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Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 09

Splinters September 2020

Volume 35 / Issue 09


This may be as late as I’ve ever started on a newsletter. The third Tuesday came quick this month, but I won’t use that for an excuse. More of a case of “Can’t Want To”. We’ll blame it on Covid19. Lately everybody else seems to be whipping that horse.

Coming Events

  • One fine day– we’ll have a Tennessee Valley Woodworkers Club meeting. The program will include a Super “I Survived Covid19/and Riots” Show & Tell! We will meet again. Don’t lose hope.
  • Summer/Fall Events – will be rescheduled in the fall.


It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Bob Leonard, one of our long-time TVW members.
Bob will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.

From our Treasurer

Due to the cancellation of so many Wood Club meetings and activities in 2020, the Wood Club Executive Committee has decided that dues paid for the year 2020 will also cover the year 2021. New members are still welcome to join ($10 individual and $15 family). Also, there is no rush to pay dues. This can wait until the next monthly Wood Club meeting.

September Show & Tell

Several folks have sent me pictures of what they’ve been working on while “Sheltered in Place.” The pictures can be seen on the website Gallery and links are in the online newsletter.

Gary Runyon – a few projects I’ve finished lately:

-Threaded Acorn boxes in Cherry and dogwood (pic1, pic2)
CD Storage boxes for the shop, ambrosia maple, finger jointed
-Tape looms and accessories for weaving tape in cherry

Gary BennettSalt & pepper grinders: Cherry using tung oil.
Kitchen bowl/basket: Walnut, maple open segments, using Deft spray lacquer. 
Steady rest: Oak, scrap plywood, bolts and inline skate wheels, brushed on polyurethane.

Logan Hickerson – Recently finished a wine bottle coaster of cherry wood with beeswax finish. There is a cork liner. The carved images are of scarlet oak leaves.

Loyd Ackerman – The end table (24 X 16 X 20) is a work in progress. The top, a shelf [not shown in picture], and aprons are mahogany.
Two of the legs are walnut. The other two are poplar dyed with dark walnut aniline dye. I settled for poplar since I didn’t have enough walnut. I plan to use Watco dark walnut wiping varnish to continue the color match. After several days, when the Watco is dry, I’ll use lacquer satin for the final finish.
Logo of the Huntsville Country Club – 11 X 11 X 0.5
CNC carved through black lacquer.
Coasters with same logo 3/8″ X 3 1/2″ 4 copies
A second iteration of the coasters will be carved through the black lacquer layer – if my new program works

Sam Clark – some bird houses Sam’s been working on recently.   He dyed the tops to match the birds.
Also, I’ve been making some corn hole games for family and friends. (pic1, pic2)

Internet Links of Interest

How do you sign your projects? Here’s some ideas from Wood Magazine.

Pete Miller sent this link for 5 methods of transferring images onto wood.  Pretty easy.

Here’s an interesting site for you woodturners –

TVW YouTube Channel

In this month’s video, Loyd Ackerman demonstrates his method of bending thin laminations using a vacuum press.

Carver’s Corner

The carvers are meeting again. Jim says , weather permitting, they can support carving both inside and outside.  

The carvers continue to meet first and third Saturdays 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!

News from the Leiper’s Fork Carvers –

“Our good friend and Club member Don Burgdorf passed away last spring.  His wife Sandie asked if we could help sort and sell some of his woodcarving tools and accessories accumulated over a lifetime of teaching and woodcarving.  Of course we were happy to assist.  We travelled to their home in Hohenwald and returned with three pickup truck loads of items.

We will be selling this unique collection over 5 Saturdays, beginning Sep 19, outdoors (weather permitting), behind the Leatherwood Studio in Leipers Fork where the Club meets.  The sale schedule is as follows:

Sep 19 – Books and videos
Sep 25 – Hand tools and accessories
Oct 3 – Power tools and accessories
Oct 10 – Wood, roughouts and carvings
Oct 17 – Misc and leftover items”

The Splinters Carvers are planning a convoy to the sale. Contact Jim Jolliffe for more information.

Sweeping Up

 Thanks to Pete Miller for sending enough funnies for a couple months.


Newsletter Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email editor, Richard Gulley ( .)

Membership Information

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