Welcome to the Inland Northwest Woodturners Club!

Next Regular Club Meeting

DATE: Thursday, March 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 have received 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 are registered 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: Coming to us from upstate New York, renowned woodturner Phil Rose will be presenting on his unique turning methods of “split turnings.”

Check out his Dragon's Rose Studio on his website.

TOPIC: Phil specializes in fantastic presentations on how to turn routine platers and bowl forms into unique works of art. This stuff is COOL! You can see a preview of his method by clicking on this LINK to his IRD page, and scrolling down to the "Split Turning Teaser" video on the left toward the bottom.

Anyone can do some form of this work style, no matter if you are a novice or an advanced turner. 

Be sure to read the next paragraph for instructions on how to enjoy this unique demonstration.

Required: Advance Registration for March 4 Demo by Phil Rose

We are paying our demonstrator so we do need to charge for this demo. Please register in advance and pay the $10 fee at the Store and Dues page on our website.

Once you are advanced registered, you will receive the Zoom link starting on Monday, March 1.  No need to enquire about it sooner.

Treasurer Carl reports that there are a few members that paid for the last session but were unable to attend.  If this is you, please Email him a note about it and he will confirm and put you on the list for notification of the Zoom link.

If you have not paid your 2021 dues, please pay close attention to the next announcement...

Only Paid Up Members Can Register for Phil Rose Demonstration!

If you are not paid up for your 2021 dues, please do not register for this session. Treasurer Carl is not set up to refund payments of $10, so if you are interested in attending this demo, please pay your 2021 renewal dues before you try to register (or at the same payment).  Go to the Store and Dues page on the website. 

June 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"  

2020 Renewals of Membership

All 2020 INW Members:  renewal of your INW membership is now overdue.  Renewals are due the beginning of each year.   On 3/1/21 all non-renewed 2020 members have been removed from our ranks.  Y0u will not receive any email notifications, and your member access on the INW website has been revoked.  Sorry!  RENEW AT:  RenewClickHere

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.

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.


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:

https://inwwoodturners.com/inw-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.

Woodturner's Community Sessions

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. 

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.


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. 


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.

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. 

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.

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.


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, browse the merchandise, gift, and donation options, 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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