Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 20/ Issue 9
Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, September 20th 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.
Maurice Ryan 962-1555
Health and Safety
List of Club Officers
V. President: Tom
Newsletter Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
Web-Master: Richard Gulley
Calendar of Events
September 19: CC Fair –– Manchester
October 8th: Fall Seminar
December 9th:: Holiday Party /
20th: Anniversary celebration at American Legion in Tullahoma.
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The September meeting of the Tennessee
Valley Woodworkers will be held at the Decherd Nazarene Church at 501 Cumberland
Ave, Decherd, TN. Cumberland Street is across from the Co-Op on Highway
41A in Decherd. Go to the end of the straight portion of Cumberland
street and the church is on the right.
The Club tries to bring you two seminars each year. One usually
features presenters from within the Club, and that's real good because
we have some very good talent in the Club. On the other hand, we
try really hard to bring an outside presenter to the other seminar that
year. That's also good because it brings fresh approaches into our
thinking and it's just plain fun to rub elbows with people we read and
hear about from the outside world. In Spring 2004, we brought in
Jerry TerHark, a renowned presenter of finishing techniques. Jerry
was as entertaining as he was informative. That's what I mean by
having fun with this kind of thing.
This year we're bringing in Andy Rae who, along with having experience
as an editor on the American Woodworker magazine staff and writing several
books on woodworking, happens to be a world class furniture maker and a
presenter on the woodworking lecture circuit. This combination of
talents promises to be another entertaining and informative infusion from
the outside world.
Matt Brothers and David Jacobs have put together a great seminar program
for you. For $40 you not only get to rub elbows with a notable, you
also get refreshments and a BBQ lunch thrown it. Their choice of
the location was wise as well. Those who attended the TerHark seminar
last year will tell you that the Forrest Mill venue is the best we've ever
Here's an opportunity for members and guests to have a good time in
a sociable atmosphere for a modest price; and did I mention learning something
about making furniture?
So, pick up a registration form, attach a check, and join the fun while
supporting your Club. I hope every member will come to the seminar.
See you all at the TVW Fall Seminar.
SHOW AND TELL:
Geoff Roehm brought and discussed scrapers that he uses in crafting his
musical instruments. He also demonstrated his burnishing techniques, utilizing
a homemade tool. Geoff displayed a dulcimer with a western
cedar top and book-matched walnut
Maurice Ryan brought a small cherry
bowl that he had roughed at the turning bee.
Bob Lowrance had been to the J.C. Campbell School and just finished
a very detailed Indian carving.Carving2
Tom McGill displayed a butternut
bowl, turned on the end grain and had used Chromatic acid to color
Dick Wollam displayed a beautiful western
cedar carving of an owl.
Harry May brought and discussed a basswood
relief carving that he had completed during the carver’s classes. He
also showed a hand carved handle
on a cane.
Fred Heltsley brought a 24-inch
high pepper mill.
Chuck Taylor brought his first completed hollow
vessel made from red maple and a small turned box made from holly.
Wess Rittenhouse displayed a bulldozer
from oak and walnut. He modeled the dozier after a John Deere 650.
Tom Gillard gave an updated slide presentation of a wind tunnel section
that he is building in his shop, with the components in various stages
Doyle McConnell presented a slide show of one of his current projects.
He made rails and footboard for an antique bed from a large slab of old
poplar. He also had slides of an antique sugar press repair and a slide
of his new guard and dust collector for his table saw. The guard is mounted
from the ceiling.
The species of the spice wars
Custard and eggnog would taste pretty bland without the tangy spice
we know as nutmeg. But if the Dutch had had their way centuries ago, these
tasty treats would have to go it alone.
Nutmeg is the ground seed of a tall and handsome tree called darah
darah (Myristica fragrans). Until the late 1700s, the species grew only
in the Moluccas, or Spice Islands, now part of Indonesia. It was from there
that the surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan's fleet returned to Spain
in 1521. Most of the crew had starved, but the ship's hold was laden with
spices, especially nutmeg, destined for the wealthy.
When Portugal wrested control of the Moluccas, its merchants distributed
false maps so that spice traders from other countries would smash on the
coral shoals. Eventually, the Dutch claimed the islands from the Portuguese,
and they cut down the darah darah trees on every island they couldn't defend.
Carrying nutmeg seeds without authority even became punishable by death.
The Dutch hold on nutmeg lasted until the late 1700s, when the French
planted smuggled seeds at their island colony of Mauritius in the Indian
Ocean. When the British seized the Moluccas in 1796 and spirited away nutmeg
seeds to Grenada in the West Indies, the spice war ended.
Today, only the Moluccas and Grenada produce nutmeg. Because only the
female trees bear fruit, growers harvest all males except a pollinating
few. The easily worked, walnut-like wood becomes house framing, furniture,
and millwork. But unlike globe-trotting nutmeg, darah darah wood remains
mostly at home.
Illustration: Jim Stevenson
From Crocia Roberson:
TVW Club members will conduct workshops for the International Association
of Recreation Leadership Workshops Conference ot the DuBose Conference
center in Monteagle on Oct. 19-23.
Karen Kerce will teach Easy Metal Foil and Faux Leather finishes
Winfield Bennett will help participants learn to carve hiking sticks.
Bob Lowrance will teach twig roosters.
Goeff Roehm will teach twig flowers.
3-4 other members will be involved in helping with the folk art woodcarving
Shop Tip of the Day
Avoiding nail splits
Even though you hammer carefully, your nail occasionally splits the
Blunt the tip of the nail by tapping it with your hammer to let the
nail hit its way into the wood rather than part the material. Or, chuck
a properly sized nail into a drill (you may need to cut off the nailhead),
predrill holes, and then hammer and
set the nails.
--From the WOOD magazine shop
Web Sites of interest.
See you on the 20 th.
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