• Vol 27 / Issue 06
  • June 2012
  • Editor, Chuck Taylor

Next Meeting June 19th 

The June meeting will be at 7:00 pm on the 19th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111.

About The Program

The June program will be presented by Dr. Ben Spaulding. His program will be “Investment Casting”. Dr. Spaulding will share some of the interesting aspects of investment casting and some lessons he has learned over the years.
Come to the May 19th meeting and hear what Dr. Spaulding has to share.


Next Major TVW Event

June 30: Turning Bee, Chairperson – Henry Davis, Location - Tom Cowan's shop, Time – 8:30 AM
Lunch and drinks will be provided. Cost: $10
This has been our most popular club event for a number of years. Everyone will get the chance to take home a "rough out" bowl.

Most of the club members got their turning “start” at one of our turning bees. It is a great place to learn the basic techniques. Come on out and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

Welcome to Our New Members

(No new members at the May meeting)

Dan Bledsoe ---------------- Estill Springs
Dean Lutes ---------------------- Tracy City
Bernard Schroer -------------- Huntsville
Gary Walker ------------------- Winchester

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







The annual TVW picnic and auction was held on May 26 at Falls Mill and proved to be a major success.
The auction is one of the major fundraisers for the club. A total of $641 was raised. Thanks to everyone who brought items for the auction and to the auctioneer (Richard Gulley) and Doyle, his “crowd worker”.
A big thanks goes to Karen Browning, event chairperson, and her crew for their efforts to make the event a huge success. Also, the hosts, John & Janie Lovett, deserve thanks for allowing the club to descend on the area for the event. What a beautiful setting for the picnic.




The carvers met on June 2 at the shop of Phil Bishop. They worked on individual items and some worked on the new “Totem Pole” project. Plans were also discussed concerning future activities.
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 May 29th flute circle featured Jim Gilliland, a special guest from Huntsville, AL. Jim has been making flutes for over 20 years, and now specializes in making bamboo and cane flutes.
Jim is the only flute maker to have one of his black bamboo flutes played on the International Space Station. This flute in now on display in the Native American Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
The group meets at 1:00 PM on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Tom Cowan’s Artisan Studio in Cowan. Everyone is welcome.
Additional information concerning the next meeting of the group will be announced at the TVW club meeting on June 19.
Anyone who has an interest to learn about the native American flute is welcome at the sessions. 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.



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.


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.