The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

December 2016                            Vol. 17, 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,  Leona Gipe (406)248-1664.


Think About Turning Today!


Meeting Location

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



Wednesday November 9, 2016 Meeting

Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly Call for Guests: No guests at this meeting.

Cookies By: Martin R.

Health Reports: No new reports.


We have some hats and sew on patches with our club's logo for sale. Call Ron V.

Show and Tell: No special challenge this month.

Ralph P. Brought a lidded bowl made from Walnut, finish unknown.

Dr. Van 2 urns, one made from Yellow Heart and the other made from Mahogany, finishes unknown. He also brought a basketry bowl made from Maple and a basketry plate made from Poplar, both with wood burn and colored marker finish.

Roger H. Brought 3 bowls and a goblet all made from Poplar or Cotton Wood and all with a lacquer finish.

Jerry G. Brought a bowl made from a burl with a lacquer finish.

Chris S. Brought 2 bowls, one made from Bubinga and the other made from Maple both with CA glue finish. He also brought a Curly Maple hollow form with a CA glue finish and a Buckeye Burl hollow form and bowl, finish unknown.

Jane K. Brought a vase made from Box Elder with EEE Ultra Shine finish. She also brought plat made from a mix of woods with a EEE Ultra Shine finish.

Garry W. Brought 2 bowls, one made from Fur and the other made from Mahogany, both with club mix finish. He also brought a bud vase made from a Cedar post with a club mix finish. Jesse C. Brought 2 pipes, one made from Black Walnut and the other made from Maple, finishes unknown. He also brought a Walnut lidded box and several pens, finishes unknown.

Next month's challenge: Turn something from you the things you learned at our last Symposium.

Treasurer’s report: We had 20 paid attendance at our Symposium plus what we maid on our from our silent auction and after all expenses we had a net prophet of $734.00. Leona also mentioned that Stan has been calling her about the rest of the money we owe on the trailer. After some discussion about our up coming expenses and our current balance there was a motion and second to pay Stan $500.00 now and $500.00 in June.

Gathering Wood: On going. We have a lot of wood for our members and if you would like some call Stan and he can bring it to our next meeting.

Soliciting New Members: On going

Open Workshop: Nothing scheduled

Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.


Wanted, For sale, Free 

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


A Message From Members


Shop Tips from AAW

Safe Way to Change Chuck Jaws

I have a Supernova 2 chuck that I use for my mini lathe. The jaws for this chuck are mounted on by screws. When it comes time to change jaws, the screws are very snug, and untightening them can lead to fingers flying into the jaws. I have injured many fingers like this, but I discovered that wearing a work glove while unscrewing the jaws protects your fingers from smashing into the jaws. I have saved my fingers from injury many times with this technique.

~Wyatt Workman, Vacaville California



Handy Woodturning Hints from AAW

The best thing I ever did was to look at my gouges as consumables, like sandpaper. Then I quit worrying about grinding away the steel and using up my gouge. This had several benefits. I sharpened as often as needed. This had two benefits. First, of course, I always had a sharp tool which made cutting easier and reduced the stress of using the tool. Second, it rapidly sped up the learning curve of sharpening. This actually increased my tool life because the better I got at sharpening, the less metal I removed each time I went to the grinder.

If you wait until you think your tool is dull you waited too long. Stop and sharpen any time it seems like you have trouble controlling the tool. Learn to glide the bevel not ride the bevel. I think most of us push on the bevel of the tool. The term "ride the bevel" kind of reinforces this. In reality you should have very light pressure on the bevel so the tool glides easily. This helps you learn to control the cut and more importantly "feel" the cut so that you are letting the tool cut instead forcing the cut.


The most important tip. Practice, practice, practice. Don't be afraid to put a scrap piece of wood on the lathe and just turn, practicing different cuts. This teaches control and helps you relax before the real project.

~John Lucas Sparta, TN



Ask the expert tip from AAW 



An Article From More Woodturning

Aligning your Lathe by Dick Veitch

If you are just turning a chair leg between centers, it does not matter too much if the head and tail of your lathe are not perfectly in line. Likewise, you can turn a bowl without using the tailstock. 

But, if you want to do anything where the wood is held in a chuck and the tailstock is brought up to the wood, then the head and tail need to be correctly aligned. I am sure you can think of many times when both a chuck and tailstock are in use. 

Sphere turning is another where the two cup chucks need to be nicely aligned to turn a perfect sphere. It would be nice if all lathes were perfectly aligned at all times, but some have swivel heads and their alignment needs to be checked every time the head is returned to the line of the bed. 

Some lathes are on uneven floors and the bed is twisted. Some lathes are a little worn and need adjusting. Some will be out of line for another reason. If you are absolutely certain that the tailstock of your lathe is perfectly aligned, then you can put a drive spur in the head, live center in the tail, and bring the two into line. (See Figure 1.) 

Figure 1. Using two centers to check alignment.

If the tailstock is not perfectly in line, then this method may look like it is working but you finish up with both head and tail out of line. The hard metal method is to use a double-ended Morse taper. Teknatool calls this the Acruline System.  (See Figure 2.) 

Figure 2. Using the Acruline System to check alignment. (If you don't want to buy one, Paul has one that I can help you align your lathe.)

Simply insert this firmly in both the head and tailstock while both are loose on the bed. Tighten both down and they should be nicely aligned.

If you need to check the headstock alignment with a little more care, then grip a long length of wood in a chuck (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. A length of wood mounted in a chuck.

Now rotate it slowly (100-300 rpm) and mark the central point on the tail end as shown in Figure 4. 

Figure 4. Marking the end of the rotating wood with a pencil.

Then bring the tailstock close and this central point should be at the center of the live tail as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 5. The tail center should align with the pencil mark on the end of the wood.



More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - January - February 2017

January 27, 2017 to January 29, 2017 Florida Woodturning Symposium 2017 SYMPOSIUM Location: Eustis, Florida Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017 to Sunday, January 29, 2017 Description:

The Florida Woodturning Symposium is the largest woodturning event in Florida and is held each year at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. A self contained, wooded campus where you are immersed in nothing but woodturning for 2 1/2 days. This is one of the best ways to take the next step in your woodturning and enjoy fourteen well-known demonstrators, a trade show, an auction, and a raffle. Website:

January 27, 2017 to January 28, 2017 Tennessee Association of Woodturners' 2017 Woodturning Symposium SYMPOSIUM Location: Franklin, TN Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017 to Saturday, January 28, 2017 Description:

Featured demonstrators will include Nick Agar, Cynthia Garden-Gibson, Stephen Hatcher, Frank Penta, and others. Participants will have access to the instant gallery, banquet, auction, and tradeshow. Website:

February 25, 2017 to February 26, 2017 Idaho Artistry in Wood EXHIBITION Location: Boise, Idaho Dates: Saturday, February 25, 2017 to Sunday, February 26, 2017 Description:

This yearly show provides an opportunity for artists working in wood and/or gourds to participate in a judged competition and display their outstanding creations to the public. Five woodworking clubs collaborate to make this one-of-a-kind show the largest in the Pacific Northwest. The show will include woodcarving, woodturning, fine furniture making, pyrography, intarsia, gourds, marquetry, scrolling and other wood art. Tools and materials used in creating wood and gourd art will be available for sale. In addition, there will be a vendor area, raffles, a silent auction, and demonstrations. Website:


"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.

Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."

Happy Turning


Club Sponsors



PRESIDENT:  Ron Velin (406)679-0902
Stan Lambert  (406)348-3499
SECRETARY:  Nick Enslander (406)259-6762
Leona Gipe (406)248-1664
Librarian: (
Dr. Van) Richard Vande Veegaete (406)245-9945
Jane Kelly (406)259-3840
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 12


Let the club officers know your suggestions

October 7th and 8th, 2016

Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Avenue

Billings, Montana




December 2016 Agenda 

 Meeting Wednesday, November 14th, 2016

at 6:00 PM at the

South Senior Center, 

901 S 30th St, Billings, MT 59101

Officers:  Ron, Stan, Leona, Nick

Cookies by:  Cookies by Martin

Treasurer’s report:  Leona Gipe

Historian, Photographer: Jane Kelly

Show and Tell:  Bring your items for show and tell.

Business: Election of 2017 Officers

2017 Dues are due, remain at $25.

High school class:    Stan and Jerry can update.

Cookies sign up:

December………………Christmas Party

Monthly turning challenge :