The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

September 2016                            Vol. 17, No.9


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.


Think About Turning Today!


Meeting Location

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



(Wednesday July 13, 2016 Meeting)

Minutes (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 missed.

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 finish.

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 finish.

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 CREATIVE)

Treasurer’s report: We had no new expenses and have a good balance. If you have any questions call Ron or Leona.

New Business:

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.

Symposium 11:

Keith Gotschall will be our presenter for Symposium 11 on October 8th & 9th , 2016.

His Website is 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 will start.

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 meeting.


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

Make a Walking Stick

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 either.

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.


More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - September - Novem2016

September 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 woodturning suppliers.

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 St.
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."

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
Librarian: (
Dr. Van) Richard Vande Veegaete (406)245-9945
Jane Kelly (406)259-3840
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.


Map to Meeting Location


Yellowstone Woodturners

Symposium 11

Featuring: Keith Gotschall


October 8th and 9th, 2016

Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Avenue

Billings, Montana



Agenda (Sept 14, 2016)