The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

December 2013                             Vol. 14, No.12


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.


Think About Turning Today!

December 2013 President’s Message:

Tis the Season to be Jolly and to rejoice that a savior is born! This has indeed been a good year for the Yellowstone Woodturners. Members have enjoyed working together, turning out lovely wood creations, gathering wood, cutting blanks, and improving their turning skills. We have also enjoyed our use of the Roaring 20’s Club House as a meeting space. All in all, 2013 has been a successful club year.

And now we need to up our game in planning the 2014 year. If you have suggestions, please get them to our club officers.

Christmas Meeting and Potluck, December 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the South Side Senior Citizens Center

Please put our December meeting on your calendar. It will be a meeting for all your family (bring your spouse and kids and anyone else interested in turning), will be held at the Senior Citizens Center at 6:00 on Wednesday evening, and bring your best turned pieces for “show and tell.” Also bring a salad or a main dish or a desert. The club will provide a cooked Christmas ham. And a good time will be had by all.

Dr. Van


Meeting Location

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




Yellowstone Woodturners

November 2013 Meeting Minutes

Guests:  No guests on November

Cookies:  Dan  provided the cookies for the meeting.

Health reports:  Jerry Gipe is scheduled to have knee surgery in mid December
Show & Tell:  
- Ralph T brought in some soup bowls and 2 maple platters finished with tung oil.  
- Dave T brought in a carved/turned apple shaped lidded box made from cedar.  He brought a cedar bowl with a carved spoon.   
- Dr. Van brought in 2 bowls with walnut oil finish.   
- Jerry Gipe brought a bowl made from blue spruce with walnut oil finish and a pencil made from ponderosa pine.  
- Ralph P brought in a maple burl bowl.  
- George H brought in 2 vases, one with wood burning and finished with CA glue and another pained with a floral design.
- We have approx. $3800 in the treasury and expect about $250 in expenditures by the year end.
-  Dr. Van reviewed the clubs accomplishments for the past year:
    Wood gathering; maple and ash trees
    Two workshops
    Participation at the Montana Fair
    Symposium 8
    Meeting challenges 

- At the December meeting there will prizes for the best Christmas gifts and ornaments.
- Dr. Van will continue as the club president although he will be mentoring Ron Velin to be our future president.  Nick Eslander has agreed to be the club’s secretary.
- Turning at West High will continue again this year with the next session will be Wednesday, November 20th at 3:00pm.  Contact Paul if you would like to help.
- Dr Van reviewed the library contents and we agreed to auction off the VHS tapes at next year’s symposium.   
- Dr. Van demonstrated the Harris Specialties Vacuum chuck.    
Upcoming Events:
- Our Christmas Party Potluck is scheduled for December 11th at 6:00 pm at the South Side Senior Center.



From the Library

8 Newly Added videos from Rex Burningham, Our 2013 Symposium guest presenter,   are now available for sign out.

1. Turning Pens with Kip and Rex Volume I.

2. Turning Pens with Kip and Rex Volume II.

3. Woodturning Projects with Kip and Rex volume I.

4. Woodturning Projects with Kip and Rex volume II.

5. Woodturning Projects with Kip and Rex volume III.

6. Woodturning Projects with Kip and Rex volume IV.

7. Woodturning Christmas Ornaments with Kip and Rex volume V.

8. Woodturning Christmas Ornaments with Kip and Rex volume VI.


Calendar of Events

December 11th, 6:00 Southside Senor Center: Christmas Potluck and Gifts Contest:

January 8th, 7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:,


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:  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



AGENDA (December 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM)


Call for Guests:

Cookies by:

Health Reports:


Show and Tell:

Treasurer’s report:

Christmas meeting and potluck at the Senior Citizens Center, December 11 at 6:00. This will also include prizes for a contest to see who can make the best Christmas gifts and decorations.

Old Business:

Gathering wood


Montana Fair

Symposium 8

Meeting challenges

Success of meeting at the Roaring 20’s Club House

President, candidate Dr. Van

Vice-president (Stan Lambert has one more year)

Secretary, candidate Nick Enslander

Treasurer (Martin Robinson has one more year)

New Business: