Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 16/ Issue9 September 2001 Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the
Duck River Electric Building, Decherd, TN
All interested woodworkers are invited!
The following people have agreed to serve as contacts for their particular skills. If you have questions, suggestions
for activities, or other comments relating to these skills, please call these folks. Their interest is to help the
club better serve their area of expertise. Your participation with them will help them achieve that goal.
Alice Berry 454-3815 Design
Phil Bishop 967-4626
Tom Church 967-4460 Turning Harry May 962-0215 Carving
Bob Reese 728-7974 Sharpening Jim Van Cleave 455-8150 Joinery
Maurice Ryan 962-1555 Health and Safety
Calendar of Events
List of Club
Event Date President: Tom Cowan
Coffee County Fair 9/20-22 V. President: Bob Leonard
Fall Seminar 'Turning' 10-20 Secretary: Shirley Bishop
Christmas Party 12/7 Treasurer: Henry Davis
Publicity: Maurice Ryan
Newsletter Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
Northwood's basket makers know black ash (Fraxinus nigra) well. In Maine, for instance, this tree of the swamps was cut, pounded, and peeled into thin, strong, bendable strips to form the state's field-worthy potato baskets. Portaging canoeists, hunters, and trappers traditionally hunkered under the load of reliable pack baskets made of "basket" ash.
Although never a cherished target of lumbermen because of its comparatively small size, the black ash rates as unique because its dark-brown heartwood occupies nearly the entire girth of its trunk, leaving little room for lighter-colored sapwood. And in its springtime rush to grow, the tree puts on a layer of large-pored early wood. It's this band that cleanly cleaves from the latewood, providing the thin, tough, and durable strips that craftsmen turn into baskets, woven chair seats, and once upon a time, the hoops that held together the staves of wooden barrels.
Native to the northern wetlands, the black ash shares its soggy habitat
with other water-loving trees, such as tamarack and black spruce. Few trees,
though, can match its aggressiveness in sending out a massive root system.
A fierce competitor, the tree sucks up water and nutrients at a rate that,
over the long run, other trees can't match. So the black ash has few close
neighbors. In fact, the tree's great demand for water eventually leaves
it high and dry. Swamps occupied for decades by black ash become shallower,
creating fertile conditions for successor trees like basswood, elm, and
red maple that can't stand getting their "feet" wet.
The fall seminar is set for Saturday, Oct 20th. This year's speaker will be Bobby Clemons, a nationally recognized wood turner. He is President of the Tennessee Association of Woodturners, a member of the Brasstown Woodturners Guild in Brasstown, N. C., and was the founding President of the Cumberland Woodturners of Crossville, Tennessee. Bobby has taught classes at the Appalachian Craft Center, the John C. Campbell Folk school and the Arrowmont School of Crafts. He was featured on HGTV’s Modern Masters Christmas show in 1999 and 2000 demonstrating his technique on turning his style of Christmas ornament. He and his turnings were also featured in the December 2000 issue of the “TENNESSEE MAGAZINE”. He has also been featured on the “TENNESSEE CROSSROADS” television show on PBS stations in Tennessee. Bobby will provide turning demonstrations on his Christmas ornaments as well as turning salad bowl, and rough edge bowls. More details will follow in future issues of SPLINTERS".
No matter what blade you're using, or what material you're cutting, you'll almost always have splintering along the edges of a freehand saber saw cut.
To prevent this, make a plate of 1/8" Masonite that attaches to the base of the sabre saw with double sided carpet tape, see above.
A slot in the Masonite fits tightly against the sides of the blade preventing
splintering. A notch at the front of the plate helps you follow the
Using Contact Adhesive
Once the surfaces are dry, the pieces can be joined together.
But since the adhesive grips on contact, you'll want to use spacers between
the pieces so that the workpiece can be adjusted as needed.
I lay dowels between the pieces to start with, see middle photo.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft
WOOD ONLINE newsletter
Appalachain Center for the Arts
Forest Products Lab. 1999 Wood Handbook
Steve Graham's Page
WOOD Online TVWW page
Tom Gillard Jr.