• Vol 27 / Issue 05
  • May 2012
  • Editor, Chuck Taylor

Next Meeting May 15th 

The May meeting will be at 7:00 pm on the 17th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111.

About The Program

The May program will be comprised of two informative parts. The first section will be a presentation and discussion of the recent club survey. This part of the program will be led by Loyd Ackermann. The survey was conducted in order to have the club more aligned with the membership wishes.
The second program presentation will be the topic, “From Picture to Plan Layout”.


Next Major TVW Event

The annual TVW picnic and auction will be held on May 26 at Falls Mill. This provides a great time for fellowship and relaxing. The auction is a major fundraiser for the club. So, remember to bring something for the auction, preferably something you have made.
The exact time will be announced at the May 15th TVW meeting.
Thanks to Karen Browning who is the chairperson for the event.

Welcome to Our New Members

(No new members at the April meeting)

Be sure to meet all of our new members and welcome them to the club.






Here is your chance to make input concerning club activities. The 2012 opinion survey will be conducted during the meeting. The purpose of this survey is to get input from the membership on how to run the club, what they want in the way of programs and ideas for events. So come and share your guidance to the Club leadership by expressing your opinion in this anonymous format.

The survey will be completed during the meeting.




The Spring Seminar was held on April 21 at Tom Cowan’s Artisan Studio in Cowan. The presenters, Tom Cowan and Doyle McConnell, did an outstanding job. About thirty people were in attendance. Tom discussed and demonstrated the art of “spindle turning and off-set turning”. During the afternoon session, Doyle demonstrated “finial turning and Inside-outside turning”.
Thanks to Paul Fulks, chairperson for the event, for the coordination activities. A special thanks to our presenters, Tom Cowan and Doyle McConnell for their expertise in demonstrating their skills.
This was an excellent opportunity to learn some new techniques and to enjoy the fellowship of fellow woodworkers.




The Panoply demonstrations were conducted in Huntsville April 26-29. The first two days were spent surrounded by 5th graders from Huntsville City and County schools. Tom demonstrated turning and Greg demonstrated the use of a scroll-saw. The kids were very enthusiastic and ask many questions. Thanks to Greg Myers for chairing and coordinating this event. The participation in the Panoply proved a successful activity for the club.



It is now officially “Shop Tour” season. Clean up your shop because your shop may be on the next tour. Thanks to Doyle for coordinating this enjoyable activity. The best thing about the tours is the fact that everyone always picks up some ideas to apply in their own shop.

If you want to be on the tour list, contact Doyle.




TThe carvers had a busy schedule the past few weeks. They participated in the Cornbread Festival on April 28-29 in South Pittsburg.
They also participated in the Dogwood Festival, held in Winchester, on May 4, 5 & 6.

The carvers normally meet on the first Saturday of each month and work on individual or group projects. Anyone interested in carving is welcome to attend these monthly meetings.


Want to learn how to play a flute? Here is your chance. Ron Reimers has started a “Flute Circle” at Tom Cowan’s studio in Cowan at 114 main St.
The last meeting was on Tuesday, April, 24th and the "fluters" welcomed Fred Heltsley, Diane and Benjamin Carrick as new participants at the last meeting.
Our May meeting will be May 29th, at 1pm at the Cowan Artisan's shop, 114 Main st. Cowan TN. I ask that everyone come with a song that they have been practicing this past month.
Anyone who has an interest to learn about the native American flute is welcome. The flute has a mesmerizing and soothing sound that relaxes and heals. If you don't have a flute, arrangements can be made for a loner. So come on out and have an afternoon of fun, learning and enjoyment. It will be fun, as everyone learns together.

The group meets at 1:00 PM on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Additional information concerning the next meeting of the group will be announced at the TVW club meeting on May 15.


If you have not tried the TVW forum, take the time to view all the great information exchange that is happening. Go ahead and register and you will see what you have been missing. Instead of just “viewing” the forum, you can then ask questions or answer questions. It is a great way to swap ideas and learn new tricks of the trade. You will then be able to share your ideas and experiences with other members through the


The club library is a great way to learn new techniques and brush up on old ones. Henry has the library “open” at each regular meeting.
Please remember that you can now view some of the club DVDs on line. Go to the library listing on our club website and click on the
underlined titles.
For a complete list of all items in the Digital Library, see Henry Davis at club meetings, email him at hdavis37@charter.net or call him at
393-3191 and leave a message.