JUNE 20, 2006


The Tennessee Valley Woodworkers monthly meeting was called to order by president, Loyd Ackerman, Tuesday June 20, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the Duck River Building, Winchester, TN.  There were 61 people in attendance, including visitors. 


Loyd introduced and welcomed visitors and new members.



The Spring Seminar was a great success due to participation of presenters and members.  Loyd expressed his personal gratitude to everyone.

The presenters were:

Turners - Tom Cowan and Doyle McConnell

Carvers - Bob Lowrance, Phil Bishop, and Steve Shores

Set-up and Support Group:

Andy Weaver & Dean Lutz (chairmen), Tom Cowan, Henry Davis, Loyd Ackerman,

Bob Lowrance, Mary Cowan (lunch), Larry Bowers (publicity)

Thanks to the 44 participants who attended.

Special Thanks to Tom Cowan for hosting the event. A gift of a slow speed grinder was made to Tom Cowan for hosting the event.


The Splinter Carvers group will be hosted by Jim Wright, June 22nd at 6:30.


A memorial gift to the American Heart Association, in the amount of $35.00, has been given by the club, in memory of Loyd Murphy who passed from this life May 22, 2006.


A special thanks to Woodline for the donation of the router, which was used as a fundraiser. The raffle of the router raised $227 for the club.  The auction brought in an additional $817.00.


Loyd discussed the survey sent to the membership and the intended purpose of the information gathering process. Opinion Surveys mailed due back July 21st. We anticipate compiling the data to help plan our future club activities.  It is hoped that a report will be ready by the August Splinters publication.


A teaser video of coming attractions for the July meeting was shown. This was followed by a film clip on Table Saw Safety  by Kelly Memler.


Old Business:

Shop Tours: The next shop tour has been scheduled for July 29th.  Coordinator, Doyle McConnell, will have additional information at our next meeting.

Coffee County Fair: Coffee County Fair will be September 18th through 23rd. TVW demonstrations will be conducted during that time. The Chairman, Doyle McConnell, will furnish additional details at a later meeting.

Fall Seminar: The date is set for November 4th with Andy Rae. The chairman, Matt Brothers, is coordinating the seminar activities.

Christmas Party: The Christmas party is scheduled for December 8.



No new business was presented.


Show & Tell:

Doyle McConnell displayed a natural edge bowl made from spalted hackberry and finished with gloss lacquer and wax.


Maurice Ryan brought 2 spalted hackberry bowls, emphasizing how very different the wood can be within the same tree.  The tree had been cut from property in Tullahoma where General Bragg had located his headquarters during the Civil War.  The bowls had been hand rubbed with 0000 steel wool and waxed.


Bob Leonard brought the smallest item of the evening.  His carving of a cowboy boot was very detailed and finished with shoe polish. Bob’s carving was done at the Spring Seminar.


Andy Weaver brought a miniature carving which he had started at the seminar.  His dog had been completed and was adorned with a red necktie.


Jim Van Cleve brought his cherry silver chest, which is in the process.  It is being constructed in the Queen Anne style.  Yet to come will be the 3 segmented drawers to be fitted with tarnish proof clothe lining and the top tray and lid.


Bob Reese showed his adjustable lamp, constructed from walnut and finished with Danish oil.  This is a reproduction of a lamp that he and Rita had seen in a store in Nashville.  It will be a wedding gift for a grandchild.


Henry Davis, speaking on behalf of Tom Gillard, notified the club that there was walnut for the taking located at Tom’s shop.


Matt Brothers showed pictures of a breakfront/china cabinet he has completed with beveled glass doors, side panel inserts and glass shelves.  This is part of a dining room suit that he is in the process of making from walnut.  He is finishing the furniture with Danish oil and 6 coats of lacquer.


Karen Kerce brought an old wooden “what is it?” item, in hopes that someone in the club could identify the piece and tell her the name of the item.



Tom Cowan introduced Wayne Sutter of Woodline who presented a very informative program on Bandsaws. 


Wayne is very knowledgeable as to the difficulties that occur in usage of the band saw.  He discussed many “after market” items, made by the Carter Company, that can improve/enhance the performance of the bandsaw.


He also shared the wooden clock that he has made and talked briefly about the patterns that he is producing for making this clock.


Refreshments were furnished by:  Wayne Beam and John Hawk.

Coffee by Jim Steadman



Minutes by Martha Taylor (for Bob Lowrance, Secretary)