The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

November 2015                            Vol. 16, No.11


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.


Woodturning Workshop


Think About Turning Today!


Meeting Location

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




Minutes (Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Meeting)

Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick

Call for Guests: We have a new member Andy Pixel.

Cookies by: Ralph Pehl

Health Reports: No new reports.

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

Show and Tell: No challenge this month

Dale Molyneaux: Brought a bowl and plate made from Box Elder with lacquer and oil finish. He also brought 2 goblets made from Walnut with CA glue finish.

Jarred McDaniel: Brought several bowls, 1 made from Russian Olive with oil finish, 2 made from

Cedar with a oil and shellac finish and 3 made from Apple with oil finish. He also brought 2 candle holders made from Pine with oil finish.

Tim Morgan: Brought a winged bowl and thin goblet made from Aspen, one finished with tong oil and the other finished with walnut oil.

Chris Simonsen: Brought a bowl made from Box Elder with CA glue finish.

Stan Lambert: Brought 2 bowls made from Hackberry, one with a shellac finish and the other with a CA glue finish.

Andrew Bishop: Brought bowl made from Russian Olive with a cocoanut oil finish.

Treasurer’s report: We have 25 people signed up and payed to attended our Symposium. Call Leona if you have any questions.

New Business:

Gathering Wood: On going

Soliciting New Members: On going

Open Workshop: There will be an open workshop at Stan Lambert's shop on October 24.

Hands On Workshops: George Oliver is still recovering from knee surgery.

2015 Dues are due, remain at $25.

Yellowstone Woodturners Symposium for 2015... October 17-18

Alan Carter will be our presenter. Cost if payed by September 9 $ 90.00

Cost if payed after September 9 $100.00

Cost for one day Saturday or Sunday $ 75.00 Under 18 Free

Includes: lunch, coffee, cookies and snacks.

We could use more items for our silent auction at our Symposium so if you could find

some things to bring it sure would be appreciated.

The set up of our luncheons will be taken care of by Ron V's wife and her sister.

Setup for our Symposium will be on Friday the 16 at 4:00 PM.

Cookie volunteers for our Symposium are Roger Hurst, Tim Morgan and Nick Emslander.

Wood for Alan Carter at our Symposium was given by Phil Scott and Dr Van and Alan are

going to go through it.

We received a lot of great prizes for our Symposium with the top prize being a 3 day

training session at Craft Supply.

High School classes:

Classes for students will start at a later time.

Monthly turning challenge:

The challenge for November will be to make some of the things that Alan

shows us at our Symposium.

If you need a new members list call Ron Velin


PROGRAM: Dr Van and Tim M gave a short talk on some of the things that they learned from

Rudy Lopez at the Great Falls Symposium.

PROGRAM: Dr Van is going to show a video and talk about his trip to Marako.



From the Library


Calendar of Events

September 9th 7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:

October 14th 7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:

October 17th & 18th, 9:00 AM, Symposium: Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:

November 11th 7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:


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

Making a Threaded Needle Case by Fred Holder

I’ve made a number of needle cases over the years and made one for my wife some time back. She was very pleased until she found that when she dug around in her sewing basket, the lid could come off and dump her needles into the basket.

Until I obtained the Ray Isles thread chasers, none of my chasers would enter such a small hole as is needed for the needle cases.

When I started to make one of these, I tried to use the Nova chuck with the 25mm jaws to hold the pieces while threading. This worked fine for the lid, but I had troubles with the wood moving in the chuck when trying to chase the outside threads for the body of the case. I solved this problem by turning tenons on each end of the blank and gluing on a two inch disk to be grabbed in the 50mm jaws of the Nova chuck as shown below.

The blank with two disks glued to the ends for greater stability when threading.

Although it is not needed on the lid side, it is easier to set up the pieces for use in the same chuck. This solved the problem of having the body of the needle case move while chasing threads.

The next step was to part off the lid and mount it in the chuck for drilling and threading. I thread the lid first whenever possible. In the photo below the lid section is shown in the chuck before drilling.

The lid is ready to drill with a 7/16” drill to a depth of about 1/2”.

Threading the hole in the lid with the inside chasers.

Drilling the 5/16” hole to hold the needles. It can be drilled before or after threading.

Drill a 7/16” hole in the lid section that is about 1/2” deep. Then round over the front edge of the hole and cut a recess in the bottom of the hole to allow the chaser to cut a clean thread before it would hit the bottom of the hole. When the threads are satisfactory, you are ready to mount the base section for drilling and threading of the tenon that will be threaded.

Threading the tenon on the top of the base section.

The sizing of this tenon can be calculated from the information supplied on the illustration on page 6 of this issue. For this case (with a 7/16” recess in the lid section) the tenon should be slightly over 1/2”.

I found that a 1/2” tenon cutter would cut a tenon just slightly over 1/2” and would work well for sizing the tenon on this project. I cut a tenon about 3/8” long with the tenon cutter and then cut away the excess down to the tenon. I then used a thin parting tool to make a recess at the rear of the tenon and rounded over the front edge, before hand chasing the threads. Incidentally, the threaded section is 16 tpi.

On this project, I drilled the 5/16” hole for the needles after I had chased the threads, but it can be drilled just as well before cutting the threads.

With the threads cut and the lid fitted to the base section, it is time to final turn the outside of the needle case and put in a few decorations with a point tool or a skew.

In this photo, the outside of the needle case has been turned and it is ready to part off just in front of the disk holding it in the chuck.

This is the completed needle case. I simply sanded the base smooth after parting off.

I like to put a bit of a shallow curve to the outside of the needle case. It seems to me to give it more elegant look than if it is just straight sided. You can also put some sort of decoration on top of the lid, which I do sometimes. However, Mildred likes the smoother top and since she is the one who will be using these things, that is good enough reason to make them smooth.

This drawing illustrates how to calculate the size of the tenon for the male threads when the diameter “D” of the inside threads are known.

If you don’t have any boxwood or other hard, dense woods, you have two other options. You can use material such as Corian, which threads very well. Or you can cut recesses in both the top and base sections and pour it full of epoxy.

The finished needle case with the lid removed.

A needle case made from Corian. Corian threads very well. This one was not held with the disks, but only in the 25mm jaws of the chuck. I broke off the threaded tenon once and had to shorten the case.

Epoxy also threads very well. I first learned of this technique from Petter Herod of Norway. I’ve found that a 3/8” tenon cutter that I have works well to cut the recesses for the epoxy, but make sure your epoxy is mixed thoroughly. It must set up properly to work well.

List of up coming events From:

November 06, 2015 to November 08, 2015
North Carolina Woodturning Symposium
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Dates: Friday, November 06, 2015 to Sunday, November 08, 2015

There will be six featured and eight regional demonstrators in a total of 63 rotations, as well as instant gallery, vendor area, turning learning center, and banquet.

November 14, 2015 to November 15, 2015
34th Annual Artistry in Wood
Location: Dayton, OH
Dates: Saturday, November 14, 2015 to Sunday, November 15, 2015

Artistry in Wood is a celebration of wood carving and woodworking art by wood enthusiasts. Primarily, the show is an exhibit. Carvers and woodworkers show their work and most sell their work. Prices range from five-figures to bargains for Christmas shoppers. Door prizes, raffles, competitions, a hands-on children's workshop, and an evening banquet are also included.

January 29, 2016 to January 30, 2016
Tennessee Association of Woodturners 28th Annual Woodturning Symposium
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Dates: Friday, January 29, 2016 to Saturday, January 30, 2016

In addition to the roster of featured demonstrators, this symposium includes a vendor area, instant gallery, a banquet, and an auction.

January 30, 2016 to January 31, 2016
Alaska Woodturners Association 2016 Symposium
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Dates: Saturday, January 30, 2016 to Sunday, January 31, 2016

Every year the AWA hosts a Woodturning Symposium presenting Master Turners with International or National status.  You do not have to be an experienced turner to gain education, tips, and skill building techniques from this event, nor do you have to be a member of the Association to enjoy this educational experience. Featured turners are: Jimmy Clewes, Al Stirt, Tom Coghill and Bob Congdon. The Symposium will also feature an Instant Gallery of  members' turnings.

February 04, 2016 to February 07, 2016
Florida Woodturning Symposium
Location: Leesburg, Florida
Dates: Thursday, February 04, 2016 to Sunday, February 07, 2016

This year's great line-up of presenters includes four national demonstrators (John Beaver, Jimmy Clewes, Ashley Harwood, Joe Ruminiski); four regional demonstrators (Andy Cole, Al Hockenbery, Rudy Lopez, Walt Wager);  and five well-known workshop leaders (Dixie Biggs, Don Geiger, Kimberly Glover, Richard Morris, Ted Smith).


"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
Nick Enslander (406)259-6762
Photographer: George Hoffman (406) 259-9023
Technical Advisor: Newsletter & Website Editor: Paul Spencer (406) 861-6718
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Billings, Montana

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Billings, MT 59104

A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.


Map to Meeting Location


Yellowstone Woodturners

Symposium 11

Featuring: Open to your suggestions

Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Avenue

Billings, Montana



 Agenda (September 9th, 2015)

Meeting Wednesday October 9th, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Roaring 20’s Car club facilities.  

Officers: Ron, Stan, Leona, Nick

Call for Guests: ANY new Guests, get contact info

Cookies by: Ralph Pehl

Treasurer’s report: Leona Gipe

Show and Tell:

High school class: Stan and Jerry can update.

NOVEMBER......................G.P. Hoffman

DECEMBER.......................Christmas party