Welcome to the Inland Northwest Woodturners Club!

Next Regular Club Meeting

DATE: Thursday, May 6, 2021


TOPIC: See above. 

Some Notes on Cyanoacrylate Glue Use

Some of our members have recently experienced bubbling and fuming at the site of application of CA glue, especially Thin CA.  Please note that this is normal ! Not necessarily good, but normal!  A PDF document is posted in the Skill Center: click it and read about this obnoxious friend of woodturners.

June Club Meeting

DATE: Thursday, June 3, 2021

TIME #1: 6:30 PM PST, on Zoom

This brief meeting is open to ALL MEMBERS and anyone they might specifically invite to attend. It will consist of a brief general “business” meeting, and a show-and-tell session for your turning work. All members will receive an advance Email with a Zoom link which will make it easy to attend and participate. The meeting closes at 6:55 PM.

TIME #2: 7 PM PST, on Zoom

Those that register for the IRD (interactive remote demonstration) can Zoom in to that session just at 7 PM.  All times are in PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, so please translate to your own time zones as needed.

DEMONSTRATOR: Eric Lofstrom, artist, instructor and coach. See more about him on his website.

TOPIC: Skew chisels. We probably won't master the skew in one evening, but we'll definitely become better friends. Some reading in advance will have you primed and ready to learn: Skew Skills: "Making the Cuts"  

FREE - Live Woodturning Demonstrations from Australia & England

Now connecting with more than 6,000 woodturners around the world, lathe- and tool-maker Record Power is offering a series of live educational programs for the price of… nuthin'.

You will only need to register once at www.recordpowertv.com to receive your automatic notifications and Login Codes for each live session.

Next sessions are April 7 through 9 at a variety of useful times. They have a PDF file on their website of the entire program so you can update yourself as you wish.  Several INW members have watched and thoroughly enjoyed it. Many little nuggets of information useful to beginner and intermediate turners alike.

Theo Haralampou is the usual demonstrator and he usually includes:

  • Timber selection, grain orientation
  • Tools and techniques
  • Finding form
  • Appropriate finishes

November 2021 Meeting: WAY advanced notice! Don't Miss This One !!!

DATE: Thursday, November 4, 2021

TIME #1: 6:30 PM PST, on Zoom

This brief meeting is open to ALL MEMBERS and anyone they might specifically invite to attend. It will consist of a brief general “business” meeting, and a show-and-tell session for your turning work. All members will receive an advance Email with a Zoom link which will make it easy to attend and participate. The meeting closes at 6:55 PM.

TIME #2: 7 PM PST, on Zoom

Those that register and pay in advance for the IRD (interactive remote demonstration) can Zoom in to that session just at 7 PM.  All times are in PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, so please translate to your own time zones as needed.

DEMONSTRATOR: Cindy Drozda, artist, instructor and author. See more about her on her website.

TOPIC: TBD. She also has several YouTube demonstrations you may want to review in advance. 

Community Programs and Mentoring: District 81 and Vets Garage now ACTIVE !

Program for District 81 Middle and High SchoolsMembers of INW are currently helping Ferris students with their woodturning projects through demonstrations and hands on mentoring. .  Our kids need our help !  Their industrial arts teachers need our help !  Consider volunteering.  Typically a volunteer helps in the shop one or two periods once a week.  That's only one or two hours a week !  Please contact Ron Valley for more information on how you can help out.  Future schools may include: Shadle HS, Rodgers HS, Chase MS, Salk MS, and Glover MS.  Contact:  Attention Ron Valley on the the form at Contact Us

VetsGarage  (224 E. Pacific Ave, Spokane) Doug is there to mentor new turners every Tuesday, 1:30 to 4:30 PM. They are also 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 to use all the wood shop equipment there. For general information you can  contact https://www.vetsgaragespokane.com/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.  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 information.

Woodturner's Community Sessions: Your Favorite Saturday of the Month!

Remember the good ol' days when we gathered at Riverview every month for a half day of turning, learning, and kibbitzing? We miss them, but they are not at all gone. Thanks to the now-ubiquitous ZOOM technology, we can gather in our own shops and carry on from a distance until we can meet in person again. Join us! It's free!

WHEN: The third Saturday of every month from 10 AM to noon-ish

WHERE: On the internet, using the ZOOM application.

WHO: Members Only.

HOW: The particular ZOOM address will be sent to members by Email in advance of the meeting .

WHAT do we do?  We "bring" our projects, completed or in progress, to show the others who are attending. We have discussions, get opinions and ask for advice.  Whatever you need if it is related to woodturning!  Some moderators always attend to help with their experience and expertise. 


Some of our members are working hard gathering lots of logs for cutting and distribution.    This picture is at the arborist's at pick up.  We picked out the select cuts of walnut and elm.  A distribution was held in late March.  Stay tuned for the next one !



Have You Got Some FOG?

FOG is a technical term meaning "Found On Ground" and is a source of great delight to woodturners everywhere. 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.  We have gotten many truckloads of beautiful turning timber in the past (see Photo Album page) and look forward to resuming the activity when the snow and ice are gone and the frozen tundra returns to friendly ground.

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 on your own if you desire but at your own risk and liability.  These rules are in conformity with the club's insurance coverage requirements.  

New 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 year. After March 15th, they are prorated by the amount of the year remaining until June. Then it's $25 for the rest of the year. 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 any multiple of $10.00 :  Donate Link

Dues and donations are a way we can continue to provide and increase club's services and quality!

The Lend-a-Lathe Program is Active! 

The wildly popular "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. His contact information is on the Members page     

Don't Miss the Good Stuff

The Members Resources page, HERE, is password protected for access by INW members only (reason # one zillion why it is good to be a member). Do check it regularly for demonstrator handouts and other nuggets of knowledge. During these seemingly endless months of no in-person demonstrations, our ZOOM presenters supply their handouts and notes in PDF or weblink format so we can make them available to participants and members electronically. Usually they will be posted about a week after the presentation, and usually the most recent will be at the top.


Do You Know How Smart Your TV Is?

Are you watching your little phone or tablet screen to join our meetings and demos on Zoom? Do you have a smart TV that would be so much easier to see the program on? Well, there is good news: you can! Ron Gooley recommended we post instructions for a simple procedure to "cast" (yeah, like fishing) the Zoom meeting from your phone, tablet, or laptop to your smart TV. A PDF document is posted in the Skill Center: click it and read or download the instructions. Sit back and enjoy turning on the big screen.


Members should be receiving emails from us regularly. IF YOU ARE NOT getting Emails, we do 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 mass Emails are going automatically to your SPAM or junk folder.

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. 


AAW Symposium: July 17-18, 2021

AAW’s 2021 Symposium will be VIRTUAL. The AAW Board has cancelled the Omaha event, but options will be announced later on how to enjoy front-row seats from home or shop. Safety in the midst of a still fluid pandemic is the reason. AAW will be using an enhanced virtual event software platform to offer multiple concurrent live demonstration tracks (with access after the conference to all recordings), a virtual trade show, a virtual Instant Gallery, live and silent auctions, special interest topics, drawings, and more. The only thing missing will be the handshakes and hugs from old and new woodturning friends. You will need to wait one more year for that.

Video and Book Library

Our video and book library is housed at the Riverview Retirement Center where we hold/held our monthly Saturday open community turning and learning sessions. Items in the library are/were available for check out by our members. Each video or book has a sign out card.  We make them available for self help, sign out and sign back in when done.  The library materials are great to borrow, read or watch! This service will resume when the meetings resume; in the meantime there are multiple sources of good turning information on the internet and through club membership.

Streaming Pine Ribbons

A short video by Turner Damon, illustrating what we have long suspected: woodturning is good for the planet. In this case, goats have suggested that these long shavings make excellent bedding material.

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, don't be shy: it will be more helpful than you think. Please send it to inwwoodturners@gmail.com

We will try to change these out at least monthly, but if we don't get enough submissions the webmaster will be forced to post pictures of her cat.   

Here we have two of turner Damon’s pine hollow forms, textured, painted, and hollowed with his signature “invisible technique.”

Here are two of turner Damon’s fish series, shaped entirely by turning on the lathe (i.e., no bandsaw work). The wood is poplar, and they are also painted and hand carved.

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.

Take a look at the Community Activities page in the Events section to see a few of the ways INW WT mentors are fulfilling this mission.


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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