IMPORTANT UP TO DATE ANNOUNCEMENTS !

NOTE: UPDATES WILL NOW BE DATED !  PLEASE CHECK THIS WEB SITE REGULARLY !

4/3/20:  We will run our first virtual meeting next Thursday , April  9th at 7PM.  Make use of your current time in social isolation and download the ZOOM app, and read about its features and use.  Regardless of the CoVid19 situation, remote demonstrations from some of the national turner instructors was on our to do list for the coming year.

3/16/2020 Update:  In accord with the current recommendations of the CDC and the State of WA, INW is temporarily suspending its meetings.  This includes 1st Thursday General Club meeting, 3rd Saturday at Riverview workshops, as well as the Board meeting on the 3rd Thursday.  We hope that everyone has some productive and safe time in their shop and we all stay safe from the CoVid19 infection.  

NOTE: EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS:  we only have email addresses for members.  We are not sending out email notices to non-members.  Some members have indicated not receiving our emails.  The sender KNOWS if email addresses are returned as not-deliverable.  If that does not happen, then the email HAS been delivered to your mailbox.  If your server or your own device marks it as SPAM, we have no control of that side of the system.  We strongly suggest you add all our mailing addresses to your contacts list so that that does not occur.  If you find our email in your SPAM folder, send it to y0ur inbox, mark it as not spam, AND add that sender to y0ur Contacts list.  We may send from various addresses at different times.  If y0u have been receiving our emails, no action on your part is needed.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it !

 

Community Programs and Mentoring: All currently on hold.

Program for District 81 Middle and High Schools:  Members of INW are currently helping Ferris students with their wood turning projects through demonstrations and mentoring.   Schools with wood shop and available for our help:  Ferris HS, Shadle HS, Rodgers HS, Chase MS, Salk MS, and Glover MS.  Our kids need our help !  Their industrial arts teachers need our help !  Consider volunteering.  We would like to have a minimum of 2 volunteers for each school location.  Typically a volunteer helps in the shop one period once a week.  That's only one hour a week !  Please contact Ron Valley or  Treasurer Carl for more information on how you can help out.  
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.

 

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

Awesome piece of wood. Australian Vasticola Burl by Carl.  Finish wings 20" x 17".  Center platter diameter 13".  3" tall.

Sorry to keep posting "Carl" , but no one is submitting pictures of their work to post as turning of the month.

 

 

Wood Cutting Event Early March

We had a great day of cutting and  gathering several species of wood in early March.  Species were Black Walnut, English Walnut, Sycamore and Cherry.  The Sycamore and the English Walnut were a great surprise of beautiful wood.  A good time was had by all and no one got hurt !

And while we are showing Sam hard at work for the club cutting, here are a couple shots of Sam using his big chain saws and an Alaska type mill for some slabbing projects.

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FERRIS WITH THEIR NEW TOOLS DONATED BY INW!

RON VALLEY WITH THE FERRIS TURNING CLUB GROUP !

Regular Club Meetings

Regular club meetings:  SEE NOTICES AT TOP OF PAGE.

Please refer to the top of this page for ongoing and up to the minute announcements about our meetings and events.

SPECIAL THANKS:

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:  Work shops and special events and demonstrations
An INW members only event and a great reason to become a member!  

These sessions are currently in suspension and we will let you know when we resume.  Third Saturday sessions may include other formats and demonstrations, including slabbing chain saw mills, and the like.  Stay tuned !

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 !

Group Purchases and Store News:

Guide to Gouges:  see on Member Resource Page.

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.  Recent visit to the store indicates they are probably in the process of set up and stocking.  That said, 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:

Using PEG to stabilize wet turnings and prevent cracking on drying.  See it on the Members Resources page !

Guide to Gouges and a new video on getting the 40/40 grind are now on the Member Resources page.

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

GREAT ARTICLE on COMPRESSED WOOD from the AAW:  AW2906p25-29

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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TREASURER'S MESSAGES: 

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 ! 

MEMBERS UPDATE YOUR PAGE PROFILES: after you sign in.

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.

LEND A LATHE PROGRAM UP AND RUNNING ! 

 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     

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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