was called to order at
by President, Tom Gillard.
New Members: (Welcome!)
No old business tonight!
is the date set aside for the Fall Workshop.The club is looking for a theme and chairman.Any Ideas??
up or run off exhibit forms, fill them out, and turn them in to Loyd or any
other steering committee member as soon as possible so we can make sure your
piece(s) is displayed to its full advantage.Check the web site for more details, and to see who is bringing what!
Committee…Remember the meeting at UTSI on July
29 at .
said the carvers would show their Indian totem pole.
says the tours will be starting a week from Saturday, and then will go to the
Saturday following the meeting after that.Check the web site for details of this first tour.He sent around a sign-up sheet for folks to
open their shops.It’s a great way to
get ideas, and just enjoy a Saturday morning!
reminded us about the Coffee County Fair the 3rd week in
September.It’s always a lot of fun!
is back in the hospital on dialysis, and having a very rough time.Please keep him in your prayers.A card was passed around for him.
will meet at Phil Bishop’s shop on August 2.They will be at Polly Crockett’s in September and at WebbSchool
the president of Stones River Woodworking club in Murfreesboro has shingles.
We were glad
to have Jim McCord back with us tonight.
McConnell had a hip replacement 2 weeks ago, and is doing therapy now.
told us that the Cumberland Furniture Guild will be showing their work at the
TN State Museum.Greg Pennington, who
did a workshop for us, has a Windsor chair on display there.
told us about a Grizzley 6 inch joiner and a mini lathe for sale.
Wright knows of 5 large hedge-apple (Bodoc) trees that anyone can have if they
will cut them down and haul them off.Jim Carden has Bodoc logs he will give to anyone that wants one.
VanCleave has 3 carving books he bought in a lot off E-bay, and will sell them
for less than he paid.
Show and Tell
Tom Gillard brought a model of a mantle he
made for a lady from a cedar tree that had grown in her front yard.
Ed White brought pictures of a
12 foot long, 440 pound wind tunnel blade made out of laminated Sitka
Spruce.It is displayed in a
building near the airport.He also
had turned a mallet out of dogwood.
Bob Reese brought an antique
sewing rocker that he had re-caned.He learned how to do it when Jay Hazel came and gave a demonstration.
Geoff Roehm told us how to use a
digital caliper to find the center of a board.Harbor Freight has a 6 inch digital
caliper for $17.00.
John Wendling (a new member)
brought the templates for a cute Hippo Hamper.He got the plans from a December 1978
Workbench, and has made 3 of them so far.
Loyd Ackerman showed us one of six boxes he
recently made for Christmas gifts. It had a maple burl inset on top.He reminded us that it takes as much
time to do a box as it does to make a table!He also brought a walnut bowl he had
been inspired to turn at the turning bee at Tom Cowan’s.
Dick Wollam had carved a
stylized cat from walnut.The wood
came from a walnut tree that fell at the Hermitage during the
tornado.It is reported that Andrew
Jackson’s wife had planted the tree.Even though the cat had a very thin, tall tail, Dick had carved it
from one piece of wood.
Bob Addington brought a
collection of bowls he had turned.They were of butternut, walnut, and maple.He told us how the butternut really turned
shaggy when it was wet, but after drying, turned like “butter!”
Phil Harris (a guest) brought a
collection of woodworks made from cherry by various craftsmen.Several were of Shaker influence, and
all were good examples of high quality work.
Maurice Ryan brought in a table
he had made for his son that was the 4th in a series.It had tiles inlaid on the top, and was
of red oak.He used hints from Tom
Cowan and Ross Roepke (Finish the pieces before assembling them.)He ran into problem when the water in
the grout ruined the finish on the wood surrounding it.He had to scrape it down and refinish
Chuck Taylor brought a cradle he made from
cherry for his great neice.It
swang on a steel dowel seated in brass bushings.She is due any time now!
Scott Short brought in 2 bowls
he had made from box elder with a wax finish.He says they were his weekend project
before he got busy doing what his wife wanted him to do!
Bob Malloy (new member from
McMinnville) brought in several great projects he has done over the
years.First was an elm, cherry,
and walnutsegmented vessel that he
had turned using plans from a 1993 Wood magazine.He also had turned a spalted vessel that
was from an unusually large dogwood tree.He brought one of 328 boxes he makes.They have curved corners, and he keeps a
saw designated just for those corners.His crowning achievement was a detailed wooden train with intricate
detail.It was made from a plan he
bought from Doug Kenney, and was a scale model of a real train.Doug offered him $2000 for it, but he
kept the train.Bob builds strip
canoes; He has build 7 boats in all, and even built his own airplane.Wow!
Newton Wright had carved a spoon
out of bobinga that had a very intricate handle.
Sharron Wright brought a vase
she turned from butternut after being inspired at the turning bee at
Tom’s.It wasn’t finished yet,
because she plans to carve on it.
Doyle McConnell brought the 2nd in a
series of Utah
inspired colored wood vessel.This
one was maple dyed with blue, red, and yellow dyes and finished with a
shiny lacquer finish to make it look like glass.
presented a program he entitled, “Inspiration from the Work of an Obscure
Cabinet Maker…the work of Clark Woodward.”
not only was a professor of Industrial Arts at Middle Tennessee Normal (MTSU),
he actually developed the original department at the school.He was married to Tom’s grandfather’s sister,
so Tom is fortunate to have grown up around his work and to have inherited some
of it, the story of which he shared with us tonight.
Woodward was very much into the Arts and Crafts movement, where the artists and
their crafts “became one.”The style is
also known as the Craftsman Style, Stickley, or Mission Style.It was evident in the early part of the
century, from around 1890-1925.The
style came about partly as a rebellion against the Victorian style, where the
furniture was ornate and mass produced in factories developed during the
Industrial Evolution.It was a movement
back to real artistry and hand wrought homes, furniture, lighting, and other
One of the
most well-known proponents and artists of the time was Gustav Stickley, who
published a magazine promoting the Craftsman Style.Clark Woodard used a Gustav Stickley plan froom
one of those magazines to build a log Bungalow for his family in 1918.It still stands on Tennessee Ave. in Murfreesboro.For more information about it, Google “Murfreesboro bungalow.”
One of the
outstanding features of his house is the front door, which is made of
quarter-sawn, v-grooved white oak embellished with a hand forged door knocker
and door latch, as well as metal panels of chase and repose work beside the art
glass inset at the top.He made the door
in the shop at MTSU, and probably used his work as examples and demonstrations
for the students.
Woodard also made all the furniture for the house, all the light fixtures and
lamps, and accessories, down to a letter opener which Tom passed around.
It is believed
that Clark Woodard’s work was influenced primarily by Gustav Stickley, but also
by Charles Rolfe, who included additional carvings and pierced work in his
furniture design.Clark Woodard used
these elements in the furniture he built, as well as exposing his fasteners and
joinery and chamfering the edges.
thing Clark paid close attention to was the
use of grain lines.He used
quarter-sawn, rip-sawn, and flat-sawn efficiently in his pieces.Faux joinery such as sawn pyramids at the
joints were frequently used.Clark was also a very talented metal worker, and included
elements of hand-wrought metal in his designs.Tom showed us pictures of 2 clocks.The mantle clock had a metal face, hands, and numbers, and elaborate
brass hinges which were obviously hand-made.
seemed to be another of his passions.He
showed us several copper pieces Clark Woodard had made, along with very Mission styled light fixtures incorporating metal, wood,
and art glass.