The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

March 2014                            Vol. 15, No.3


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. We are in need of your suggestions for our 2015 Symposium, let our Club Presidency know who you would like to see or what topic you would like to see covered.


Think About Turning Today!

March 2014, President’s Message:

The monthly challenges for our members to turn a specific piece (Jan-gavel, Feb-letter opener, March-candle stick) have been very successful. How creative and productive our members are. Congratulations! This does give us the opportunity to turn some creations that we might never attempt or haven’t done yet.

At our last meetings we learned about stave construction. We are going to continue this instruction at our April meeting because it is easy, saves lots of wood, and produces some truly beautiful vases and bowls. And it is probably one of those woodturning procedures that many avoid. The surprise… it is not that difficult. In fact it is easier than turning a solid block of wood.

A reminder: Some dates to put on your calendar are the Montana Fair (August 8-16) and our Symposium 9 (August 23-24) featuring Kip Christensen. The agenda for our Symposium will be:

Session 1: Baker’s Dozen

This demonstration will include how to make a dozen-plus projects that are fast and fun to turn. This will include how to work with a variety of materials, chucking methods, turning techniques, simples methods for surface decoration, and turning tools.

Session 2: Turned Box with Double Inlay and Chatterwork

While showing how to turn an inlaid box with chatterwork, Kip will cover a variety of topics including, material selection, box design, preparing an inlay, rough turning and drying a box blank, finish turning a box, spigot design, fitting a lid, inserting an inlay, applying chatterwork, finishing the interior and exterior, and chucking methods.

Session 3: Kitchen Collection

In this session Kip will show how to make several useful kitchen tools and accessories.

Session 4 : You Name It We Have It

In the process of throwing a few shavings, Kip will cover a variety of topics of common interest to woodturners including: fundamentals of woodturning design, properties of wood, harvesting and curing turning wood, principles of clean cutting, scales and chords for the woodturner, and Q & A--everything you always wanted to know about woodturning but were afraid to as

Off to a good start: Dr. Van


Meeting Location

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




Minutes (Wednesday February 12, 2014 Meeting)

Officers: Dr. Van, Martin, Stan, Nick, Ron

Call for Guests: No guest for February

Cookies by: Dr. Van, Delivered by Stan Lambert

Health Reports: No report


Show and Tell: February Challenge (Letter Openers)

Dale Molyneaux: 2 openers wood unknown.

Dr. Van: 1 walnut and 1 oak.

Stan Lambert: 9 openers and display stand, verity of woods, all finished with Paul's formula of shellac, mineral oil and alcohol.

Ralph Pehl: Opener made of something other than wood.

Dan Vanderhoof: 2 laminated openers finished with walnut oil.

Dave Torrence: 2 openers, wood and finish unknown.

Ralph Torrence: 1 opener, wood and finish unknown.

Good participation (GRATE JOB)

Other Show and Tell:

Dr. Van: Segmented bowl made of maple and walnut, finish unknown.

Stan Lambert: Bowl made from big leaf maple,bowl made from hackberry (spalted),bowl

made from butternut, bowl made from pecan, and hollow vessel made from

buhinga wood, finishes unknown.

Ed Auker: 15” elm platter finished with Mike Mahoney's mix.

Derrald Ferrin: Birds mouth made from buckthorn wood, finish unknown.

Dale Molyneaux: Several band saw bowls, type of wood and finish unknown.

Dave Torrence: Bowl made from pine wood, finish unknown.

Phil Scott: Peace of juniper wood with antique door knobs on it to use as coat hanger, finish


Nick Emslander: Brought the head for his gavel, wood is maple, finish is Paul's mix. Handle to

be finished later.

Stan was the man this month. “TURNER GONE WILD”

Treasurer’s report: No report this month.

New Business:

Gathering wood

Soliciting new members

Hands On Workshops

Montana Fair August 8-16, 2014

Symposium 9:

Monthly turning challenge:

High school classes (Currently meeting once a month at West High, Paul Spencer)

a way set up your hook and loop sanding disks with a piece of wood and a strip of

self sticking hook and loop for easy reach when sanding.


Ralph Pehl, the art of setting up segmented rings.

Ralph gave a great presentation on the way he dose his segmenting. He also

told us if any members would like come to his shop and see how he dose his

segmenting, you can call him and arrange a day and time.

MARCH PROGRAM: Part Two: Presentation on turning a vase using staves (slide jig and staves, CD show)




From the Library


Calendar of Events

March 12th, 7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:  President’s challenge: Candle Stick Holder

April 9th,7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:  President’s challenge: potpourri bowl


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:  Nick Enslander (406)259-6762
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



Yellowstone Woodturners

Symposium 9


Kip W. Christensen

Kip W. Christensen, PhD, is a professor in the School of Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is also an accomplished and well-known woodturner. His work has been published in over 20 books and in a variety of magazines and journals, and displayed in many galleries and international juried exhibitions. He has given over 150 national and several international presentations. Gallery curator and author Kevin Wallace wrote "The work of Kip Christensen is always aesthetically pure and technically precise". And he has a unique ability to speak and communicate with the average turner.


Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Ave

Billings, Montana


Saturday, August 23 and Sunday,  August 24



Agenda (Wednesday, March 12, 2014)

Officers: Dr. Van, Martin, Stan, Nick, Ron

Call for Guests:

Cookies by:

Health Reports:


Show and Tell: Presentation of candle holders (March challenge)

Treasurer’s report:

New Business:

Gathering wood

Soliciting new members

Hands On Workshops

Montana Fair

Symposium 9:

Monthly turning challenge (being added to webpage)

High school classes


Part Two: Presentation on turning a vase using staves (slide jig and staves, CD show)

Challenge for April: Potpourri bowl