The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

Febuary 2017                            Vol. 18, No.2


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!

   Reminder:  Our next meeting is Wed., Feb. 8, 2017 - 7:00 pm
at the " Roaring 20's" Club House.
   Cookies will be by Roger Hust.
Silver Leaf Maple and Ash wood will be available at the meeting (Cheap?).
    From the input at our Jan. gathering we have chosen Dennis Liggett out
of Colorado as our fall demonstrator to be held (Sat.-Sun) Sept.30-Oct.1.
He is a very accomplished professional turner; and we will have to decide
which topics we want covered (lots of time for that).
   In Jan. Dan Vanderhoof, Jerry Gipe, and myself had a good session at 
West High with some new kids that are enthusiastic about turning.
   If you caught the news on Friday Angela's Piazza ( an organization for
abused spouses,etc.) was highlighted showing many of the Approx.
40 bowls our club donated to their cause. Unfortunately I did not
hear our club's name; only that local craftsmen had produced them.
To be fair other craftsmen may have been involved as I believe they
also receive ceramic bows.
   See you at the meeting,
Stan Lambert, Pres.   


Meeting Location

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



Wednesday December 14th, 2016 Meeting

Minutes (Tuesday January 17, 2017 Meeting)

Officers: Stan, Leona, Tim, Nick

Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly

Call for Guests: No guests at this meeting.

Cookies By: Stan L.

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: Any project you like.

Paul S. Brought some potato peelers with handles made from pallet wood, finish unknown.

Roger H. Brought 3 bowls, one made from Cotton Wood and two segmented all with a lacquer


Dale M. Brought a hollow form made from Box Elder with a CA glue finish. He also brought 3

bowls, one made from Elm, one made from Box Elder and one made from Locust. They

all had the club mix finish.

Gary L. Brought 4 bowls, one made from Oak, one made from Apricot and two made from

Maple. Kind of finishes unknown.

Gary W. Brought 3 bowls, one made from Ceder post, one made from Maple and one mad from

Maple and Mahogany combination. Kind of finishes unknown.

Dan V. Brought a platter made from Maple with iridescent painted lip, with a CA glue and

lacquer finish.

Jane K. Brought a lidded box made from Sumac, a lidded pot made from English Crabapple and


Dr Van Brought a plate and a vase with basketry design on them. They both had a lacquer finish,

kind of woods unknown.

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

Treasurer’s report: We had an unknown person donate money to pay off our trailer.

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. Stan L. said maybe we could get 4 in this year.

Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled. Stan L. he would talk to George O. about

them when he gets back.


2017 Dues are due, they remain at $25.

    Stan told us that we had about 34 or so bowls brought in to donate to the Souper

Bowl charity here in Billings. Big thank you to all of you that brought bowls in.

    Stan L. talked about an article on Bob Ore.

    Stan mentioned that he has not heard any thing on the Grant from AAW that Dr Van

had applied for. Jane K. mentioned that there are quit a few Grants on line that we

could passably apply for and we should look into.

    Jane K. talked to us about Remote Demos and that her son could possibly help set up

one for us if we decide to move foreword on that. Dr Van also told us that there's

another source we can use and that they can be interactive.

    Stan mentioned that we should look into tree cutting again this year and that we all

should keep our eyes and ears open for possibility. Stan mentioned that we did make

$1,000.00 last year doing that. Jane K. mentioned she had some one in her

neighborhood that is going to have some trees removed. Stan also said that we should

all try to get relationships with tree trimmers.

    Stan mentioned that he has started looking at demonstrators for our Fall Symposium

and that he is looking for suggestions. We also should be thinking about what date we

would like to try for.

    Stan mentioned that we need to finish up some final work on our trailer and we need

decide about storage. We also to think about where we might do demonstrators.

    Stan talked about doing charity work that we could do and that we all could think

about some ideas. He also mentioned that he had heard from one possibility.

    Stan mentioned that we need to look into participating in the Fair again. Dale M. is

going to talk to his neighbor about it.

    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: Stan mentioned that they should be starting soon.

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


PROGRAM: No program this month.

PROGRAM: Phil S. may be doing one on how he dose his segmented bowls or Dale M may be

doing one.


Cookies sign up:

February - Roger Hust

March - Rose Wyman
April - Nick Emslander
May - Dr. Van
June - Dale Molyneaux
July - Jane Kelly
August - Gary Walter


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

Avoid dents when buffing 


How many times have you been buffing a turning when the wheel rips it out of your hands and smashes it into the bed of the lathe, leaving a dent in the wood? I have had it happen one too many times and decided to do something about it. I took kitchen-shelving material and taped it onto the leading edge of the lathe bed. (I also tried pipe insulation, which worked fine.) After taping on the kitchen shelving, I buffed a fishing rod handle and, sure enough, the wheel ripped it out of my hands and it banged into the edge of the lathe bed. I picked the piece up off the floor and guess what? No dents or nicks.

-Dale Peterson, Wisconsin

Sanding curves on spindles

To help create a fair curve when sanding coves, I used to use a selection of different-sized dowels. For a curve on a small finial, I would wrap abrasive around the sharpened taper on a pencil. To allow for the varying diameters on a complex finial, I turned a 1 ½"- (38 mm-) diameter cone about 4" (10 cm) long, and it has proven to be a versatile sanding aid. I wrap the cone with a piece of sandpaper and match the diameter with the turning. Where the curve is tighter, I simply move the cone to match the new diameter. To expose fresh abrasive, rotate the cone. ~Joe Larese, New York

Sharpening jig setting fixture

If you have more than one gouge that you grind at different angles, you know it's a pain to reset the sharpening jig every time. Here is a simple method that lets you set up the arm extension as well as the bowl-gouge sharpening jig. The Grinding Jig template, top left, is for setting the distance from the grinding wheel to the extension arm.

The template has two points that touch the wheel. This compensates for wheel wear. The second template is for setting the Wolverine-style bowl gouge jig. (The example bottom left is made from acrylic plastic.) This sets both the angle of the jig and the bowl gouge extension distance. You can easily make one of these for each gouge that you regrind at different angles.






An Article From More Woodturning

Fixing Up a Wormy Bowl
by Bob Heltman

Good neighbor Keith Thomas, a most knowledgeable woodsman, brought me a trunk section from a longstanding and very dead maple tree. It was ambrosia maple; meaning rot had set in leaving interesting patterns in the wood. So many powder post beetles and larvae had dined on this tree that one could suspect they had eaten a significant percentage of the wood! (Fig.1) The 18" log section, about 10" in diameter, was quite light, also proving this would be quite a turning challenge.

Figure 1. Surface of wormy wood.


Figure 2. Roughed out bowl.

 Eventually I got around to splitting the trunk, and roughed out an 8" diameter by 4" deep bowl (Fig. 2). The wood was so dry that I wore an airflow dust mask as well as using the big dust collector. Because of the wood’s dryness I was able to almost finish turn to a wall thickness of 3/16". At that point I sanded to 220-grit, vacuumed the piece, and set it aside for study. End grain tear-out had been considerable, and I could hardly believe the density of the holes and channels made by the beetles.

 This pause allowed me to phone chat with Michael McDunn ( who is a longtime teaching woodworker and fellow woodturner not far away in Greenville, SC. We are both members of the Carolina Mountain Woodturners (

Michael and I debated approaches to “fixing up” this piece 3/4 salvaging might be a better word. Mike mentioned he had used superglue to coat and embed beetle “leavings” when they had rather tightly filled the pathways.

But, I had many holes that had no beetle residue, and the wood itself was in a condition halfway between sound and pithy. I debated mixing fine maple sawdust and cramming it in each small hole, then dropping thin superglue on top. That would have taken hours, considering the many many beetle channels and holes. The fumes would be horrific too.

We both have used and experimented with a product called RayCrete. This same material is more recently named EZ-Poly Wood Rebuilder, which more accurately identifies its purpose and role.

(Editor's note: RayCrete/EZ Poly Wood Rebuilder is no longer available. Any multipurpose polyurethane filler adhesive sealant can be used instead.)

It is a two-part polymer material that can be described as a bonding structural filler. That is, it is a glue, strong filler, and sealant. Also, it has no VOCs or discernable odor. I had some on hand, which I always do for many purposes, so mixed up about 2 tablespoons full, and massaged it into the inner surface of the bowl with my fingertip inside a plastic Ziploc baggie to save later hand washing. This only took a few minutes, during which the polymer started to set up. I noticed a deep hole about 1/4" diameter was absorbing the polymer, so took the mixing spatula, lifted up a final polymer nugget which was now about the consistency of soft clay, and puttied this hole and several others I discovered while closely examining the work. Figure 3 shows the bowl, EZ Poly Wood Rebuilder, RayCrete, cardboard for mixing, and my wife’s kitchen spatula used for brownies.

Figure 3. All the kit to fix the bowl.

 Since the EZ Poly/RayCrete washes off with soap and water, and is non-toxic when cured anyway, this poses no health or marital problems, nor does it interfere with future brownie consumption, a matter of no small importance. 

A little earlier experimenting with a dental tool, trying to dig out the beetle “leavings,” showed that process would take 3 days beyond forever. If that had not been the case, another approach would have been to color the polymer with Tempura paint powder in black, red, or some other chosen color. All the holes and pathways would really stand out, perhaps to the point of startling overkill. But, that technique works well in moderation as a highlight on other woodturnings.

Figure 4. The completed inner bowl.

 Figure 4 shows the completed inner bowl, after it was mounted on the lathe and sanded “through the grits” to 220 fineness, before finer sanding and applying the final finish, which could be a wax, friction polish, or whatever. The lighter fillings are the polymer, the darker ones where the beetle “leavings” were glued into place by the polymer. Since the EZ Poly / RayCrete seeps into the wood surface too, I imagine it could be a final finish if one did not sand all the way through to bare wood. I remember turning a tall vase from a piece of 106-year-old holly a year ago, and that surface with very pithy. RayCrete rebuilt the surface so that after light sanding only a final coat of wax was needed as a base for polishing. I could have sanded the inside after a couple hours, but got delayed until the next morning. After then sanding the inside, the same process was used and about 3 tablespoons of mixed RC/EZP were finger scrubbed into and onto the outside of the bowl. Care was taken to coat all the wood so the polymer would wet and soak into all wood surfaces to put strength into, and sealing over, the entire vessel (except thevery bottom, yet to be turned and finished).

 Later in the day sanding was completed, starting with 100 grit, then 150, and 220. At this point the bowl was scrutinized under a good light, looking for any missed holes or other imperfections. Since the RayCrete/EZ Poly Wood Rebuilder polymer will bond to itself at the molecular level in a seamless manner, such touch-up patches become integral to the original work and won’t pop out or leave a cold joint demarcation. Hand sanding the touch up areas, and final sanding down to 320, 400, and 600 grits, left a glassy smooth surface.

The bowl was then reverse mounted on a vacuum chuck. A vacuum chuck works well in this case since the wood is thoroughly sealed on the inside (and most of the outside except the yet to be finished foot area) by the polymer, and the vacuum holds perfectly well on this once hole-riddled and somewhat porous work piece.

Figure 5. Finished Foot.

 Upon finishing the foot, a small amount of RC/EZP could have been mixed and worked into the remaining beetle holes and wood surface and quickly hand sanded. But, I decided to leave some evidence of the original problems via several beetle holes. Thus, title, wood name, date, along with my name, were woodburned into place. Myland’s Friction Polish was applied generously to soak into the wood, and then buffed. A final wax coating and buffing produced this very unusual and eye-catching commemorative piece.

While a production turner would avoid this kind of wood in most cases, there are times a special piece of wood holds historic value, personal memories, or perhaps a special artistic meaning, and can be well preserved and handled in the manner herein described.

Figure 6. Side view of finished bowl.

Figure 7. Top view of the finished bowl


More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - February - March 2017

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