The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

October 2014                            Vol. 15, No.10


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.

For those who liked the PBS Woodturning videos by Tim Yoder, Woodturning Workshop, He is now teaming up with Popular Woodworking and producing videos again.  They are free to watch on your computer and can be found at :  There are now 6 videos that you can watch on Popular Woodworking's website.


Woodturning Workshop


Think About Turning Today!

October 2014, President’s Message:

It has been a good summer and now fall is in the air. Most of our annual club projects are done and, thankfully, they were very successful. One of the advantages of winter is that woodturners tend to do more turning during the cold months. Must be the advantage of being able to stay in a warm space…. the shop.

Our challenge turning for October has been to do a finial. For November it will be to make a goblet…. any size, any shape, and any wood.

Thanks gentlemen.

Dr. Van


Meeting Location

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




Minutes (Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Meeting)

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

Call for Guests: Jeff Mead Central High shop teacher

Cookies by: Jane Swaby (left over from Symposium) Health Reports: Correspondence:

Show and Tell: September challenge (Lidded Box)

Stan Lambert: Brought a very small lidded box, kind of wood and finish unknown.

Dr Van: Brought a box made from Cedar, finish unknown. Tim Morgan: Brought a box made from Poplar, finish unknown.

Dale Molyneaux: Brought a Elm bowl with a Hack Berry lid finished the club oil mix.

Other show and tell: Stan Lambert: Brought 8 bolt action pens.

Dave Torrence: Brought a Chickadee bird plaque done in nitarga stile. He also brought a bowl made from Russian Olive, finishes unknown.

Treasurer’s report: We had 26 paid fees for both days of our Symposium and 2 for Saturday only. We ended with a good profit after all bills where paid. We still carry a good balance. If you have any questions call Martin.

New Business: Gathering wood:

Nothing new to report.

Soliciting new members: Nothing new to report.

Interment of Veteran cremains at Laurel National Veterans Cemetery The motor cycle club made a video of the drive to the cemetery and Dr Van is sending out an Email of it to all members. The flag that we received at the ceremony has a beautiful case made by Phil Scott and will be displayed at the Roaring Twenty’s Club.

Hands On Workshops: George Oliver's next session will be September 13 at Phil Scott's shop. Supplies to bring: 2-4x4x8 turning blanks, spindle gouge, parting tool, skew chisel, 2-3” pillar candles, sand paper, choice of finish, and calipers.

George Oliver's next session: October 4 Shop to be determined.

Montana Fair: August 8-16, 2014: Report by Dr Van We had all slots covered but 2, a big thank you to all who covered them. We got the Appreciation Ribbon and the club Best of Show Ribbon.

Western Heritage Museum: August 21 Dr Van did a 45 minute presentation turning wood on the lathe. He had 9 people show up to watch the presentation.

Symposium 9: Kip Christensen, August 23-24: Report by Dr Van He said that half the people that showed up were non members and that we very very positive feed back on the how great of a Symposium we had. Kip Christensen told us that if you want to be a good turner that you should master the skew. We also had a showing of all the pieces that Kip turned at the Symposium, and if you would like to view them Dr Van is holding them. We also handed out sanding sticks that were made for the Symposium, and if you would like one call Dr Van.

Planning for 2015 Symposium 10 will be done with Ron Velin as president. We received a package from a person from Missoula that had a bag of nuts that can be turned and some other things he didn't know what they were.

Billings Public Library: September 20 from 11 to 3, demo and visiting with visitors. Jerry Gipe has been in contact with the library staff.

Wood gift from North Woods, LLC: Donation of wood for a charity project. They may pass through Montana soon selling their wood.

High School classes: Jeff Mead from Central High talked to the club about members teaching students at the school about wood turning. If you would like to teach call Dr Van.

Monthly turning challenge: October challenge... finials

My best discovery lately: There was no discovery given at this meeting. Juried critique of turning: There was no critique at this meeting


PROGRAM: To review projects completed by Kip Chistensen at our Symposium and a short film describing the the devastation when Mount St. Helens blew. Jerry Gipe's wife brought news paper articles from Washington state on the devastation from Mount St. Helens and talked about it. The reason she had these articles was that she was living there at the time on the other side of the mountain.

PROGRAM: There wasn't a program talked about for our next meeting.



From the Library


Calendar of Events

October 8th 7:00 Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse:

October 4th George Oliver's next session: Shop to be determined.

November 12th 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



"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:

“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.


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Next Years Symposium

To be Announced.

Give us your suggestions for a guest presenter.