FEBRUARY 16, 2010


Tom Cowan called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


There were no visitors present, probably due to the cold snowy weather.


The club welcomed the following individuals as new members:

1.     Wayne Ison


Tom Cowan commented that dues are payable. Bob Addington reported 99 of 170 prior year members have paid their dues.  If you have not yet paid see Bob Addington.


Henry Davis gave a report on the library.  Henry has made 16 additions to the library since the last meeting.  These are now available for check out.


Bob Addington reported on the new name tags.  Bob designed and printed the larger improved name tags which were provided to all members.  The font size is now readable even with bifocals. All members will be responsible for keeping up with their own tags from one meeting to the next. This is another way to improve getting to know each other.


 Tom informed the club of the activities that have been scheduled for 2010.

2010 Calendar of Events
(gray background indicated events not sponsored by TVW Club)

March 19-21

NEACA Spring Craft Show, Huntsville Alabama

April 10

Seminar- finish, designs, turning, demonstrations

May 7-10

Dogwood Festival Winchester

May 22

Club Picnic Falls Mill

June 18-19

Turning Bee


     Classroom instruction, seminars & possibly advanced turning


     Turning Bee (participants to rotate between instructors at
     specific called times)

Sept. 17-19

Polly Crockett Days In Franklin County

Sept. 19-25

Coffee County Fair {TVW Club Shed with display, turning, & carving}


Bell Buckle Craft Fair (October?  exact dates not available)

Oct- Sept

25th Anniversary TVW Dinner

Dec. 12

Christmas Party


Carvers Corner: 

The carvers meeting is held every 1st Saturday of the month at Phil Bishops Shop at 8:30 a.m.  Fifteen attended the last meeting.  Bob Leonard reported on an article which was in the last Tennessee Farmers Cooperative Magazine.  The carver who was featured carves monkey wrenches, pocket knives and other oddities.  Bob commented you can carve anything.


Old Business:

Jim Van Cleave reported that Anne Cline of the Tullahoma Literacy Council who helped the club last year with the facilities for the fine woodworking exhibition is looking for donated items for an auction.  The Tullahoma Literacy Council uses the sale of contributed items to raise money to support people who are pursuing a GED.  Jim encouraged everyone to contribute an item.


New Business:  

Paul Fulks announced that plans were being made for a Seminar to be held on April 10.  Suggestion sheets were passed out to the members so that members could plan their own seminar.  The initial plans are to have at least two presentations in the morning and two in the afternoon.  By rotating between sessions members would be able to attend four presentations.  We might also have an outside presenter. 


In order to allow members to get to know one another even better Loyd announced that all members would be photographed at one of four photography stations. All members present were photographed.  Plans are for the pictures to be posted on the TVWW web site and tied to the membership name list. 


Show and Tell:


Vic Zaccardi showed three cherry bowls he turned.  One was finished with linseed oil and then buffed and waxed.  He also built a cutting board of maple and walnut which was finished with mineral oil. 


Loyd Ackerman displayed two carvings completed in mahogany.  One carving was of a dogwood flower and the other was a shell. 


Wayne Ison brought a wood propeller which he carved over 40 years ago along with a board of pictures of contraptions he built that utilized his wooden propellers. The propeller was glued up from mahogany using an early epoxy.  He cut grooves to varying depths and used chisels to quickly remove stock between the grooves. Wayne used a draw knife to shape the propeller. The propeller was balanced by placing razor blades at each end of a shaft that was attached to the prop.  It was not only balanced during the carving process but also after each coat of finish.  The first thing Wayne mounted his propeller on was a snow sled.  After that he constructed an ice boat.  Later he built a water boat before finally building an airplane.  Wayne went into a partnership with five others people and they built 20 models of kit planes in their facilities just off Highway 53.    


Jim Van Cleave displayed a jewelry box made of cherry and walnut with L corners. 


Bob Addington built a table out of maple.  The maple was so light he decided to darken it with stain.  The stain seemed to enhance every defect and gave the piece a blotchy appearance.  Sanding the wood with 80 grit sandpaper and re-staining seemed to even out the appearance and give more even stain penetration.  Bob finished the table with three coats of wipe on polyurethane.   The drawers were made using box joints cut on the table saw.  Mortise and tendon joints were used to join the sides of the table to the legs.  Bob also constructed a wooden clamp from plans he found in Woodsmith.  He altered the plans by beefing up the end block by using two dowel pins instead of one. 


Ron Reimers brought a table he made using walnut and maple.  He finished the piece with three coats of wipe-on poly except for the top which has four coats. 



Paul Jalbert presented an excellent program on “Wooden Signs and Plaques.”   One of the lessons that Paul learned was that with signs “The Threshold Quality of Usefulness Exceeds the Threshold Quality of Art.”


The height of letters used in a sign is directly related to viewing distance. A general rule of thumb is as follows:
                        Viewing Distance Vs Height of Sign Letters
(General Guidelines)

Viewing Distance

Height of Sign Letters

100 ft

1 ¾ to 2”

200 ft

3 ½ “

600 ft

6 ½”


All of Tennessee’s State Parks use the Milescraft Sign Crafter to construct their signs.  This system uses clear plastic templates.

The parks specify that for signs made with  2” X  6” material use letters 1 ½ - 2 inch tall  with a maximum of two lines per board. 


Some lessons Paul learned in developing the program:

1.  The road to art passes through usefulness.

2.  Hand carved does not necessarily mean carved by hand.