Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 20/ Issue 7 July 2005 Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the
Duck River Electric Building, Decherd, TN
All interested woodworkers are invited!
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
List of Club Officers
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.
The drawing for the Delta bench top drill will be held at the August meeting. Tickets are currently on sale for $1 each.
The program this month will be: "Photographing your work" by Ed White.
Its beautiful blooms belie the toughness of its wood.
When the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) blooms in the spring, the sight can take your breath away. The clusters of petals against the little tree's dark branches make it stand out in the deepest woodland. Throughout its range in the southeastern states, the tree adds to any landscape.
The wood of the flowering dogwood has a reputation, too-but for toughness. Stiff and finely textured, the wood weighs as much as hickory, yet is harder! In fact, when used as a chisel handle, dogwood resists crushing and mushrooming from hammer blows. And because dogwood wears smoother with age, it has known service as knitting needles, pullies, and sled runners.
This tough-as-nails reputation also made it (even today) a valuable commodity in the textile industry. You see, until the 1860s, the mechanical looms in New England and Europe relied on smooth, long-wearing boxwood from Mediterranean countries for their shuttles (spindle-shaped devices for carrying thread). In that same period, though, roller skating became a popular European pastime, and boxwood became the choice for the wheels. This new demand on a limited boxwood supply resulted in the substitution of dogwood.
Indeed, dogwood became such a valuable commodity that it was sold, not
by the volume in a log as other commercial wood, but by the cord! That's
partly because the dogwood at best only reaches 40' tall and grows dispersed
among other trees, not in stands. So, it couldn't be economically logged
in volume. Instead, farmers made extra money selling a stack at a time.
China Now Largest U.S. Export Destination for Hardwood
Newton Wright: Segmented turning and knotty box
Marice Ryan: Spalted Maple clock mounts
Ross Roepke: Desk, Walnut and Maple
Bob Leonard: Hummingbird and inlaid box (from yard sales)
Chuck Taylor: Turned Bradford Pear - salt & pepper, Oak burl-pen & pencil
Karen Kerse: Segmented bowl - Walnut bottom & top
Doyle McConnel: Turned vase - Spalted Maple
Bob Reese: Segmented Bowl, walnut and maple
John Mayberry: Unfinished hollow vessel - maple & cherry
Jim VanCleave: Large & Small music boxes, inlaid
Dick Wallam: Wood carvings from driftwood
Carved walking stick w/frog
Loyd Ackerman: Segmented Hollow
Web Sites of interest.
See you on the 19 th.