The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

August 2016                            Vol. 17, No.8


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 July 13, 2016 Meeting)

Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick

Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly

Call for Guests: We had two guests at this meeting, Dave Moody and Jesse ?. Hope they decide to join our club.

Cookies by: Dale M. Next meeting it will be Dave T.

Health Reports: George Hoffman had surgery and is recovering very slowly at St. John's Nursing Home and it would be nice if you could visit him. Also Dr Van got a call from Clint Balstad who had a heart attack and he also is recovering very slowly.

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

Show and Tell: Our challenge this meeting was any kind of tool or utensil.

George O. Brought a bowl made from spalded Maple with a lacquer finish. spray lacquer finish. The other had an oil finish.

Jane K. Brought 2 light bulb shaped light pulls made from Holly, unfinished. She also brought a lidded vase made from plywood with EEE Ultra Shine finish.

Dale M. Brought 2 bowls, one made from Box Elder with a Shellac finish and the other made from Ash with an oil finish.

Tim M. Brought a square rimmed bowl made from Brazilian Rosewood with a Master Gel finish, a footed bowl made from Ash and Black Walnut with a Master Gel finish and a bowl made bowl made from Maple with a Master Gel finish.

Dr Van Brought 2 segmented bowls and 1 Cedar bowl, all with a lacquer finish.

Phil S. Brought 2 Segmented bowls made from Mexican Ebony, Holy and Poplar with Master Gel finishes. He also brought 2 segmented bowls with a cubed pattern made from Walnut, Hickory and Mahogany with Master Gel finishes.

Ralph P. Brought 2 bowls made from Box Elder with Arm and Seal finishes.

Ron V. Brought a segmented bowl, kind of woods and finish unknown. Jesse ?. Who was one of our new guests brought 2 bowls made from Marble Wood, 2 small platters, a goblet made from Maple and more that I didn't catch.

Gary L. Brought 4 bowls made from Maple with Velvet Oil finishes.

Jerry G. Brought a paper towel holder made from Pine, some seam rippers, salt and pepper shakers, and some bottle stoppers.

Gary W. Brought a segmented bowl, 2 Fur bowls, a layered Oak bowl and a Mahogany bowl all finished with the club mix.

Next month's challenge: Any thing you want to turn. (BE CREATIVE)

Treasurer’s report: We paid Stan L. for the trailer he found except for the amount he was willing to carry for a year. We had quite a few members that donated money towered the purchase of the trailer, thank you all for that! We also purchased a lock, license and registration and insurance with replac- ment costs for any thing we have in the trailer. A big thank you to Stan Leona for all there work getting all of that taken care of. We have have our Web Site, Christmas Party and any incidentals to pay the rest of this year.

We still carry a good balance, if you have any questions call Ron or Leona.

New Business: Gathering Wood: On going.

Soliciting New Members: On going

Open Workshop: Nothing scheduled

Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.

2016 Dues are due, they remain at $25.

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 mentioned that registration for our Symposium is now on our Web Site. He also told us to start thinking of things to bring for our silent auction. He also told us that there is plenty of club wood available up to 18”. If you are interested call Stan.

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: The classes are finished for this year.

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


PROGRAM: George O. started his program by telling us that our carbide tools can be sharpened and then told us how to go about sharpening them. Then he went into telling us about using metallic paints and aging solutions to create a metal affect with a patina on our wood projects if we like. There is also a rust look you can do. The metallic paints come in bronze, copper and iron. The activators come in green and blue patina and rust. It was an interesting and informative program, great job George.

PROGRAM: Sept challenge, boxes.



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



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A “Sound” Idea! by Bob Heltman, CMW, AAW God Bless the Irish, and especially the March 2008 Journal of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild, and even more to the point the work and article “Sounding Bowls” by Tobias Kaye. Tobias has been putting phosphor bronze guitar strings across wood bowls, making them into a sort of musical instrument, for over 20 years. Actually, his bowls have been bought on 4 continents and used in hospitals, clinics, care homes, special education settings, and for private meditation. Plucking sounds warm the heart! See his website: I got so excited I just had to try making one. Since my musical talent approaches zero, I visited my local Tempo music store, described my general plan, and bought 3 different strings. They gave me two violin tuning pegs, but I planned to make my own. It also struck me that using pegs is a bit ancient and maybe there was another way. Next I visited my Hobby House store, figuring that some of the small rigging devices used in model airplanes might work. As you can see from the picture below, Photo 1, this amounted to quite an assortment of wiring, small (2-56) nuts and bolts, threaded couplers, blind nuts, swivels, rods, tubes, etc. The kit on the left was mine.

Photo 1. Assortment of things needed to convert the bowl into a sounding bowl. Back in my shop/studio I found a damaged walnut bowl about 7” dia. x 3” deep, and finished it with a thin spray of lacquer. Next I turned 2 pegs out of purpleheart. At the one end, with grain running in the direction of the strings, I drilled small holes just below the rim through which the strings would be threaded. Tobias uses copper tubing to line these holes, saying it gives a brighter tone and stops the strings from cutting into the wood. The first string went in the center; one end of each string comes with a stop-ball to hold it in place. Tobias holds the ends in place with small turned wooden pegs like on an old fashioned Spanish guitar, after first removing the stop ball, purely for an improved appearance. I used a blind nut in a hole opposite and turned in a long screw. Clipping the string to length I crimped its cut end into a small electrical connector, turned up the end and placed it behind a nut at the screws end. With heart pounding I slowly tightened the screw, using pliers to keep the nut and connector in place, and plucked the string until it was tight and produced a pleasant sound. IT WORKED and the bowl resonated wonderfully. (A pretty knob could be turned and glued over the screw.) This method worked like a charm, kept its tune, and was easy to adjust. It could be quite well hidden under a recessed rim.

Photo 2. The author’s Sounding Bowl with three strings. Tobias tells me it would sound even better if I perfected the spiral section curve that he uses to give the richest resonance. His kit contains instructions on shaping this curve. You might invent other methods for holding and tuning strings. Tobias uses specially made stainless steel threaded pins like you might find on a dulcimer, but with knurled tops for wooden thumb grips rather than key turned square heads. Again, he says that this is a visual issue, feeling that his pieces should look as beautiful as they sound. (These special pins are available from Tobias as part of a kit that includes step-by-step instructions and the fine copper tubing mentioned above.) On thin walled bowls, threaded couplers or rigging couplers soldered to the string wire, etc. might work too. BUT, be careful as “too thin” could mean breaking the bowl as strings are tightened. You can Google “violin making” and the like for more ideas. While a violin peg has a 2 degree taper, I simply drilled the peg holes and twisted the rotating drill to make a tapered hole fitting my pegs. In these cases the strings ran over the bowl’s rim into small holes in the pegs. Again, tightening and plucking gave me 3 different and pleasing notes. They do calm the soul and relax a person! Visit Tobias’ websites for more information on copyrights, to contact him for a kit, etc. You can make a better sounding bowl than this first fast try of mine! Have fun and improve your meditating. (It is OK to make a bowl for yourself, but not to sell. Give credit to Tobias Kaye and send commercial business his way like a good sport.) With permission of Tobias Kaye, the World Master of Sounding Bowls, here are photos of some of his remarkable pieces of work with captions supplied by Tobias:

Photo 3. This Holly Sounding Bowl, about 10” diameter by maybe 4.1/2” has red and green pegs to reflect the leaf and berry color of the tree. A wider fan would have given a better tuning but the shape arising as the wet wood dried is very pleasing to me, Tobias Kaye.

Photo 4. Wild grain gives a better resonance as well as better looks. This one in Ash shows the carved underside that is randomly rippled by hand leaving five little feet. 9”x2”

Photo 5. The strings pass over the wall at one end only in the simpler models. The steel tuning pins have maple thumb heads fitted shaped and stained so that the tuning system is part of the overall sculpture of the piece.

Photo 6. Hard maples gives a good tone this rippled one (Acer PseudoPlatanus) is about 13” across x 2.3/8ths dee . The seven strings are tuned to a pentatonic scale and go through the wall in copper tubes at both ends. It is fitting to close with the following feedback from just one of Tobias’ many purchaser/users: “The (multiply handicapped) children I work with can respond to the Sounding Bowl and even initiate musical sounds in a way that is impossible with nearly any other instrument. When I first got the Sounding Bowl one of the boys who had not responded to anything else before spent the entire session touching, feeling then playing the Sounding Bowl.” - Julie H. music therapist, Warwickshire. Using a 12 string cross strung style. - Julie H. music therapist, Warwickshire. Using a 12 string cross strung style.


More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - August - September 2016

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 South West 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.

September 16, 2016 to September 18, 2016
17th Annual Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium
Location: Loveland, CO
Dates: Friday, September 16, 2016 to Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 marks the 17th 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 pieces for the exhibit. The symposium is open to anyone with an interest in woodturning.

September 22, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Fourteenth Ornamental Turners International Symposium
Location: Denver, CO
Dates: Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016

The speaker/presenter schedule reads like a who’s who in the ornamental turning world with such internationally acclaimed experts as Jean Claude Charpignon from France and David Wood-Heath from England. The lineup also includes other distinguished experts from various fields that will certainly strengthen and broaden your expertise in the OT world.

September 24, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium
Location: Lancaster, PA
Dates: Saturday, September 24, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016

This symposium includes eight nationally renowned demonstrators, 32 demonstrations, an instant gallery, an awards banquet, and a trade show with woodturning suppliers.

September 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016
Woodturning New Zealand International Symposium
Location: Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: Thursday, September 29, 2016 to Sunday, October 02, 2016

Our new venue at Kings College, Otahuhu, Auckland, offers us some exciting new features to add to the past two very successful symposia. Our lineup of demonstrators is almost the Who’s Who of world-wide woodturning. Included are over 70 demonstrations, an instant gallery, an auction, and much more.
October 02, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Starkweather Arts Center Woodturners Exhibition
Location: Romeo, Michigan
Dates: Sunday, October 02, 2016 to Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Detroit Area Woodturners, a Pontiac-based group that focuses on woodturning and community, is scheduled to display its work at Starkweather Arts Center’s October exhibition from Oct. 2 to 30 at Starkweather Arts Center, 219 N. Main St.
Read more of the description on the web page.

October 12, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Wizardry in Wood
Location: London, England
Dates: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016

Wizardry in Wood will present beautiful and extraordinary works demonstrating their makers’ mastery of the art and craft of woodturning. The exhibition will feature works by over 60 contemporary turners and two extensive curated collections of outstanding modern and historical pieces. Live demonstrations of the craft will he held every day and there will also be short guided talks of the exhibition. Entries and winners of the Turners’ Company 2016 Competitions will also be on display.

October 22, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Irish Woodturners Guild National Seminar 2016
Location: Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
Dates: Saturday, October 22, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016

The IWG National Seminar 2016 will take place at the Glenroyal Hotel and Leisure Club in Maynooth, Co Kildare. This annual event is Ireland's premier showcase of woodturning from around the world, in a friendly and informal atmosphere. The backdrop to the seminar is the beautiful and historic university town of Maynooth, situated 30 minutes from the centre of Dublin.
Read more of the description on the web page.

October 27, 2016 to October 30, 2016
5th Segmented Symposium
Location: Quincy, MA
Dates: Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Sunday, October 30, 2016

Join segmented woodturners worldwide as they gather in the Boston, MA area in October. Sponsored by the Segmeting Chapter of the AAW, this symposium is for novices to accomplished--anyone interested in segmenting is welcome to attend. Demonstrators include John Beaver, Bob Benke, Jerry Bennett, Bruce Berger, Andy Chen, Robin Costelle, Ray Feltz, Tom Lohman, Mike McMillan, Wayne Miller, Al Miotke, Jim Rodgers, Malcolm Tibbetts, and Gary Wood. In addition to the demonstrations and panel discussions, there will be a vendor area, an attendees "swap", a banquet, an instant gallery, and a spouses program. The symposium will be held at the Boston Marriott Quincy.

November 05, 2016 to November 06, 2016
2016 Virginia Woodturning Symposium
Location: Fisherville, VA
Dates: Saturday, November 05, 2016 to Sunday, November 06, 2016

The 2016 Virginia Woodturning Symposium, held in Fishersville, VA on Nov. 5th & 6th, will have a new look. We have a greatly expanded space as well as an outstanding lineup of nationally and internationally known turners. When you attend the Symposium, you will be treated to demonstrations by Trent Bosch, Jimmy Clewes, Barry Gross, Lyle Jamison, John Jordan, Johannes Michelsen, Frank Penta, and Bob Rosand.



"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



Agenda (August 10, 2016)