Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
   Vol. 20/ Issue 4               April 2005                Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the
 Duck River Electric Building, Decherd, TN
All interested woodworkers are invited!

Please remember, in your thoughts and prayers, all our Troops around the world and those on the way home.

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.
                                Design:        Tom Cowan    967-4835                            Finishing:       Phil Bishop          967-4626
                                Turning:        Tom Church   967-4460                            Carving:        Harry May           962-0215
                                Sharpening:    Bob Reese   728-7974                              Joinery:        Ross Roepke       455-9140
Maurice Ryan  962-1555   Health and Safety

List of Club Officers

                                                                                                President:          Loyd Ackerman
                                                                                                V. President:       Tom Cowan
                                                                                                Secretary:          Chuck Taylor
                                                                                                Treasurer:          Henry Davis
                                                                                                 Publicity:          Larry Bowers
                                                                                                 Newsletter Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
                                                                                                Web-Master:  Richard Gulley
Calendar of Events:

April 15-17 : Dogwood Festival –Winchester

May 14:  Turning Bee –– Winchester

May 21: Picnic –– Belvedere Falls Mill

September 19: CC Fair –– 24 Manchester

October:  Fall Seminar –– To Be Determined

December 9th:: Holiday Party / 20th: Anniversary celebration at American Legion in Tullahoma.


Dear Fellow Woodworkers.

 The Dogwood festival is almost upon us.   Our location is C2  which is on first street across from the Old  Sun Trust Bank building.  Because we are demonstrating, we have a space directly on the street.   Sale only craft vendors will be located in the parking lot behind us.

Anyone  that would like to participate is welcome to do so.  Please contact  me with time that you plan to be there to help me schedule the event.    Any additional Sunday afternoon help would be appreciated.  I can be reached during the day at my office phone  962-1303.  If I do not pick up, it will go to voice mail after 6-8 rings,  please leave information and I will add your name to the list.

 Festival set up is from 7am until 2pm on Friday  April 15th.   Demonstrations will start at 2 pm and continue until dark, but may continue up to 11 pm if we so choose.

Saturday demonstrations will start at 8 am and continue until dark or up to 11pm.

Sunday demonstrations start at 12:00noon and all activity will stop at 5pm.   Tear down of the booth space is immediately after the 5pm close.

 Note that there will be entertainment scheduled in the square until 11pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.

 Please remember that this is both a demonstration and a sale.  You may display items not for sale, but they need to be marked for display only.   Anything that you wish to sell should have a tag with the $$ amount and your name indicated.  It would be appreciated if persons selling items attend the event for as long as possible.  This will help the club for support at the festival, handle sales directly by the items maker and allow you to talk with potential customers and possibly take orders for other items if you wish.

Best Regards,

Ken Gould

Festival Chairperson

The Club will be selling tickets for two drawings to be held at the Club picnic on May 21 at Falls Mill.  Drawing prizes are the Delta Dust Collector donated by the Delta development team that did the program in February and a Jet Mini Lathe donated by General Industrial Supply.   Tickets will continue on sale at the Club meetings in April and May and again at the picnic itself.  Consider this as a donation to the Club with a chance to win a great prize.
Tickets will be available for $3 each or 2 for $5 to Club members and guests.  There will be two boxes.  One for white tickets and another for red.  Purchasers are to write their names on the back of the ticket half to be put into the appropriate box.   You do not need to be present to win.
A third item, the router bit set donated by Wayne Sutter of Woodline at the March meeting, will be auctioned at the picnic and will go to the highest bidder.
Funds generated will be put into the Club treasury and earmarked for purchase of audio/video equipment and support of Club celebration events.
Larry Bowers will be selling the tickets.


Loyd Ackerman:  Segmented Vase, made from Bloodwood, Lyptus and Maple

Ken Miller:  Game Board made from Walnut/Maple squares with Cherry trim

Ross Roepke:  3 Legged Stool made from Curly Maple

Tom Church:  Pictures of projects

Dick Wollam:  Dolphin Sculpture made from drift wood

Harry May:  Chief Joseph Sculpture made from English Walnut
                  Bulldog Sculpture made from Basswood

Bob Lowrance:  Cowboy with acrylic paints

Jim Van Cleave:  Large Walnut Pie Crust Serving Tray

Doyle McConnell:  6 Turnings  4 from Apple wood and 2 from Red Maple.

Bob Leonard:  Goldfinch carving

Shagbark hickory
Wood that's hot, hard, strong, and tasty

Indians native to the Mississippi River bottomlands looked to the great shagbark hickory tree for bows and baskets, but they particularly valued its nuts. These they pounded into fine pieces, then boiled. After straining, the remaining liquid contained concentrated nut oil. This was used much like milk in the mixture for corncakes. Pioneer children liked the nuts as well, and ate them as fast they could be cracked.

Their elders, though, favored the shagbark's wood to produce smoked ham and bacon. Burned green, its smoke imparts an unmistakable taste and distinct aroma to the meat.

Besides smoke, hickory wood--that of the shagbark and 15 other species that lumbermen lump together--produces more thermal units of heat than almost any other hardwood. A cord of it equals the heat output of 200 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil, making it one of the hottest woods around. And in native woods, only dogwood and Osage-orange are harder.

Hickory's hardness is only one of many qualities that still makes the wood a favorite for tool handles. That it also resists shock and flexes without breaking gives it a starring role. Few people know, though, that hickory rivals steel in strength (pound for pound), yet is more elastic, less heat conductive, and far less brittle.

With all these traits, it's no wonder that in times gone by craftsmen turned great amounts of hickory wood into the hubs and rims of wagon wheels, trotting-horse sulkies, and loom parts. Today, it has a growing popularity for kitchen cabinets.

Illustration: Jim Stevenson

'WOOD' OnLine

Products that work or those that don’t.

Didn’t work:  I recently needed some double faced tape.  While looking at the selection, I saw some made by Duck-Tape.  I love the regular product, it has so many uses, but this double faced tape doesn’t work very well on wood.  It is thicker that normal carpet tape and it is hard to remove the backing without pulling the tape off the surface.  I won’t buy this product again for this application.

Did work:  I have been doing a lot of solid laminate gluing and by mistake bought some contact cement that was of the’ GEL’ type.  I almost took it back, but decided to give it a try.  This glue is MUCH better than the thin glue you normally use.  I use a paint brush to apply the contact cement and it is easy to pick up a glob, put it on the surface and spread it with out loosing any of it due to drips.  The glue spread very well.  Drying time is about the same as with the thin glue.  I like to apply the glue thicker on the edges and this gel cement allows me to control that part of the application without runs.
I will continue to buy this product.

Does anyone else have a product that they can’t do with out or something that you will never buy again?  Please let me know and we can share this information with the club.


Web Sites of interest.

Hull-Oakes Lumber is the last steam-powered commerical saw mill in the country, and they're one of the few mills capable of cutting large timbers up to 85' long

Woodline USA in LaVernge

See you on the 19th.

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