The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

June 2016                            Vol. 17, No.6


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.



Minutes (Wednesday May 11, 2016 Meeting)

Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick

Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly

Call for Guests: We had a new guests at our meeting, Richard King who came with Dr Van.

Hopefully he decides to join the club.

Cookies by: Nick E.

Health Reports: No new reports.

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

Show and Tell: This month's challenge was any kind of mixed media.

    George O. Brought 2 bowls made from Elm, one with a stone inlay and the other with a wood burn

on it. They both had a spray lacquer finish. He also brought a pot made from Sycamore,

stained and finished with spray lacquer.

    Jane K. Brought a bowl made from Ash with turquoise inlay and a EEE Ultra Shine finish. She also

brought some key rings made from Taqua Nuts and Epoxy Resin with EEE Ultra Shine finish.

   The third thing she brought was a bird house wind chime made from Crab Apple and brass

tubes with EEE Ultra Shine finish.

    Stan L. Brought a puzzle made from Bubinga, Maple and Ebony with nylon rope and plastic balls. All wood was finished with shellac.

    Dan V. Brought a off set bowl made from Tiger Wood with a red stone inlay and a wipe on finish.

Other Show and Tell:

Dr Van Brought a wood Maltese dog, painted and two segmented vases made from Ash with a

spray laquer finish.

Jerry G. Brought a Segmented vase made from Poplar and Black Walnut with a spray laquer finish.

He also brought a clock made from Walnut with a wipe on finish.

Ralph T. Brought a wood chain with a crank made from Walnut and Maple, finish unknown. He

also brought a wood drive shaft with universal joints and crank, kind of wood and finish


Stan L. Brought a 13” rough turned bowl made from Ash with a sealant on it. He also brought a

soup bowl made from Maple with a shellac finish.

We had a vote on the top four projects that we liked and there were gifts for the top four.

The top four were 1 Ralph T. 2 Dan V. 3 George O. 4 Jerry G.

Next month's challenge: No challenge for next month. (JUST TURN)

Treasurer’s report: No report this meeting.

New Business:

Gathering Wood: On going

Soliciting New Members: On going

Open Workshop: No workshop scheduled.

Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.

    2016 Dues are due, remain at $25.

    We now have our name tags to ware at our monthly meetings, thanks to Jane K. She

did a fabulous job!

Symposium 11:

Keith Gotschall will be our presenter for Symposium 11 on October 8th & 9th , 2016.

His Website is if you would like to see some of his work.

    Ron V. told us that we that there were 6 bowls made at our last workshop for next

year's Souper Bowl fundraiser. You can make bowls for this at any time and bring them

to our meetings were they are being stored.

    Ron V. told us that he asked Klingspor Company about donating some thing for door

door prizes at our Symposium and they told him that they couldn’t with out our

members list. So there was a motion and seconded to send them our members list.

    Dr Van brought up the fact that Ron V. is moving and we are not going to have a

President and we need to have member to assume his position. We need some

volunteers to step forward. If you would like to be President call Ron V. or Dr Van.

    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 as Tony would say.

High School classes: Stan L. told us that they didn't have a class this month.

If you need a new members list call Ron Velin. Leona G. is in the process of making an

updated one.


PROGRAM: Ron V. gave a presentation on making a segmented bowl out of rings like the ones

Phil S. and Dr Van had brought for show and tell. It was quit interesting and they

look very good.

PROGRAM: No program 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




An Article From More Woodturning

Simple Photo Tricks

by David Reed Smith (December 2002)

 Introduction There have been several articles published lately on how you can take “almost” professional photographs of your turnings. This isn’t that sort of article. If you need professional photographs because your living depends on getting into a prestigious gallery or craft show then you should actually hire a pro, not read another article.

But if you need photographs for your web site or to illustrate a magazine article you probably can’t justify hiring a pro, but want something better than a flash picture with a point and shoot camera.

This article describes two easy and inexpensive ways to get photographs of turnings that are only a step or two down from professional.

Flatbed Scanner

To get an image of small articles that don’t have a lot of height you can just plop them on a flatbed scanner and scan them. This technique is great for such things pens, refrigerator magnets, lace bobbins, or in my case, tatting accessories (see photo below.)

The lid of the scanner will usually lie at an angle so you’ll get a nice graduated gray background. You may find you get better results by turning up the resolution (dpi) for your scan and then reducing the image size to the quality you need with software. You can’t control shadows, and you may get some reflections from the inside of the camera, but this is so easy you should try if first. It seems almost criminal to get images this effortlessly.

Two tatting accessories. This image was obtained by simply scanning with a Flatbed Scanner.

Dining Room Light Box

Bowls and vessels won’t balance very well on a scanner, so unless you’re unduly proud of the bottoms you’ll need another technique for larger articles. I’ve had very good luck with my dining room light box.

It produces a seamless background and diffuse lighting, with just enough shadow to give definition. You don’t need much equipment. You need a room with more or less neutral-colored walls that has a large window. White walls and a south-facing window would be ideal, but not essential. Most of the light comes from the window, not off the walls, so anything but hot purple would probably work. Besides a room, you need a camera, a tripod, a sheet of poster board, and something to prop the poster board up.

The photo below shows my setup to photograph a vessel. I’ve set it on the dining room table so I don’t have to crouch. It faces the patio doors for plenty of indirect light. As its somewhere near noon, I don’t get harsh light direct from the sun. The vessel sits on the front of a sheet of poster board. The back edge is propped up with a two liter Pepsi bottle. As I’m not getting a placement fee, I must point out that Coke, juice, or any heavy article that’s a foot high or so will work. Use poster board. Paper, even heavy white Kraft paper, will wrinkle instead of curving gently and may look mottled if backlit at all. The camera is mounted on a tripod to reduce motion. You can increase your odds of a sharp picture by using a cable release or timer.

Dining Room Light Box. An easy set-up to get photographs with a seamless background and diffuse light.


The photograph produced by the set-up above. This is a red oak vessel about 11 inches high and 9 inches in diameter.



More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - June - August 2016

June 09, 2016 to June 12, 2016
AAW 30th Annual International Symposium
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: Thursday, June 09, 2016 to Sunday, June 12, 2016
Description: The American Association of Woodturners' 30th annual international symposium will be held at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Atlanta, Georgia, June 9–12, 2016. The connected Atlanta Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel will be the host hotel. The symposium offers three-and-a-half days of classroom-type demonstrations and panel discussions led by internationally known woodturners, veteran instructors, and top woodturning talent. AAW’s enormous tradeshow will be jam-packed with the newest woodturning products, tool and lathe manufacturers, and supplies. The symposium also features an instant gallery, a banquet, special interest groups, and themed exhibitors. Sign up early for discounted registration and special hotel group rates.

June 18, 2016 to June 19, 2016
UK and Ireland Woodturning Symposium
Location: Coventry, UK
Dates: Saturday, June 18, 2016 to Sunday, June 19, 2016
Description: With what could most likely be the biggest collection of turning suppliers and traders the UK has ever seen in one place, the UKIWS is setting out to bring turners from across the UK, Ireland and further afield together in Coventry in June for an exciting and informative weekend of purely woodturning oriented demonstrations and trade.
Read more of the description on the web page.

July 16, 2016 to January 16, 2017
Shaping the Vessel: Cummings + Mascoll + Samuel
Location: Charlotte, NC
Dates: Saturday, July 16, 2016 to Monday, January 16, 2017
Description: This exhibition at the Harvey B. Gantt Center features twenty-six exquisite works in wood. It celebrates three artists at the pinnacle of their careers– Frank E. Cummings III, John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel — whose first tool, a wood lathe given to the world by the ancient Egyptians, has served as a springboard to imagination, flights of fancy, and ingenuity.
Read more of the description on the web page.

July 22, 2016 to July 24, 2016
Turn-On! Chicago 2016
Location: Mundelein, Illinois
Dates: Friday, July 22, 2016 to Sunday, July 24, 2016
Description: The Turn-On! Chicago 2016 symposium will be held at The Conference Center at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. This three-day event includes the following demonstrators: Nick Agar, Rex Burningham, Robin Costelle, Steven Hatcher, Clay Foster, Frank Kobilsek, Rob Nelson, Graeme Priddle, Mark Sfirri, Mark St. Leger, Rob Wallace, and Molly Winton. Also included are hands-on pen turning, a tradeshow, meals, banquet, and auction. Registration will open on the website starting January 1, 2016.

July 22, 2016 to July 24, 2016
Saskatchewan Woodturning Symposium 2016
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Dates: Friday, July 22, 2016 to Sunday, July 24, 2016
Description: The 2016 Saskatchewan Woodturning Symposium is sponsored by the South Saskatchewan Woodturning Guild. It features master woodturners David Ellsworth, J. Paul Fennell, Jacques Versery, and world carving champion Cam Merkle as well as other turners. There will be a vendor area, an instant gallery, an auction, and a banquet.
Read more of the description on the web page.

July 23, 2016
Woodturners of Olympia 9th annual symposium
Location: Olympia, Washington
Dates: Saturday, July 23, 2016 to Saturday, July 23, 2016
Description: The Woodturners of Olympia present their 9th annual symposium featuring world renowned Michael Hosaluk with Northwest turner Bob Espen. Michael Hosaluk is recognized internationally and in Canada as one of the world's most creative wood "turners". Michael is endorsed by last year’s demonstrator, Richard Raffan, who states: “... Michael has a formidable array of woodworking techniques to back his imagination and support his energy.....he’s one of the very few turners I’m always happy to watch for hours at a time...” Cost is $100 until June 1 and $120 afterwards, which includes the all-day symposium, door prizes, lunch, and drawings for great prizes. Event starts 7 a.m. on July 23 at the Olympia High School, Olympia, Washington. Symposium is followed by 4 days of workshops taught by Michael. For more information or to register, go to the club's web site by clicking the link below:

August 05, 2016 to August 07, 2016
American Craft Council San Francisco Show
Location: San Francisco, California
Dates: Friday, August 05, 2016 to Sunday, August 07, 2016

It’s a craft show like no other! Join us for our three-day celebration of all things handmade, where more than 225 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor and wood artists from across the country gather under one roof. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the fabulous work.  A must-attend for craft lovers!

August 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
SouthWest Association of Turners Symposium
Location: Waco, TX
Dates: Friday, August 26, 2016 to Sunday, August 28, 2016

Each year, the SouthWest Association of Turners (SWAT) holds one of the largest woodturning symposiums in the world.The symposium features internationally and nationally recognized turners, as well as talented regional turners selected from the 27 clubs comprising SWAT. The symposium offers over 50 demonstrations, special interest group meetings, an instant gallery, a banquet, vendors, hands-on beginning turning sessions, and spouse programs.Demonstrators for 2016 include Cindy Drozda, Mary Lacer, Clay Foster, Mike Mahoney, Stuart Batty, Dick Sing, John Jordan, and John Beaver.


"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 11

Featuring: Keith Gotschall


October 8th and 9th, 2016

Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Avenue

Billings, Montana