• Vol 32 / Issue 2
  • February 2017
  • Editor, Johnnie Brown

Next Meeting February 21

Table of Contents


The meeting will be at 6:30 pm at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111. (411 BH Goethert Parkway, Tullahoma, TN)


About The Program

February 21 program will be by Howard Wright who created the monster lathe for turning.

Loss of one of our founding fathers of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers.

John Thomas “Tom” Cowan, age 74 of Winchester, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017. He lived all of his life in Williams Cove where he was an active member of Goshen Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Tennessee Valley Woodworkers and Society of American Period Furniture Makers, two organizations which allowed him the opportunity to pursue his lifelong passion of woodworking.

 Tom and Henry Davis conceived of the woodworking club in September 1985 and by the end of that year the original seven members of the Club met and formulated the culture that has brought the Club through almost 32 years of woodworking comradery. Tom was President three times and Vice President six times but that was just the surface of it; he was always there for the Club and its members up until illness took his life at the age of 74 years. He was a mentor for many of us and a friend to all of us. He will be greatly missed.

Charity Information 1/23/17

The club meeting of January 17, discussed offering our craft skills to charity. Emphasized were funds raised from auctions of our work.

This is a list of local area charitable organizations that use major annual events to raise funds for their purpose. These events include live and/or silent auctions of items that our woodworkers might choose to donate to help in this effort.

A short mission description is included to identify the nature of the charity’s intent. The approximate date of the event and a contact is also included. Unless otherwise noted each organization serves a broad geographic area, not just one town or county.

Of course this list is probably not exclusive and will require occasional editing. If you note errors or opportunities I have missed, please pass on the correct information to jphartin@edge.net.

There are many other opportunities to aid groups that do not use the auction of items but can use your direct support. Just for example: schools, churches, the service clubs (Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, etc.), United Way, arts centers, Habitat for Humanity, Literacy Council, Horseplay, etc. Look around for those of your interest and enquire of their needs.

Events With Auctions

CASA – Children’s court advocacy
1301 E. Carroll St. Tullahoma TN 37388
Wanda Strayhorn 931-455-7426
No specific date. Contact for current information.

Elam Foundation - Provides for children with special needs, mentally challenged, and underprivileged.
Dusty Elam Memorial Benefit, mid May. Chris Elam (Pres) 273-3419, celam3339@gmail.com

Hands-On Science Center -Science education for school children.
101 Mitchell Blvd Tullahoma TN 37388
The Science of Wine and Brew, November. (931) 455-8387 www.hosc.org/

Motlow College Foundation – Assists the College and financial assistance for students.
PO Box 8500 Lynchburg, TN, 37352
Motlow Gala, early March. Lane Yoder (931) 393-1692 lyoder@mscc.edu

Partners for Healing – Essential medical services for workers who are not insured.
109 W. Blackwell St., Tullahoma, TN 37388
Healing on the Hill. Lane Yoder (931) 393-1692 lyoder@mscc.edu

Trinity Care Center – Adult day care for those requiring continual supervision.
708 1st Ave Tullahoma TN 37388
Diamond Studded Evening, (931) 455-0755

Tullahoma Day Care Center – Child day care for working and student parents.
Po Box 478 Tullahoma TN 37388 USA
Tour of Homes, December. Suzie Wilde (931) 393-2367

Lions Clubs – community service
Clubs in Manchester, Winchester and Tullahoma
Linda Justice 454-9320
February (raises funds for District, not for local clubs)

Other Possible Opportunities

Chamber of Commerce - Franklin County
44 Chamber Way Winchester, TN 37398
Chamber of Commerce - Tullahoma
POB 1205 135 W Lincoln Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388

Literacy Council – Adult literacy education and support.
510 S. Jackson St., Tullahoma, TN 37388
(931) 454-2638

Tullahoma Arts Center - Arts and crafts education and support. Commission sales.
401 S Jackson St Tullahoma TN 37388 USA
(931) 455-1234

United Way of Coffee and Moore Counties – Financial support for several partner charities. Limited to Coffee and Moore Counties.
PO Box 27n Tullahoma, TN 37388-0027
Phone: (931) 455-5678

A reminder to signup with Jack Kincella, John Hartin or Ross Roepke if you would like to participate in the march auctions from the presenters from January. REMEMBER WE ALL NEED TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY AND THIS IS OUR CHANCE AS A CLUB TO DO SO.




Membership Information


If you have not paid your dues, Please pay at next meeting.


If you change phone number, email address, etc; please notify Chuck Taylor, membership chairman (931-728-7086 or taylor_cw@charter.net. This will allow the membership listing on the web site to reflect the current and up-to-date information of all our club members.


Tennessee Valley Woodworker's Website

The Club maintains a website, www.tnvalleywoodclug.org, which provides access to Club news between issues of Splinters and access to Forums exclusively for the use of TVW members. You are encouraged to use the website and its many functions. You’ll find there almost anything you need to know about the Club – past, present, and future – and it’s included in your membership privileges. There are only two places on the site where you’ll need a password to enter – the Club’s Member List and Forums. To get sighted up for those, send an email to ackerman1@charter.net and I’ll get you started.




The TVW Forums are available for members to enjoy by going to the Club’s Home page at www.tnvalleywoodclub.org and clicking on Forum at the top of the page. You can browse without logging in to see what’s going on but we’d really like you to log in and participate in increasing and enhancing the knowledge base in your area of interest. There are several Forums covering a wide range of interesting topics from which to choose; and if you wish to make a general comment or just wish to share a clean story, there’s a place for that too. Members seem to enjoy Show and Tell at every meeting so we have a Forum called [yep] “Show and Tell” that gives the opportunity to show off something you made. In fact, we have Forums for everything from “General Woodworking” to “CNC” and we even have one for “Musical Instruments” waiting for someone to jump start that. Get with the program and visit the Forums right now by clicking here: http://www.tnvalleywoodclub.org/forum/index.php

If you haven’t already registered for the Forum send an email to ackerman1@charter.net and I’ll register you.

Loyd Ackerman


Two Great  Website about all types of wood

The Wood Database



  • Welcome To Our Library

     The current custodian is Pete Miller and he can be reached via e:mail at quackers1034@blomand.net. If you have any questions concerning the process of getting a CD please drop him an e:mail.

    Carvers Corner


    The carvers are continuing to meet twice a month on the first and third Saturday's of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at at Jim Jolliffe's shop, located at Jolliffe Acres Lane, Tullahoma, TN.

    . They have recently purchased a starter's set of Swiss Made carving tools that will be available for visitors to use. There is a supply of basswood that was donated by Stanley Dunn and an ample supply of cottonwood bark (for a nominal fee) for visitors to use. For those carvers who wish to be seated as they carve, the carvers also purchased two Black and Decker Work Mate benches. A formal carving seminar taught by a nationally recognized carver is in the planning stages with more information to come later.



    If you are a recent new member or had requested a new name tag, a box of name tags will be available at the next meeting. In the  future, name tags will be made for new members and available for pickup at the next regular monthly meeting. Name tags for other  members will be made upon request only and will also be available for pickup at the next meeting. Please contact Chuck Taylor (931-728-7086 or email taylor_cw@charter.net) for information or name tags.


    John Duvall brought in two cherry bowls he made over the holidays and a walnut bowl. All bowls finished with oil.
    Lytle Anderson showed a segmented bowl he made. Said this is his first and asked if anyone also making segmented bowls could give advice.

    Loyd Ackerman brought 2 clocks made with the aid of CNC. One was finished with 2 coats of oil and then sprayed with lacquer the other to be finished also with oil and lacquer.
    Bob Addington had a cutting board he thinks is cherry and only finished with mineral spirits.

    John Hartin showed a pretty bowl he made from box elder. He used a design tool on the bottom to add to the looks. Finished with lacquer.
    Ross Roepke showed few different items: 1. Methodist emblem made of walnut and Honduras Mahogany. He used red dye to enhance. 2. Oak table top made for benefit auction not finished. 3. Table top also for benefit auction. Made with mahogany surrounding lace wood not finished.
    Jim Acord brought in a wooden mallet. Handle made of Black Locust and head of Maple. Finished with wipe on poly.
    Rowland Bussler showed a segmented bowl. Said this was his second attempt and looked good. Bowl made of pecan and oak and finished with paste wax.
    Mickey Knowles brought 2 bowls. One cherry and one of soft maple from the turning bee. Finish with sanding sealer and Brie Wax.
    Vince Zaccardi brought a few bowls. A small bowl made of walnut finish spray on lacquer. One bowl of Ash, finished with early American stain and spray lacquer. Another bowl Made from a cherry root finished with ½ Lind seed oil and mineral spirits. He also had a large natural edge bowl of ambrosia maple and finished with spray lacquer.


     To view the "Links of Interest" on our web site, please click here.           


    Click here to see the Exchange Opportunities

    If you have additional woodworking items for sale or are looking for woodworking items, please send information to Chuck Taylor at 931-728-7086 or email to taylor_cw@charter.net


    Kenneth (Dale) Daniel  will sharpen TVW member blades. His location is 2007 Ovoca Road, Tullahoma.
    Phone – 931-455-5024, cell – 931-247-4753.

    Shop Tip

    Logbook tracks project details (and your growth)

    I’ve found that keeping a simple journal with details of my completed projects helps me avoid giving duplicate gifts, recall important tips on building the project successfully, and dodge any pitfalls I encountered the first time.- Wood Magazine


    Work safely and don’t take unnecessary chances with your woodworking tools


    Always wear your safety glasses in the shop


    Want a good tip concerning your current project?

    Visit this web site for “tips for every situation”: http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/


    Jack Kincella has secured Builders Supply in Tullahoma as a new club sponsor and they will be giving all club members a 5% discount on ALL purchases in their store. This does not include the old Hawks hardware. All members need to do is show their name card and it is setup in the computer to get the discount.

    The following companies are supporters of the TVW club. Click on their "logo" to go to their web site.







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