Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
   Vol. 20/ Issue10              October 2005                Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
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!

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

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

  From the Pres:
  Our 20th Anniversary Celebration party is coming up fast. We'll meet this year at the American Legion hall in Tullahoma on Friday, December 9th at 5:30.  We'll have piano music by Wendel Hartman as we eat as well as all the fun we usually have at our holiday parties.  The price is $15 each; the Club will pick up the rest of the cost.  That's an evening on the town folks including your choice of a steak or chicken dinner. 

  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


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.


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 !

Web Sites of interest.

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