Monthly Archives: October 2021

Newsletter Vol 36 / Issue 10


I’m thankful that we’re entering into the holiday season. I love fall weather. You just don’t sweat as much. As far as the actual holidays, I’m not a big fan of Halloween. Except my wife always buys lots of candy and we have fewer Trick or Treaters every year.

BTW, picture of the 2021 picnic at Fall’s Mill have been published.

Now let’s get started with Splinters!

September Meeting

The show and tell was great. You can tell woodworkers are turning their focus to Christmas.

Program – Segmented Turning by Tom Farr.
Tom did a great job introducing folk to segmented turning. We have several talented segmented turners in the club, but I’m not one of them.

October Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, October 19th from 6:30-8:30.  Our program will be “Building a Box Dulcimer” by Geoff Roehm.

The Tool Sale scheduled for October 23rd has been cancelled. As an alternative, we will discuss a mid-November tool sale/craft show.

September Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in last month’s Zoom/Live meeting. See pictures in the online version.

Bob Truesdale showed two beautiful bowls he turned.  One was made of walnut and the other was made of black gum wood.  He enjoyed turning both bowls due to their distinctive grain patterns.  Both were finished with lacquer.

 Eric Strotheide showed a circus wagon he made from oak.  He finished the wagon in Danish Oil.

 Clay Cooper and Carl Blumenthal showed a sandblasted sign out of walnut that had a map of Tim’s Ford and associated highways on it.  Carl said it was difficult to apply the templates for each layer of the design.  The sign was finished with spray on lacquer.

Judy Bennett showed an intarsia scene of a bride and groom for their oldest grandson who is getting married soon.  She used Aspen and Walnut for the intarsia.  The grandson’s sister is also getting a bride and groom intarsia piece for her wedding in 6 months.  She finished it with spray-on lacquer.

Judy also showed four intarsia welcome signs that had season themes for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  She used a variety of scrap wood from their shop including cedar, purple heart, mahogany, ash and yellow heart.  They were also finished with spray on lacquer.

Gary Bennett showed turned Christmas ornaments turned from mahogany, walnut, box elder and poplar. He finished all with poly.

Gary also showed more than 20 porch balusters and a pair stair posts he turned for a porch.  He had sought support at a previous meeting and decided to turn them himself.  They look great!

Gary Runyon showed a slotted sliding lid box.  The lid was made from eucalyptus and the sides from cherry.  It was finished with walnut antique oil.  It was the first time Gary had worked with eucalyptus and he noted it is very hard wood.

 Darrell Albert showed an antique bowl and passed it around to the members to see if they could identify the wood.  Not sure anyone could successfully identify the wood. Darrell showed three chittum burl spoons that he finished with walnut oil.

 Richard Gulley showed a SawStop safety cartridge that fired into his blade recently.  He said it nicked his finger but didn’t draw blood.  He noted he’s had the saw for more than five years and had two finger-saving incidents!

 Internet Links of Interest

For a plethora of wood related videos check out Wood magazine’s YouTube channel: 

Carver’s Corner

The Splinter Carvers continue to meet first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am (whether Jim’s there or not).  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!

Sweeping Up

I found several funnies from Pinterest this month. I’ll share a few of them:

Submissions to the newsletter are more than welcomed. Send funnies, tips, or other content that may be of interest and you may see it in a future edition of .

Newsletter Information

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