Minutes of the April 19, 2016 meeting of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers Club

Recorded by Eric Strotheide, Secretary


The meeting was opened at 6:30 pm by club President Paul Fulks


Paul startled us of as he usually does with an important history lesson.  He gave us a short lecture on the history and subsequent uses of the acanthus leafs on columns throughout history.


Guests attending tonight's meeting were Ron Bailey from Winchester, and Paul Credle from Tullahoma.


A short account of the previous Wood Carvers Meeting and shop tour held at Jim Jolliffe’s shop was given.  They held a carvers clinic with 16 carvers present, and a short demonstration on different types of carving, and hands on use of different carving tools.


The Klingspor sandpaper order was canceled do to not being able to save any money by the clubs special ordering.  A sign up sheet was passed around for members wanting to sign up for Klingspors 10% off list.  Orders can be made through Klingspor by catalog, email, or phone. 


The upcoming main guests for the rest of the year are as follows:

May 17-  Jack Kincella  Finishing 101

June 21-Matt Brothers. TBD

July 19-  Mike Bell Funiture Curator of the TN State Museum

Aug 16-  Paul Jalbert.  Set up for carving signs

Sept 20-  Ross Roepke.  Techniques for making Boxes

Oct 18-  Eric Strotheide & Pete Miller.  Wooden Toys

Nov 15-  Wayne Loveless.  Krueger Joinery Systems

Dec 20- Super Show & Tell


Anyone wishing to give a shop tour of their shop, contact Jack Kincella


Up Coming Club Events

This years club picnic will be held again at the Falls Mill  grounds on May 14.  

This years "Turning Bee" will again be held at Larry Wendlands shop on June 25

A "Mentors Workshop" will be held on June 18

Coffee County Fair, entire month of September 

Christmas party and dinner.  December 8 at Boskeys 


Show and Tell


Loyd Ackerman brought in pictures of a plaque he made for the "Donor Tree" he made with his CNC machine for the Lobby of the Manchester Arts Center.  Loyd also showed a clock, featuring a negative relief picture made from Corian, and cut on his CNC machine, which he had cut as the main accent for the clock.  The cutout was back lit with LED lights.  He mentioned being inspirated by a long ago member, Jack Tounsend. 


Doyle McDonald showed us a trick which cleans the buildup off of your saw blades.  Soak the saw blade in ammonia for about 30 minutes, then clean lightly with a brush.  He then showed us the beautiful pepper mills made from oak and cedar, the wood coming from the old family home which had been in the family for generations.


Doug Dunlap drought in a segmented vase, made from 180 pieces of oak and cherry woods.  He claimed to have messed it up, and corrected it by making another one, this time using 193 pieces to get his proportions correct.


Bob Stancil showed us several wooden bowls he had turned from Magnolia wood.  Several were around 12 inches, deep sided, which he had to made a special tool rest for, and one in particular was a natural edge.  He also brought a cherry bowl carved from the burl, finished with Danish oil, and a bowl turned from the crotch of a hickory tree.  It was bell shaped, and about 10 inches.


Ross Roepke brought in a rocking horse he had made about 28 years ago for his first grandchild.  He saw the plans in a wood working magazine years earlier, and has now made 3 for his children, and several for the grandkids.


Jim Everett brought in pictures of the intarsia piece he is working on entitled "Riding with Private Ryan", based from a song by the same title.  He is also working on a new piece for the Wounded Warrior project and Homeward Bound, several charities helping the PTSD veterans, for which Charlie Daniels is helping him to get signed by other Musicians.


Bob Addington brought in some rocking chairs he cut from MDF on his CNC machine for his grandchildren, that come apart, and when assembled, are held together by one plug.


John Hartin brought in a tulip shaped bowl he turned from scrap spalted hackberry, and a natural edged tulip shade bowl, both turned with the golden ratio in mind while making them.  He also gave a short demonstration on how not following the golden ratio can give a perfect piece a sense of not looking right.


Judy Bennett brought in her intarsia niece featuring a qualla bear, which she will be sending to NC as a baby gift.  It features woods from spalted Cherry, maple, walnut, and finished with a semi gloss finish.


Felix Ridge brought in a turned lamp, with a 10 inch base, made from red oak and walnut, sealed with a polyurethane sealer.


Noel Johnson showed us a Scandinavian natural edge bowl, which is called a Royal Paulownia Bowl, very light weight, made from cherry wood.  He sealed the edge with CA glue to stabilize it while turning, and kept blowing air through it from behind to help to dry it as he was turning it.


Paul Jalbert showed us the sharpening jig he made to help him to keep his carving tools always at the peak performance. He also brought the plans, and gave a brief demo on how to make it.  It was made from cherry and covered in polyurethane.


Mickey Knowles brought in a 12 inch bowl he turned from a spalted maple.  It had a bad portion in the wood, which he fixed with coffee grounds, sawdust, and CA glue.  He used a cellulose sealer, and finished it with a food grade wax.


Greg Meyers showed us the Christmas ornaments he had turned on the lathe, and a cherry bowl.  He had finished them with a high speed turning polish.


Jim Van Cleave brought in several serving trays he made for his wife several years ago.  They were made from walnut wood, and one of them had handles on it.  He made them using a router and a cardboard cutout pattern.  He suggests starting off with good grained walnut, and about 10 lbs. of sandpaper.  He also made a small matching table to go with the trays.



 Tonight's main program was presented by Ronald Young.  He gave us a detailed lecture on not only the history of the Southern Cellaret, or the Southern Wine/Liquor Cabinet, but also brought along detailed drawings, pictures, plans, and even actual pieces used to make this traditional southern cabinet.


The meeting came to a close at approx. 9:00 pm.