• Vol 34 / Issue 11
  • November 2019
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

About the November Meeting

The month's meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 19th at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, room H111. Bill Thompson of Woodline will present the program.

A complete list of scheduled programs can be found on the website.


Fall is slipping away fast, but we have one more shop tour scheduled for November 16th. That’s before the regular monthly meeting, so mark it on your social calendar. There’s more info below. I sure hope I can make it. The Pelham/Hillsboro area is a beautiful part of the world.

Looking Back

Coming Events

Annual Club Elections

Elections are not far off. A nominating committee has been appointed to seek out members willing to serve. The strength of our club is largely due to members who are willing to step up and take part in club activities. Update- all positions have nominees except secretary. Please consider supporting our club by making yourself available.

Welcome to Our New Members

Our newest member is Anthony Watts from Beechgrove, TN. Anthony joined at the October meeting.

Tips and Tricks

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

Carl Blumenthal told about using toothpicks to allow using stripped hole for screw.


October Show and Tell


Pictures can also be seen in the Gallery and possibly more (close-ups and other views).

Vince Zaccardi

Vince Zaccardi showed before and after pictures of a bench he redid for church. He also had a picture of a large carving on display on the highway in Bay St. Louis.

Jack Tate

Jack Tate brought a beautiful Japanese box bowl made of pine with cherry base. Finish brush on lacquer.

Loyd Ackerman

Loyd Ackerman displayed a walnut bowl that he used CNC to put design on. Finish lacquer.

 Vince Zaccardi

Vince Zaccardi showed a display plate made of spalted beech and finished with pre cat lacquer. He also had a unique pepper mill.

Jim Jolliffe

Jim Jolliffe had a carving of a Choctaw warrior made of butternut. Finish teak oil, acrylic paint, and 3 coats of spray lacquer.

Chuck Taylor

Chuck Taylor had a small tic tac toe board made for kid's class. He had to make 30 sets for class. Finish satin lacquer.


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Dave VanBruster and Tina Stevens with Franklin County Library talked about “Little Free Library” program to provide books at different locations in the county. Dave brought a sample of the boxes they need to make. Asking for help to make the boxes. If you can help, contact Tina Stevens 931-967-3708.

Member Activities

Loyd Ackerman and Richard Gulley helped pay the rent this past month. Loyd designed a wooden stair rail to cover the existing rails in the UTSI auditorium. We constructed and attached the rails in Richard’s shop and Jack Kincella did a great job on the finish. The Space Institute has been very generous hosting our monthly meetings. So, in appreciation, we help them with woodworking projects they may have.

Also, two mission style side tables are in the works and will be constructed by Vince Zaccardi and Richard. Jack has volunteered to finish the tables too.

Links of Interest

I ran across this site about a week ago. Odds are viewing its contents won’t change your life (unless your life REALLY needs changing.) But there’s some interesting stuff there. I came across the following quote there –

 The wealth of a craftsman is determined by the number of clamps they own.


Carver's Corner

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday's of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The shop is located at 201 Jolliffe Acres Ln, Tullahoma. Tools and wood are available at the meetings, just bring yourself and try your hand at carving!

Sweeping Up

For all you woodworkers that fly south for the winter, maybe you need to invest in one of the new RV workshops. Don’t leave home without it!

Traveling Workshop

Ray Cole

Many of you may have already heard of the passing of Ray Cole. I considered him a valued friend. He always had a positive outlook on life. I don’t think he saw obstacles or problems – only opportunities and solutions. I can still see him with his ruler suspenders and a pencil tucked behind his right ear. Until we meet again my friend.

That's all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS!

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