Announcing the INW COMMUNITY Third Saturday Zoom Sessions !

We are scheduling INW Community Zoom Sessions till we can meet in person again:  Third Saturday's at 10 AM to about Noon.  "Bring" your projects, completed or in progress, have discussions, get opinions and advice.  Whatever you need as relates to woodturning !  A Zoom address will be sent to INW members in advance of the session. Some moderators will be on line to help with their experience and expertise.  Except for July 18th session with Alan and Lauren (see below) we intend to do these sessions monthly on the Third Saturday.  

Announcing the Forum Section of our WebSite !

INW Website now has a "FORUM" section.  See the top heading bar and feel free to click on "Forum" and see what members have to post.  Topics can be added as needed and if you post a comment or topic that is more appropriate in an existing category or topic location, your post may be moved to that location in the forum.  


EMAILS:  You should be receiving emails from us regularly. IF YOU ARE NOT getting emails, there are about 5 paid up members that we do not have working email addresses for.  IF YOU ARE ONE OF THEM, please send an email to and we will update your email address.  This is important as we are holding Zoom meetings for members only and notifications will be send ONLY via email .

Zoom:  There is now a page for an Introduction to Zoom in the top menu bar of this web site.  If you are completely new to Zoom, you may find it helpful.


Third Saturday of every month:  We are scheduling INW Community Zoom Sessions till we can meet in person again:  10 AM to about Noon.  "Bring" your projects, completed or in progress, have discussions, get opinions and advice.  Whatever you need as relates to woodturning !  A Zoom address will be sent to INW members in advance of the session. Some moderators will be on line to help with their experience and expertise.  Except for July 18th session with Alan and Lauren (see immediately below) we intend to do these sessions monthly on the Third Saturday. 

July 18th is a third Saturday and we will be hosting another great Zoom demonstrator.  Actually two !  Alan Zenreich and his wife, Lauren will be presenting an unusual (for the average turner!) session on turning pendants and jewelry and their artistic embellishment.  Alan is a true master Zoomer and teaches remote demonstration hardware, software and AV technique via Lucid Woodturners, a techy woodturners group.  This will be another not to miss session.  Time for the session has not yet been finalized so stay tuned to announcements here and, for members, in your emails.  The Board has not met to decide on a possible fee for attending the session for our members, but if elected for, it will be minimal (like $10).  Again, this is not determined but we want to mention that the session might have a small charge to to help offset the demonstration fee.  


June 4th, Trent Bosch, nationally renowned turner and tool maker,  presented bowl turning and bowl  embellishment techniques.  Trent is a great demonstrator and there were 48-50 attendees of the session via Zoom.   INW payed in full for Trent's demo as a benefit to our members.  Definitely value added for our members !  A video link to the demo session IS NOW available to our members, even if they did not attend the event via Zoom.  It is posted in the Members Resources page.  Enjoy !
WoodCraft had a "soft opening" on May 15th.   INW has not had any discussions with the new management regarding INW involvements in the store.  We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.  In all events this is good news for our woodturning and woodworking community.
5/8/20: INW had a GREAT Zoom meeting 5/7/20.  Damon's demo of buffing technique was great and included the use of the Beale Buffing System including how to prep new pads, when and how to use each of the compounds, how to present the works surface to the buffing pad, safety considerations as well as how to clean the pads.  We had a total of 43 members on line for the demo and it went really well as a first adventure with a live interactive demo.  Thanks to Damon for being the guinea pig !  Members can check out Damon's hand out NOW on buffing in the Members Resources Page.

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.


Turning of the Month:

If you have a picture of one of your pieces that you would like to submit for consideration as Turning of the Month, please send it to us.  We will try to change these out at least monthly.    Email:

MultiAxis turning by Damon: Lots of neat embellishment !


Black Locust Hollow Form by Jon Gay.  First submission from Jon and a good one !



Wood Cutting Future Wood: Silver Maple

One of our members had been moving way too many turning blanks and decided to thin out his collection a bit. Originally primarily harvested on the West Side, prepared and air dried for a long, long time, most of these blanks are solid and very highly figured.  We will be introducing them at our wood raffles when we resume in person meetings.  Thanks to Pete for picking them up for us !  And the owner for making them available.


We also scored some big trunk rounds of very nice silver maple at the very end of April.  The rounds are Anchorsealed and will be kept moist and tarped till we can get to them in another cutting.  Be patient, we will get there !

Wood Cutting Event Early March

We had a great day of cutting and  gathering several species of wood in early March.  Species were Black Walnut, English Walnut, Sycamore and Cherry.  The Sycamore and the English Walnut were a great surprise of beautiful wood.  A good time was had by all and no one got hurt !  We are so glad to have been able to distribute some wood before the CoVid19 lock down and for members to have wood in their own shops for use during these trying times.




Regular Club Meetings

Regular club meetings:  SEE NOTICES AT TOP OF PAGE.

Please refer to the top of this page for ongoing and up to the minute announcements about our meetings and events.


Gene Turner, our monthly wood raffle manager.  Gene goes out for the wood and prepares it for the raffle table.  This is a bigger job than most realize!  Thanks  Gene !

Shelly Hayes:  our club photographer !  All the shots of members pieces and events are by Shelly.  Thanks Shelly !

Third Saturday Community Workshop

Third Saturday of Each Month:  Work shops and special events and demonstrations
An INW members only event and a great reason to become a member!  

These sessions are currently in suspension and we will let you know when we resume.  Third Saturday sessions may include other formats and demonstrations, including slabbing chain saw mills, and the like.  Stay tuned !

A Great Saturday at Riverview Session !

Damon doing a very thin turning with a back light, in preparation for piercing.

Members can pull down the submenu under Member Resources and see the review of deep hollowing techniques and tools.  "There are many ways to do this"  CJB.     "But there is only one best way" RG.  Take a look and decide for yourself !

Group Purchases and Store News:

Guide to Gouges:  see on Member Resource Page.

Member's Resource News:

New PDF handout on buffing with the Beale systems by Damon is now posted on the Members Resources Page.

Two new articles on tuning up your lathe to help it run true, and getting rid of vibrations are now on the member resources page.  Since many of us never attend to necessary lathe maintenance, these are worth the read !  Then do some work to get your lathe in peak form.

A great video on how to turn a solid sphere easily and without a jig:   Courtesy of Craig Timmerman.  His web site is

A new YouTube with Glenn Lucas demonstration how to remount a rough turned and aged to dry bowl blank:

Using PEG to stabilize wet turnings and prevent cracking on drying.  See it on the Members Resources page !

Guide to Gouges and a new video on getting the 40/40 grind are now on the Member Resources page.

Notes on Reverse Chucking to finish backs or bottoms of projects is now available to download on the Member Resources page.

Deep Hollowing:  Other than spindle work and bowls, deep hollowing is a main area of turning.  Considered an "advanced" practice by some, there are techniques to make this practice available to almost all turners.  Here is a review of various deep hollowing techniques, devices, fixtures, and safety. 

OK, you mini-lathe folks:  You want to see crazy ?  Well this is crazy !  Worth a look see!

An article on VACUUM CHUCK SET UP is available on the Member's Resources page.

Candle Stick Drill Bit:  Modification of an inexpensive spade bit:  see Member Resource Page

Need something?  Go to the Links page as it may have a great source for you listed, with many suppliers that our members have experience with.  If you have a recommendation to list, please let us know.

Become a Member :  Click here!

Tree Falls:

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.  Some notes regarding harvesting wood:  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 if you desire but at your own risk and liability.  These rules are considered reasonable and in accord with the club's insurance coverage requirements.  

Speaking of hauling wood:?

INW is the proud owner of a very handy log hauling trolly.  See the link that follows for a picture.  We will be using it on "club wood gatherings" but can make it available on loan to INW members for their own use when needed.  Contact Carl regarding availability.  Use for wood/logs only please (i.e. not refrigerators...).  Picture of Log Hauling Trolly 


General Resources and Links:

Please see our Links Page for sources of tools, supplies, and other ideas vital to woodturners.  Constantly being updated based on member recommendations !

Downloads as PDF's to you downloads file location:

New article/manual of TRUE oval turning.  Fascinating!  

GREAT ARTICLE on SPALTING from the AAW: AW2506p54-60


OUR VIDEO LIBRARY and book library is available for check out at our monthly meetings. Each video or book has a sign out card.  We will make them available for self help, sign out and sign back in when done.  The library materials are great to borrow and watch !

Testing Wood Glues:  a youtube video.    This one is worth the trouble of skipping the commercials.  Please hit skip the commercials as soon as possible.  I am not responsible if you watch the commercials !  Carl .   What is really amazing is how relatively well Elmers original wood glue does !  Not the best anymore, but still pretty amazing.


February turnings from the Club Meeting

Some of the work from the January, 2020 meeting:

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2020 Dues Renewal and NEW members: INW annual dues are due at the beginning of January.  $35.00 (single or family). Renewal at any time during the year remains $35.00.  NEW memberships are prorated by the amount of the year remaining with a minimum in June through December of $25.00.   Pay on line on the Dues and Store page, or at meetings. 

DONATE TO INW!  There is also a STORE  "item" for donations, in which you can donate in multiples of $10.00 amounts. All donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt can be provided if requested. 

Dues and donations are a way we can continue to provide and increase YOUR clubs services and quality ! 


Board Meeting:?

 Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 AM at Frankie Doodles just East of Division on 3rd Ave. 
Everyone is welcome to attend.  

Dues for 2020 remain $35.00.

All new and renewing members can pay their membership now for all of 2020.  Please pay on line (see the Dues and Store page), by check, or in cash at a meeting.


 The Lend A Lathe Program is designed primarily for new turners getting a start on their woodturning experience. Currently a Rikon Midi  and a Jet Midi are in the program, with initial 3 month loan periods.  For applications and supporting materials contact LALP Director,  Damon at     

Want to help the Inland Northwest Woodturners in our mission to educate and encourage woodturning?

PLEASE see the WEB STORE PAGE to make donations in multiples of $10 by on line credit card. 

Cash or checks for donations to Treasurer Carl.



WANT TO JOIN INW? :  EASY !!!  Go to the Store and Dues Page, scroll down to New Membership and securely pay on  line.  You will receive an email with details on member sign on information within several days.

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