Turning of the Month:

If you have a picture of one of your pieces that you would like to submit for consideration as Turning of the Month, please send it to us.  We will try to change these out at least monthly.    Email:   inwwoodturners@gmail.com

Sam Frazier with a neat bowl with branch inlays.  Really cool embellishment !


Regular Club Meetings

Regular club meeting March 5 th:  6:30 PM at Riverview Retirement Community Shop.  Bring a card table chair.  Scroll down to bottom of page to see map to location.

March Topic:   Ron Valley will present on turning and routing a fluted bowl.

WANTED:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help with set up and take down at the 1st Thursday Club meetings at Riverview.  Involves getting to the meeting a little early and staying up to 20 to 30 minutes after the meeting.  Pete E. will be coordinating the efforts.  This is essential for our continued presence at Riverview.  Please contact us through  https://inwwoodturners.com/contact-us to volunteer.

LOCATION INFORMATION: 1711 E. Ross Ct. SPOKANE, WA. TURN LEFT OFF UPRIVER AT Granite Ave AND TAKE THE LEFT INTO THE PARKING LOT BEFORE ROSS CT. Or make a left onto Ross Ct and proceed to the dead end, turning left into the parking lot.


Gene Turner, our monthly wood raffle manager.  Gene goes out for the wood and prepares it for the raffle table.  This is a bigger job than most realize!  Thanks  Gene !

Shelly Hayes:  our club photographer !  All the shots of members pieces and events are by Shelly.  Thanks Shelly !

Third Saturday Community Workshop

Third Saturday of Each Month at Riverview:  Riverview Retirement Community Workshop.  
An INW members only event and a great reason to become a member!   Novice turners welcome ! 
Coordinators: Ron Gooley, President Doug Eaton, and Riverside Shop Manager, Tommy John.  Always check this web site for any other announcements regarding Riverview sessions. We will note ONLY IF the month session is canceled ! 
Location:  1711 E. Ross Ct. -- 9:00 AM start.   
Bring your own wood and tools. If you have a problem piece or tool, this is a good time to get help with it. 
Fantastic opportunity for new turners to get expert mentoring!   

A Great Saturday at Riverview Session !

Damon doing a very thin turning with a back light, in preparation for piercing.

Members can pull down the submenu under Member Resources and see the review of deep hollowing techniques and tools.  "There are many ways to do this"  CJB.     "But there is only one best way" RG.  Take a look and decide for yourself !

January Monthly Challenge Project

Some notes on Burial Urns: :  Our meeting on January 2nd had a review of the design and turning of funeral urns.  We are encouraging turners to make urns that can be donated to the Veterans Services for the remains of our veterans that have no known family, or  family without the means to support deposition of their loved ones remains.  A ceremony is held each spring/early summer and unclaimed remains, gathered State wide, are placed in the Columbarium, in donated urns.  The ceremony is done with ultimate dignity and respect for our veterans.  The State of WA cemetery is in our local Medical Lake and we will notify INW members such that we may have a group attend.
Meanwhile: in turning urns, one uses the idea of 1 cubic inch of volume per pound healthy weight of the veteran.  If one considers turning a pure cylinder shape, cubic inch capacity is calculated as (3.14)x[(radius)x(radius)] x (height)  with all measurements in inches.
Per Rudy Lopez, Director, Washington State Veterans Cemetery:  12" high including top, by 8" wide/diameter.   The container niche is 20" deep, to have room for a married couple pair of urns.

Consider:  Interior Dimensions:  7-1/8" Diameter x 11-1/4" H   Volume: 280 cubic inches .  (Size for a healthy weighted 280 pound veteran).We would add our turning thickness and height for base thickness and top, but this gives you an idea that these need not be huge hollow forms.  We might also shape in, vase like, towards the top or bottom, for aesthetics,  and that would decrease the interior volume some.

All urns need to be able to have secure lids or sealed tops with "fix on" bottoms (think screws).  Sealing the hidden bottoms with screw on plates is common in cabinet made (rectangular) boxes.  Ron Valley's idea of using 4" male and female threaded plumbing PVC connectors appears really handy !  Also remember that urns should be robust and this is not the time to practice your thin turning technique.

We are offering $40.00 in gift certificates from Craft Supplies USA/ The Woodturners Catalogue to anyone who brings in a self -turned urn to the March meeting.  We will close out this months challenge at the March meeting and proceed to donate the urns we have gathered.


Group Purchases and Store News:

A small number of  gouges remain priced to bare bones.  See the Store and Dues Page for details.

Bowl Flute Profile                                                                  Spindle Gouge Profile


3/8" diameter bowl and spindle gouges, in 8" OR 16" long, with flute ground throughout.  This allows for different profiles on each side of tool.   ALSO: see the Members Resource Page for information on hollow modular and collet based handles that you may want to have for these tools.     Here is a brief guide to profiles, flutes, and purposed gouges:

guidetogouges  (downloads a pdf to your computer, good review of gouge forms and use)

Here is a useful PDF on the 40/40 grind:  This is a favored bowl gouge grind, promoted by Stewart Batty.  (downloads a pdf to your computer)



WoodCraft Spokane Valley News: 

We have been informed that WoodCraft will be re-opening as a Corporate (i.e. not franchise) location with a target date of early April.  INW has not had any discussions with the new management regarding our club use of their facilities or any other discussions regarding INW involvements in the store.  We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.  In all events this is good news for our woodturning and woodworking community.

Member's Resource News:

Notes on Reverse Chucking to finish backs or bottoms of projects is now available to download on the Member Resources page.

Deep Hollowing:  Other than spindle work and bowls, deep hollowing is a main area of turning.  Considered an "advanced" practice by some, there are techniques to make this practice available to almost all turners.  Here is a review of various deep hollowing techniques, devices, fixtures, and safety. 

OK, you mini-lathe folks:  You want to see crazy ?  Well this is crazy !  Worth a look see!

An article on VACUUM CHUCK SET UP is available on the Member's Resources page.

Candle Stick Drill Bit:  Modification of an inexpensive spade bit:  see Member Resource Page

Need something?  Go to the Links page as it may have a great source for you listed, with many suppliers that our members have experience with.  If you have a recommendation to list, please let us know.

Become a Member :  Click here!

Tree Falls:

If anyone has, or knows of some good turning trees that are down and could be harvested, let any Board member know and we will look into it for a Club Cutting.  Some notes regarding harvesting wood:  Wood gathering that is a club sanctioned event requires at least one Officer of the Board to be present during the event.  Additionally it is not allowed to fell any trees (on private or public property) as a part of INW.   You may do so if you desire but at your own risk and liability.  These rules are considered reasonable and in accord with the club's insurance coverage requirements.  

Speaking of hauling wood: 

INW is the proud owner of a very handy log hauling trolly.  See the link that follows for a picture.  We will be using it on "club wood gatherings" but can make it available on loan to INW members for their own use when needed.  Contact Carl regarding availability.  Use for wood/logs only please (i.e. not refrigerators...).  Picture of Log Hauling Trolly 


General Resources and Links:

Please see our Links Page for sources of tools, supplies, and other ideas vital to woodturners.  Constantly being updated based on member recommendations !

Downloads as PDF's to you downloads file location:

New article/manual of TRUE oval turning.  Fascinating!  

GREAT ARTICLE on SPALTING from the AAW: AW2506p54-60


OUR VIDEO LIBRARY and book library is available for check out at our monthly meetings. Each video or book has a sign out card.  We will make them available for self help, sign out and sign back in when done.  The library materials are great to borrow and watch !

Testing Wood Glues:  a youtube video.    This one is worth the trouble of skipping the commercials.  Please hit skip the commercials as soon as possible.  I am not responsible if you watch the commercials !  Carl .   What is really amazing is how relatively well Elmers original wood glue does !  Not the best anymore, but still pretty amazing.


February turnings from the Club Meeting

Some of the work from the January, 2020 meeting:

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2020 Dues Renewal and NEW members: INW annual dues are due at the beginning of January.  $35.00 (single or family). Renewal at any time during the year remains $35.00.  NEW memberships are prorated by the amount of the year remaining with a minimum in June through December of $25.00.   Pay on line on the Dues and Store page, or at meetings. 

DONATE TO INW!  There is also a STORE  "item" for donations, in which you can donate in multiples of $10.00 amounts. All donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt can be provided if requested. 

Dues and donations are a way we can continue to provide and increase YOUR clubs services and quality ! 


Board Meeting: 

 Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 AM at Frankie Doodles just East of Division on 3rd Ave. 
Everyone is welcome to attend.  

Dues for 2020 remain $35.00.

All new and renewing members can pay their membership now for all of 2020.  Please pay on line (see the Dues and Store page), by check, or in cash at a meeting.


 The Lend A Lathe Program is designed primarily for new turners getting a start on their woodturning experience. Currently a Rikon Midi  and a Jet Midi are in the program, with initial 3 month loan periods.  For applications and supporting materials contact LALP Director,  Damon at  bruadair@gmail.com     

Community Programs and Mentoring:

VetsGarage  (3915 E. Francis Ave., #C10, Spokane, WA 99217, near Francis and Freya).   Mentoring new turners every Tuesday, early afternoon.  Please talk to President Doug for more information how you can help out.

Fairchild Air Force Base woodturning mentoring:  Members of INW are invited to help mentor beginning turners at FAFB on the 1st Saturday of each month.  The wood shop at FAFB is fantastic and they have several lathes on which we can help military staff and retired military learn our wonderful craft.  Please talk to Damon or Doug for attendance infomation.

Program for Ferris High School Shop students renewed and up and running !  Members of INW are helping Ferris students with their wood turning projects through demonstrations and mentoring.  Third Thursday of every month (after the Board meeting so convenient).  Please contact Ron Valley for more information on how you can help out.

Want to help the Inland Northwest Woodturners in our mission to educate and encourage woodturning?

PLEASE see the WEB STORE PAGE to make donations in multiples of $10 by on line credit card. 

Cash or checks for donations to Treasurer Carl.





WANT TO JOIN INW? :  EASY !!!  Go to the Store and Dues Page, scroll down to New Membership and securely pay on  line.  You will receive an email with details on member sign on information within several days.

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