Welcome to the Home Page of the INW Woodturners Club!

All renewing memberships are due NOW, with the start of the New Year, and are good through all of 2022. 

Renewing members:  $35,  pay by cash or check at a meeting. Checks are made out to INW or Inland Northwest Woodturners. Or  pay on line at: 


NEW memberships:  $35 for the year.You may pay to Treasurer Carl in person at a meeting (cash or check, made out to INW or Inland Northwest Woodturners) or pay on-line on the Dues and Store page: New Member

Donate to INW! There is also a Store page "item" for donations, in which you can donate in multiples of $10 amounts. All donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt can be provided if requested. Donate here in multiples of $10.00 :   Donate Here

Dues and donations are how we can  provide and increase your clubs services and quality!

Announcements:  The Woodturners Worldwide Online Symposium will be held January 27th - 30th, 2022 and will feature some 40 demonstrations from woodturners in 9 countries! Just some of the highlights will include painting with fused wax, threaded box lids, percussion instruments, and even turned animal heads! AAW members get a discount and content will be available for 30 days after the symposium concludes.

Doug Eaton will present on basic turning techniques at the member's monthly meeting on February 3rd, 2022. Join us in person or via Zoom to learn some new skills or refresh your knowledge at the lathe!

Damon will demonstrate coloring with water-based dyes and the process of layering colors at the Second Saturday Woodturner's Workshop on February 12th, 2022. Check out Damon's gallery for inspiration!

Questions? Compliments? Let us know!

Help Wanted:   We are in need of one or two volunteers immediately:   AV person to handle AV set-up, cameras and mics at meetings.  Would be good to have experience, but can be trained from scratch if needed.  Needs to be available at main monthly club meetings at Ferris High School. Inquiries can be submitted via "Contact Us" page or by talking with one of the Board.

Election of Officers Results:  The December, 2021 general club meeting resulted in our electing a new President and Secretary, as well as the four elected Board members.   The results and our 2022 Board are as follows:

President:  Gary Gillespie;    Secretary:  Angela Hills;  Elected Board:  Peter E,    Marianne P,    John A,    and Shelley H.  Ad hoc Board members will remain the same.



Members should be receiving emails from us regularly. IF YOU ARE NOT  we may not have a working email address for you!  Please contact us at: contact-us  to provide your preferred active Email address.  Also, please check your SPAM folder to see if our Emails are going automatically to your SPAM or junk folder. Since we send out large group emails, some email servers automatically put us into the spam folders on your mail program or app.  If you think you should have an email from us PLEASE check your spam location.

How to Contact Us

We have email set up for some of our Board.  Below are our club email addresses and the possible nature of email messages to address to these members.  These should be click on links directly into your email program.  If they do not work for you, you can copy and paste the address into your mail program or app.

contact.inw@inwwoodturners.org        general inquiries or comments to INW

president@inwwoodturners.org            Our President, Gary, will respond to your inquiries, comments, or concerns

secretary@inwwoodturners.org             Our Secretary, Angela, will respond to your inquiries, comments, or concerns

treasurer@inwwoodturners.org             Best place to email about your membership dues or purchases. Our Treasurer, Carl, will get back to you.

wewanttrees@inwwoodturners.org      If you have a neighborhood tree or know of one that will be cut down, we may be interested in harvesting some of the wood for  distribution to club members as turning wood.   Contact us here.  Note: we never pay for trees or raw wood.

webmaster@inwwoodturners.org          Specific issues that relate to our web site can be sent here and our Webmaster, James, will get back to you.

2022 Meetings: All on FIRST Thursdays of Each Month at Ferris High School

Meetings for 2022:  Some start times may vary, depending on the program, so please look for emails or read the descriptions below.  We are planning to be in-person as well as ZOOM, whenever the topic is appropriate and we have needed AV people available. All in-person sessions will be held at Ferris High School with proper MASKS REQUIRED and no food or beverages in the shop, per current State of WA code and the requirements of our gracious host, Spokane Public Schools, District 81, Ferris High School.  You may bring drink or snacks and leave the main shop room to consume as you please.

*UPDATE!* February 3rd, 2022: Past President, Doug Eaton will be giving a demonstration on basic turning techniques and more! Join us at Ferris High School to hone your turning skills or pick up some new ones!  Specifics will include tool control, angle of attack, hand placement and role using the most common woodturning tools.

The spherical box from Cindy Drozda's demo from November, 2021 Signed by Cindy and engraved with " 2021, INW demo "!   This piece WILL be auctioned at a future meetingStarting bid will be $25.00 and increases will be in $5.00 increments.  Specific meeting that this will be done at will be listed here and noted in the email about the meeting.

Great Meeting and Workshops at Ferris High School

We will always be grateful to Rosemary and Nick, from WoodCraft Spokane, for their kind allowance of our club in WoodCraft Spokane.  Conditions have changed, and as a thank-you for our club member's contribution to the Ferris High School woodworking program we have been offered use of their woodshop for our monthly meetings and our Saturday workshops.   A few decades ago, this club started out in an old, small woodshop at Ferris.  It is remarkable, and wonderful, that we are back in a new and extremely large shop there now!  It is spacious and well equipped and a great fit for our activities !

Woodturner's Workshops: Two Saturday Opportunities for Members

Second Saturday of every month from 10:30 AM to noon-ish: Damon will give live demonstrations via Zoom on second Saturdays all year long! Members will receive updated information and the Zoom link in the week before the session.  If there is a demo you would like to see Damon do, let us know!  Damon's 2nd Saturday turning sessions start at 1030am, usually last an hour or so and conclude with answers and questions. Below is the upcoming schedule, look for more detailed information about the session on this site and by email in the week before the 2nd Saturday. Please note that topics and schedules are subject to change.

February 12th, 2022: Damon will present embellishing with multiple layers of water based dyes and methods of color layering. Damon is a very talented hue-man so don't miss this one and check out his fine work in his member gallery!

March 12 - Learn about the lathe speeds that Damon uses for spindle, bowl and sanding work.  This information is important for any turner, to use their lathe safely and in accord with the size and type of piece they are making.    OR:  Do YOU have a request?  Let us know and maybe it is a good topic for Damon to present.
April 9 - To be determined: Do YOU have a request?  Let us know and maybe it is a good topic for Damon to present.
May 14 - Turning Platters.  Great for tool technique practice and readily available blanks that can be as simple as construction lumber, or glue ups of scrape lengths.

Third Saturday At Ferris Hands on Workshops:  9:00 AM to "lunchtime".  You must be a current 2022 INW member to attend.     These sessions will be held using the lathes at Ferris High School and may include brief demonstrations if specific topics are desired. These are meant to be hands on mentoring sessions with YOU at the lathe and some experienced turners helping perfect your use of the lathe and it's tools.  AGAIN, MASKS ARE REQUIRED.  Plan to bring your own tools and wood blocks.  Some tools will be available from the school supply, but it would be better to learn and practice on the tools you will use in your own shop.  Note: workshop sessions will not be live streamed on Zoom.    If you are a 2021 or 2022 member you will receive more information via email just prior to the sessions.  Please look in your email folders INCLUDING SPAM FOLDERS for these emails.  If you haven't paid your 2022 renewal or new member dues, please do so in order to attend these sessions.

Member Resources: Member Source of Useful Information

The Members Resources page, HERE, Log on needed for access by INW members. Do check it regularly for new demonstrator handouts and other articles of interest.

Ferris High School Information: Meeting and Workshops In-Person Location

Ferris is a District 81 high school on the South Hill of Spokane.  It is at the intersection of  Regal and 37th Ave.  An aerial view is shown below.  The parking lot is huge and the walkways are wide and have good handrails.  If you have large or heavy materials to bring to the meetings or workshops, please contact us and we will work that out with you. At this time MASKS ARE REQUIRED inside Ferris buildings.  This is a District 81 rule and as our host we abide by it.  The address for you to GPS is:  3020 E 37TH AVE , SPOKANE , WA.  (Please note that some of the roads inside the Ferris campus are one way and there are strange little turns in places.)



Help High School Students Learn to Turn!

We need volunteers to help one morning a week at Ferris, from 8 AM to 12 PM.  We assist students turning on various size lathes and projects, while encouraging safety. The students are all eager to learn and make something they can take home.

Please consider helping this great program.  We cannot continue this vital role in our community without extra support.  If you cannot do every week, we hope to integrate your commitment with that of others and get the program well covered.

This is a sanctioned activity of the Inland Northwest Woodturners, and liability coverage is provided as a volunteer in a District 81 program, as well as for INW.

All volunteers in District 81 schools need to wear masks in the school and must show proof of vaccination to be initially screened.  A very brief survey is performed and a WA State Patrol screen is also done for any outstanding criminal violations.  These regulations are those of District 81 at this time and we will alert you if there are ongoing revisions.

Please contact:
Ron Valley 509-270-3064, or rvalley@comcast.net

Community Programs and Mentoring: District 81 and Vets Garage are now active

Program for District 81 Middle and High Schools:  PLEASE see the top announcement.   Members of INW are currently helping Ferris High School students with their woodturning projects through demonstrations and hands on mentoring.  Our kids need our help!  Their industrial arts teachers need our help!   Please contact Ron Valley for more information on how you can help out.  Future schools may include: Shadle HS, Rogers HS, Chase MS, Salk MS, and Glover MS.  

Vets Garage  (224 E. Pacific Ave, Spokane) (NOTE: only open to DOD card carriers) Doug is there to mentor new turners every Tuesday 12:30 - 3:30 PM and Thursday, 1:30 to 4:30 PM. They are open Monday – Friday 1 to 7 PM, and Saturday 1 to 4 PM (except on Federal holidays, when it is closed). Monthly fee is $35 for veterans and $45 for others--with DOD cards--to use all the wood shop equipment there. For general information you can  contact them at their website  or call 509.919.3176. Please talk to (or use Contact Form) President Doug for more information on attending his mentoring sessions or on how you can help out.

Fairchild Air Force Base: STILL ON CoVid19 Lock Down to outsiders.  In the past, members of INW were on bast 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.  We will update the status of this valuable program when things change and we are welcome back on the Fairchild campus.


Turning of the Month

If you have a picture of one of your pieces that you would like to submit for consideration as an occasional feature please send it to inwwoodturners@gmail.com Some new great work as well as great fall pictures from turner Jacob:  Maple with abalone inlay.  Cracked abalone shell inlayed with thin CA glue and turned back down to flat with carbide scraper.  Abalone is pretty soft and easy to turn with any scraper that is ground sharp.  Finish sands well too !


Store News

Anchorseal is in Stock: Order from the Dues and Store page.  Pick up will be by private arrangement or can be set up for pick up at a in person at Ferris club meeting.  

Get a Grip on It !

This is critical for all woodturners using any brand of chuck.  Some pictures of the wrong and right way to use a chuck with jaws for mounting with a tenon (compression mode) or a recess (expansion mode). The base of jaws are not manufactured to be flat and in true to each other.  Only the top of the jaws are machined flat and true.  Do it the right way every time, even if you have to reduce the height of a tenon, or decrease the depth of a recess.

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Some of our members have been working hard gathering lots of logs for cutting and distribution.    Stay tuned for the next distribution day!   (Large elm trunks on trailer below).



Have You Got Some FOG? We accept trees for club cuttings and distribution to our members !

 "Found On Ground":  If anyone has, or knows of some good turning trees or logs, contact us!.   Note that it is not allowed to fell any trees as a part of INW.   You may do so on your own but at your own risk and liability.  These rules are in conformity with the club's insurance coverage requirements and generally safe practices.  Please be careful out there!

Forum for Members' Conversations

The menu at the top of this page now includes a Forum site. Once you have logged in, feel free to click on it and see what members have posted.  Topics can be added as needed and you can carry on a digital conversation on any woodturning topic. We'll watch the posts and rearrange them if they are better suited to a different thought thread, so just go ahead and enter an idea or question or life-changing thought. Politely, of course. 

Treasurer's Messages

NEW memberships are $35 for the 2022 year.  You may pay to Treasurer Carl in person at a meeting (cash or check, made out to INW or Inland Northwest Woodturners) or pay on-line on the Dues and Store page:    New Member

Renewing members, still at $35, can pay by cash or check at a meeting.  Checks are made out to INW or Inland Northwest Woodturners.  Or you can pay online at:  RENEW HERE for 2022

Donate to INW!  There is also a Store page "item" for donations, in which you can donate in multiples of $10 amounts. All donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt can be provided if requested. Donate here in any multiple of $10.00 :  Donate Link

Dues and donations are a way we can continue to provide and increase your clubs services and quality! Please feel free to let us know any fundraising ideas.

The Lend-a-Lathe Program is Active! 

Our "Lend-a-Lathe" Program is designed primarily for new turners getting started on their woodturning experience. Currently a Rikon Midi  and a Jet Midi are in the program, with an initial 3-month loan period for members.  For questions, applications and supporting materials contact Damon, the program director. You can use the "Contact INW" message page and the request will be forwarded to Damon.

Video and Book Library

Our video and book loan out library :  This service will resume with our in person meetings as soon as we get situated at Ferris.  Many of our items are DVD's and you will need a DVD player to watch them.  Some will play on computer CD/DVD drives but some will not.  If you still have a DVD player, you should be good to go.  BlueRay players are typically not required.

Non-Members Are Invited to Subscribe to the Club Newsletter!

Non-members are welcome to subscribe and receive the newsletter by Email. Just enter your Email address in the box below, and click "Subscribe." We do not use or sell your information for any other purpose than the newsletter. Members need not subscribe.  They will automatically receive an Email notice when the latest newsletter is published on the web site. 


Want to help INW Educate and Encourage Woodturning?

Please click on the Store and Dues page to make donations in multiples of $10 with your credit or debit card online. Once we have in-person meetings again you can also present a check or hand over fistfuls of cash to Treasurer Carl.  DONATE HERE!


Want to Join INW Woodturners Club?

Just click HERE and pay securely online. Alternatively, you can click on the Store and Dues Page and scroll down to New Membership where you can easily and securely pay on  line.  You will receive an email with details on member sign on information within several days.

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