MARCH 16, 2010


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


The club recognized and welcomed the following individuals as guests:

1.     Joe Simon --from the Stones River Club

2.     Don Rounsavil- from the Stones River Club

3.     Glenn Hester

4.     Timothy Harrison

5.     Jimbo Warren from General Industrial Supply, Inc. (program presenter)


The club recognized and welcomed Joe Simon and Don Rounsavil as new members.


Tom Cowan commented for the last time that dues are past due. Bob Addington reported of 173 past members 124 have paid.  There are still 49 previous members who have not rejoined.  See Bob Addington to pay your due and be reinstated as an active member.


Old Business:

Paul Fulks made a report on the upcoming April 10, Seminar. The seminar will be held at Paul Fulks’ shop at 1588 Summitville Road; Manchester, Tennessee.  This seminar will feature four sessions that each participant will be able to attend.   The sessions are as follows

Session 1

Turning Nested Bowls.  


presented by Doyle McConnell




Session 2  A

Basic Furniture Carving


presented by Phil Bishop


participants will pick one of following three carving sessions


Carving Owls  presented by Dick Wollam


Cottonwood Bark Carving presented by Jim Jolliffe


Wood burning presented by Dwain Adams




LUNCH- 12:00 to 12:30



Session 3

Turning Hollow Vessels With a Laser


including dying a vessel- 



presented by Doyle McConnell



Session 4 A

Finishing with Lacquer and Dying to Match Old


Finshes  presented by Phil Bishop






Lacquer and Oil Finishing


presented by Tom Cowan



The activities for the day will run from 8 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.

Schedule for Seminar  April 10, 2010

8:00 to 8:30  Coffee, doughnuts and fellowship

8:30 to 10:00 am    1st Presentation

10:00 to 10:15 Break

10:15 to 11:45 am  2nd Presentation


12:00 a.m. to 12:30  Lunch

12:45 to 2:15          3rd Presentation

2:15 to 2:25  pm Break

2:25 to 3:55 pm      4th Presentation


The cost is $8.00 with lunch and drinks provided. 


Carvers Corner: 

The carvers meeting is held every 1st Saturday of the month at Phil Bishops Shop at 8:30 a.m.  The next carvers meeting will have Ron Reimers present a program on building Native American Flutes. 



New Business:  


Bob Brown announced the Celtic Cup in Tullahoma has free art shows each month.  Members who are interested can contact Dennis Smith owner (Bob’s daughter) to check on the possibility of displaying their work.  The Celtic Cup changes the displayed items each month.  The items on display may be priced for sale if you so desire. 


Tom announced that plans were coming together for the 25th Anniversary Banquet.  Dan Maher is Chairman.  The group is also putting together a Historical Video.  Plan to attend on Saturday October 23, 2010.  BE THERE OR BE SQUARE. 


Jay Hazel announced that the Stones River Woodworker Club will be hosting a seminar on Saturday May 8 with Alf Sharp.  The seminar will last from 8 to 5 with “hands on instruction”.  Those interested should contact Doug Pelren @ 1-615-273-2749.  The cost for the seminar is $55.  Jay is not certain if more openings are available.  Contact Doug Pelren for further information. 


Show and Tell:


Matt Brothers brought pictures of a cherry sideboard he just finished making with square pegs in all the mortise and tendon joints.  Matt finished the piece in Danish Oil and coated it with lacquer.   All the drawer backs and sides were made of solid cherry and machine dovetailed.    


Jay Hazel brought a stave bowl he made from curly maple the bought from BRC in McMinnville.  The bowl was made from 12 sections that were glued up with Titebond® III.  The bottom was glued with waterproof epoxy.  Jay finished the bowl with walnut oil which he coated with a mixture of bee’s wax and mineral oil. 


Vince Zaccardi displayed two cutting boards that were made of walnut and cherry wood glued with Titebond® III.  The cutting boards were finished by rubbing in mineral oil. 


Bob Addington brought two cutting boards that he made from maple which he purchased from BRC. The top and bottom ends of the boards were accented using cherry with the outside holes elongated.  The edges were grooved to keep meat juices from running off the edge.  Bob also made a maple bookshelf which he finished with five coats of wipe on polyurethane.


Tom Cowan has become very interested in Federal style furniture (early 1800”s).  Federal style furniture is considered by many to be elegant and light. Tom brought in two candle stands he designed in the Federal style.  A candle stand is somewhat higher than a regular table since it’s purpose was to hold a candle high enough to provide light for those who were seated and reading. One table had raised inlay while the other had regular inlay.  Many Federal pieces have eagles and ferns made from contrasting woods.  For these two candle stands Tom created a unique design using contrasting inlays made from sycamore, mahogany and curly maple.  Tom finished the piece using Watco which is similar to Deft.  The top coat is spayed lacquer.  He especially likes  M.L. Cambell Lacquer (15 sheen) which he purchases in Huntsville since it give a good finish with no glare or shine.


Felix Reese built a walnut table.  The drawer displays turned wooden knobs.  Felix stated that although the piece has only two knobs he had to turn three to come close to making the knobs match.  The piece was finished with sand and sealer and polyurethane.


Walter Clement brought in some wood engraving.  The oldest was made from three pieces of boxwood and is .981 inches thick to fit the Gutenberg Press.  Woodcuts were made by first whitewashing the wood.  An artist would then draw a picture on the whitewashed wood.  The final step was to carve out everything that was white leaving the black drawing to be used in a printing press.  Woodcuts were made using face grain of the wood for carving while wood engraving was made using the end grain of the wood.    


Paul Jalbert brought in a wood carving he completed.  The shape was in that of the Ten Commandments stone.  In it was carved “XI  Silence Thy Ringtone”.


John Mayberry displayed a frame he made from cherry.  The picture in the frame was of a barn built around 1914 for $1,000 on his Grandfathers farm in Hickman County.  The barn is still standing and the price is carved into one of the beams in the barn.  John finished the piece in Danish Oil covered that with sand and sealer.  The glass and matting came from Hobby Lobby. 


Wayne Ison detailed for the club a story on glue. The first job Wayne got after WWII was making caskets.  They used hide glue for assembly.  Wayne tested the glue joints.  Latter Wayne got into the airplane building business where they glued up wooden parts.  The last thing you want with a wooden joint in an airplane is for it to fail. Wayne developed a testing procedure using three strips of wood glued together. The three glued up pieces were squeezed in a vice until they failed, at which point Wayne would record the strength of the glue joint.  Over the years he used many types of glue including some of the very first epoxies, many of them were not that good.  As time went on he heard of a chemist who made a glue that could be used to repair a boat while it was still in the water.  The man was a chemist and made the glue in his home.  Wayne bought some and tested it.  To track it his tests with different glues Wayne numbered them (T 1, T 2, T 3 and so on).  This particular glue, which turned out to be the best glue he ever tested, was T 88 since it was the eighty eighth glue he tested.  In order to buy it you had to take your own containers to the chemist’s house.  The chemist would sell you the glue and pour it into your containers. Wayne sold this glue to people all over the country.  When it got too much for him to handle the chemist began selling it nationwide.  Finally it became too much for the chemist to handle and he sold the patent to a company.  Today you can still buy this particular glue and it is labeled, what else but “T 88”.


Ken Burgess brought in bark carvings of houses and trees.  The trees were stained green which gave the small houses a realistic appearance.  


Will Gaetjens brought in a cherry hot plate he made.  Will bored holes in the cherry and inserted spent 22 caliber brass shells in the holes to keep the heated surfaces from directly contacting the wood. 


Bob Reese brought in a rocking horse like the one he made for his newest granddaughter.  He made the rocker from cherry and used Adeline dye to give it an appearance of age.  The Adeline dye takes well in maple and other very hardwoods.  The cherry looked very because of the deep red color. 


Allen Odell displayed two Alaskan style fishing lures he made using alder wood and deer horn.



Jimbo Warren of  General Industrial Supply in Nashville presented the program.  His program mainly consisted of troubleshooting problems on large power tools. Jim has spent a lifetime in the woodworking power tool supply business.  They carry scratch and dent machines as available.  Jim invited all the members to visit them at their store in Nashville.