl.
- Ed Auker - brought in special grind scraper  
Treasurer’s report:
- Balance was given.
- Welcome our newest member Ron Valene.
- Open shop in February was a good success.  A dozen members attended and made at least a dozen cylinder glue ups to be turned into urns later.  Tops and bottom cutouts for the urns were also made.  We have approximately 26 urns made by club members so far.
- Thanks to Martin for donating a vacuum to make the cleanup after demos easier.
- The club gave a shout out to Martin, George, Jerry and Dan for helping Nick set up his new sitdown lathe.
- A Thank You was received from the Parmly Library for the club‘s demonstration their and we were invited to return.
- The February open shop at West high had the students turning lidded boxes under Paul’s guidance with help from Mick, Stan and Dan.  The next and last open shop of the school year will be March  20, turning bowls.  Contact Paul or Stan if you would like to help out.
- We have been invited by Home Depot to do a demo at their store.  Details have not been worked out but if you are interested in helping contact Stan.
- The club discussed but tabled the idea of purchasing an portable awning for doing demonstrations.

Egg Turning Contest:
A lot of nice entries for the contest.  Dan V., Dr. Van, Stan, Chris S. and Jerry Gipe won awards for their work.
Derrick Reimann gave a nice presentation on pen turning.  He covered all aspects of turning & finishing pens and had several of his completed pens on display.
Upcoming events:  
- Next club meeting April 10th , 7:00 pm at the Roaring 20‘s car club.
- North Dakota workshop is on April 12-14 with a cost of $125.  Barbara Dill and Ken Herzog will be the instructors.  Contact Stan for more info.
- Open shop at Dan Vanerhoof’s, June 15th.
- Loveland Symposium September 14-15. 
- Great Falls symposium will be September 21 - 22 with Mike Mahoney as the demonstrator.
- YWT symposium September 28 -29 with Rex Burningham as the demonstrator.  He will focus on use of carbide tipped tools and turning wall hangings.



From the Library


Calendar of Events

April 10th Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse: Civil War Officer’s Chair

May 8th Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:

June 12th Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:

June 15th Open shop at Dan Vanerhoof’s:


Wanted, For sale, Free 

This is your area,  Email, or phone Paul if you have an item to post here.


A Message From Members

Hi Guys,

I hope all is going well with all of you. I just wanted to give you all a heads up that we're having another symposium this year and it will feature Mike Mahoney. It's been several years since he was in Billings at the Yellowstone Woodturners Symposium, so I talked him into coming back to Montana this year. We don't have all the details ironed out yet, like cost and a few other things, but it's going to be September 21 & 22. I'm the chairman and I plan to get something set up with one of the hotels and Dick's RV Park for people to stay at a discount. I'm sure some of our members would be happy to have guests stay with them also. It'll be pretty much the same program as always - lunch, door prizes, auction, dinner somewhere Saturday night, etc. I hope some of you guys who would like to see Mike again, or who haven't seen him before, will come over and visit us again. I'd appreciate if you would pass this info along to the rest of your members, and when I get all the particulars together I will send it to you.

Thanks, Barry Rockwell Great Falls Woodturners


"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.

Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."

Happy Turning


Club Sponsors



PRESIDENT:  Richard Vande Veegaete (Dr. Van) (406)245-9945
Stan Lambert  (406)348-3499
SECRETARY:  Dan Vanderhoof (406)696-5382
Martin Robinson (406)-252-4457
Librarian: Marjorie Ferrin (406) 656-1744
Photographer: George Hoffman (406) 259-9023
Technical Advisor: Newsletter & Website Editor: Paul Spencer (406) 861-6718
Web Site:

“One Good Turn” is the monthly newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturner

Billings, Montana

Yellowstone Woodturners Club

PO Box 21836

Billings, MT 59104

A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.



Map to Meeting Location


Yellowstone Woodturners

Symposium 8


Rex Burningham

Carbide Tools, How to Select and Use Them”


Wood Turned Wall Hangings.”

September 28th & 29th, 2013

Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Avenue

Billings, Montana

9:00am to 4:00pm

Lunch Provided



AGENDA (April 10, 2013)
•    Officers:
•    Call for Guests:
•    Cookies by:  Marge Ferrin    
•    Health Reports:
•    Correspondence:
•    Show and Tell:
•    Treasurer’s report:

Old Business:
•    2013 Dues are due
•    September 28-29, Yellowstone Woodturners Symposium, Billings, Montana. Demonstrator will be Rex Burningham.  His two day demonstration will introduce turners to “Carbide Tools, How to Select and Use Them” and “Wood Turned Wall Hangings.”
•    Pass out new membership list

New Business

•    Symposium:  Creativity in Woodturning with John Jordan, Woodturners of Olympia, July 27, Lacey, Washington
•    One dozen hats have been ordered from B&H Bowling
•    Eleven vendors have been contacted requesting brochures and prizes for our Sept. Symposium. Two have already responded
•    Report on current progress on urns
•    Next Workshop:  June 15, 9:00 to 3:00, Dan Vanderhoof’s Shop, 1225 Tappadero Trail, Lockwood


Civil War Officer’s Chair:

Future programs: