Minutes for the October 18, 2016 meeting of the Tennessee Valley Wood Workers Club

Recorded by Eric Strotheide, Secretary 


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


Paul asked the club the impossible question, "which came first, the chicken or the egg."  Then asked "if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?"  Then asked "which came first, the tool or the tool maker?"  The point was to demonstrate some furniture can be dated by the tool marks left on the furniture by the makers tools.  Tools have existed in their modern form for more than 500 years.  Saws have been shown to be cut from obsidian glass from over 6000 years ago.  Copper, bronze, and iron tools have been around for ages, but without the saw, there would be no modern wheels.  The first known saw mill is dated from 370 AD, and the first circle saw was invented around the 1500's


Guests tonight are Jason and Leon Mayo from Manchester, Margret Donahue from Swanee, Dave Roesler from Murfreesboro, and Drake Berry from Winchester.


The carvers corner will meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at Jim Jolleffes shop.


Tonights program will be from Paul Jalbert on sign craving.  Novembers program will be on toy making from Eric Strotheide and Pete Miller.


Doyle McConnell gave us an update on the Rocket Project the club is doing for TNCommission on Children and Youth.  A piece of lumber was donated to the club from Woodcraft.  He told of the way the rockets were turned on the lathe, and showed us the templates the group used to fabricate all the parts to make them all look the same.  Volunteers were asked to help Jack Kincella with the painting of the fins.  There should be a total of 51 Rockets when they are all done.


Jack Kincella talked about the shop tours and the door project that he headed up with help from other club members.  The doors were removed, the initials removed and recarved by Paul Jalbert, refinished, and rehung back into the home.  The club received a donation of $500 for the work done by the club members.  He also told us of an upcoming project to help build a wheel chair ramp for a family in Tullahoma.


Doyle McConnell gave us a report on the County Fair, and asked for suggestions for next years Fair.  He also told us the exhibition at the Tullahoma Fine Arts Center was a success.


The upcoming club seminar will be held at Collins Roan's home in Hillsboro on October 22.  Demonstrators will show how to finish turning a bowl after it has dried, how to turn pens, turning spindles, and other fun projects.


The club will be participating in a yard sale type tool sale on Saturday, October 29, at the  Dechard  Nazarene Church.  Club members are encouraged to bring in their tools they are no longer using to sell, and to come by and to see what others are selling.


The Christmas Dinner will be held at Boskeys Grill on December 8.


Club dues will be due for the new year starting next month, and can be paid to the club treasurer Paul Jalbert.



Show and Tell


Dolye McDonnell gave us an update on how the Rockets the club is making for the Children's Advocacy Group, and showed how the rockets will look when finished.


JIm Everett brought in more of his intarsia work, with a piece from a door panel

Featuring the likeness of Jesus on it, and another piece from his lamp series,with this one featuring a dulcimer incorporated into it, with a leopard shin print lamp shade on it.


Jim Acord showed us the IPhone stands he madem with the inspiration he got from Ross Roepkes design.  They were made from cherry and walnut woods, with a poly finish.  He also brought in a special "pick up" stick he made for his wife, which incorporates a magnet in the end of it to pick  up metal straight pins used in sewing that may have fallen on the floor. It was made from walnut, and finished with a wipe on poly finish.


Brian Gordon brought in a 4ft. Piece of scrap lumber he and his wife had made I to an attractive Halloween decoration by painting a Scarecrow on one side and a ghost on the other side, which he finished with a brush on poly.  He also had one painted with a Thanksgiving design on one side, and a Christmas design on the other, also finished with a brush on poly.


Jim Jolliffe brought in a beautifully carved American Indian bust he had carved at a class he had taken.  It is approximately 16 inches tall, and featuring the aspects he had learned during the class.  It was carved from a large piece of butternut wood.


Ken Gould showed us another of his carved fish pieces, which he carved from a scrap piece of 2 x 6 lumber, transfering it into a elegantly carved fish, which he them mounted onto a piece of driftwood he had found along the shore of Tim's Ford Lake.


Main Program


Tonights program was presented by Paul Jalbert, a very talented Master Carver.  He gave a program which was actually part 3 n his teaching program for carving signs and plaques.  He covered such aspects as how to design, set up, and carve a sign or plaque to draw the person reading or seeing the sign to draw their attention to it and leave them with what he called "the WOW factor".

He also told us In his finishing statements how Art demands flexibility in no matter what you are doing