• Vol 33 / Issue 2
  • February 2018
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

Next Meeting February 20th

The February meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 20th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111.


I’ve been in the club since 1989, I think. I don’t ever recall a meeting being cancelled because of weather. I think it was for the best, though. The roads were bad and the Space Institute had closed early.

About The Program

February's program is "Building A Timber Frame House" a presentaion by Wayne Hawkins


Upcoming scheduled programs are as follows:

Membership Information

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.

Officers for 2018

Welcome to Our New Members

No January meeting, no new members or guests.

Carver's Corner

Carving seminar attendeesThe Wood Carving Seminar with Adina Hickins was a great success. I've included a picture of attendees. More can be seen on the Gallery. Once in the gallery, navigate to "seminars/2018 Hickins Carving Seminar."

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 Jim Jolliffe's shop, located at Jolliffe Acres Lane, Tullahoma, TN.

Last Month's Show and Tell


Since there was no meeting, there was no Show and Tell. But you can always check out the forum for projects some of the members are working on. http://tnvalleywoodclub.org/forum


Links of Interest

Any new internet finds? Let me know of any juicy wood related sites you come across and I will share them here.

For Sale/Trade/Give Away

If you have items for sale or trade, let Loyd Ackerman know and he will post to the website list.


(This tip submitted by Pete Miller) How to use a wrench or wood caliper to check the diameter: From Penn State Industries When turning bottle stoppers, bottle openers, and other projects where you want a specific diameter from one project to the next, an open-ended wrench is the perfect tool to use as a caliper. To determine the diameter needed for the turning, select a wrench with an opening size to match the needed diameter, and use it as a quick measuring tool when turning the project to shape. Or, if the wrench is too thick, transfer the opening size to a thin piece of stock, and cut it to size, and use that as a caliper. For example, when turning bottle stoppers, find a wrench whose opening measures the end of the chrome stopper that mates with the turned wood piece. Then, when turning the wood part of the stopper to shape, use the wrench or wood caliper to check the diameter of the turning until it is the desired diameter. When the turning reaches the necessary diameter, the tool will slip over the turning. This tip also works well when turning tenons to a particular diameter to fit into a mating mortise.

Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee met on January 23 at the home of Vince Zacardi. Date for events in the coming year were discussed along with several other topics. The full minutes can be found on the website (under Minutes Archive.) I’ll list the events here:

Passing of Long Time Member

We regret to report the passing of Collins Roan on February 5th. Collins was an active member of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers since 1999. Over the years, many club seminars and workshops were hosted by Collins at his shop. A celebration of life for Mr. Forrest Collins Roan, Jr., age 81 of Hillsboro, will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 12 Noon at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, with Brother Chris Haynes officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at 10 AM until time of service Saturday.

SpaceX Launch

This news from Ross Roepke-
I just want to point out that the son of my friend, Fred Heltsley (club member), was made manager of the propulsion branch of SpaceX last year after repeated problems with the launch system. Surely much credit for recent successes is due to his leadership.

He was a top scholar when he was a student at THS and gained some renown. We should all take pride in this successful launch and mission.

Sweeping Up

I was cleaning out a lot of woodworking magazines (I have digital versions of most of them.) I thumbed through several before tossing them in the storage tote. The following article from the Dec/Jan 2013 American Woodworker caught my eye:

The Kindest Cut
My wife and I sell granite and marble counter tops through out tile store. One day a lady came in wanting to replace the top on a vintage walnut dresser. Her husband, she explained, had left an unsightly kerf in the middle of the top while using the dresser as an impromptu workbench to cut a board. Shortly thereafter, he had unexpectedly passed away. I may run a tile store, I thought, but I’m also a woodworker. We all make little goofs like this one. “You don’t have a ruined piece of furniture,” I told the lady. “You have a family treasure that’s a testament to your husband’s humanity and the pastime he enjoyed. Clean up the top and apply a nice coat of finish. Tell your children the story, and their children, too. In fact, tell anyone you can get to stand still long enough. You’ll be surprised how many ‘wood people’ are out there, and they’ll all appreciate the story.” She looked at me in silence for a moment and then, with tears welling in her eyes, gave me a hug and left the store. OK, I blew a sale … but it sure felt good.
by Art Spellenberg

That’s all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS.

Club Sponsors

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


Klingspor Woodcraft
Craft Supplies Woodline
Builders Supply