Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
23/ Issue 8 August 2008
Editor: Chuck Taylor
The next meeting of the TN Valley
will be held August 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the
University of Tennessee Space Institute
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.
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 for 2008
Tom Gillard, Jr.
V. President: Anthony Watts
Secretary: Karen Kerce Browning
Treasurer: Jim Steadman
Publicity: Louis Bryant
Newsletter Editor: Chuck Taylor
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER
(Becoming members at our July meeting)
Bob Molloy ------- McMinnville
John Wendling -------- Sewanee
James (Pat) Kelley ---- Sewanee
(Be sure to meet our new members and make them feel a part of our great club)
We are saddened to report the death of our member and friend Jim Wright on July 25, 2008. Jim was a true gentleman, a carving artist beyond description, and a wonderful teacher who contributed his talent and expertise to our club. We'll all miss him very much!
Alan Hale will be the speaker for our August program. He is an engineer with ATA at AEDC and also does goat farming. He has a number of creative ways to fell trees safely and accurately. Some of these techniques include the use of wedges and even a bow and arrow with string attached to get leverage on a specific limb.
NEXT TVW EVENTS
Coffee County Fair Demonstrations: September 15 – 20
Chairperson: Doyle McConnell
If you are willing to help in this “fun” activity, be sure and tell Doyle. He will begin putting a schedule together soon.
Polly Crockett Festival: September 20 – 21
This event is open to all club members. Please see Harry May for additional information concerning this event.
KEEP UP WITH ALL THE CLUB
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Web Site is constantly being updated with the latest club news and happenings.
If you want to know the latest club news, be sure to take
a look and check it out!!!!!!!
Click "here" to view all the latest information concerning "TVW Upcoming Events" or "here" to view upcoming programs on our Web Site.
SCHEDULE OF REMAINING EVENTS FOR 2008
Coffee County Fair Demonstrations:
September 15 – 20. Chairperson: Doyle McConnell.
Fall Seminar: Target date – October 18. Topics and presenters - TBD
Foothills Craft Exhibit: Date – November 7 & 8, Coffee County Convention Center, Chairperson – TBD.
Christmas Party: December 5, UTSI room 111, Chairperson - TBD
Shop Tours: Schedule will be developed as the year progresses. Chairperson – Doyle McConnell.
Other Events of Interest to our
Polly Crockett Festival: September 20 - 21
Webb School Art and Craft Festival: October 18 & 19
The above list will be updated as additional information is known concerning these events.
TVW NEWS AND NOTES
2009 TVW EXHIBIT
"IN THE SPIRIT OF FINE WOODWORK"
The Exhibition Leadership had another planning meeting on July 29 at UTSI Room H111. The 2009 Exhibition, "In the Spirit of Fine Woodwork", is scheduled for the early part of May 2009 and will provide the opportunity for members to show items they have made to the public. The selected date will give members time to design, develop, and build their items for the show. Remember, the exhibition is open for everyone to show their work. That includes you.
Preliminary to the 2009 exhibition, The Club has reserved
a room for a mini-exhibit at the Foothills Crafts fair at the Coffee County
Convention Center on November 7 and 8. The purpose of this event
is to promote the Club's 2009 Exhibition. More details regarding
the Foothills Craft exhibit will also be furnished, as the date draws closer.
The Carvers met at Phil Bishop’s Shop on Saturday August 2 for some “carving time”. The meeting emphasis was placed on the preparation of a box for Jim Wright's ashes. They used wood from Jim’s shop and mounted one of his carvings on the front. They also discussed the possibility of making walking sticks for wounded soldiers as well as working on some other projects.
The group will be showing and demonstrating carving techniques for Polly Crocket days on September 20-21 and the Webb School Art and Craft Festival in October. Other woodworkers are welcome to participate and provide demonstrations at these activities
The next carver’s meeting date and location will be
announced at our August meeting.
“TURN FOR THE TROOPS” PROGRAM
The TVW participation in the "Turn for the Troops" program, sponsored by Woodcraft, is on-going. Thanks to those members that are supporting this effort. If you still have pens to make, please finish them and turn them in to Anthony. It is an opportunity to show your support for the troops and enjoy some woodturning fun. Thanks to Anthony Watts for coordinating this effort.
Doyle will have an announcement at our August meeting concerning the status of the “Shop Tour” schedule. If you are interested in being a “host” on the Shop Tour schedule this year, please contact Doyle McConnell.
If you are interested in knowing more about sharpening techniques, especially turning gouges, this is one of your great opportunities. Bob Reese will give you one-on-one training. All you have to do is contact Bob and set up a time for your training. You can contact Bob by phone (931-728-7974) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To check out a program , please see Henry Davis at the next club meeting.
JULY SHOW AND TELL:
Tom Gillard brought a model of a cedar mantle he made. He also had a picture of the real one.
Ed White brought pictures of a 12 foot long, 440 pound wind tunnel blade made out of laminated Sitka Spruce. He also had turned a mallet out of dogwood.
Bob Reese brought an antique sewing rocker that he had re-caned.
Geoff Roehm demonstrated how to use a digital caliper to find the center of a board.
John Wendling (a new member) brought the templates for a cute Hippo Hamper. He got the plans from a December 1978 Workbench.
Loyd Ackerman displayed one of six boxes he recently made for Christmas gifts. It had a maple burl inset on top. He also brought a walnut bowl he had been inspired to turn at the turning bee at Tom Cowan’s.
Dick Wollam had carved a stylized cat from a walnut tree that fell at the Hermitage during the tornado. It is reported that Andrew Jackson’s wife had planted the tree.
Bob Addington brought a collection of bowls he had turned. They were of butternut, walnut, and maple.
Phil Harris (a guest) brought a collection of woodworks made from cherry by various craftsmen. Several were of Shaker influence, and all were good examples of high quality work.
Maurice Ryan brought a table made for his son. It had tiles inlaid on the top, and was of red oak.
Chuck Taylor brought a swinging cradle he made from cherry.
Scott Short brought in 2 bowls he had made from box elder with a wax finish.
Bob Molloy (new member from McMinnville) brought in several great projects he has done over the years. First was an elm, cherry, and walnut segmented vessel that he had turned using plans from a 1993 Wood magazine. He also had turned a spalted vessel that was from an unusually large dogwood tree. He brought one of 328 boxes he makes. His crowning achievement was a detailed wooden train with intricate detail.
Newton Wright had carved a spoon out of bobinga that had a very intricate handle.
Sharron Wright brought a “work-in-progress” vase she turned from butternut after being inspired at the turning bee at Tom’s.
Doyle McConnell brought
the 2nd in a series of Utah inspired colored wood vessels. This one
was maple dyed with blue, red, and yellow dyes and finished with a shiny
lacquer finish to make it look like glass.
FREE WOODWORKING PLANS
Everyone loves FREE woodworking plans. And to give woodworkers more of exactly what they are looking for, WOOD magazine has created a free downloadable plans section within the WOOD Store with nine detailed plans. Current offerings include plans for a tambour bookcase, three lumber storage projects, planter, swinging dragon toy, salt and pepper shakers, turned floral display, and scroll saw and intarsia projects. To download these free plans simply click on the following link.
Also, check out the Wood magazine free video section on various woodworking techniques. You can access the videos by clicking here. Try them out. They change each month.
BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
LINKS AND CONTACTS
We are trying to start a new service for club members. Your VP, Anthony Watts, has requested that we add some key local suppliers to the website to help members find items needed in the shop; for example: belts and pulleys.
To accomplish this, we've changed the table of contents
at the left and top of the home page from LINKS to
AND CONTACTS. We will, from time to time, add information
on the Links and Contacts page based on members inputs. If you find
a place to purchase something pertaining to woodworking and would like
to share that information with others, send an email to Loyd
Ackerman with the details for inclusion. We're not trying to
replace the Yellow Pages; this is just for
those special items and special contacts.
Information needed is: Name, address, phone #, and website (if they have one) of the business and what you found them.
MEMBER NAME TAGS
WANT A TVW NAME TAG? HERE IS THE WAY TO DO IT!!!!!
MEMBER INFORMATION CHANGES
We strive to always keep the club membership roster listing up-to-date. If you have address, email or phone number changes, please contact Chuck Taylor (931-728-7086) or Jim Steadman (931-962-2940) so that your information can be updated in our membership listings. We are making a concentrated effort to keep our membership information current.
ATTEND OUR NEXT MEETING
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