The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

May 2014                            Vol. 15, No.5


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, Martin Robinson (406)-252-4457.


Think About Turning Today!

May 2014, Presidentís Message:

The spring and summer season is moving on rapidly.  So far this spring we have lost two of our members, Mick Hogg and Don Buska.  Both were long time members and excellent turners.  Don had just returned from being on the honor flight to Washington DC to view the WWII Memorial.   Upon his arrival home at the Billings airport he was greeted by several of our members.  That very night at home he passed on.  Old turners never die, they just chip away.  May they rest in peace. 


We will have our first summer training session with George Oliver on May 10.  It will start with four lathes and will begin with the basics of turning wood.  The first location is Dr. Vanís Shop.  Lots of beads and coves.   There will be a small charge to cover Georgeís gas expense and for lunch.  This is a wonderful learning experience from one of the best turners.  There will be future workshops with George.  We will announce the schedule at our next meeting. 


 The challenge turning for May is a scoop.   Do bring yours.  For June it will be to turn a small birdhouse ornament.


Well, keep turning.  Dr. Van


Meeting Location

Roaring 20ís Auto Club clubhouse, 7400 Grand Avenue.




 Minutes (Wednesday, April 9,  2014 Meeting)

Officers: Dr. Van, Martin, Stan, Nick, Ron

Call for Guests:  No guest for April meeting.                                                                                                      

Cookies by:  Dr. Van

Health Reports:  Paul Spencer has not been able to attend a couple of meetings because of his illness.

                               We hope you fill better soon Paul.


Show and Tell:  April Challenge (Potpourri Bowl)

  Ron Velin:  1 bowl made from Walnut with turquoise  inlay and the top made from Blood Wood.

  Dr. Van:  1 bowl kind of wood and finish unknown.

  Stan Lambert:  3 bowls made from Fancy Walnut, Big Leaf Maple and Juniper. The tops are all made

                              from maple with Ebony finials. The finishes are unknown.

  Ralph Pehl:  3 bowls made from Juniper, Ash and Cedar.

  Jerry Gipe:  3 bowls kind of wood and finishes are unknown.

  Ralph Torrence:  1 bowl made from Juniper and walnut. The finish is unknown.

  Dave Torrence:  1 bowl made from Yellow Birch and the top was Maple with a carved flower

                                in the middle. The finish is unknown.

  Nick Emslandder:  1 bowl made from Redwood bur rel and the top was made from Hackberry.

                                    The finish is tung oil.

  Good participation (WAY TO GUYS)

There were two door prizes that were given out for the most liked bowls. There was a vote and

Dave Torrence came in first and Nick Emslander came in second.


Other Show and Tell:

  Dr. Van:  A vase made with staves and a clock. Kind of woods and finishes unknown.

  Stan Lambert:  2 clocks on Italian Olive Wood bases, 1 candle holder made from Bubinga wood,

1 bowl made from Russian Olive wood, 1 wall plague (not sure of wood),

1 bowl made from Walnut (rough turned), and 1 bowl made from Hackberry wood with a water fountain insert.

  Nick Emslander:  Candle holder made from Oak, stained with lacquer finish.

  Chris Simonsen:  3 vases, kind of woods unknown, all finished with CA glue.

  Dave Torrence:  2 candle stick holders, one was made from Walnut and other is unknown.  

  Stan was the man again this month, he brought the most turned pieces.


Treasurerís report:  Payed a reimbursement of $80.00 to Dr. Van for wood and $17.98 for door prizes. We had a member pay for his symposium fee. We still carry a good balance. Call Martin for more information.


 New Business:

  • Presidentís plan for the year 2014

    Gathering wood:

              We obtained some local Black Walnut from a felled tree.

    Soliciting new members

              We have a new member, Art Alvarado (the Black Walnut came from his tree)

              Hands On Workshops

    George Oliver's first work shop will be on May 10 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

    It will be on all types of cuts. Ralph P, Jerry G, Nick E, and Art A said they

    would like to attend.


                  Montana Fair August 8-16, 2014

                  Symposium 9: Kim Christensen, August 23-24

                  Monthly turning challenge

    April  ... potpourri bowl

    May ... flour scoop

                 High school classes: 

                          Jerry Gipe gave us a report telling us that he had four students for a three

                          month period where they worked on curves, coves, etc. Then they made

                          pens, bowls and lidded boxes. He told us that  he enjoyed it very much.

                         We also got an invitation from the West High shop teacher Jeff Meade to

                         attend Prep-To-Finish Student Workshop in mid-May and annual farewell to

                         seniors (hot-dog cookout) Dr. Van told us that he would have more

                         information at our next meeting.                                                                 

    My best discovery lately:

                         Ralph Torrence told us he has a Craftsman lathe that stopped working and

                         went to see about getting it fixed. He told us he went to a shop that works

                         on power tools and they told him they don't work on Craftsman tools

                         because it is to hard to get parts. So if you have Craftsman tools that go bad

                         it's (HAPPY SHOPPING TIME) 

    OTHER BUISENESS: Marjonie Ferrin retired as Librarian. Thank you Marge for all your years of

                           service. There was call for a volunteer to be the new Librarian, but no one

                           spoke up so it became the Secretaryís job.  There is mention of our Symposium in the AAW American Woodturner

                           Journal.  Dr. Van as president got a free registration to go to AAW International

                           Symposium in Phoenix but he is not able to attend. So if you would like to

                           go and represent our club call Dr.Van.  Stan reminded us about the Huntley Project Museum show and tell were

                           we will have a booth and we also can sell our works. If you would like to go call Stan. The date for this is June 6 and 7.

                           There is no cost to us.


    PROGRAM:  Dr. Van showed us a video on how to make a flour scoop.


    PROGRAM:  No program scheduled for May 14 meeting.






From the Library


Calendar of Events

April 9th,7:00 Roaring 20ís Auto Club clubhouse:  Presidentís challenge: potpourri bowl

May 14th 7:00 Roaring 20ís Auto Club clubhouse:  Presidentís challenge: Finials


Wanted, For sale, Free 

This is your area,  Email, or phone Paul if you have an item to post here.


A Message From Members



"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.

Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."

Happy Turning


Club Sponsors


PRESIDENT:  Richard Vande Veegaete (Dr. Van) (406)245-9945
Stan Lambert  (406)348-3499
SECRETARY:  Nick Enslander (406)259-6762
Martin Robinson (406)-252-4457
Librarian: Marjorie Ferrin (406) 656-1744
Photographer: George Hoffman (406) 259-9023
Technical Advisor: Newsletter & Website Editor: Paul Spencer (406) 861-6718
Web Site:

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Billings, Montana

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PO Box 21836

Billings, MT 59104

A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.


Map to Meeting Location



Yellowstone Woodturners

Symposium 9


Kip W. Christensen

Kip W. Christensen, PhD, is a professor in the School of Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is also an accomplished and well-known woodturner. His work has been published in over 20 books and in a variety of magazines and journals, and displayed in many galleries and international juried exhibitions. He has given over 150 national and several international presentations. Gallery curator and author Kevin Wallace wrote "The work of Kip Christensen is always aesthetically pure and technically precise". And he has a unique ability to speak and communicate with the average turner.


Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Ave

Billings, Montana


Saturday, August 23 and Sunday,  August 24



 Agenda (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

Officers: Dr. Van, Martin, Stan, Nick, Ron

Call for Guests:

Cookies by:    Nick Enslander

Health Reports:  


Treasurerís report:

Show and Tell: Presentation of scoops (May challenge)


 New Business:

  • Presidentís plan for the year 2014

    Gathering wood

  •  TV appearance

  • KTVQ 2 has approached us about our urn project for unclaimed cremains of veterans.  They want to do a story in connection with the upcoming dedication of the Laurel Military Cemetery as a National Military Cemetery.  Soliciting new members

  •  Hands On Workshops

  • George Oliver  (report on May 10 session)

  • Next session

    Montana Fair

  • August 8-16, 2014  Western Heritage Museum

  • August 21 45 minutes presentation with lathe present and finished items


  •  Symposium 9: August 23-24, Kip Christensen

    Monthly turning challenge (being added to webpage)

  • May Ö flour scoop

  • JuneÖ  birdhouse ornament

    High school classes

  • Report from Jerry Gipe and Dan Vanderhoof

  • Invitation from Jeff Meade to attend Prep-to-Finish Student Workshop in mid-May and annual farewell to seniors (hot-dog cookout) 

  • My best discovery lately:     

  • Juried critique of turning:   


Program Turning with Tim Yoder

Challenge for June:    Birdhouse Ornament