JUNE 21, 2005


The Tennessee Valley Woodworkers monthly meeting was called to order by president Loyd Ackerman on Tuesday June 21, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Duck River Building, Winchester, TN.

There were 65 people in attendance, including visitors.



Loyd stated that some months were still vacant for someone to bring refreshments to the regular meetings. He request that others sign up for this task.

Loyd announced that the Christmas party/Twenty Year Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for December 9th at the Tullahoma American Legion. The cost will be $15 each and the club will underwrite any difference in price. All members are encouraged to attend this milestone function. Additional information will follow, as the date approaches.

The drawing for the Delta bench top drill will be held at the August meeting. Tickets are currently on sale for $1 each.

The Tennessee Association of Woodturners will hold their Annual Symposium on August 13 and 14 in Nashville. Information can be found at www.tnwoodturners.org.

Bob Reese announced a follow-up session to Loyd’s segmented bowl workshop. It will be held on Saturday June 25th at Bob’s shop.

The carvers group will meet Thursday (June 23rd), hosted by Phil Bishop at 6:30.

Doyle McConnell announced that the first of the shop tours would be held July 9th. This tour will consist of four shops in the Manchester area. The shops of Doyle McConnell, Loyd Ackerman, John Mayberry and Chuck Taylor will be toured. The tour begins at the Cracker Barrel at 7:00am.



Segmented Vessel Workshop: Tom Cowan, on behalf of those attending, thanked Loyd for the outstanding workshop held at his shop on June 4th.


Fall Seminar: Matt Brothers reminded everyone of the fall Seminar on furniture making. The seminar is set for October 8th at the Forrest Mills church activity building, with Andy Ray as the presenter. The event is scheduled to start at 8:00am and finish around 4:00pm. The cost will be $40 if you prepay by October 4. The cost at the door will be $45.



No new business was discussed at the meeting.



Newt Wright brought a segmented vase, made from oak and a small box with hand-cut dovetails.

Maurice Ryan showed clock mounts he had made from spalted maple “scrapes” he saved from the Turning Bee.

Ross Roepke displayed a modern table made from walnut with book-matched maple drawer fronts.

Bob Leonard showed a small box with inlays he had found at a yard sale.

Bob Lowrance displayed his very detailed “walking Moses” and Saint Francis carvings.

Chuck Taylor brought an assortment of small items including a pepper grinder and saltshaker set, slim-line pen and pencil set and a maple “pear”.

Karen Kerce brought a segmented bowl, made from spalted maple and walnut, that she had designed at Loyd’s workshop.

Doyle McConnell brought a finished maple vase and some samples of hardwood flooring that he had installed in his house.

Bob Reese displayed a segmented bowl of maple and walnut with a “spider web” bottom.

John Mayberry brought a maple and cherry segmented vase. The vase is still a work in progress.

Jim Van Cleave brought a small 18-note music box that he made about 20 years ago. He also showed a larger 30-note music box that he recently made.

Dick Wollam brought three driftwood carvings. They included a falcon mounted on driftwood and a walking stick with a carved frog on the handle.

Loyd Ackerman brought a finished segmented bowl that he had used as a sample in his segmented vessel workshop demonstrations.

Henry Davis presented a slide show of the club “equipment box”, during the construction phases.



Burl and Sherry Robinson, who are members of the Stones River club in Murfreesboro, presented the program. Their program consisted of a scroll saw demonstration, discussion and display of the items they had made using the scroll saw. The tool they were using was a tilted Dewalt saw with a 20” throat and a 2” stroke. They discussed the advantages of a foot pedal and a light/magnifying glass for scroll saw work.

Burl suggested always wearing a dust mask and use a fan, due to the “dust” created during sawing. He suggested anyone interested in learning scroll saw work should purchase the book, “Scroll Saw Workbook”.

Sherry demonstrated the 3-D sawing technique, accomplished by tilting the table to create a “relief” or “raised” project.

They also discussed and demonstrated many tricks and techniques they had learned.


Refreshments were provided by Matt Brothers and David Jacobs.


Minutes by Chuck Taylor, Secretary