APRIL 19, 2005


The Tennessee Valley Woodworkers monthly meeting was called to order by president Loyd Ackerman on Tuesday April 19, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Duck River Building, Winchester, TN.

There were 70 people in attendance, including visitors and new members.



Loyd reminded everyone that club dues can be paid by seeing Henry.

Everyone was reminded that the club picnic would be May 21st at Falls Mill, beginning at 5:00. Karen Kerce is the chairperson for the event. The drawing for the Jet lathe and Delta dust collector will be at the picnic. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. The purpose of the raffle is raise money for the purchase of audiovisual equipment to enhance presentations to the club members. A set of router bits from Woodline will also be auctioned at the picnic. Richard Gulley and John Green will handle the auctioneering for the club.

Loyd announced that the Christmas party/20 Year Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for December 9th at the Tullahoma American Legion. More information will follow.

New members welcomed to the club included, Louis & Sharon Bryant, James & Marie Hensley and Joel Muehlhauser.

The Carvers group will meet Thursday (April 21st), hosted Steve Shores at 6:30.

Flyers were available advertising the Middle Tennessee Workworking Show, sponsored by Woodline. The show will be at the Tennessee Expo Center on June 15,16, and 17. Admission will be $4 and children accompanied by a parent will be admitted free.



Franklin County Library: The Franklin County Library cabinets are complete.  This was a club project headed by Tom McGill. Tom gave a report concerning the cabinet design and manufacturing to meet library requirements. He also thanked all the members that helped in making this project a success.


Dogwood Days Festival: Ken Gould, chairperson for this event, thanked club members for their help and support. The activity was a success and Ken heard lots of positive comments.


Spring Turning Bee: The Turning Bee will be held at Tom Cowan’s shop on May 14th, beginning at 8:00 for coffee and doughnuts. Turning will begin at 8:30 and will include the green wood preparation and rough turning of bowls and spindle turning. Bring a sack lunch or you may buy lunch at the “community store”. Tom needs volunteers to help with the setup on the 13th.



Fall Seminar: Matt Brothers and David Jacobs have agreed to co-chair this event. The seminar is set for October 8th at the Forrest Mills church, with Andy Ray as the presenter. The topic will be furniture construction and promises to be another outstanding seminar. Larry Bowers will handle the publicity. Additional information will follow, as the time approaches. A signup sheet was passed to identify those interested in attending the seminar.



Maurice Ryan brought two jewelry boxes he made from poplar. The top insert was light colored poplar.

Bob Lowrance displayed two gold finch carvings with painted finishes.

Bob Reese brought and discussed an early 1900 “tater-bug” backed mandolin that he had restored. He also displayed a segmented bowl (132 pieces) made from walnut, maple and rosewood.

Ken Gould brought a cherry handled roughing gouge (two inch) he forged from a truck leaf spring.

Bill Knight showed two bowls, including lids. He also had lots of toys he made. They included airplanes, cars, bulldozer, tank, helicopter, tractor/wagon and an old-time truck.

Ross Roepke displayed a natural board clock. He also discussed some tools he routinely uses. They included a strap wrench he uses for gluing up boxes (Harbor Freight $4.99), a glue dispenser, mortising jig and a 35-piece router bit set (Heartland $40). 

Henry Davis showed a table he made with plans from the Woodsmith magazine. The table had red oak legs (ebonized with India ink). The top and inserts were maple. He discussed the unusual joinery used to make the table.

Doyle McConnell brought a segmented walnut pedestal. He discussed the special cutter used for joining the segments. He also brought a goblet and vase he had made for gifts. He gave away some book match veneer.

Tom Gillard displayed a reproduction of a mantle clock he made for a customer and a keepsake box made from magnolia with mahogany handles and corner feet.

Steve Savelle brought some “home-made” tools. The included a bevel gage (maple blade), chamfer plane (maple, walnut, blade made from file), carving mallet (Osage orange) and a marking knife (walnut handle).

Dick Wollam brought a carving with pine inlays and the drawing he used to produce the carving. The finish was clear enamel.

Loyd Ackerman discussed the segmented vessel that he had constructed using blood wood, lyptus, red heart and maple.

Bob Lowrance displayed his “three bear” family carvings.



The program was a detailed “how to” step-by-step manufacturing plan to produce segmented bowls. The presenter was Loyd Ackerman. Loyd used video equipment to enhance the presentation. He explained, in detail, each step required to make the bowl assembly. The video helped to clarify the details used in making the bowl and was used to show the pictures of each step during the development of the final product.

He explained the calculations required to produce the segments used to make each ring. Using the video equipment, Loyd showed a movie clip of the complete makeup of a ring segment.

Loyd also passed around a signup sheet for those interested in participating in a workshop concerning segmented bowls.


Refreshments were provided by LaDoris Ackerman & Marie Hensley.

Minutes by Chuck Taylor, Secretary