The Monthly Newsletter of
April 2017 Vol.
From the Editor
We have run out of space for our website. I will be
removing files over the next month that are older than 2011. If you are
new to the club or just want to look back at what others have done in the past,
Now is the time to do that. A copy of the website files will be given to
the club before I get started.
Those Members who did not attend the business meeting and wish
to know the status of the Clubs funds can contact the club Treasurer, Leona Gipe (406)248-1664.
Think About Turning Today!
Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse,
7400 Grand Avenue.
(Wednesday March 8, 2017 Meeting)
Officers: Stan, Leona, Tim, Nick
Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly
Call for Guests: We did not have any new
guest at this meeting.
Cookies By: Ellis W.
Health Reports: No new reports.
Correspondence: We have some hats and sew on
patches with our club's logo for sale. Call Stan L.
Show and Tell: Any project you like.
Roger H. Brought 2 candle holders made from Elm with a
spray lacquer finish. He also brought 2 lidded boxes made from Poplar with a
spray lacquer finish.
Dale M. Brought a bowl made from Walnut with, a bowl made
from Box Elder, a bowl with a valentine hart on it made from Box Elder and a can
cooler made from Box Elder all with poly finish.
Gary W. Brought 2 segmented bowls, one made from Maple and
Mahogany and the other made from Alder and Mahogany. Both had the club mix
Jane K. Brought a lidded bowl made from Maple and Purple
Heart with a CA glue finish.
Dr Van Brought a segmented urn made from Maple, Cherry and
Yellow Heart, kind of finish unknown. He also brought 2 off center pieces, kind
of wood and finish unknown.
Jerry G. Brought a bowl made from a Box Elder burl with a
spray lacquer finish.
Stan L. Brought a lidded box made from a Maple burl, a
bowl made from Box Elder, a stain colored vase made from Box Elder, a chisel
handle made from Walnut and a screw driver handle made from Maple. All had a
club mix finish.
Ralph T. Brought 4 cars and trucks made from a variety of
different woods, kind of finishes unknown.
Dan S. Brought 3 bowls, one made from Ash, one from Maple
and one made from Walnut. Kind of finishes unknown.
Dan V. Brought a off center bowl made from Honey Locust
and Walnut with a tung oil finish.
Jesse C. Brought a piece made from Walnut and Maple, kind
of finish unknown. and handle, kind of wood and finish unknown.
Next month's challenge: Turning ideas, eggs and
Treasurer’s report: Our
post office box is paid for the year. We received a thank you letter from the
organizers of the Souper Bowl fund raiser. Leona passed it around.
Gathering Wood: We received a large amount
of Box Elder wood free from JB's Tree Service. Stan L., Phil S., Dr Van, Jerry
G. and Nick E. went to lode it up.
Soliciting New Members: On going
Open Workshop: There will be an open shop
at Stan's shop Saturday March 18 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to start cutting up the
Box Elder wood we just
received. There will be a pot luck lunch with
drinks and sandwiches brought by the club.
Stan mentioned that we could use another 5 gal.
Bucket of sealant. There was a motion and second that we purchase another 5
gals. It was voted on and passed by members present.
Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.
Stan L. said he would talk to George O. about them when he gets back.
2017 Dues are due, they remain at $25.
Stan mentioned that we should look into tree
cutting again this year and that we all should keep our eyes and ears open for
possibility’s. Stan mentioned that we did make $1,000.00 last year doing that.
Jane K. mentioned she had some one in her neighborhood that is going to have
some trees removed. Stan also said that we should all try to get relationships
with tree trimmers.
Stan told us that Dennis Liggett is our
demonstrator at our next Symposium. The dates are September 30th and
October 1st. Stan is asking for ideas on what we want covered, if you
have any suggestions let Stan know. One was to build canteens. Stan will bring
some of Dennis Ligget's flyers to the next meeting.
Jane K. put together a sample flyer for our club
and it was passed around. All the members thought it looked great. There was a
motion and second to pay $50.00 for paper and ink and have Jane make our flyers.
It was voted on and passed by present members.
Stan talked about doing charity work that we
could do and that we all could think about some ideas. He also mentioned that he
had heard from one possibility.
Stan mentioned that he had heard from the board
about us participating at the Fair this year, but he is still working on the
The pictures of the projects for show and tell
that Jane takes, Paul now has on our Web Site. Take a look at them, there great.
High School classes: Stan mentioned that
they have 5 students participating in the classes and they are very interested.
Grant Status: Stan mentioned that he had
not heard any thing yet. Dr Van mentioned that he thought that the AAW has not
made any decisions yet.
Jerry G. mentioned that he had talked to George
O. and George told him that he may be moving to Texas. That means that we may
losing him as a member and a Work Shop teacher.
Dr Van mentioned that we have 11 urns for
veterans that Paul S. had made and brought in.
If you need a new members list call Leona. The
updated ones are now finished.
PROGRAM: Dr Van did a great program on
basket illusion. He started by telling us that he found all the information
about basketry from an article in one of AAW magazines. Some of the things you
would need to do this are a beading tool, grafts, wood burner, colored pens, and
some patience. Dr Van told us he got a beading tool on line at Dway.com and the
graft patterns on line at Blackcat system.com. The colored pens and wood burner
at any hobby store.
NEXT MONTHS PROGRAM: No program scheduled
for next month as of end of meeting.
Cookies sign up:
April - Nick Emslander
May - Dr. Van
June - Dale Molyneaux
July - Jane Kelly
August - Gary Walter
Wanted, For sale,
This is your area,
Email, or phone Paul if you have an item to post here.
A Message From Members
Shop tip from AAW
If you use spray cans frequently, instead of inverting the can and clearing
the nozzle after each use, cover the orifice with a 2" strip of masking tape.
When you have finished the entire job in hand, then clear the nozzle for
long-term storage. This method ensures that the propellant is not exhausted
before the can is empty.
~Cliff Walsh, Croydon North, Austral
An Article From More
Debark SAFELY with a Hand Adze
by Bob Heltman
Once upon a time, about 20 plus years ago, I had a forge and
became quite interested in blacksmithing. Pounding on red hot steel, especially
on a hot day, gives one a deeper appreciation for what our forefathers did in
developing our country! At around the same time, I was beginning in woodturning,
and forged a number of gouges and scrapers. Two related tools I developed were
to aid in larger scale wood carving; these were hand adzes. As it turned out, I
became more interested in woodturning, and the adze pictured in Figure 1 was
ideal for removing bark from the center of half-logs prior to pinning a log in
place between Steb center in headstock and the tailstock.
There were, and are, two approaches to mounting a half log. One is to trust
in the firmness of the bark, which often leads to the log coming loose. After a
few such accidents, particularly if damage to toes occurs, the second way is to
use a hand axe and remove bark in the center of the log. The problem here is
that the downward swing can come close to your thumb as your hand steadies the
Figure 1. Hand adze that the author made for stripping bark from a piece to
When using the hand adze, one is facing the full bark side of the half-log. If
necessary, the other hand can steady the log and tends to naturally hold the log
at its upper left, out of harm’s way. A few carving strokes with the adze gets
one down to the wood itself which is a safer grabbing point for the tailstock’s
center. Figure 2 shows my two adzes.
Figure 2. This photo shows the author’s two adzes.
I tend to use the longer end of the adze’s blade on the left. The “funny
stuff” on the handles is a gripping material that forms to hand-fit by using a
hot air gun. (Sorry, source was lost years ago.) Handles were carved on a
shaving horse, with the steel heads held in place using epoxy and a carriage
bolt, on the left one, and a wedge and epoxy on the right one. Figure 3 shows
Figure 3. This photo shows the heads of the two adzes of Figure 2.
I tape-wrapped the one handle near the head to cushion against striking wood
In 22 years of use, these tools have stood up perfectly well. While these heads
were forged, you can make a very functional adze head with most any piece of
flat steel that is about 1/4” thick by 1 1/2” wide, and 4 to 5 inches long. Just
drill a good-sized hole in the center and sharpened the edges “lopsided” with
the cutting edge at bottom. See Figure 4 to get the idea.
Figure 4. Side view of the head on one of the adzes.
The angle of attack at the cutting edge can be adjusted by grinding, to where
the adze functions comfortably within your normal chopping stroke.
Another point concerns the handle. Naturally, a woodturner will be tempted to
turn the handle. HOWEVER, it is important that the adze NOT twist when striking
wood! This is more likely to happen when your arm is tired, like when you have
bucked some logs, split them, and are in a hurry to mount a half-log for green
bowl turning. Twisting can result in dangerous glancing blows which may not be
appreciated by near body parts! SO, turn the handle off center so it is oblong.
Wrapping it with tape that provides extra friction between hand and handle is
also a good idea. Ash or hickory are ideal woods.
An adze may not normally be considered a woodturning tool, but if one fells
one’s own trees, bucks the logs, paints the ends to ward off checking, and
splits the logs lengthwise for bowl blanks, THEN the hand adze becomes as, or
more important than, a chain saw.
By the way, sometimes a log will have some loose bark that can fly off
dangerously. The hand adze is a fast and ideal way to remove some or all the
bark. Since dust, sand, and grit get trapped in rough bark, and will erode the
edges of your gouges more quickly, removing all bark first is often a good idea.
Besides, guys never have all the tools they need. Make yourself a hand adze. You
will be glad you did.
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Events Calendar Listing - April - July 2017
April 01, 2017 to April 02, 2017 Totally Turning Symposium 2017 SYMPOSIUM
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY Dates: Saturday, April 01, 2017 to Sunday, April
02, 2017 Description:
The Totally Turning Symposium will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 &
2, 2017. It will be held concurrently with the NWA's Annual Woodworkers Showcase
in Saratoga Springs NY. The event site will be the Saratoga Springs City Center.
As in past years, there will be plenty of great demonstrations, an instant
gallery, a trade show, and more. Missing will be a Saturday evening banquet.
Feedback has told us that many didn't participate or didn't like being confined
by the timing. The Totally Turning Symposium will not have a special banquet
freeing the attendees to pick their own dining from the wonderful choices in
Saratoga Springs. Website: http://www.totallyturning.com/information.htm
May 11, 2017 to May 13, 2017 Utah Woodturning Symposium SYMPOSIUM Location:
Orem, UT Dates: Thursday, May 11, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017 Description:
Over a three day period you will have the opportunity to learn from many of
the industry’s top professionals, to ask questions, to engage and to expand your
knowledge. You will also have a chance to meet new woodturners, catch up with
old friends and have a great time participating in the evening activities we
have to offer. Website: https://utahwoodturning.com/
June 22, 2017 to June 25, 2017 AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium
SYMPOSIUM Location: Kansas City, Missouri Dates: Thursday, June 22, 2017 to
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Description:
The conference will bring together more than more than 1,500 turners from
around the globe to learn, share, and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning
making it the largest woodturning event in the world. Read more of the
description on the web page. Website: http://www.woodturner.org/?page=2017KC
July 15, 2017 to July 16, 2017
UK and Ireland Woodturning Symposium
Location: Coventry, UK
Dates: Saturday, July 15, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017
This two day symposium is sponsored by a not-for-profit organization promoting
woodturning throughout the UK and Ireland.
"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.
Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."
PRESIDENT: Stan Lambert (406)348-3499
VICE PRESIDENT: Tim
TREASURER: Leona Gipe (406)248-1664
Librarian: (Dr. Van) Richard Vande Veegaete (406)245-9945
Technical Advisor: Newsletter & Website Editor: Paul Spencer (406) 861-6718
One Good Turn” is the monthly newsletter of Yellowstone
Yellowstone Woodturners Club
PO Box 21836
Billings, MT 59104
A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
Map to Meeting Location
and October 1th,
Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse
Cost of Symposium (Discounted if
Paid by September 13th) $90
Cost of Symposium (If Paid after September 13th)
per person $100
Cost for single day - Saturday or
Sunday (per person) $75