The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

March 2017                            Vol. 18, 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,  Leona Gipe (406)248-1664.


Think About Turning Today!

   Just a quick reminder that a March meeting is this next Wednesday on the 8th at 7:00 p.m.
   This newsletter is a bit late getting out as I have been working with Bill Dutcher and Connie Watts of MetraPark trying to get us a viable situation at this year's Fair in August.
   Nick Emslander, our Sec., called me today about some possible free Box Elder wood to be cut down this coming Monday, the 6th, on the lower end of Parkhill Ave.  I have yet to have the tree trimmer call me that I can dictate the length of the logs to be cut, (he told Nick he would do this).  My message to him was that we would take part of the logs depending  red color streaks and help available.  Call me this weekend if you are willing to help on Tuesday the 7th.
   We will have a a West High report and discus the interest in an open shop in the Lambert "Man Cave" on Sat. March 11th 9:00 - 3:00.
   Our 'Program' this month will be by Dr. Van on "Basket Effect" wood turning.

Stan Lambert, Pres.   


Meeting Location

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




Minutes (Wednesday February 8, 2017 Meeting)

Officers: Stan, Leona, Tim, Nick

Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly

Call for Guests: We had a new guests at this meeting, Joe Close and he seemed very interested in the club. He may be our next member.

Cookies By: Roger H.

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 a cyclone separator for vacuum system were part of the separator was made from pallet wood with club mix finish.

Roger H. Brought 2 paper towel holders made from 2x4's with a lacquer finish. He also brought a candle holder made from Oak with a lacquer finish.

Dale M. Brought a bowl made from Box Elder with a poly finish. He also brought a flask made from Maple, Walnut and Russian Olive with a wax finish.

Gary W. Brought a platter made from Douglas Fir, kind of finish unknown, a platter made from Russian Olive, kind of finish unknown and a lidded box made from a Cedar post, kind of  finish unknown.

Jane K. Brought a vase made from Alder and plywood with a EEE Ultra-shine finish.

Dr Van Brought a vortex segmented bowl, finish unknown and salt & pepper shaker, kind of wood and finish unknown.

Phil S. Brought a tray made from Honey Locus ?, finish unknown.

Jerry G. Brought a vase, kind of wood unknown that was stained with multiple colors with a spray lacquer finish.

Ralph P. Brought a bowl made from Box Elder with a wood sealer finish.

Stan L. Brought a bowl made from Silver Leaf Maple with a club mix finish. He also made skew and handle, kind of wood and finish 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. The rent on our meeting place is paid for the next 6 months. Also our insurance is paid.

Gathering Wood: On going. Stan brought in a bunch of Silver Maple and Ash for our members to purchase.

Soliciting New Members: On going

Open Workshop: Stan said that he would set up one in March at his shop were we could make bowls for next year's Souper Bowl.

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.

Roger H. told us that he had gone to the Souper Bowl and that about 50 bowls were by our members. Thank you to all members that donated bowls. Stan said that we did get a mention.

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 told us that we are looking to have Dennis Liggett be our demonstrator at our next Symposium. The dates would be September 30th and October 1st. If you have any questions call Stan.

Stan mentioned that we should get a flyer put together to hand out around town. Jane K. volunteered to put one together.

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. Stan said that he was waiting to hear something from organizers, but hasn't heard any thing yet.

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 did have a class and that it went very well.

Grant Status: Stan mentioned that he had not heard any thing yet. Dr Van mentioned that he thought that the AAW has not made any decisions yet.

Jerry G. mentioned that he had talked to George O. and George told him that he may be moving to Texas. That means that we may losing him as a member and a Work Shop teacher.

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


PROGRAM: Phil S. and Dr Van gave a very interesting demonstration on Phil's vortex segmented bowl. There is quite a bit of planing and concentration involved in making one of these in my opinion. The finished projects are endless an beautiful.

PROGRAM: Next months program will be done by Dr Van on basketry.


Cookies sign up:

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

Paint lathe guard flat black

A shop tip from AAW, written for woodturners by woodturners to improve your knowledge.

Painting the lathe guard on a Powermatic flat black reduces bothersome light reflections off the guard. Your eyes will see beyond the guard because of the eye's cone of vision and brain dynamics. After just a short period of time, your eyes will cancel out the black and focus on your turning and tools. ~Larry Sefton, Tennessee

Anti-seize lubricant  

I recently rough-turned a good quantity of wet cherry. Midway through the work, when changing my chuck jaws to a larger set, I found that the screws that secure the jaws were very difficult to loosen. Moisture from the wood contributes to the screws locking in place. Another cause is the tendency to over-tighten the screws. Now, every time I switch chuck jaws, I apply an anti-seize lubricant to the screws to make it easier to back them out the next time. The jaw screws came with antiseize compound on them from the manufacturer, but the lubricant needs to be replenished over time. It is commonly available at automotive supply stores. Chucks are not the only turning equipment that need anti-seize lubricant. The screws that secure carbide cutter inserts to a tool shaft can also be difficult to loosen.  
 -Leon Olson, Minnesota




An Article From More Woodturning

Spherical Salt and Pepper Shakers by Fred Holder

These salt and pepper shakers are ball-shaped objects with a recessed cone on the bottom side with a small hole in the bottom of the cone. You pour salt or pepper into the cone, shake the ball until the salt slides through the small hole. Turn the cone down and no salt comes out. Shake the ball and magically salt finds its way through the small hole and applies salt to your food. I tried it with pepper and found it worked quite well also.


Photo 1. Tools for the project

Requirements for this Project (see Photo 1):

1. A hardwood ball (I used a 2-1/2” Holly ball for this project) 2. A ball chuck made from PVC Compression Fitting to fit the particular size ball you are using 3. Roughing Gouge for initial shaping of the wood 4. Spindle Gouge for detailed work 5. Parting Tool 6. Small hollowing tool 7. Drill chuck to fit the tailstock; Morse Taper and two sizes of Forstner bits: 1 1/4” and 1” 8. Small hand-held drill chuck with a 3/32” drill bit 9. Cup centers to hold the ball between centers for final sanding 10. Spring divider 11. Sandpaper in various grits down to 600 grit 12. Wax and a polishing cloth

To begin this project, mark a center point on an end grain part of the ball, mount the ball into the ball chuck, and align it with the tail center (see Photo 2).

Photo 2. Ball held in ball chuck with center marked

Tighten the chuck to hold the ball firmly in the chuck. If you don’t wish to make one of the ball chucks, you can substitute a jam fit chuck to hold the ball. The jam fit chuck would be best made from wet wood so that it will hold very securely.

Drill a hole about 1/4 deep with the 1-1/4” Forstner bits. (see Photo 3).

Photo 3. Drilling the 1-14” hole about ¼” deep


Follow up with the 1” Forstner bit and drill the hole about three fourths of the way through the ball. Take care to not drill all of the way through the ball (see Photo 4).

Photo 4. Drilling the 1” hole about ¾ of the way through the ball

Now, using a small offset hollowing tool (I used one of the Crown small hollowing tools with about a 45-degree offset), enlarge the hole inside the ball. You can make this as large as you feel comfortable with to make the shaker lighter and to hold more salt or simply enlarge the area to provide a larger capacity for salt than is provided by the drilled hole (see Photo 5).

Photo 5. After hollowing the ball with a small offset tool

Remove the chuck from the lathe with the ball still held firmly and set it aside. Mount another piece of wood of the same type as your ball and turn it round. Mark a line from the end of the wood that is 1/2 the diameter of your ball.

Now, set your spring caliper to fit snugly on the 1-1/4” Forstner drill bit. Using the parting tool and the caliper, cut a tenon about 1/4” wide on the line. This tenon should fit into the recess in your ball. Reset the caliper to the size of the 1” drill and turn a second step 1” in diameter. Then taper from this point to the end of the wood as shown in Photo 6.

Photo 6. Cone ready to insert into the ball

With the parting tool used like a skew chisel, cut a small cone-shaped hole in the very end of the wood. Using that cone shaped hole as a guide, drill a 3/32” hole in the end of the tapered section (see Photo 7).

Photo 7. Drilling the 3/32” hole in the cone

This hole doesn’t need to penetrate the full length of the cone shape, about half way will be sufficient. Part off about 1/4” beyond the edge of the larger step and glue the piece into your ball. I used yellow glue (Titebond II to be specific). I mounted the ball chuck back onto the lathe, applied glue to the steps on the cone shaped piece of Photo 7, inserted the cone into the ball and used the tailstock as a clamp for about one half hour. When the glue as set sufficiently, turn the plug to the ball shape as shown in Photo 8.

Photo 8. Plug turned to the ball shape

Using a small spindle gouge, turn a cone-shaped recess into the inserted cone. Exert care not to turn through the side of the cone. With luck, the small hole will be in the center of the cone-shaped recess as shown in Photo 9.

Photo 9. The cone-shaped recess with small hole in center

At this point, you are done with the turning and only have to sand and finish the piece. I’ve found that balls are easiest to sand when mounted between two cone centers on the lathe as shown in Photo 10.

Photo 10. Between centers for Sanding

Sand through the grits to about 600 grit, apply wax and buff with a cloth or with a buffing wheel and you are done.

Make a second one and insert a white wood (like holly) in the top of the salt shaker and a black wood (like African blackwood) in the second one to create a salt and pepper shaker (see Photo 11).

Photo 11. Salt and Pepper shakers.



More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - February - March 2017

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.

April 01, 2017 to April 02, 2017 Totally Turning Symposium 2017 SYMPOSIUM Location: Saratoga Springs, NY Dates: Saturday, April 01, 2017 to Sunday, April 02, 2017 Description:

The Totally Turning Symposium will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 & 2, 2017. It will be held concurrently with the NWA's Annual Woodworkers Showcase in Saratoga Springs NY. The event site will be the Saratoga Springs City Center. As in past years, there will be plenty of great demonstrations, an instant gallery, a trade show, and more. Missing will be a Saturday evening banquet. Feedback has told us that many didn't participate or didn't like being confined by the timing. The Totally Turning Symposium will not have a special banquet freeing the attendees to pick their own dining from the wonderful choices in Saratoga Springs. Website:

May 11, 2017 to May 13, 2017 Utah Woodturning Symposium SYMPOSIUM Location: Orem, UT Dates: Thursday, May 11, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017 Description:

Over a three day period you will have the opportunity to learn from many of the industry’s top professionals, to ask questions, to engage and to expand your knowledge. You will also have a chance to meet new woodturners, catch up with old friends and have a great time participating in the evening activities we have to offer. Website:

June 22, 2017 to June 25, 2017 AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium SYMPOSIUM Location: Kansas City, Missouri Dates: Thursday, June 22, 2017 to Sunday, June 25, 2017 Description:

The conference will bring together more than more than 1,500 turners from around the globe to learn, share, and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning making it the largest woodturning event in the world. Read more of the description on the web page. Website:



"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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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