The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

July 2016                            Vol. 17, No.7


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 June 8, 2016 Meeting)

Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly

Call for Guests: We did not have any guest at this meeting.

Cookies by: Roger H. Next meeting it will be Dale M. Health Reports: Martin R. is doing better after his back surgery and was able to be at the meeting. Welcome back Martin. Correspondence: We have some hats and sew on patches with our club's logo for sale. Call Ron V.

Show and Tell: We did not have any special challenge this month.

George O. Brought 2 bowls made from Cherry, one had a stain and sprayed gold metal flake with a spray lacquer finish. The other had an oil finish. Stan L. Brought a bowl for the Souper Bowl made from Walnut with a club mix finish, a bowl and vessel made by Sam Angelo and touched up by Stan, witch also will be donated to the Souper Bowl. Kind of wood and finish unknown.

Jane K. Brought a rolling pin made from Ash, a coffee scoop made from Pine, and a goblet made from Maple and Brazilian Cherry with EEE Ultra Shine finish.

Dan V. Brought a split bowl made from Maple and Bloodwood with a rub on poly finish.

Roger H. Brought 2 bowls and a platter made from Poplar with a hand rub poly finish. Dale M. Brought a Walnut head with Russian Olive, with a club mix finish. He also brought a bowl made from Box Elder with an oil finish.

Tim M. Brought 2 bowls, one made from Cherry the other made from Sapele and both with a poly finish. He also brought 3 plates made from Redwood unfinished.

Dr Van Talked about his class he went to at Craft Supply and brought an egg, bud vase, green wood bowl, platter and a standard bowl. These are all the things he made at the class.

Ray C. Brought 2 bowls and one vase made from Walnut, a Cherry platter, a Honey Locus bowl and a bud vase with stain on it. Finishes unknown. He also brought some wood for the members to take home.

Next month's challenge: Any kind of tool or utensils. (BE CREATIVE)

Treasurer’s report: No report this meeting.

New Business:

Gathering Wood: On going.

Stan talked a bought a person that works for the Park Service that had some wood we could get. If you would like to know more call Stan L.

Soliciting New Members: On going

Open Workshop: Nothing scheduled

Hands On Workshops: George O. had a workshop on sharpening tools Saturday June 18 at the Roaring 20's Club.

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.


Stan L. found and purchased a trailer and told us all about it. He then he mentioned how we could use it for storage, as advertising with our name and logo on it and how we could use it when we do our demonstrations. Then he offered to sell it to the club for very good pries. There was quite a lot of discussion about it, and after that there was a motion and seconded to purchase the trailer. The I's were dominant, so now we have a great trailer.

Ron V. told us that he called and talked to the organizers of the Fair about a place for us to have a booth this year and was basically told no. So again this year we will not be at the Fair.

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: Dale M. a great talk glasses and magnification and all the different options there are to magnify your work. He told us that we could talk to our Eye Doctor for a prescription for a magnification for the distance we work at and get a pair of glasses that don't have bifocals. If you have any questions on any kind of magnification you could call Dale.

PROGRAM Next Month: George O. will be giving a talk next meeting. The subject mater he has not decided on by the end of the meeting. If you would like to give a short program on any thing call Ron V. he is looking for volunteers.


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 Goblet with Captive Rings

by John Wolf

Turning a goblet involves spindle turning and end grain hollowing. Though the final project can be quite ornate, an attractive functional piece can be made by a beginner.

Tools used for this project: Roughing gouge, 1/2" spindle gouge, 1/2" drill, André Martel turning hook tool, beading tool set, parting tool, 1/2" bedan, and sandpaper.


Blank turned round with a tenon on one end to fit the chuck.

I typically use a blank that can be roughed into a cylinder that is about 3" diameter and 8" long. Choose a close grained hardwood. Maple, cherry, white oak and poplar are good choices. The wood can be wet, but the resulting goblet will become oval as it dries. While an oval shape can be attractive in a bowl, it is less so in a goblet. Therefore, I’d recommend a fairly dry piece.

Start by turning your blank between centers with grain oriented parallel to the lathe bed. Create a cylinder and face both ends so they are true. Turn a spigot on one end to fit your 4-jaw chuck.

Mount the 4-jaw chuck on your lathe and secure the blank in it. True the goblet blank, including the exposed end. This establishes the outside diameter of the goblet.

The blank has been mounted in the chuck and trued to its new mounting.


Drilling a pilot hole in the end of the blank to simplify hollowing and to establish a depth for the bottom of the bowl.

Drill a pilot hole in the free end to ease hollowing the goblet bowl and also to serve as a depth indicator for the bottom of the bowl.

Using the tool of your choice to hollow the free end to form the interior of the goblet bowl.

In the picture I’m using an André Martel brand turner’s hook tool, but a gouge, termite tool, or any other end grain hollowing tool will work.

Form the exterior contour of the goblet bowl and the upper part of the stem next.

Sand the goblet bowl and apply finish if you are using a lathe applied product.

Reduce the diameter of the blank in the area where the ring(s) will be formed.

If you choose to use this feature. I used a 3/8 bead forming tool for this example.

The ring has been cut loose in this photograph. 

Cut the ring(s) until almost free. Sand the surface of the rings now. Finish cutting ring(s) free, then slide the free ring forward toward the bowl. Reduce the diameter of the area where the ring was attached until it is a smooth cylinder. Tape a strip of sandpaper to this area. With the lathe stopped, slide the ring over the sandpaper. Turn the lathe on while holding the ring. Move the ring so that the inner surface is sanded smooth.

Finish turning the stem of the goblet to any profile that pleases you.

Contour the foot of the goblet. I find that a diameter that is slightly smaller than the widest part of the bowl is visually pleasing.

Part off the goblet with about one inch of remaining material protruding from the chuck.

Turn a spigot on the waste block so that the mouth of the goblet is a snug fit on it.

Turn the remaining exposed part of the waste block to the diameter of the outside of the goblet bowl.

Slide the goblet onto the waste block spigot and secure it with a wrap of tape.

Use the live center in the tail stock to add additional support while the bottom of the goblet foot is finished. Remove the tail stock to finish the middle of the base.

Sand the stem and base. Apply finish if using a lathe applied one.

Some thoughts about finish on goblets: While most clear finishes are reported to be food safe once fully cured, that doesn’t make them well suited for use on a goblet. Shellac, wax, and lacquer are not stable with alcohol exposure. A hard film finish, such as epoxy, will eventually get moisture under it and lift. All finishes will eventually fail from repeated exposure to beverages and washing. If the goblet is actually going to be used, you could consider leaving it unfinished. When I make these as a wedding goblet (it has two captive rings) I apply sufficient coats of a food grade polyurethane made for food exposure to achieve a high gloss. I don’t think any have been used enough to lift the finish.

The Finished Goblet with one loose ring.


More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - July - September 2016

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 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.


"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
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“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