Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 20/ Issue 12
Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, December 20th. at 7:00 p.m. in the
Duck River Electric Building, Decherd, TN
All interested woodworkers are invited!
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.
967-4835 Design Phil
Tom Church 967-4460 Turning Harry May 962-0215 Carving
Bob Reese 728-7974 Sharpening Ross Roepke 455-9140 Jointery
Maurice Ryan 962-1555 Health and Safety
List of Club Officers
Please remember, in your thoughts and prayers, all of the Military Troops serving our country.
Coming next month
The floor was opened for nominations, resulting in no additional nominees. A motion was made by Bob Reese to elect the recommended slate of officers by acclamation. The motion was seconded by Bob Leonard. The motion passed, thus electing the 2006 slate of officers.
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Henry is getting a list together of those members that want Club name
The Tags are $5.00 each. Give Henry your name at the meeting or contact him at 393-3191 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
SHOW AND TELL:
Maurice Ryan brought a spalted maple bowl (his first one) and a cedar box that he made for a friend.
Chuck Taylor brought a series of small turned lidded boxes and a potpourri bowl he made for family gifts.
Henry Davis displayed two bowls. One of the bowls was made from a piece of Atlas cedar from the Belvedere area, given to him by Tom Gillard. The other bowl was spalted maple from his back yard.
Bob Leonard showed a detailed fire truck made from twenty different species of wood. He also brought a small paper rack.
Karen Kerce brought a spalted red maple bowl and a sampling of pens made from red maple scrap.
Jim Van Cleave displayed a birdhouse, a cherry serving tray and a carving (utilizing wood filler).
Doyle McConnell brought a “scroll saw” mirror made from curly maple, a compact with a maple inlay and oak burl pens made for Christmas gifts.
Steve Shores brought some carved/burned feathers and a detailed basswood carving.
Bryan King displayed a series of hand planes he had made from “kits”.
Bob Reese brought his 17th violin, taking two years for completion of the beautiful instrument. It is a copy of a 1948 instrument.
Matt Brothers showed some video clips of his latest project, a solid walnut buffet with beaded trim on the drawers.
David Matthews showed a plaque
(one of forty-five made for fellow solders during his tour of Iraq) made
of Purple Heart wood from Saddam’s personal supply and pictures of other
projects he completed during his tour of duty. He also sang a song, “Back
in the Hills of Tennessee” which he had written.
Winners of the Christmas Party Door Prizes
There was a total of 81 members and guests in attendance at the Dinner. 1 2
Richard sang the triditional " Ol Holy Night"
Pictures of some of the give-away items 1 2
There is also going to be a progarm...
The Strychnine Tree
A much-maligned species that helped curb the plague
When bubonic plague, transmitted by rat-riding fleas, swept across Asia and Europe in the mid-14th century, physicians could do little but comfort the sick and dying. Before strychnine poison helped curb the epidemic by killing the rats, roughly half of Europe's population perished.
The strychnine tree (Strychnos nux vomica), native to Southeast Asia and Australia, provides benefits other than varmint control. The people of Southeast Asia used limbs and boards cut from this tree to build their huts and to fence animals. Primitive hunters made arrow poison for hunting from the bark, roots, and disc-like seeds in the tree's fleshy orange-red berries.
In the 1800s, physicians added small amounts of strychnine to tonics as a stimulant, even though it's so bitter it can be tasted in concentrations of one part per 400,000. This powerful drug may have gotten its start killing game, but today doctors prescribe controlled doses to increase muscular activity and as a antidote for alcohol and drug poisoning.
Illustration: Jim Stevenson
Important: Saplings should not
be soaked prior to planting. In most cases you do not need to remove the
burlap (remove strings/strapping) but you do need to clip roots circling
the outside of the root ball and/or on bottom. Never fertilize in planting
Illustration Courtesy of Vestavia Hills Tree Commission
Dig a hole 2 to 5 times wider than the root ball. In the bottom and
center of the hole, leave a planting base of
2. Put the root ball on undisturbed soil flush to 2" over the top of the hole.
3. Hold tree while backfilling with dirt and soil minus large clods.
4. Remove grass and weeds within 6 inches of tree bole.
5. With excess soil, build small berm around hole to saucer water toward roots.
6. Water and mulch.
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