The Tennessee Valley Woodworkers monthly meeting was called to order by president Ken Gould on Tuesday September 20, 2004 at 7:00 pm at the Duck River Building, Winchester, TN.

There were 64 people in attendance, including visitors.



The Lieper’s Fork Wood Carving Club has a Carving Exhibit scheduled for October 9 & 10th.


The Coffee County Fair is going on this week. Our club will again set up in Morton Village. Club members will man the Morton Village booth on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 2pm. Friday and Saturday sessions will begin at 10am and will include  the “Turning Bee”. Russ Willis and the guys will be picking from 4 until 6, during the Friday session. The carvers will also be presenting demonstrations at the booth, during some of the sessions.

Please bring items to display in our booth. Come and join the club and have a relaxed time at the Fair.

The club contact for this event is Doyle McConnell.



Franklin County Library Request: No information was reported at this meeting.


Manchester Art Center Exhibition:  Loyd Ackerman is the club contact for the exhibit to be held during the Pinocchio play.


Carving Seminar:  The carving seminar will be held at Phil Bishop’s shop on October 23, starting at 8 AM.  Arrangements have not been made for lunch at this time.


Dogwood Days Festival:   The Festival is scheduled for April 15,16 & 17, 3005. Ken Gould announced that the club will not be charged, if we do demonstrations during Festival.



No new business was conducted at this meeting.



David Jacobs brought a Hall Tree (bench) made from beautiful cedar. The finish was polyurethane.

Loyd Ackerman displayed a walnut table with fluted legs. He discussed the special precautions he used for the wood movement. The finish was Deft oil, lacquer and auto polish.

Doyle McConnell brought a 26-inch diameter box elder bowl. He used epoxy to fill the voids and finished with lacquer.

Henry Davis displayed a beautiful Bombe design jewelry box made of walnut. The top panel was made from a walnut burl. The finish was satin varnish.

Ross Roepke brought two small boxes constructed using special decorative joints.

Maurice Ryan brought a large ship model that he had restored. He restored the ship for a family member, who had the ship for a very long time and much damage had occurred over time.

Bob Leonard showed a cutting board made from maple and cherry. The board was finished with mineral oil.

Jim Van Cleave had a relief carving of a Calla Lilly. The carving was in black walnut. Jim also discussed his storage box for wood chisels. 

Ken Gould brought a “captive ring” tool he had made from a planer blade. He also had a hand-forged roughing gouge, made from an auto leaf spring.



Tom Cowan presented the program on design. Tom presented a thought provoking presentation concerning the various aspects of design he uses in his furniture building. He suggested that function and esthetics be considered during the design process. Tom explained the practical aspects of designing that could be applied in most wood projects. He used a current project to demonstrate how he uses design activities to develop the “final” product. The presentation was a very practical and useful discussion concerning how we can improve our wood working projects.



Refreshments were provided by Harvey Carter & Addison Kemp.