Welcome to the Home Page of the INW Woodturners Club!

Announcements on this page begin with the most recent at the top. If a headline intrigues you, there is probably a link for you to click to get further information. Troubles can be reported on the "Contact Us" page, and we also welcome helpful suggestions, cheerful comments, and imaginative ideas.

Next Regular Club Meeting: August 5

WHAT: Deep hollowing demonstration.

WHO: Our very own member Don S, who has turned deeper than most.

WHEN: Thursday, August 5. Regular club meeting starts at 6:30 PM with announcements, show-n-tell, discussions. The demo will start at 7 PM-ish.

WHERE: In your comfy lounge chair, with your tiny screen propped in front of you, beverages at hand. Yes, ZOOM, of course! But notice this: in-person meetings will begin in September! A hybrid format will continue for those who still benefit from the remote connection.

HOW: The ZOOM code will be sent by Email to all members.


Store News

Our order of Anchorseal and CA glue is in. If you have pre-ordered you will be contacted  regarding pick up arrangements.   Be patient, we will get this done soon.

Woodturner's Mentoring Workshop is a new Saturday Feature for Members

WHAT'S GOING ON?  It's summertime, and woodturners wander about looking for something to do to get them out of the heat. The Saturday community sessions we used to participate in at Riverview have been on hold for what seems like donkeys' years, and we've got QUESTIONS and IDEAS: what shall we do with them?

Drum roll, please. Enter member Damon, who has volunteered to set up his studio for demonstrations and conversations once a month until we are back in person and at a location. The next will be August 14. This is a cool idea in every way, so join us!

WHEN: One Saturday a month from 10:30 AM to noon-ish. Zoom will open about 10-ish while the presenter warms up and friends can chat

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


Upcoming 2021 Meetings: All on FIRST Thursdays at 6:30 PM PST

August 5: Don Scott on deep hollowing

Sept 2: Demonstration on basic bowl-turning

Oct 7: Tim Cox on photographing turned items

November 4: Cindy Drozda. See more about her on her website

December 2: Holiday party!

Volunteer to Help High School Students Learn to Turn!

This is a call to all INW members to consider volunteering to mentor Ferris High School students in woodturning during their morning woodshop periods.  We need volunteers to help one morning a week at Ferris, from 8 AM to 12 PM.  We assist the students turning on various size lathes and projects, while imparting safety techniques. The students are all eager to learn and make something they can take home.

Ferris has an awesome wood shop, with 5 wood lathes and 3 pen-turning lathes as well as a large complement of table saws, band saws, routers, dust-collection, miter saws, drill presses, jointers, CNC machines and more.  We can use all the tools, as needed.

The school is located on the corner of Regal and 37th on the South Hill of Spokane – with easy parking.  

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.

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

Homeless No More

No doubt about it, ZOOM meetings have been a valuable personal connection and technical learning asset throughout the past year of hunkering down. They have also helped us bridge what otherwise might have been a frustrating change in our monthly evening meeting and Saturday morning mentoring sessions when we lost the Woodcraft store as a gathering place. Changes in the store's ownership resulted in a long gap in its availability, and this is still the case. However...

As a thank-you for our contribution to the Ferris High School woodworking program (see paragraph elsewhere on this page), we have been offered use of their woodshop for BOTH our monthly meetings and our Saturday workshops.  We hope to go to in-person sessions starting in early September at Ferris, unless county codes for CoVid change and District 81 needs to go into a more conservative mode again.

Those who have been volunteering to mentor student woodturners at Ferris have earned the appreciation of the school's administration as well as from us, because their efforts have garnered this tremendous opportunity for our club. We are homeless no more; seeya this Fall!

Get a Grip on It !

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.

With Damon's approval, these pictures are from our June Third Saturday with Damon demonstration and discussion session.  Turn out was very good and the session was valuable to all!  Lots of core turning and equipment advice learned from experience.  Avoid making the mistakes that most of us do, and pick up the pearls of the trade in short order!  Members will receive a link before the next Third Saturday sessions.

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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.

Several INW members have watched various sessions and thoroughly enjoyed them. 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

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 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) Doug is there to mentor new turners every Tuesday 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 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.


Some of our members have been working hard gathering lots of logs for cutting and distribution.  We picked up a huge pair of elm trunks.  Stay tuned for the next distribution day! We will definitely have elm (Also maple, some cherry, maybe some locust).



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).  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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