The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

September 2017                            Vol. 18, No.9


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!

Have You Turned Today?
                                   HAVE YOU TURNED TODAY?
    It's that time again as our annual symposium happens at the end of this month.
We want to encourage everyone planning to attend to pay the fee by this Sept. 13th
meeting to get the lower price and help Trea. Leona and the food planners be better
    Another big feature of the symposium is the "silent auction".  It is an enjoyable part of our event.
Plus it is the edge that carries us into the black as we keep the cost of the two days at a mostly
break even situation to help better attendance. Please set your likely donations aside early.
    I have asked Doctor Van to give a short talk on the plus virtues of our club to help convince 
any new guests to join as members. (Of the dozen or more that showed a keen interest at the
fair booth; hopefully a few will attend this first chance to meet with us).
   Vice-President Tim Morgan has agreed to chair the Sept.13th  meeting as I will be out of town.
Hate to miss the planning meeting for the symposium; but already things are coming together
and many capable members are stepping up to do the work.
   About the Symposium: This year our demonstrator is the highly touted Dennis Ligget. 
As in the past the attendees always seem to speak highly of their
experience as they learn a few new techniques, receive a prize, enjoy the food and fellowship,
and likely go home with a bargain from the auction.
See you at the Symposium,
    Pres. Stan Lambert


Meeting Location

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



Minutes (Wednesday August 9, 2017 Meeting)

Officers: Stan, Leona, Tim, Nick

Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly

Call for Guests: We had one guests at this meeting Wane Kramer, hope we see him again.

Cookies By: Gary W.

Health Reports: Ralph Pehl may need to have shoulder surgery. Roger Hust cut his finger on his band

saw, another reminder that we all need to be very careful with our power tools.

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

Dan V. volunteered to be the wood projects at the fair.

Show and Tell: Any project you like.

Dr Van Brought 2 bowls, kind of wood and finish unknown.

Jane K. Brought a bowl made from spalted Apple finished with lacquer, a vase made from

Juniper fence post with a EEE Ultra Shine finish and 2 snowmen made from spalted

Apple with a lacquer finish.

Gary W. Brought 3 bowls, one made from Elm, one made from Cherry and one made from Crab

Apple all with a polyurethane finish. He also brought a turkey claw back scratcher with

a Maple handle with a polyurethane finish.

Dan V. Brought a bowl made from Ash, finished with walnut oil.

George O. Brought 2 vases both made from Aspen, one with an electric burn and lacquer finish

and the other with stain and lacquer finish.

Jerry G. Brought a vase made from Aspen, stained and finished with lacquer. He also brought a

bowl made from British Close Cherry with a Lacquer finish.

Ralph P. Brought a bowl made from Box Elder with a tongue oil finish.

Dale M. Brought a vase made from Box Elder with a lacquer finish, a lidded bowl made from

Apple and Birch with a club mix finish and 3 eccentric mushrooms made from Maple

with lacquer finishes.

Roger H. Brought 2 small bowls one made from Babinga and the other Poplar, Elm and

Mahogany. Both were finished with club mix.

Gary L. Brought 4 bowls one made from Silver Maple, one was a mystery wood and the other

two I did not get. The finishes unknown.

Stan L. Brought a piece of Box Elder that we had cut up that had a mushroom growing out of it

that he is going to display at the fair, along with several pieces.

Next month's challenge: No special challenge, just turn any thing.

Treasurer’s report: We are up to date on our bills and have several members that have paid to

attend our Symposium. We were told that Dr Van donated a new TV to the club. If you have any questions call Leona.

Gathering Wood: We steal have quit a bit of Box Elder wood to be cut up and plenty to buy

at a very cheap price.

Soliciting New Members: On going

Open Workshop: Nothing scheduled at this time. Stan mentioned that he would like to

schedule one as soon as he could find some time to cut up more of the Box Elder we have at his place.

Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.


2017 Dues are due, they remain at $25.

Stan told us that Dennis Liggett is our demonstrator at our next Symposium. The dates

are September 30th and October 1st. There were lists of proposed topics to have at our

Symposium, that might change but it is a start. Members could start signing up soon so

we can start getting an idea where we are at for numbers. We still need items for our

silent auction so if you have things that you could donate you could star bringing them

in. We still need one TV for the club, so if you see one or hear of for sale at a good price

buy it or call Stan.

We will be having a booth at the Fair this year and we will need members to man it. A

sign-up list was handed out a third time to cover all the shifts. We could use more

members to help. Stan mentioned things that we will need at the fair such as our trailer,

A/C's, fans, show items, brochures etc. There will be a combination lock on the trailer

and the combination was given to members at the meeting. Stan received a number of

fair tickets to give to members manning our booth. The take down will be on Sunday

following the fair's end.

Our club insurance will not cover any injury from burning of wood with electricity.

The AAW insurance also will not cover this kind of burning nor will they sanction it or

display any project with kind of burning on it.

Martin R. brought a pile of sand paper that he he handed out, and Ralph P. brought

another bag of those nice rags to hand out. Thank you to Martin and Ralph.

High School classes: Classes are finished for the year. No news on when or if they will start.

We have a total of 3 bowls for next years “Souper Bowl” so far, you can bring in bowls

any time. The more the better.

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


PROGRAM: We did not have a program at this meeting.

PROGRAM NEXT MONTHS: Stan ask for a volunteer to do something for our next meeting, but did not have any

takers as end of meeting.


Cookies sign up:

Sept. = Jerry Gipe
Oct.   = Roger Hurt
Nov.  = Tim Morgan
Dec.  =  Club Christmas Party




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

Turning a Bowl without Chucks
by Fred Holder

Chucks are wonderful time savers, but are not necessary to turn wooden shapes such as bowls and hollow forms. In fact, many woodturners mount all of these shapes on faceplates and turn the entire vessel on a single mounting then use some form of home-made jam chuck to turn the foot after the bowl is completely turned. Even though I have a number of chucks, I often use a jam chuck instead of a chuck. To basically use the stuff that comes with your lathe, here is the way to do it:

  1. Mount the bowl blank between centers, but with the grain of the wood being perpendicular to the axis of rotation and the planned foot of the bowl toward the tailstock center. Balance it as well as possible and run the lathe at its minimum speed. Start small first (4" to 6" in diameter).

  2. With the bowl blank mounted between centers, turn the outside of the bowl to shape and turn a foot for the bowl. Don’t make the foot too small on your first few bowls, leave them around 1/3 of the diameter, a nice functional size. Leave the tailcenter mark in the foot; i.e., don’t turn it away. You can turn the bottom of the foot so that it will have a flat area to fit into a jam fit chuck, but leave a little tenon in the center with the center point in it. You’ll need that later. Sand and finish the outside of the bowl.

  3. Remove the bowl from the lathe and mount the faceplate with a piece of scrap wood mounted on it. Turn the face of the wood nice and flat. Then turn a recess in the center that is deep enough to bottom the turned foot of the bowl and bring the bottom surface of the bowl shape to touch the top of the scrap piece, but still small enough that you cannot slip the foot into the recess. You will have to cut a deeper recess in the center to accept the center tenon you left on to retain the center in the foot. In case you get it a tiny bit too large (i.e., a slip fit) you can sometimes take up a part of the space with a paper towel.

  4. When the recess is almost large enough to accept the bowl blank, place the foot against the recess and bring up the tailstock. Apply pressure with the tailstock. Then with a mallet, tap around the top of the bowl while increasing pressure with the tailstock. If you were close enough to size, your foot should be able to be pressed into the recess until the top of the scrap piece touches the end of the bowl. Turn the bowl by hand to check for runout. Turn on the lathe, again at its slowest speed and check for runout by touching the finished outside surface of the bowl along the bottom side of the bowl. If it seems to be acceptable, it is unlikely that you’ll get it perfect the first few times. Practice makes perfect.

  5. Now, with the tailcenter still in the top of the bowl, start hollowing. Leave the tailstock in as long as possible and turn so that you have a little column 1/2" to 1" in diameter in the center of the bowl. If possible, turn the bowl to final depth with this column still in the center. Then break off the column, move the tailstock out of the way and sand and finish the bowl inside. At this point, your bowl is completely finished inside and outside, except for the foot.

  6. You can generally remove the bowl from the waste block by applying pulling force on the bowl, but not enough to break it, while tapping the waste block with a mallet. Don’t tap too hard or pull too hard. If it will not come loose, you can likely part away the waste block until the bowl comes free.

  7. Now mount a piece of wood on the faceplate so that it will give you a disk that is larger than the diameter of your bowl. Turn a recess that your bowl lip will snuggly fit into. It is best if this recess is a snug enough fit that you can press the bowl into it with a good friction fit. Now, bring up the tailstock to hold the bowl securely in this new jam-fit chuck. Turn the foot to final form leaving a little tenon in the center for the tailstock, sand and apply finish. If your mounting in the jam-fit chuck is secure enough, you can back off the tailstock and gently turn away the little tenon, sand and finish.

  8. Remove the finished bowl from the jam-fit chuck by applying pulling pressure while tapping the jam-fit chuck. With luck, it will pop out without any damage.

Sign the bottom with a permanent ink pen like the Sharpie and pat yourself on the back. Then share your treasure with your spouse or a friend or someone else in the family.


More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - September - October 2017

September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017
Turning Southern Style
Location: Dalton, GA
Dates: Friday, September 15, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017
The Georgia Association of Woodturners (GAW) presents its annual symposium "Turning Southern Style." The event is held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, GA (previously known as the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.) The event includes top notch demonstrators, a large group of vendors and a great facility.This year's demonstrators include Beth Ireland, Glenn Lucas, Pascal Oudet, Nick Cook, Harvey Meyer, and Joe Ruminski.

September 15, 2017 to September 17, 2017
18th Annual Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium
Location: Loveland, CO
Dates: Friday, September 15, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017
2017 marks the 18th year for this event. Participants can select from over 42 rotations given by some of the best woodturners in the world. The presentations will have something for everyone, from the beginner to the professional. There will be a large vendor exhibit and a hands on woodturning program area. An Instant Gallery will be open to the public and all attendees are encouraged to bring three peices for exhibit. Featured Demonstrators will include Stuart Batty, Trent Bosch, Cynthia Carden Gibson, Kurt Hertzog, Eric Lofstrom, Jonathn Medina, Carmen De La Paz, Curt Theobald, Tom Wirsing, and more.

October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Turning 2017
Location: West Harrison, IN
Dates: Friday, October 13, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Turning 2017 is the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild  biennial Symposium. It is held in a rural setting away from the usual hassle of a city hotel or conference center. There is an on-site lodge, dorm facilities, RV park and campground as well as national chain hotels within a few minutes drive. Attendees enjoy tasty meals in a spacious dining hall where they can discuss the events of the day, get to know the demonstrators and fellow turners and sometimes see local wildlife just outside the windows, all while enjoying their meals.Featured demonstrators will include Jimmy Clewes, Nick Cook, Ashley Harwood, Avelino Samuel, Keith Gotschall, and Chris Ramsey. There will be a vendor area, and Instant Gallery, a banquet, an auction, and a craft room for non-turning significant others.
Read more of the description on the web page.

October 14, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Artistry in Wood
Location: Wilmington, OH
Dates: Saturday, October 14, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Artistry in Wood, held by The Dayton Carvers Guild of Ohio, is a celebration of wood carving and woodworking art. It's believed to be the largest show of its kind in the U.S. For the last several years attendance has broken 5,000. Exhibitors come from almost half the states in the U.S. and from Canada.The show is primarily an exhibit for carvers and woodworkers to show and sell their work. There is also  a silent auction, raffle tickets, free deomonstrations, and a vendor area.

October 27, 2017 to October 29, 2017
2017 Mid Atlantic Woodturners Association Symposium
Location: Lancaster, PA
Dates: Friday, October 27, 2017 to Sunday, October 29, 2017
This year's Mid Atlantic Woodturners Association Symposium promises to be a not-to-be-missed event with demonstrators including Stuart Batty, Cynthia Cardon Gibson, Ashley Harwood, Avelino Samuel, Curt Theobald, and Hans Weissflog.The program will open on Friday evening with a Meet the Demonstrators session. Multiple demonstration sessions will be held each day. Also included is a buffet lunch on Saturday and Sunday, an Instant Gallery, vendor space, a silent auction, a raffle, and a contest between two of the demonstrators.
Read more of the description on the web page.


"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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A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.


Map to Meeting Location


Yellowstone Woodturners

Symposium 12


Dennis Liggett

September 30th and October 1th, 2017

Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Avenue

Billings, Montana

Cost of Symposium (Discounted if Paid by September 13th) $90

Cost of Symposium (If Paid after September 13th) per person $100

Cost for single day - Saturday or Sunday (per person) $75