Welcome to the Home Page of the INW Woodturners Club!

Announcements:  This page will usually begin with the most recent at the top. Problems or ideas can be submitted on the "Contact Us" page.

HELP WANTED:   We are in need of two volunteers immediately:

  1.  AV person to handle cameras and mics at meetings.  Would be best to have some experience, but can be trained from scratch if needed.  Needs to be available at main monthly club meetings at Ferris High School.
  2.  Webmaster:  For now updates are being handled, with new announcements, etc.  We do need someone that has website experience to manage the broader issues of design and maintenance of our website.  We are on WordPress, and experience would be useful, either with WordPress or general website design.
  3. Inquiries can be submitted via "Contact Us" page or by talking with one of the Board.

Store News

Register and Pay your $10 fee for the November 4th INW meeting featuring Cindy Drozda !  Don't miss this one with Cindy via Zoom. Advanced registration REQUIRED.  Store link: Cindy Drozda

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.  

AAW FREE 3 Month Affiliate Membership Offer !

The free Affiliate membership offers access to the complete collection of AAW online resources, including the American Woodturner journal, for a full three-months.

 Free: Affiliate Membership

Membership features:

  • Online access to American Woodturner and Woodturning FUNdamentals, both current and archived, as well as other online publications.
  • Online access to learning portals including Woodturning Fundamentals and Demonstrator Direct (develop a demonstration).
  • Online access AAW produced videos and video series.
  • Find online projects, articles, and tips using AAW Explore! and a few keywords.
  • Locate a wide selection of curated online woodturning videos that have been pre-screened for quality content and safety using Video Source and a few keywords.
  • Members-only or discounted access to AAW hosted online and live events, including AAW symposia.
  • AAW email newsletters: AAW Tool Box (weekly), Keep Turning with AAW (bimonthly).
  • Member galleries for inspiration and ideas: Maker Photo Gallery, AAW Forum Gallery, and more.
  • Directories: Members, Chapters, Demonstrators, Schools, Educators, and more.
  • Discounts in AAW online store.


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.   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.)


Woodturner's Mentoring Workshops: Two new Saturday Opportunities for Members

Second Saturday of every month from 10:30 AM to noon-ish.  Zoom only: will open about 10AM while the presenter warms up and friends can chat.  Damon has  set up  for demonstrations and discussions once a month, via Zoom.  Damon's next session will be October 9.  Members will receive a link for the Zoom session during the week in advance of the second Saturday.  Please keep the link available when you receive it.  Helpers will not be available to answer emails or take phone calls once these sessions are underway.

Third Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to "lunchtime".  INW members hands on workshops on the third Saturday of each month.  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.  These sessions are for in person mentoring and will not be live streamed on Zoom.  THERE WILL NOT BE A SESSION on September 18th.  AND WE HOPE TO START THIS ON THE THIRD SATURDAY IN OCTOBER.  Please await email notification to confirm.


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

Remainder 2021 into 2022:  We are planning to be in-person as well as ZOOM (hybrid meeting), with all in-person at Ferris High School.  MASKS REQUIRED. No exceptions.  If you don't want to wear a mask, feel free to join us on Zoom.   The Board has also decided that we will not provide or allow bring in food or beverage for the in person sessions, as it promotes the removal of masks.  Again, we have an elderly and at risk population, and feel we need to be proactive in our approach to CoVid19.

Oct 7:  Ron Gooley, our own master of sharpening, will be doing a demonstration on sharpening.  Ron will emphasize needed sharpening techniques, especially for HSS scrapers, negative rake scrapers,  parting tools and lastly, for some gouges.  There will be discussion of grinder and wheel choices,  as well as grinds and angles.  This is meant as an introduction to sharpening and will likely be followed by a hands on "clinic" on a third Saturday at Ferris.

November 4: Cindy Drozda!!. This will be a $10 fee for all members.  Well worth it to see this master turner and artist !  See more on her  website.   This is one not to miss.  We will select a useful topic from among Cindy's myriad skills and update this listing further.  Cindy is one of the current generation of masters of turning and art.  Again, this is not one to miss!  Register/Pay ($10) at:  Cindy Drozda Demo!

December 2: Holiday party! We are hoping for an in person party with a program and show 'n' tell.  

Volunteer to 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 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.

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

ZOOM meetings have been a valuable personal connection and technical learning asset throughout the past year + of CoVid19. 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.  We will always remain ever so grateful to Rosemary and Nick for their kind allowance of our club in WoodCraft Spokane.  Now however, times continue to change.  WoodCraft is now under corporate ownership (not a local franchise) and we have been offered an excellent alternative based on our involvement at Ferris High School .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 our monthly meetings and our Saturday workshops. 

We are currently planning in-person sessions on the First Thursday at 6:30PM at Ferris, unless county codes for CoVid change and District 81 needs to go into a more conservative mode again.  Masks are required without exception.  We hope to live stream the meetings on Zoom for those that cannot attend in person.

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.  A few decades ago, this club started out in the old, small woodshop at Ferris.  It is remarkable that we will be back in a new and extremely large shop there now!

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

Lathe- and tool-maker Record Power is offering a series of FREE live educational programs.   Register once at www.recordpowertv.com to receive your automatic notifications and Links for each live session.  Theo Haralampou is the usual demonstrator, from Australia, and he usually includes:  Timber selection, grain orientation, Tools and techniques, Shape and form, 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 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.


Some of our members have been working hard gathering lots of logs for cutting and distribution.    Stay tuned for the next distribution day! 

We are likely to have a wood distribution day in the early Fall, pending enough wood and species to cut and distribute.  This summers heat

has made this a real problem for us.   (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 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! 

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.

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.



Members should be receiving emails from us regularly. IF YOU ARE NOT  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 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. 


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.

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.


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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