Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
   Vol. 20/ Issue 6              June 2005                Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, May 21st 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:

September 19: CC Fair ––  Manchester

October:  Fall Seminar –– Put October 8 on your calendar for the TVW Fall Workshop.   Andy Rae, author and nationally known lecturer on woodworking topics, will be presenting a program on "Furniture Making".   Andy will cover a range of topics related to the making of furniture.  The seminar will be held in the annex building of the Church of Christ at Forrest Mill.  See co-chairmen David Jacobs or Matt Brothers, or stay tuned, for details.

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

Jim Acord won the lathe and Fred Heltsley won the dust collector.  The  Club made a little over $500.00 on the raffle.   The raffle for the drill press will be announce at the June meeting.    Henry

Segmented Bowl Turing Workshop

Shop Tip of the Day

How to outsmart a nail
In a tight spot, it can be impossible to get your fingers around to start a nail or brad.

A small magnet will hold a brad or nail upright while you tap it into the wood. Note: This tip also helps prevent black and blue fingers, sometimes referred to as "hitting the wrong nail."

--From the WOOD® magazine shop


Geoff Roehm brought and discussed a 3-phase converter he had built to provide “start-up” power for 3-phase equipment. He also brought a small 10-string guitar (Tiple).

Jim Van Cleave brought a serving tray with inlays of cherry and maple. He also displayed a walnut table he made for the serving tray. He discussed how he used Elmer’s natural wood filler to make the “maple” inlay on the table legs and top.

Steve Shores brought some of his chip carving samples and a carving of a snowman from basswood.

Bob Leonard showed his finished pig carving and pictures of carvings from one of his recent tours.

Bob Lowrance displayed his detailed carving of a Dulcimer player.

Bill Davis brought a walnut coat rack with maple inlays and maple feet. The project was finished with polyurethane.

Carl Smith displayed a “buggy jack” made from sassafras and finished with oil.

Karen Kerce displayed a red maple vase she recently completed.

Doyle McConnell brought a finished segmented walnut pedestal. He discussed the special cutter used for joining the segments and his use of Tom Cowan’s design criteria. He brought more book-matched veneer to give away.

Dick Wollam brought a carving of three horses, made from pine. He had this project in progress for three years.

Tom Gillard displayed a sample of a painted raised panel made from MDF. He successfully ran the material through a planer to get proper thickness.

Ken Gould brought two spalted buckeye bowls that he made at the recent turning bee.

Loyd Ackerman brought a segmented goblet, made from maple and bloodwood.

Tom Cowan presented a video detailing the manufacturing steps that were used in making a baptismal font.


Avocado trees have many of the characteristics found in softwoods and hardwoods, and both botanical sexes as well!
Who hasn't attempted to sprout an avocado seed and nurture it to maturity? Unless you happen to live in a region of consistent tropical warmth -- or you have a green thumb -- it's doubtful that your would-be tree ever reached its mature size of 20-30'. If it did, you would have witnessed fascinating dichotomies.
To begin with, the avocado botanically classifies as a fruit, although we think of it as a vegetable. And, while most plants produce flowers that are either male, female, or both at once, the avocado's blooms begin as male in the morning, and then turn female in the afternoon!

If its dual gender doesn't present enough confusion, botanists also classify the avocado (Persea americana) as deciduous and evergreen. That's because the avocado sheds its leaves once a year like a hardwood -- but not until the season's new crop of leaves emerge. Therefore, like a conifer, the tree appears always green.
A cousin to the camphor tree (providing both cinnamon and camphor), as well as the sassafras, bay laurel, and nutmeg, the avocado bears fruit at various intervals, thereby producing a continual supply. In fact, a healthy, adult avocado tree may produce up to 500 fruits annually during its 50-year lifetime. But when a tree ceases to bear fruit, its rather ugly, grayish-brown wood normally does not begin another useful life as woodworking stock. True, avocado was once tested and found to be an excellent replacement for spruce in guitar and violin sounding boards, but the supply was irregular and limited. So now only local carvers benefit from the easily worked wood.


At the end of this years registration we have 140 members.
This represents 106 families.
31 members from Winchester,
28 from Tullahoma and
22 from Manchester,
other towns have 10 or less.


Web Sites of interest.

Wood Central

See you on the 21st.

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