The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

January 2017                            Vol. 18, No.1


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!

    Greetings to all YWT members in this new (snowing) year.
Just a quick reminder that we have our first meeting of the year
next Wed. (Jan. 11th at 7:00 pm). 
    After a great get-togather for our Dec. pot luck (including spouses) we can start 2017 with lofty goals and renewed enthusiasm.
    No set challege for this month; but bring your Holiday turnings for show. Dues are still just $25.  If you haven't paid see Leona and
as the "Cable Guy" says "Get it Done".
    Some suggestions of goals for the next 12 months:
1] Get on the list for cookies.
2] Get a committed demonstrator (soon) for our fall symposium.
3] Finish outfitting the new cargo trailer.
4] Use the trailer to do some demos (hardware stores, etc.)
5] Do some charity work.
6] Get back into the Fair.
7] Have at least 4 Open Shop Saturdays.
8] Maybe cut down some trees for club money and wood.
9] Get relationships with tree trimmers for green wood supply.
10] Have demos at club meetings.
11] Have more member participate at West High classes.
12] Have our own training sessions.
    We will discuss these ideas and any others at the meeting.  It is up to the members to decide where we want go and grow.
Remember the old saying "you get out of things only what you put into them"  (or something like that?)
Stan Lambert, Pres.


Meeting Location

Roaring 20s Auto Club clubhouse, 7400 Grand Avenue.



Wednesday December 14th, 2016 Meeting

Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly

Call for Guests: No guests at this meeting.

Cookies By: Christmas Party

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: No show and tell, just had members bring any of their pieces for a vote on most liked. We had a vote on all the pieces brought and and in order the winners were, 1. Dan V. 2. Ralph T. 3. Jerry G. 4. Jerry G. 5. Dr Van 6. Ivy C. 7. Chris S. 8. Tim M. 9. Jane K. 10. Dr Van 11. Ralph P. 12. Gary W. 13. Stan L.

Next month's challenge: Turn any thing you like.

We had a fun Christmas Party with a lot of great food and a lot good banter. A big thank you out to all who brought food and themselves to the party.

Treasurers report: No report. 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.


2017 Dues are due, they remain at $25.

Dr Van a nice memorial talk on all the members that have passed away in the last several years.

Stan L. talked about an article on Bob Ore and read part of the article.

We had an election dew for a two year term for President and Vice President. We had one nominee for each position, Stan L. for President and Tim M. for Vice President. There was a motion and second to elect both members to the positions. Our new President is Stan Lambert and new Vice President is Tim Morgan.

Dr Van talked to us about Remote Demos, what they are and how they used. He told us that they are interactive were we can talk back and forth with the demonstrators.

Dr Van recommended that we work on getting some one to help us get set up and start using the technology.

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: Jerry mentioned that they have not started yet.

If you need a new members list call Leona. The updated ones are now finished.


PROGRAM: Our program this month was the Christmas Party.

PROGRAM: No program set up by the end of the meeting.



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

AAW Shop Tip Fingernail-Grind Jig

Using the fingernail jig with the V-notch rod is a balancing act-the bottom of the jig wants to move all around and I sometimes get faceted grinds. My solution was to use an 18" (46cm) length of ."- (19mm-) square tubing. Using a V block, I drilled a 5 / 16" (8mm) hole. I used a 5 / 16" cap-head bolt that uses an Allen wrench. I drilled out the hex socket with a ⅜" (10mm) drill bit. A friend tack-welded the bolt, but you may use JB Weld, or even a nut to hold the bolt. I then lightly ground the sharp edges on the leg of the fingernail jig. This allows smooth movement and better control to achieve a consistent grind.

As an alternative, you could turn the V-notch bar over and drill the hole there. That way you don't need to buy a new piece of steel. Mike Moore pointed that out when I sharpened his gouge, using my new adapter bar.

~ John Kaner, Anchorage, Alaska

Greetings! Paul

How to make the barrel trimmer work when making pens

I don't make a lot of pens so I haven't invested in many of the pen-making gadgets. I use a screw clamp instead of a pen press. I cut a "V"-shaped slot in a hand screw clamp to hold the blank in place while drilling the holes with my drill press. All pretty low-tech stuff.

But one of the problems I've never been able to overcome, until now, is how to actually make the barrel trimmer trim the ends of the pen blanks. I certainly can't do it by hand. I've tried mounting the trimmer in my drill press and holding the blanks up to it manually to be trimmed. No luck.

It finally dawned on me that I needed more muscle power-rather, machine power. So, I mounted the barrel trimmer into my drill press then clamped the pen blank into the "V" cut I had made in my hand screw jaws. After that, it was a simple matter to lightly pull on the drill press handle and watch the shavings fly! After a few light pulls on the handle, the blank was nicely trimmed and ready for the assembly process.

Janice Levi Brazos Valley Woodturners Gulf Coast Woodturners Association


An Article From More Woodturning

Making an Antique-style Baby Rattle by Fred Holder

Several years ago I was watching a movie, Australian I believe, where the baby in the family had died. The time period of the movie was the 1800s. The mother was putting away the babys things and the last thing she laid in the trunk was a wooden baby rattle. This inspired me to make one with a similar antique look. Ive used about every type of hardwood for these rattles, but I find that the harder and closer-grained the wood, the better the ring cutting tools work. The rattle I made for this article was made from a chunk of plum wood and I used the Robert Sorby -inch set of ring cutting tools. The wood had been curing for about ten years, so it was very dry. I recommend that you use a slightly more wet wood to make your first few baby rattles--it turns easier. I used my Teknatool Nova DVR 3000 lathe. The wood was turned round and sized to fit the Super Nova2 chuck on my lathe, see Figure 1.

Figure 1. Here the wood has been turned round and to about 1-1/2 in diameter. I begin by reducing the stock to about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inch in diameter. I never measure it but they just seem to come out about that size. I make a V cut with the skew close to the tailstock, but far enough away so that there will not be a problem with the center hole winding up in the end of the rattle. Dont cut this V too deep right now. Another V is now made to the left of the first one about 5/8-inch center to center. This V is the beginning of the recess where the rings will slide freely to rattle. Cut this a bit deeper, about 3/8-inch deep should do the job. See Figure 2.

Figure 2. Two V-cuts have been made near the tailstock. The space in between the cuts will define the knob on the end for teething. Now, take the -inch beading tool and cut a bead. The right side of the tool should just cut into your V. Ive found it works best if you gently rock the tool handle from side to side. This tool is basically a scraper, so it should be tipped slightly downward also. Dont try to cut too heavily or you may break out pieces of your ring. I generally cut in with the beading tool until the ring has just cleaned up. See Figure 3. The only sharpening you need to do on the beading tool is to hone the top face. You should never grind the other parts that were ground to shape at the factory.

Figure 3. Here the top of the ring-to-be has been cut with the Sorby beading tool. The skew chisel is used to widen the space on each side of the bead. You need a 3/8 to -inch wide V on either side of the bead. I generally cut straight in on either side of the bead with the long point of the skew. It doesnt really matter which side of the bead you attack with the ring cutting tools first. Ive developed the habit of cutting on the right side first and then cutting the ring loose with the left side tool. It takes a little practice to use these tools. A steady hand and a little care is all thats needed. You dont have to be a great woodturner to cut a very acceptable loose ring with these tools. The instructions that came with the ring cutting tools said you can cut rings without using the beading tool first, but Ive found my rings are better when the beading tool is used to cut the top.

Figure 4. Here the ring is nearly cut loose. I finally cut the ring loose with the tool on the left side of the ring. Here are the instructions for cutting a loose ring (taken from the Woodcraft catalog): (1) cut a bead with a beading tool, (2) cut to depth beside the bead with a parting tool, (3) use the right ring tool to cut the rear right of the ring, (4) use the left ring tool to cut the rear left of the ring, which will also separate the ring. Once the ring is loose, I take a 3/8-inch spindle gouge and make the recess deeper to allow the ring to float freely. Make a second loose ring with the right hand side of the beading tool just cutting into the V on the left side of the ring recess (see Figure 5). This is done in exactly the same manner as the first ring. Use the 1/4-inch spindle gouge to clean up and size the bottom of the ring recess. I generally cut this down to about 1/2 to 3/8 inch in diameter. Again its not critical, no need to size specifically. Using the skew chisel, I cut a V about 1/2 inch to the left of the ring recess and another one about one inch further to the left to define the far left dimension of the rattle, also the end of the handle. Form a bead between the handle and the ring recess. Make this bead smaller than the ring diameters, but larger than the inside diameter of the rings--you dont want them to slip off.

Figure 5. Starting the second loose ring. Form the handle and put in two decorative V cuts with the skew. At this time I cut the V at the end of the handle down to about 1/4 inch. I then shift to the far right side and turn the piece between the first V cut and the ring recess into a pleasing knob shape. Babies like to cut their teeth on this knob, at least my grandson used his for that purpose. Again leave about -inch of material on the right end, also (see Figure 6). Now, you can sand the rattle. I generally dont go finer than 280 or 320 grit. Remember, this is going into a babys mouth and, if they are cutting teeth, it will not be smooth for very long. I personally find them more attractive if they arent too highly polished.

Figure 6. Here the piece is pretty much ready for sanding. After Im satisfied with the sanding job, I cut the Vs at each end down to about 1/8-inch, just enough to still hold everything together. I prefer to separate the rattle from the rest of the spindle with a knife or saw. I use a knife to pare off the excess and then hand sand to smooth each end.

Figure 7. The Robert Sorby tools used in this project: (top to bottom) Right hand side tool, beading tool, and left hand side tool. Add a coat of non-toxic oil and you have a completed rattle. I used the Mahoney Walnut Oil finish, which works very well. The finished baby rattle is not too large, but it meets the minimum size requirement for baby toys.

Figure 8. The finished baby rattle.


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:

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

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.

March 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017
Southern States Woodturning Symposium
Location: Cartersville, Georgia
Dates: Friday, March 10, 2017 to Sunday, March 12, 2017

This symposium offers attendees featured demonstrators, an instant gallery, a trade show and auction. Demonstrators for 2017 include Greg Pennington, Stuart Mortimer, Dixie Biggs, Dennis Paullus, Steve Cook, Nick Cook, Robert Lyon, and Peggy Schmid.

March 17, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Oregon Woodturning Symposium
Location: Albany, Oregon
Dates: Friday, March 17, 2017 to Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Oregon Association of Woodturners presents the second Oregon Woodturning Symposium on March 17-19, 2017 at the Lane County Expo Center in Albany, OR. Join some of the best turners in the nation for extraordinary demonstrations that offer something for every level of woodturner, beginner to professional. This year's demonstrators include Al Stirt, Binh Pho, Christian Burchard, Dixie Biggs, Don Ward, Jon Magill, Michael Blankenship, Nick Cook, Stuart Batty and special guest, Stuart Mortimer.

March 24, 2017 to March 26, 2017
TurnFest 2017
Dates: Friday, March 24, 2017 to Sunday, March 26, 2017

The TurnFest "All Stars" Symposium celebrates the 15th year of Australia's largest and longest running woodturning symposium.This event features world renowned woodturning artists and teachers in a rotation schedule of 100 live demonstrations and seminars. Also included are an instant gallery, a woodturning clinic, drawings, and more.


"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.

Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."

Happy Turning


Club Sponsors



PRESIDENT:  Stan Lambert  (406)348-3499
Tim Morgan (406)969-1982
SECRETARY:  Nick Enslander (406)259-6762
TREASURER:  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
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October 7th and 8th, 2016

Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Avenue

Billings, Montana