The Monthly Newsletter of
September 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 July 13, 2016 Meeting)
(Wednesday August 10, 2016 Meeting)
Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick
Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly
Call for Guests: We had two guests at this
meeting, one came with Jane K. and the other came
on his own. I did not get the name of ether one.
Hope they decide to join our club.
Cookies by: Dave T. Next meeting it will
be Ralph P.
Health Reports: Martin R. told us that George
Hoffman had a turn backward and had to be moved from
St. Johns rehab to another facility. Since the meeting we
received notice that he had passed away. Rest in peace George,you will be
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.
Jane K. Brought some boxes, a lidded vase, a puffin bird
and a penguin made from Cedar, Box Elder and Apricot all with EEE Ultra Shine
Dale M. Brought a bowl made from Box Elder with some epoxy
with a club mix finish.
Ron V. Brought 2 bowls, one made from Maple with a stained
color and the other was segmented made from Poplar and Paduk. Both were finished
with Mahoney's Oil.
Jesse ?. Brought a goblet with an attached ring made from
Pine, finished unknown. He also brought a Walnut bowl with a bee's wax finish
and a pipe, kind of wood and finish unknown.
Gary W. Brought 4 bowls,one was Oak with a club mix
finish, another was Mahogany with a club mix finish, another was Ash with a
lacquer finish and the last was a Maple winged bowl with a lacquer finish.
Dan V. Brought a bowl made from Ash with a club mix
Stan L. Brought a 12” bowl made from Silver Maple with a
club mix finish.
Dave M. Brought a bowl made from Alder finish unknown.
Next month's challenge: Any thing you want to turn. (BE
Treasurer’s report: We had no
new expenses and have a good balance. If you have any questions call Ron or
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 next meeting.
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.
Ron mentioned that registration for our Symposium
is now on our Web Site. He also told us to start thinking of things to bring for
our silent auction.
Stan told us about checking around on prices for
the decals on our trailer and gave us the cost from several venders. He gave us
his thoughts on sizes and vender we should use. He told us that he would be
willing to carry some of the cost until we had our Symposium so we could get the
decals right away. There was a discussion among the members and several said
they would be willing to donate money to purchase the decals so Stan was told to
go ahead and order them.
Dale M. mentioned that he was talking to his new
neighbor and found out she works with Montana Fair, so Dale told her about how
they didn't have any place for us the two years. She told him she could look
into it. So if we decide we want to follow up on that we can.
Ron V. will be moving in the near future and we
will not have a President, so we will need a replacement. If you are interested
in being President contact Ron or Dr Van.
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: No news on when they
If you need a new members list call Ron Velin.
The updated ones are now finished.
PROGRAM: Ralph P. gave a talk on ideas we
could use around our shops. Such as using a fan and an air filter to reduce
dust, make a wood tray with sides to put on the bed of our lathes for finishing,
save sawdust in small jars and label them for use later, etc. It was
informative, thank you Ralph.
PROGRAM: No program set up by the end of the
Wanted, For sale,
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
Make a Walking
by Fred Holder
When I was younger and my wife and I did a lot of
camping and hiking in the woods, I used to pick up a suitable stick around 5 to
6 feet long and about 1-1/2 inches in diameter at the largest end and use it for
stability along the trail. It helped to push you up hill when you were climbing
and it helped to put a brake on when you were descending a slope. I generally
adopted this stick for the duration of the camping trip if it was a good one. I
then discarded it when we went home.
Well we don’t go camping anymore and I don’t hike
on hillsides, but I do still walk along side of the road and sometimes the
uneven ground makes one a bit unsteady. I had thought of making a walking stick
for several years. A couple of months ago, the bug got even stronger.
I selected some dogwood square stock that I had
and began to work on my walking stick. I wanted it to be about 5 feet long and
about 1-1/2 inch in diameter at the hand hold area, but I also wanted to be able
to take it in the car should I wish to go hiking in the hills. This meant at
least one join.
I didn’t think that the brass joins available for
canes would be heavy enough for my walking stick. Initially, I made up a join
out of lignum vitae, but it didn’t work out because as I got the female portion
down to size, it was too thin to stand up to the pressure and cracked. It was
redesign time! I decided that a 3/4” pipe coupling should be about the right
size. I made up two male threaded pieces out of lignum vitae with 3/4” tapered
pipe threads on one end and a tenon on the other to join to the walking stick. I
had an insert out of a pipe threading machine, so I clamped this into a pair of
vice grips and used it as a thread chaser to chase the threads. The iron
coupling looked ghastly, according to my wife. So a visit to the hardware store
turned up a brass coupling with a hex exterior shape. She didn’t like that
I mounted a piece of Osage Orange in one of my
Nova chucks and chased a thread for the coupling. Using a 1/8” parting tool, I
faced off the end of the coupling until it was square with the threads, reversed
it so the faced off end was against the shoulder on my holding chuck. Now, both
ends were square to the threads. Using the 1/8” parting tool, I then turned away
the hex shape of the coupling, sanded and polished. It looked great on the
walking stick and my wife was happy with it too.
My join worked well and looked good and was strong. The only weak part was the
glue and lignum vitae. It finally took epoxy to hold. I made two more walking
sticks with somewhat improved joints using lignum, but I believe that I would
settle for boxwood if I make anymore.
Because a lot of my walking is done on pavement, I
chose to use a rubber crutch tip on the ground end. They come in black and
blond--the blond looked better on the dogwood walking stick, black might look
better on a different wood.
Rather than try to make the wood of the stick
blend in perfectly with the brass coupling, I placed a bead on either side of
the coupling. This gave the coupling a shoulder to butt against and gave a
perfect fit. The wood above and below the beads was turned to look like a
continuation right through the coupling. I also felt the stick should have some
form of texturing for a better grip in the grip area. I toyed with a couple of
different ideas, but finally settled on a section about 9-1/2” long made up of
1/4” beads. I have a Robert Sorby beading tool that made this job fairly easy.
This worked very well and I’ve used it to good effect on the other two walking
sticks that I’ve made.
Even though these pieces were only about 29-30
inches long, I had to use a steady rest to stabilize the wood for turning. On
small things like lace bobbins and treen, one can normally stabilize it with
their fingers. I simply couldn’t do so on something this size.
The top part of the walking stick has no function
other than decoration. However, the beaded section between the two large beads
serves a very useful purpose of providing an excellent hand hold area. I made
this section about 9-1/2” long because that was about right for my tool rest. I
could bead the whole area without moving the tool rest. The join was made with
two threaded pieces of lignum vitae and a 3/4” brass pipe coupling. The threads
are 14 tpi chased with a die insert held with vice grips.
Harold Swanson, a friend who was helping me demonstrate and tend the booth at
my last craft show, shows off one of my walking sticks in front of our booth.
Events Calendar Listing - September - Novem2016
16, 2016 to September 18, 2016
17th Annual Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium
Location: Loveland, CO
Dates: Friday, September 16, 2016 to Sunday, September 18, 2016
2016 marks the 17th year for this event. Participants can select from over 42
rotations given by some of the best woodturners in the world. The presentations
will have something for everyone, from the beginner to the professional. There
will be a large vendor exhibit and a hands-on woodturning program area. An
Instant Gallery will be open to the public and all attendees are encouraged to
bring three pieces for the exhibit. The symposium is open to anyone with an
interest in woodturning.
September 22, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Fourteenth Ornamental Turners International Symposium
Location: Denver, CO
Dates: Thursday, September 22, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016
The speaker/presenter schedule reads like a who’s who in the ornamental turning
world with such internationally acclaimed experts as Jean Claude Charpignon from
France and David Wood-Heath from England. The lineup also includes other
distinguished experts from various fields that will certainly strengthen and
broaden your expertise in the OT world.
September 24, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium
Location: Lancaster, PA
Dates: Saturday, September 24, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016
This symposium includes eight nationally renowned demonstrators, 32
demonstrations, an instant gallery, an awards banquet, and a trade show with
September 29, 2016 to October 02, 2016
Woodturning New Zealand International Symposium
Location: Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: Thursday, September 29, 2016 to Sunday, October 02, 2016
Our new venue at Kings College, Otahuhu, Auckland, offers us some exciting new
features to add to the past two very successful symposia. Our lineup of
demonstrators is almost the Who’s Who of world-wide woodturning. Included are
over 70 demonstrations, an instant gallery, an auction, and much more.
October 02, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Starkweather Arts Center Woodturners Exhibition
Location: Romeo, Michigan
Dates: Sunday, October 02, 2016 to Sunday, October 30, 2016
The Detroit Area Woodturners, a Pontiac-based group that focuses on woodturning
and community, is scheduled to display its work at Starkweather Arts Center’s
October exhibition from Oct. 2 to 30 at Starkweather Arts Center, 219 N. Main
Read more of the description on the web page.
October 12, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Wizardry in Wood
Location: London, England
Dates: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016
Wizardry in Wood will present beautiful and extraordinary works demonstrating
their makers’ mastery of the art and craft of woodturning. The exhibition will
feature works by over 60 contemporary turners and two extensive curated
collections of outstanding modern and historical pieces. Live demonstrations of
the craft will he held every day and there will also be short guided talks of
the exhibition. Entries and winners of the Turners’ Company 2016 Competitions
will also be on display.
October 22, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Irish Woodturners Guild National Seminar 2016
Location: Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
Dates: Saturday, October 22, 2016 to Sunday, October 23, 2016
The IWG National Seminar 2016 will take place at the Glenroyal Hotel and Leisure
Club in Maynooth, Co Kildare. This annual event is Ireland's premier showcase of
woodturning from around the world, in a friendly and informal atmosphere. The
backdrop to the seminar is the beautiful and historic university town of
Maynooth, situated 30 minutes from the centre of Dublin.
Read more of the description on the web page.
October 27, 2016 to October 30, 2016
5th Segmented Symposium
Location: Quincy, MA
Dates: Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Sunday, October 30, 2016
Join segmented woodturners worldwide as they gather in the Boston, MA area in
October. Sponsored by the Segmeting Chapter of the AAW, this symposium is for
novices to accomplished--anyone interested in segmenting is welcome to attend.
Demonstrators include John Beaver, Bob Benke, Jerry Bennett, Bruce Berger, Andy
Chen, Robin Costelle, Ray Feltz, Tom Lohman, Mike McMillan, Wayne Miller, Al
Miotke, Jim Rodgers, Malcolm Tibbetts, and Gary Wood. In addition to the
demonstrations and panel discussions, there will be a vendor area, an attendees
"swap", a banquet, an instant gallery, and a spouses program. The symposium will
be held at the Boston Marriott Quincy.
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."
VICE PRESIDENT: Stan Lambert (406)348-3499
TREASURER: Leona Gipe (406)248-1664
Librarian: (Dr. Van)
Richard Vande Veegaete (406)245-9945
Newsletter & Website Editor: Paul Spencer (406) 861-6718
“One Good Turn” is the monthly
newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturner
Yellowstone Woodturners Club
PO Box 21836
Billings, MT 59104
A local chapter
of the American Association of Woodturners.
Map to Meeting Location
Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse
Agenda (Sept 14, 2016)