Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
   Vol. 19/ Issue  4                April 2004                Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the
 Duck River Electric Building, Dechard, 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    Finishing
Tom Church   967-4460   Turning           Harry May          962-0215     Carving
Bob Reese      728-7974   Sharpening       Jim VanCleave    455-8150    Jointery

Maurice Ryan  962-1555   Health and Safety 

List of Club Officers

                                                                        President:          Ken Gould
                                                                        V. President:        Barbara Keen
                                                                        Secretary:          Chuck Taylor
                                                                        Treasurer:          Henry Davis
                                                                        Publicity:          Larry Bowers
                                                                        Newsletter Editor:  Tom Gillard Jr.

Seminar Information

The “Wood Finishing Seminar” will be on Saturday, April 24, 2004.  The meeting on April 20 will be your last chance to register for the reduced price of $35, so be sure to bring your checkbook or some cash.  Nationally known finisher, Jerry TerHark, will present the all day seminar.   A VHS tape and book, both by Jerry TerHark, will be given as door prizes.   We will also be giving away several air line filter/separators courtesy of Dixie Woodworks.  Lunch is included in the fee.  The seminar will be held at the Forrest Mill Church of Christ Annex building 2 miles east of I-24 exit 111 on TN55.  The building will be on your right.  The fee will be $40 at the door.

April Program:

This months program will be on chip carving and John Roth from Huntsville, Alabama will be the presenter.  He started chip carving in 1998.  His chip carving is larger and more elaborate than the norm.    He has taught classes to the PM Chippers of Montgomery, AL  He has been at Dollywood for the past 3 years.  You can see his work in this months issue of Chip and Chat.

Call for Articles:
This club has so many talented woodworkers that it's a shame not to share it on the site. An article can be as simple as a collection of photos of your work put together using a word processor like MS Word or one of the many others. You can insert photos into most of them. We don't need to be artistic writers to get a message across. A photo sequence is all that is needed in most cases. Think about it. The notes for a program you've given or a procedure you use for accomplishing a certain result. Sometimes the results of writing a procedure or simply organizing your thoughts for a project can be of great use or inspiration for others.

If you have ideas for an article and need some consultation on how to put it into something to post on the site contact Loyd Ackerman, Tom Gillard, Richard Gulley, or one of the other computer users for help. One of us could (and be happy to) help you compose it or just to simply give you advice.

The Cumberland Furniture Guild is having their spring meeting Saturday, April 17, 2004 at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville TN.  The Guild is extending an invitation to our club to come and be a part of the meeting for a fee of only $10.00; their normal fee is $30.00 for non-Guild members.

The program will be as follows:
         Brian Boggs, an accomplished ladderback chairmaker from Berea, Kentucky, will show slides, demonstrate spoke-shave techniques, answer questions on chair construction, and talk about some steam-bending processes he has been working on recently.
The program will begin about 12:30 and go until about 5:30 PM.

It is our desire that this in no way causes any conflict with the carving workshop that will be in progress that same day. This is such a good opportunity for us that we could not pass up. Since dinner will be available at the center, we need to give the Guild some idea how many will be attending. In order to accomplish this, please let Henry Davis or Tom Cowan know if you plan to go. We will also try to coordinate car pooling as much as possible.  Please let us know as soon as you can, no later than April 10th. Please tell any member you can who may not be on email.


Tom Cowan          967-4835
Henry Davis        393-1391

Guests and New Members

New Member: Joe Kuhn
Guest: Tom Few


Mary Ellen Lindsay displayed a relief carving of a rose. A color pencil and water was used to obtain the desired color of the rose.

Doyle McConnell brought an extension fixture he made for his table saw. It fit into the tubular rails of the saw and helped with the holding and cutting of large sheets of plywood.

Geoff Roehm brought his finished guitar, a copy of an 1869 model Spanish Classical guitar. The top is red spruce with spalted maple inlay which has been book matched around the opening.  The neck is mahogany and the back Brazilian rosewood with satinwood binding. Geoff also mentioned that there is plenty of information on the Internet concerning the making of musical instruments and that the type of wood used has little to do with the instrument sound quality.

Maurice Ryan showed some items he had purchased on a recent trip. The items included a Cajun “quarter-pounder” and an apple recipe holder, made from a turned “apple”.

Winfield Bennett brought an arrowhead that he recently found. He mounted the arrowhead in a teak wood frame for displaying. .

Phil Bishop displayed some of his new “chip” carvings. He recently attended a 2-day “chip” carving class at Woodcraft in Knoxville. The class stressed the details of layout. Samples of his carvings were very detailed and intricate shapes.

Henry Davis brought a “Nantucket” bench made from walnut. It was a pattern he found in Woodsmith magazine. The bench featured through tenons, as one of the assembly techniques and was finished with satin varnish.

Chuck Taylor brought a peppermill and saltshaker that had been turned from apple wood. The pepper mill grinding assembly was stainless steel. The items were finished with Deft semi-gloss lacquer.

Jim Van Cleave showed a flower carving from popular with a walnut stand.

Dick Wollam displayed a detailed carving of a horse. The wood for the carving was popular.

Don Powers displayed an intricate carving of an owl perched on a limb and a mounting of beautiful chettum wood.

Ross Roepke brought a couple of boxes made from cherry crown molding, with one having a spalted maple top. He also brought a table made from mahogany. The finish for the items was Deft oil.

Jim Roy brought samples of his woodturning, including bowls made from spalted maple, bradford pear, holly and cherry. The spalted maple bowl was finished with water-based varnish and the other bowls were finished with Deft oil.

Ross Roepke has 150 BF of pecan lumber for sale. Contact him, if interested.

Gary Runyan has tools for sale. They including a Leigh 24” Dovetail Jig and 6 router bits ($350), Delta 8” Jointer model BJ-8 ($1,000). Also, he had various welding equipment and supplies for sale.

Henry Davis:  has a Model 113.198111 Craftsman 10” Radial Arm Saw, w/leg set.  Saw has been cleaned, lubed and adjusted.  New tabletop.                    $250         393-3191

Calendar of Events:

April 17th: Harry May carving workshop
April 24th:  TVW Finishing Seminar
May 22nd:  TVW Picnic @ Falls Mill
June 12th:  Bob Leonard’s Tree Walk
October 23rd:  Phil Bishop Carving Workshop
December 10th:  TVW Christmas Party

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