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June 2012 Newsletter

By Jerry Wagner

Jerry gave us a little of his background.  He was born in Burbank Ca.  He worked in the cabinet industry as a young man.  He attended Cal. State Northridge (CSUN) where he earned his degree in art.  When he retired he moved to Idaho.

Jerry is well known for his hollowed forms that have handles.  He shared some of his secrets about how he makes them.

Jerry gets some of his ideas from pottery books.  When he finds a piece that he would like to make out of wood, he will make a full size drawing of the piece.  He will put in the coves, beads and the base.  He will determine the height and width of the piece in his drawings.  Any changes will be made to his drawings before he starts to make the piece.

The above photos show the drawing and the finished piece.  

The real work is how Jerry gets his handles on the piece.  I looked at Jerry’s work before this demonstration and I could see that his work was turned on the lathe.  Notice how round the above trophy is.  So, I concluded that Jerry was carving his handles as separate pieces and then attaching them.
Way to much work for me.

But, Jerry gave up a secret.

When Jerry designed his piece, he determined the finished diameter of the whole piece and the shape of the handles.  He will then make temples for the shape of the handles.  Jerry then knew what thickness of wood he needed for the handles and the body of the piece.

To explain Jerry’s method let’s say that the trophy is going to have a finished height of 12”.  The body of it is going to be 6” round at the largest diameter.  The handles will be ½” round and protrude 2”s out from the body of the piece.  Jerry will glue up a blank with a sacrificial section (red) in the middle.

Blue-2 ¾” thick X 6” W X 12” H

Red-1/2” thick X 6” W X 12” H

Jerry would add extra height and width as needed for turning round and mounting his project.  

When Jerry made his glue up he would put a piece of paper between the joints of the sacrificial section the finished sections.  This would allow the sections to be separated later.  The outside of the project is turned to match the drawing and then hollowed out.

The next step is to separate the sections and remove the sacrificial section.  Jerry will then glue in a new section of wood in the center that is large enough to include the shape of the handles.  The new section must be the same thickness as the sacrificial section.  The handles are then drawn onto the new section.  Now Jerry will use carving knifes, coping saws, files and other hand tools to carve the handles to the desired shape.

This picture shows the new section that has been glued in.

Some of Jerry’s work

This reddish pitcher is called a Ewer.

Jerry, your work is first class and you gave a wonderful demonstration.  I know I learned a lot, as did everyone else.

Thank you very much for demonstrating your methods.  You are, indeed a very talented wood turner.



Beginners were to turn a screwdriver handle.  No entries; Boo!  Come-on people, let’s get turning.  


Closed form with a maximum of a 2” opening.  Two people entered the challenge.

This is my entry.  It is Aspen that I found in a friends firewood pile.  It is 5”s high and 4 ½”s round.  I was awarded first place, only because I finished the bottom and the interior.


Keith Johnson entered this closed form with a fabulous finish on it.

This was a hard choice for the judges; I think I got lucky to win.

Turning of the month

 Susan McCoy won last month’s drawing.  She made two boxes with threaded lids, for this month’s drawing.  This month’s winner, Dennis Burks got to pick which box he wanted.  Great work on both box’s Susan.

I am looking forward to see what Dennis turns for July.

The first box has perfect grain alignment.  Dennis selected this box.

This box is a box within a box, within box.  

Show and tell

I want to thank everyone for their participation in the show and tell.  I want to give everyone credit for the work you are showing to the club.  I have missed who turned some of the items shown here.  Next month, I am going to have everyone fill out a small form so I can give the right person credit for their work.

The above turnings were brought in by John Pickrell.

Very nice bowl.  Thank you for sharing.  

This segmented lidded cup is made out of Hickory and Padauk.  Don Thompson is the talented turner.


The two bowls above show nice saves.  A hollow form that got to thin (been there-done that).  The remaining bottom sections were turned into a nice bowl.  Thanks for sharing your learning curve with us.

The picture above is a Banksia Pod with turquoise inlay.  Excellent work, on a time consuming project.

A very nice barrel, that is a lidded boxl;  Excellent work Michea!

A natural edge lidded bowl made by Lynn Tozer.  While Lynn was turning the bowl, she started to lose the natural edge.  Lynn made an artistic decision, and left the bowl a little thick, to retain the natural edge.  Good decision Lynn.  This is an excellent bowl, thank you for sharing.

This bowl has very nice form, with a bead in the center.  You can also see what the turner was able to do with color.  Excellent job Micheal, and  thank you for sharing.

My apologies to the turners, who didn’t get credit for their work.  Next month I will try and correct that.

Some of the photos this month look like I have one leg longer than the other one, because I got the photos tilted.  Some of you may have noticed that I was using a small photo booth for the first time.  I will do my best to correct that for next month.  My goal is to have the best possible newsletter for our club.

Thanks, Ellis   

Just for fun

A few friends and I went to the forest last weekend to get some trees for turning greenwood.  

As you can see, we lost all of our wood, and a tent.  But we had a great time.

Would anyone like to go with us on the next trip?

Just kidding, a good friend sent me the pictures.  Hope you enjoy them

If you do harvest some trees, remember to be safe.

Club business

Treasure’s report, $2576.00 balance in our account.

Frank talked about a demonstrator coming to Idaho.  We also talked about club members doing demo’s for different levels of turners.  This would include beginners, intermediate and advanced turners.  If anyone has other ideas, please e-mail Frank.

Some of our members attended the Utah Woodturning Symposium.  Check out the pictures on our web site.

Lynn, Trudy and Frank have been organizing the library.  An inventory is posted on the web site, with a catalog number.  If you want to check something out, go to the web site and get the catalog number.  E-mail Trudy or Lynn the catalog number, and they will have it ready for the next meeting.  You can have the CD or book for the next month.  It is due back at the next meeting.  A $5.00 late fee will be charged if you are late returning the item.  The library has many turning magazines from the UK.  They are being organized by year.  You will be able to check out a full years’ worth of magazines at one time.

A bunch of wood was taken last month (May) that was going to be cut into pen blanks for “Pens for the Troops”.  Not many of the blanks were returned at the June meeting.  If you don’t have the time to cut up the wood, please return it so someone else can cut up the wood.

Thanks to Frank, we had a lot of great wood that was raffled off.  Frank also had wood that he was selling for $1.00 a pound.  That is a really good price.  Contact Frank if you were not at the meeting and would like some wood.

Next month’s demonstration will be done by Jerry Smith.  We all know Jerry’s work; you miss it-you lose.

Challenge for July


Next month turning is a baseball bat, any size.  This is a good spindle turning project.   I hope to see several turnings entered.


14” or larger plate or platter.  Mini lathe owners can make any size plate or platter that is safe to turn on your lathe.

I challenge every one of you to get enough entries to drive me nuts with photographing all of them.

Monte’s visit

Monte attended the Woodcraft sales conference in Columbus Ohio.  Monte and Steven Merrill had a sales booth that was ran by their kids, the “SawDust Bros”.  They had bird house kits, rolling pin mandrels and the grinder stand that Monte showed us last month.   Sales far exceeded expectations.

Whiteside is now manufacturing drill bits for pen makers.  Monte will stock them as they become available.  

You can visit SawDust Bros and Woodcraft, Boise on Facebook.  Be sure and friend them.

Everyone-let’s get turning

Next Meeting July 11th, 2012.

Club Offices for 2012

Frank Lench, Pres: phone 939-3089, fglench@cableone.net
Susan McCoy, VP/Prog Coord: phone 549-0157,
John Pickrell, Treas: phone 375-6196,
Ellis Miller, Newsletter: wade4430@hotmail.com