• Vol 34 / Issue 01
  • January 2019
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

About January Meeting

The January meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 15th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111. The January program will feature Doyle McConnell discussing hollow vessel turning. Don't miss this one.

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


Happy New Year! We have a whole year of ahead of us. Opportunities to learn new skills, create new projects develop new friendships. Most of us probably make New Year’s Resolutions. Oddly enough, my resolution is to spend less time in the shop. My wife has become a shop widow. So as soon as I complete the Stations of the Cross carvings (mid-February), I plan on shorter days or less days in the shop.

Looking Back

Coming Events

Welcome to Our New Members

We had one new member to join at the December meeting. Welcome to Mike Layfield of Fayetteville.

Mike Layfield

Annual Dues

Dues are due. The club continues to hold the line on inflation. Without a doubt, the best deal in the mid-state.


December Show and Tell


December’s Show & Tell was AMAZING! It took a while to get everything together. Thanks to Joe Ferraro for helping every month with the Show & Tell descriptions. More pictures (close-ups and other views, can be seen on the Club Gallery.

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.

Ross Roepke

Ross Roepke brought two boxes made with moulding. Large one of walnut and smaller one of mahogany.

Doug Dunlap

Doug Dunlap showed a cutting board with checker board pattern of cherry and walnut. He finished board with mineral oil and cautioned to use mineral oil on items that food will be on.

Paul Jalbert

Paul Jalbert displayed a relief carving he was commissioned by a couple who happened to be playing golf on Pebble Beach Golf Course and witnessed the fly-by of the last ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor from Dryden Flight Research Center to LAX on its way to the California Science Museum on Dept 16, 2012. The woods used Catalpa, pine, poplar and oak. The finish includes watercolor and enamel paint, spar urethane and Danish oil on the frame.

Karen Browning

Karen Browning had a nice bowl of spalted oak with lacquer finish.

Jim Acord

Jim Acord displayed a shaker table of cherry. Draw slides made of poplar and runners of red oak. He also had the first top he made for table that cracked.

Gary Runyon

Gary Runyon brought some tools he made. A bow saw made with hickory, red bud, and pigeon wood. He had a plane made of curly maple, a plane of rock maple, shoulder plane of mesquite. Finish antique min wax.

John Hartin

John Hartin showed a nice bowl of silver maple and finished with lacquer.

Darrell Albert

Darrell Albert had two oblong bowls made from chittum burl. Done with power carving. One had an inset of ebony on the handle. Finish walnut oil and wax.

Larry Wendland

Larry Wendland displayed a table he made from maple with black limba veneer insert on top. Legs of poplar with black ebony finish.

Carl Blumenthal

Carl Blumenthal had walking stick that had lights and smoke from chimney. He showed that there was a scene inside. Another item he had was a wall mount carving made of cottonwood bark which also had lights inside and able to smoke.

Marvin Miller

Marvin Miller displayed a router lift he made not finished. He also showed some tools and explained he buys the tool without handle and makes his own. Marvin also had a threaded lid box he had made.

Loyd Ackerman

Loyd Ackerman had two segmented vases. One made with alder, walnut, and curly maple with 224 segments and the other of bloodwood and maple with 120 segments. Finish sanding sealer, lacquer and polyurethane.

 Mickey Knowles

Mickey Knowles showed a lamp with a stained-glass shade he had made. He told how he and Tom Cowan had decided to take classes at Church’s stained-glass years ago and each made their first lamp then.

 Bob Leonard

Bob Leonard showed a scene he had made from carvings he had done over a period of time. The only item he didn’t carve was a small statue of Jack Daniels in the outhouse. (A “Jack-in-a-Box”, you might say.)

 Chuck Taylor

Chuck Taylor displayed a chip and dip set made of ambrosia maple. He also had a pepper mill set made of maple. All were finished with oil and wax.

 Lytle Anderson

Lytle Anderson had a set of black walnut candle holders which were finished with spray on poly.

Richard Gulley

Richard Gulley showed trivets he had made for Christmas gifts and the first of the Stations of the Cross carvings.

Fred Heltsley

Fred Heltsley showed plans for sewing room he is working on. Plans show knee wall shelving units. Using red oak flooring for shelving. Needs seven; three glued up and ready for finish.

Ken Gould

Ken Gould brought a sample of wood he used fractal process (electrifying wood) to get burn wood look though grain. He explained process and three types of transformers that can be used to get the effect. Microwave transformer, neon sign transformer, oil furnace transformer. He said he used the safest the oil furnace transformer. He answered questions. He also had 2 small walnut frogs, one he got in 1959 and one he carved in 1983. In addition, he showed hackberry bowl with a plug in the bottom.

Links of Interest

I found the link to this video in a Woodcraft email. It’s about an hour long, but I watched it in shorter sessions. An interview with Disney carver Ray Kinman – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=n7iTi9th34A

I'm not sure if I’ve used this last link in past year, but it’s worth taking a second look at. It’s a Carter Co. rep telling how to set up a band saw. I was never too happy with my bandsaw’s performance until I followed these directions. BTW, I first saw the link to this video on our forum. You should give the forum a look-see. Band Saw Clinic with Alex Snodgrass- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU

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

I found this month’s funny on Pinterest (a t-shirt company ad.)

Not a Drill


If that doesn’t strike your funny bone, try this one-

Atom cartoon

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