The Monthly Newsletter of
November 2016 Vol.
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
Think About Turning Today!
Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse,
7400 Grand Avenue.
(Wednesday October 5, 2016 Meeting)
Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick
Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly
Call for Guests: We had three guests at
this meeting, Clark Johnson, Don & and Dale Stall.
They all told us that they are interested in our
club, hope they all decide to join.
Cookies By: Jerry and Leona Gipe. Next
month cookies by Martin R.
Health Reports: No new reports.
Correspondence: We have some hats and sew on
patches with our club's logo for sale. Call Ron V.
Show and Tell: No special challenge this month.
Dale M. Brought a wine cooler made from Box Elder and
Russian Olive with a lacquer finish.
Roger H. Brought a platter and bowl made from Oak, finish
unknown. He also brought a thin stem goblet, kind of wood and finish unknown.
Phil S. Brought a vase made from colored pencils glued
together with a Master Gel finish.
Chris S. Brought a hollow form and a bowl made from Curly
Maple with a CA glue finish.
Clark J. Brought two cars made from a variety of woods,
kind of finish unknown.
Stan L. Brought a goblet with a captured ring made from
Bubinga with club mix finish, a bowl made from Walnut and Maple with club mix
finish, a scope made from Maple with club mix finish and a center piece made
from unknown wood with club mix finish.
Next month's challenge: Any thing you want to turn. (BE
Treasurer’s report: We have 17
people paid to attend our Symposium as of meeting and Ron
told us he had heard from 3 or 4
others that said they were attending.
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
Soliciting New Members: On going
Open Workshop: Nothing scheduled
Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.
2016 Dues are due, they remain at $25.
Keith Gotschall will be our presenter for
Symposium 11 on October 8th & 9th , 2016.
His Website is
http://keithgotschall.com if you would like to see some of his work.
Stan mentioned that he would like to see as many
turnings as possible from our
members for our display table.
Wanted, For sale,
This is your area,
Email, or phone Paul if you have an item to post here.
A Message From Members
Shop Tips from AAW
Clean Up Your Shop
This is my current bench top (actually slightly tidied by removing the stuff
that was going to fall off). The remains of at least two projects are on
this bench top. There may be a third, but I'd have to clean off the top
layer to be sure.
The mess and the junk keep me from finding what I'm looking for. That
frustrates me, slows me down, and occasionally makes me use the wrong tool
because I can't find the right tool. All of that increases the risk I will
Clean up your shop for the New Year! Resolve to keep it that way. You'll be
safer and enjoy it more too.
Safety Officer, Cascade Woodturners Association
Ask the expert tip from
I ask you, when I make a wooden drinking vessel, what would you
seal it with? I have asked about twelve turners and they mostly
say, "You cannot seal them to make it safe to drink from." I
just want the vessels to drink wine or beer from. Is that
possible? I was informed you might know.
~ John Forster
for your message. This is a common question about finishing for
food grade surfaces. Depending
upon the wood used, (fine grain hardwoods, such as hard maple,
beech, and similar dense woods), sealing the wood for use with
liquids can be accomplished with food grade finishes. Some will
require continual maintenance (such as oil finishes), while
others (film finishes) may be attempted which require less
upkeep, but may have other concerns regarding de-lamination due
to natural wood movement.
Oil-Based Finishes: Wooden vessels have been used for centuries
without sealing them (raw wood), but likely were also replaced
frequently. Beer, and certainly red wine, will likely stain the
raw wood with continued use. You might try turning vessels in
maple or beech, and sealing them with
multiple applications of natural oil finishes (e.g. tung oil,
linseed oil, walnut oil), diluting the oil significantly in the
early coats to encourage penetration. Multiple coats would be
advised, allowing the oil to fully cure between applications.
Such a surface would be water resistant, but not waterproof. It
likely will require maintenance and additional applications of
oil periodically throughout the life of the vessel. Increased
water resistance might be improved with the frequent application
of carnauba wax between uses (fully food safe).
There is no guarantee that the vessel will maintain its shape if
used with liquids that remain in contact with the wood for
extended periods. This might be considered for "short-lived"
~ Rob Wallace, Ames, Iowa
AAW Board of Advisers
An Article From More Woodturning
by Fred Holder
Back in 2004,
Guilo Marcolongo, a turner from Australia, demonstrated how to turn a Daffy Duck
at the Utah Symposium. I decided to try one. Here’s my process, with some photos
from Guilo’s demonstration.
To begin this
project, you need a piece of wood for the body and another piece of wood for the
head. Here are the dimension ratios that I came up with from Guilo’s ducks and
they seem to give a nicely proportioned duck (everything is dimensioned off of
the diameter of the body):
Length of body:
1.5 diameter of body
Length of head:
0.73 length of body
Length of head
blank: 1.25 length of body
head: 0.5 length of body
Top of bill:
0.52 length of body
Radius of foot:
0.33 length of body
Eye: 0.1 length
Diameter of leg:
0.06 length of body
worked everything out using the length of the body then realized that the
controlling factor will be the diameter of the piece of wood that you are
turning the body from. After that I changed the basis for everything to be from
the diameter of the body.
The body is
turned into a good egg shape. Just make it 1.5 times as long as it is in
diameter. From this make the dimensions of all of the other pieces.
The body has
been turned and is nearly ready to part off. It is easier to turn the body with
one end held in a chuck and then you have only one end to hand sand.
Next step is to
turn the head. Cut a blank and turn it round. The round blank should measure 0.5
the length of the body and 1.25 times the length of the body. Make sure the ends
are square with the body. Take this piece to the bandsaw and saw out a 1/4
section. Set the 1/4 section aside and
blank by the top of the bill length or 0.52 length of the body. Mount this in
the chuck and turn the egg shaped head to be 0.73 length of body.
Here the head
is mounted in the chuck and ready to turn. The ¼ section is left out in the
initial turning of the head.
The head has
been turned to shape. It is now time to glue in the ¼ section that will become
Now glue in the
1/4 section that you had set aside. When the glue sets, turn the head down to
meet with the bill and turn the bill into the shape shown in the photo.
Here the ¼
section is glued into the head and ready to final turn. You must turn the head
down to match with the bill section and turn the bill section to a point at the
very end. Do not turn on the center pointed section.
Sand, and the
head is done except for drilling holes for the eyes and a hole to mount the head
to the body. The head is never glued to the body. You leave it free so that you
can position the head
to best effect
in your display.
Here the head
has been completely turned. You must hand sand the top of the bill section.
photo, Guilo is determining where the head would look best on this particular
Turn a disk that
has a radius of 0.33 length of body and cut it into four sections to make four
feet. This piece should be curved a bit to make the feet more pleasing. Round
over the back of the feet on a disk sander and shape the front of the feet as
shown in the finished picture. Turn the leg pieces and the neck piece; they can
all be the same size or the neck piece can be different if desired.
the blank from which Guilo made the feet. You can get four feet out of a blank
Turn the eyes
out of contrasting wood. I used African Blackwood, but walnut or any other dark
wood would work fine. I turned the eyes into little balls on the end of a small
tenon. The tenon was turned to a common drill size. The location of the eyes is
then determined and holes are drilled for the eye tenons. The small end of the
body goes towards the head. Hold the head and body together to decide where it
looks best and drill a hole in the body for the neck pin.
Now, try to
determine the best point to align the center of gravity above the legs and drill
two leg holes. Make sure the holes are parallel to one another. Drill holes in
the feet pieces and glue in the legs. Now, apply glue to the top of the legs and
insert them into the body. Press down until the duck is setting level and both
feet are touching the table surface.
It is a good
idea to do a dry set up of all of the pieces before you start gluing any of them
together. Let the glue dry and apply finish to the duck.
duck made for a friend who gave us some wood.
You will find
these are interesting to make and Guilo says that they sell quite well,
especially as a mama, papa, and ducklings set.
More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - November 2016
November 05, 2016 to November 06, 2016
2016 Virginia Woodturning Symposium
Location: Fisherville, VA
Dates: Saturday, November 05, 2016 to Sunday, November 06, 2016
The 2016 Virginia Woodturning Symposium, held in Fishersville, VA on Nov. 5th &
6th, will have a new look. We have a greatly expanded space as well as an
outstanding lineup of nationally and internationally known turners. When you
attend the Symposium, you will be treated to demonstrations by Trent Bosch,
Jimmy Clewes, Barry Gross, Lyle Jamison, John Jordan, Johannes Michelsen, Frank
Penta, and Bob Rosand.
"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.
Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."
PRESIDENT: Ron Velin
VICE PRESIDENT: Stan Lambert (406)348-3499
TREASURER: Leona Gipe (406)248-1664
Librarian: (Dr. Van)
Richard Vande Veegaete (406)245-9945
Technical Advisor: Newsletter & Website Editor: Paul Spencer (406) 861-6718
“One Good Turn” is the monthly newsletter of Yellowstone
Yellowstone Woodturners Club
PO Box 21836
Billings, MT 59104
A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
Map to Meeting Location
Let the club officers know your suggestions
Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse
November 2016 Agenda
Meeting Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
at 7:00 PM at the Roaring 20’s Car club facilities.
Officers: Ron, Stan, Leona, Nick
Cookies by: Cookies by Martin
Treasurer’s report: Leona Gipe
Historian, Photographer: Jane Kelly
Show and Tell: Bring your items for show and tell.
2016 Dues are due, remain at $25.
High school class: Stan
and Jerry can update.
Symposium #11: like
or dislike? discussion
Cookies sign up:
challenge : November
-Something you learned from the Seminar