(A PUBLICATION OF THE)
Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
24/ Issue 6 June 2009 Editor: Chuck Taylor
The next meeting of the TN Valley
will be held June 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the
University of Tennessee Space Institute
All interested woodworkers are invited!
Please remember all our Troops around the world in your thoughts and prayers.
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 2009
President ………........……… Loyd
Vice-President ….........……… Anthony Watts
Secretary ……........…..……… Vince Zaccardi
Treasurer ………........….….…. Jim Steadman
Newsletter Editor ….......…...… Chuck Taylor
Publicity Chairman …........…... Louis Bryant
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
(Be sure to meet all of our new members and make them feel a part of our great club)
Our June program will be presented by Tom
Cowan. Tom will be discussing "Furniture History",
as his topic. He usually does exhaustive research on furniture pieces before
launching into the “creation” of the furniture. Tom’s programs are always
interesting and informative. This program promises to be a very good program.
Take the opportunity come and learn about the history of furniture.
KEEP UP WITH ALL THE CLUB NEWS
(TO VIEW THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING CLUB EVENTS, UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND NEWS -- VISIT THE TVW WEB SITE BY CLICKING HERE)
The Tennessee Valley Woodworker's
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.
NEXT TVW EVENT
June 20: Turning Bee, Tom Cowan's shop
Chairperson - Paul Fulks
Here is what will happen:
June 20: Turning Bee, Tom Cowan's shop. Chairperson - Paul Fulks.
September 13 – 19: Coffee County Fair Demonstrations, Chairperson - Doyle McConnell.
October 24: (tentative): Fall Workshop, Presenter – TBD, Chairperson - Johnny Brown.
December 4: Annual Christmas Party, Decherd Nazarene Church, Chairperson - LaDoris Ackerman.
Shop Tours: Schedule will be developed as the year progresses. Chairperson – Doyle McConnell.
Other Events of Interest to our Club:
Polly Crockett Festival:
September 19 – 20, Cowan, TN
Web School Art and Craft Festival:October 17 & 18, Bell Buckle, TN
TVW NEWS AND NOTES
ANNUAL TVW PICNIC
Our annual picnic was held on Saturday June 6th at Falls Mill. The food was great, the location was fantastic, the weather was wonderful and the fellowship was outstanding. In summary, everyone had a great time.
A big “thanks” to the event chairman, Felix Rees and all his “helpers”. Felix had everything organized and things went smoothly.
Also, our thanks go to John & Janie Lovett for hosting the event at Falls Mill.
The auction, conducted by Richard Gulley and assisted by Anthony Watts, raised over $700.
To view all the interesting picnic photos, go to the "gallery", click on "picnics" and then select 2009 picnic.
"IN THE SPIRIT OF FINE
The "In the Spirit of Fine Woodworking"
Exhibition is now history.
Below are comments by Loyd Ackerman, our club president, concerning the successful Exhibition:
Some final thoughts on “In the Spirit of Fine Woodworking”
One sometimes wonders what this Club is all about. I’ve been asked that question from new members and old timers alike -- in fact, one old timer just recently. I think “In the Spirit of Fine Woodworking” is a good example of what the Club is all about. Let me explain.
The idea of an exhibition was put forth in a meeting of the Club’s Executive Committee in January of 2008. Over the next few months a plan began to emerge toward a major exhibition in the spring of 2009. As things progressed, committees were formed and the plan expanded. The fact that not one of the people selected to head the committees refused speaks to what I’m going to call the Club’s culture. Instead of asking for volunteers, we usually decide who would be the best to head up a task and ask them to do it. The fact that we can generally expect members to accept the job is a part of our cultural foundation. As a result, leaders are able to get the right people into the needed committees.
The committee heads in the Spirit exhibition exceeded their responsibilities in every respect. We needed to get key results from each of these members to achieve our goals for the exhibition, and we got more than we asked for. Of course, there were some spirited discussions during the run up to the exhibition, but we had them in the true spirit of cooperation and good will.
When the leadership team was in place, it became time to ask for volunteers. Once again the Club’s culture came into play. When there was a job to be done, there were workers to do it. Volunteers met for such things as to make fixtures, install the banners, and even to recruit other volunteers. We never were in a position of not enough help.
One major concern was to get enough exhibitors and enough exhibits to have a well rounded show. Exhibitors stepped up, paid attention to needs, and volunteered to provide whatever we needed. Some exhibitors offered many items for the show along with notice that we could choose to have them withdraw some of their items if we didn’t need them. These unselfish acts were so very helpful to planning the layouts and mix of exhibits that we not only were able to show all of them, but the mix turned out to be excellent – not too much or too little of any type of woodworking skill.
The main thing about “In the Spirit of Fine Woodworking” was the “Spirit of the members”. I’m always amazed at the spirit of cooperation and camaraderie that shows itself at any Club event, be it a picnic or an exhibition, but these exhibitions draw out the best in our membership. Again, the Club’s Culture exhibits itself.
One final thought: One of the goals of the exhibition was to get as many members as possible to participate. That we enjoyed the direct support of 62 members, and visits by many other members, is testimony to the spirit of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers.
Thanks to everyone who participated for making “In the Spirit of Fine Woodworking” a memorable event for all of us.
To view all the Exhibition photos, click here, which will take you to the TVW home page. Select "Photo Gallery" and then select the folder named "2009-05-3 to 11 Exhibition".
The Carvers’ held a deep relief carving workshop, taught by master carver, Randy Walters, on May 29-31. The successful workshop was held at Carla Wright’s shop in Lynchburg, with 10 people attending.
The carvers also held their monthly carving meeting at Phil Bishop’s shop on June 6th. They worked on the deep relief carvings they started at the carving workshop. To view all the photos, go to the "gallery", then select "carver events", the select Randy Walters Carving Class folder.
(WANT A PIECE OF TVW HISTORY?)
The Club's Curio Cabinet shown in the Exhibition will be auctioned to the highest bidder. To view the details of the auction, please click here.
Current Bid $800
by Dick Wollam
TO GET IN ON THE ACTION: email bids to "email@example.com" or call 931-728-9952 (be sure to identify yourself and give callback number) or hand Loyd Ackerman a note with your bid and identity.
SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS??
If you have trouble with your gouges or chisels cutting properly, this is your great opportunity. If you want to know more about sharpening techniques, especially turning gouges, contact Bob Reese. Bob will give you one-on-one training. All you have to do is call and set up a time for your “learning experience”. You can contact Bob by phone (931-728-7974) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NEW LUMBER SUPPLY SOURCE
A new lumber supply source has surfaced in McMinnville. The Burroughs-Ross-Colville Company is located at 301 Depot Street in McMinnville. They now stock the normal supply of lumber and you are welcome to “come in and browse” for that special piece of lumber needing for the next project. The phone number is 931-473-2111. A tour of the facility is being planed for the near future. To view their web site, please click here.
NEW WOODCRAFT STORE IN CHATTANOOGA
A new Woodcraft store is now open in Chattanooga on 1414 Jenkins Road. Tto draw interest to the store, we are having Garrett Hack to teach a one day, hands-on hand-cut dovetail class in the classroom at the WoodCraft Store on Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
Garrett will work one on one and hands-on with up to twelve students to help them master this joint. The tuition for this class is $210.00.
After lunch he will be in the store demonstrating use of hand planes, answering questions, and signing autographs. This portion of the day is free and open to the general public.
Click here to visit the Chattanooga store.
CALL TO HELP FOR FALLS MILL
The project, “repairing windows”,
at Falls Mill is currently on hold. Jane and John have been Club members
for many years and host the Club's annual picnic on their grounds. For
more information on the status of the project, contact Ross Roepke at 931-455-9140
or send him an email at email@example.com
Ross will have more information at the next club meeting.
DIGITAL LIBRARY NEWS
Don’t forget to take advantage of the vast amount of material that is available in the Club library. Also, if you have woodworking related VHS tapes or DVDs that you not longer want we hope you will consider donating them to the Club’s Digital Library. For a complete list of all items in the Digital Library, see Henry Davis at the next club meeting, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 393-3191 and leave a message.
To view the complete list of all items in the Digital Library on-line, please click here .
To check out a program , please see Henry Davis at the next club meeting.
MAY MEETING SHOW AND TELL:
Matt Brothers showed slides of bookcases he built for a client. He had photos of various views.
Ross Roepke had some chopsticks he made and some fancy ones from Indonesia. He also displayed a mahogany humidor with some inlaid cherry.
Bob Addington had three pine bowls, from small to large, which he turned green and dried only for six weeks. He finished them with five coats of wipe-on poly.
Jim Everett showed a cedar desk set, consisting of a pen holder, letter holder and desk clock. He also displayed an outstanding relief carving in which he has 800 hours of work.
Dick Wollam showed two carved ducks. One was out of butternut and left natural, the other out of scrap pine and painted.
John Wendling brought in a wooden chest of unknown origin.
HAVE WOODWORKING TOOLS FOR SALE??
If you would like to list woodworking equipment for
sale or would like to purchase wookworking items, please contact Chuck
Taylor with the item information and it will be posted in the Newsletter.
You can contact Chuck at email@example.com
or call at 931-728-7086.
"DO IT YOURSELF" HELP SITE
This is an interesting web site for all you "do-it-yourselfers". The site has nothing to do with woodworking, but can tell you a lot about trouble-shooting and repairing your appliances. The main feature is the "Ask the Repair Guru" section. If you have a repair problem, click here to find the answer to your problem.
LINKS AND CONTACTS -----
NEW LINKS HAVE BEEN ADDED
(TAKE A LOOK)
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.
LOOKING FORWARD TO YOU AT OUR NEXT MEETING
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WEB SITES OF INTEREST
American Association of Woodturners
Tennessee Association of Woodturners
Certainly Wood (The Ultimate Veneer Store)
BRC Woodworkers Lumber Supply
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