The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

April 2014                            Vol. 15, 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. We are in need of your suggestions for our 2015 Symposium, let our Club Presidency know who you would like to see or what topic you would like to see covered.


Think About Turning Today!

April 2014, President’s Message:

We just got another windfall for the Club. A fellow called and said, “I just cut down a walnut tree in my yard. Would your Club like the wood?” I didn’t know that Walnut trees grow in Billings, but apparently they do… and we said, “You bet.” A crew of five members retrieved the wood and took it to Stan Lambert’s place for further refinement. It will soon be available to members.

Spring is now upon us. This means that summer is not far away. Summer seems to be a busy time for our turners…. Fair, Symposium, and workshops.

The challenge turning for April is a potpourri bowl. Do bring yours. For May it will be to turn a scoop. As an aid in accomplishing the scoop we will review at our next meeting how it is done by Tim Yoder, the PBS turner. We will see his DVD at the meeting.

Well, keep turning. Dr. Van


Meeting Location

Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse, 7400 Grand Avenue.




Minutes (Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Meeting)

Officers: Dr. Van, Martin, Stan, Nick, Ron

Call for Guests: No guest for February

Cookies by: Marjonie Ferrin

Health Reports: No report


Show and Tell: March Challenge (Candle Stick Holders)

Dale Molyneaux: 2 Maple holders, finish unknown.

Dr. Van: 2 Holders one made from Cherry and one made from wood found in his yard, finish unknown.

Stan Lambert: 7 Holders two matching made from Lace wood, one made from Maple/Wenge segmented, one 1 foot tall by 3” wood unknown, one saucer shaped Scape wood and

two old holders one Pine and one Redwood made 35 years ago on a Shopsmith.

Ralph Pehl: Several holders one for birthday candles and some others, wood unknown.

Jerry Gipe: One holder with painted groves, wood and finish unknown.

Ralph Torrence: 2 Holders that were segmented, wood and finish unknown.

Bob Orr: His Dad's candle holders made in 1949 on a homemade wood lathe.

Good participation (WE LIKE IT)

Other Show and Tell:

Dr. Van: Offset sculpture, wood and finish unknown.

Stan Lambert: Photos of Church Alter Sculpture made from Oak and Ash he made. finish

unknown. Offset doughnut sculpture made from Wenge and Lacewood, finish unknown.

Nick Emslander: Letter opener made from Maple, Redheart and Walnut, finish is Paul's Mix.

Stan still can, (TURN) Turner of the month again.

Treasurer’s report: Payed dues for P.O. Box for the year. Received 5 member dues and we

still carry a good balance. Call Martin for more information.

New Business:

Gathering wood

Soliciting new members

Hands On Workshops

Montana Fair August 8-16, 2014

Symposium 9:

Monthly turning challenge

High school classes (Currently meeting once a month at West High, Paul Spencer)

PROGRAM: Dr. Van did a continuation of Ralph's program on segmenting and talked about making vases using staves. He showed us his slide jig for his table saw and how to cut staves with it. He said cutting the staves was easy, but the gluing was a bit more of challenge. He also talked about the gluing and turning praces. Then he showed a video on the howl praces of working with staves. It was very interesting.

PROGRAM: No program scheduled for April 9 meeting.




From the Library


Calendar of Events

April 9th,7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:  President’s challenge: potpourri bowl

May 14th 7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:  President’s challenge: Finials


Wanted, For sale, Free 

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


A Message From Members



"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:  Nick Enslander (406)259-6762
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 9


Kip W. Christensen

Kip W. Christensen, PhD, is a professor in the School of Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is also an accomplished and well-known woodturner. His work has been published in over 20 books and in a variety of magazines and journals, and displayed in many galleries and international juried exhibitions. He has given over 150 national and several international presentations. Gallery curator and author Kevin Wallace wrote "The work of Kip Christensen is always aesthetically pure and technically precise". And he has a unique ability to speak and communicate with the average turner.


Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Ave

Billings, Montana


Saturday, August 23 and Sunday,  August 24



Agenda (Wednesday, March 12, 2014)

Officers: Dr. Van, Martin, Stan, Nick, Ron

Call for Guests:

Cookies by:

Health Reports:


Treasurer’s report:

Show and Tell: Presentation of potpourri bowls (April challenge)

New Business:

Gathering wood

Soliciting new members

Hands On Workshops

Montana Fair

Symposium 9:

Monthly turning challenge (being added to webpage)

High school classes

Program: Turning a Kitchen Scoop with Tim Yoder

Challenge for May: Turning a Scoop