• Vol 33 / Issue 12
  • December 2018
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

About The December Meeting

The December meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 18th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111. The December program will follow in the tradition of many past years. We will have our super Show and Tell. We need everyone to bring in a favorite tool or project from the present or the past.

A complete list of scheduled programs can be found on the website.


The newsletter is a little late this month. I’ve been spending every available minute in the shop (when I’m not filling in for Santa.) I think I’m going to make the Christmas Eve deadline, but it will be close. Be sure to look around the house/shop for a couple items for the Super Show N tell. That’s becoming one of the year’s best programs.

Looking Back

Coming Events

Welcome to Our New Members

Two new members joined during the November meeting. Welcome to Troy and Travis Eason, both of Tullahoma.

Club Info

Perhaps we all need to read the Club Info section on our website. The Constitution and By-Laws are worth the read. Henry Davis’ history article is a must read.

Our club is well over thirty years old and we have survived, no flourished, because a good foundation was laid in the beginning. From that point, many men and women were willing to build on that foundation by stepping up and serving when the need arose. If we are to continue this organization we now enjoy, we will have to do the same.

Annual Dues

Dues are due. Be sure to see Paul Jalbert and take care of this item before the new year.


November Show and Tell


We strive to get the right picture associated with the right presenter, but oftentimes it's hard. So speak up when you give your name and we'll try hard to get everything matched up. Also, there may be additional pictures of some of the items in the Gallery. Look for Show and Tell.

Tony Murphy

Tony Murphy discussed a coat rack, made from walnut and finished with shellac.

Carl Blumenthal

Carl Blumenthal showed a carved walking stick with a “snake” handle. He also displayed a carved “hiking” stick with a natural finish.

Karen Browning

Karen Browning talked about her “accidental” natural edged bowl made from maple and with a lacquer finish.

Vince Zaccardi

Vince Zaccardi discussed a decorated maple bowl, finished with wax. He showed a cherry peppermill (oil and buffed) and an “opportunity” bowl (a work in progress).

John Duval

John Duval showed a large cherry crotch platter, finished with Watco oil and a couple of box elder salad bowls, finished with walnut oil.

Jack Tate

Jack Tate displayed a uniquely figured spalted maple lidded bowl, finished with spray lacquer.

John Hartin

John Hartin displayed a decorated rimmed closed vessel from 100-year-old Magnolia, two other small bowls from the same wood. He discussed various techniques for decorating the bowls to make them move from “good” to “great” category all were finished with lacquer.

Rowland Bussler

Rowland Bussler discussed a “glued up” bowl and a matching cutting board. They were made from maple, cherry and walnut and finished with Watco Butcher Block oil (multiple coats to produce the shine).

Richard Gulley

Richard Gulley brought and discussed a group of Christmas tree ornaments that he made on his CNC. He also talked about his $5 sandblaster, made with an air blower (Harbor Freight) and a plastic bottle. He is in the process of carving a series of religious scenes on the CNC router.

Loyd Ackerman

Loyd Ackerman brought a “Genie” lidded segmented vessel. Wood used included maple, cherry, bloodwood and walnut. The vessel was finished with gloss lacquer and buffed.

Jim Jolliffe

Jim Jolliffe discussed cottonwood bark carvings of Santa and an elf.

 Chuck Taylor

Chuck Taylor brought 7 dozen small spinning tops that he annually makes for his son, Derrick’s 4th grade class at Christmas time.

Links of Interest

I thought I’d give you a couple links to other website’s “Links of Interest.” It’s a good way to turn up some little-known resources.



I saved the best for last. This link has loads of info for hand tool users and a plethora of sharpening articles. We probably need to add this one to our links page.


Carver's Corner

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday's of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The shop is located at 201 Jolliffe Acres Ln, Tullahoma. Tools and wood are available at the meetings, just bring yourself and try your hand at carving!/p>

Sweeping Up

These funnies aren’t specific to woodworking, but will probably “speak” to you. Thanks to Sid Matheny for posting the second on our forum.

Lost Tool Cartoon


Since a lot of us have been making Christmas gifts, I thought I’d leave you with this quote:

"When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think...that a time is to come when those (heirlooms) will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, 'See! This our father did for us.' " --John Ruskin

Be careful out there folk! That’s all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS