Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 20/ Issue10 October 2005 Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, October 18th 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
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
Payment will be made to the Club, and then the Club will pay the American Legion and pianist. We'll start taking reservations for the event at the October meeting, so bring your checkbook with you this month.
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The Club owes thanks to the folks that made the Fall Seminar a great success. Thanks in particular to Matt Brothers and David Jacobs for a great job as co-chairmen and to their committee. Special thanks to Larry Bowers for publicity – our notices made every area newspaper; to Doyle McConnell for arranging the meeting place and a radio spot on WMSR; to Henry Davis for handling the finance and many other things; to Chuck Taylor for typing and printing the badges and banners and for helping with registration; and to the several folks who helped set up and break down the site. Finally and mostly, I'd like to thank the members who supported the seminar by attending. Every member who told us they'd come was there. These events are an important part of the Club's mission, and this event was very special; just ask anyone who was there.
Shop Tip of the Day
Rx for difficult gluing
Getting the right amount of glue into hard-to-reach spots is a messy operation.
Inject glue with a medical syringe equipped with an 18- or 22-gauge needle. Keep the apparatus clean by flushing the syringe and needle with warm water and storing them in a closed container of water.
--From the WOOD® magazine shop
Never logged in the light of the moon
Throughout the world's temperate zone, trees experience sap's rise and fall. In the spring, sap starts flowing. Come the cold of winter, it recedes.
Sometimes, loggers harvesting particular species, such as Ponderosa pine and holly, prefer to fell timber in the winter when the sap is down. Their logs then have little chance to develop a sap-born fungus called blue stain, which discolors the wood and lowers its value.
In tropical Mexico and Nicaragua , loggers intent on harvesting the valuable primavera tree must pay close attention to its sap flow, too. If they cut when the sap runs high, it seeps out the ends of the log and quickly attracts a horde of insects that damage the wood before it gets to the mill. But how, in continually mild weather, can they tell when the sap is low? It's simple enough to them: They watch the moon.
Like ocean tides, the sap of the primavera tree follows the phases of the moon. When the moon is on the increase, the sap rises. In the dark phases of the moon, it falls. So that's when the harvest of this unusual tree begins.
Primavera wood, without the defect of tiny pinholes caused by insects, becomes beautiful furniture. Its yellowish-red color, streaked by brown, orange, and red, frequently displays a fiddle-back figure. If moonstruck, however, the wood has little value.
Illustration : Jim Stevenson
SHOW AND TELL:
Henry Davis displayed a small table made from cherry and maple. The pattern was from Shop Smith magazine. He showed a video presentation of the process of building the table. He also brought and explained a sacrificial fence made for his table saw.
Bob Lowrance brought his detailed carving of a group of baseball players.
David Whyte displayed two “band saw” boxes he made from walnut and poplar.
Doyle McConnell brought a vase made from red maple and finished with lacquer.
Ross Roepke brought five boxes, of different styles, he made. Most had veneer top inserts. He also had a breadboard made from maple and walnut.
Mary Ellen Lindsay displayed a white pine carving of a Loon waterfowl with a painted finish.
Maurice Ryan brought a memory box with a veneer insert top. The maple veneer was from Doyle's shop and vacuum glued at Loyd's shop. He also brought a small octagonal box, made from cedar.
Louis Bryant brought a box elder bowl that he had roughed at the last turning bee.
Bob Leonard brought lots of wooden patterns to be given away.
Jack Rowe brought pieces of polyethylene that can be used for shop fixtures, to give away.
WHO AM I!
I attended a woodworking club meeting a few months ago and everyone was friendly and asked me to join. I did. I attended a couple of meetings and saw that guests were treated warmly but “signed up” members were left to their own devices. I missed a meeting and when I returned, no one seemed to notice my absence.
A minor series of medical problems caused me to miss a couple of more meetings but no one seemed to care. I don't think I want to join the woodworking club this year.
Could the person who wrote that narrative be referring to our club? I think some of us have felt a bit that way in many clubs we've joined. To someone just joining a club there's a letdown after the first flurry of “getting to know you” activity is over. That's when the challenge begins for each of us.
Each of our members are keys to the success of the club. Our hospitality, friendliness, and interest in the club should be evident not just when a new member joins us, but at every meeting. Start at the next meeting by making it a point to talk to someone you didn't talk to at the last meeting, or bring in an unannounced-”show and tell” so that others can get to know you (Henry or Phil or any other member can always make time available). In short, make the effort to make the club the kind of friendly organization you've always wanted to belong to.
Taken from the October 1986 newsletter. It is as true today as it was back then…
These were our officers 20 years ago. Recognize any of the names?
Congratulations to our first club officers. Unanimously elected at the December meeting were:
Henry Davis: President
Phil Bishop: Vice President
Tom Cowan: Treasurer
Susan Church: Publicity
Joe Pawlick: Secretary
The club had 11 members then. Now, we are well over 100.
SEE YA ON THE 18th !
See you on the 18th.