Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 11


We’re on the backside of 2022 and it seems to be building up speed. My calendar of appointments is quickly filling up. I hope all of you have added Nov 19 (the Club tool/Craft Sale) and Dec 10 (the Club Christmas Brunch.) Both events are in the gym at the Decherd Church of the Nazarene. More info at the November meeting.

I really appreciate the great Show & Tell turn out last month. It’s always been my favorite part of our meetings.

Now, let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

October 2022 Meeting

The program featuring Andy Rigney, owner of Rigney Homecraft Fine Cabinetry, was postponed to 2023.

November 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, November 15th. The November Program with be Shadow Turning by member Fred Heltsley.

 One-on-one Sharpening

Gary Runyon is still offering one-on-one classes on sharpening scrapers and planes at his shop by appointment. Contact Gary via email to set day and time.

Upcoming Events

It’s time to clean up the shop and identify tools that you can live without. It’s time to turn them back into cash. November the 19th starting at 8:00 am. Set the evening on the 18th. Decherd Church of the Nazarene Gym,

The annual Christmas brunch will be December 10th 11:30am-2pm at Decherd Church of Nazarene Gym. More info at the meeting.

October 2022 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in last month’s Zoom/Live meeting.
Note from Editor- We had a great turn out for Show & Tell in October. Almost like a Super Show & Tell!

Richard Gulley showed pictures of bullet holes found in shop where someone fired gun. (Pic1, P1c2) Had pic of bullet. Discussed making 50 memorial crosses for the American Legion with Vince to be placed along highway entrances to Winchester/Decherd for special days. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6)

Jim Jolliffe showed love spoon he made for son and fiancé marrying Saturday. Finish linseed oil, lacquer and wax.

Rick Dickson showed a quilt style plaque made of cedar, oak and walnut pieces. He also salvaged an antique old piano lid with quartersawn oak veneer to make a table. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5)
Finally, he had piece of wood from a friend’s dad shop asked if anyone knew what wood it was.  He passed two sample pieces around with no firm identification made.

Darren Earle showed picture of cherry bowl with hummingbird. Finish danish oil. He told of making arbor for wedding and mistake made. Had to do a little adapting but all turned out good. Made of white oak, finish danish oil and spar varnish. Had pictures of box elder log at Falls Mill and of making large bowl from it.
(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5)

Gary Runyon displayed a storage box made of sassafras finish teak oil. He also had some threaded needle boxes of hard rock maple and a weaver’s shuttle of osage orange.  He finished the shuttle with broom straw then spray poly.

Mickey Knowles brought some hummingbird feeders made of holly and finished with no gloss lacquer. He also had a bowl with the top made of peach wood.

Geoff Roehm showed ukuleles being made with walnut and mahogany and red cedar.

Judy Bennett had a nice bride and groom plaque using walnut, maple and basswood.

John Hartin had a bowl made from box elder, a cherry bowl where he carved leaves on. He had 2 walnut bowls with covers (Pic1, Pic2), 2 spoons of walnut and he used a hot needle to decorate.

Todd Green displayed 2 signs that Richard Gulley put saying on for him:
Do Not Fear For I Am With You.
He also showed small table made to hold a lamp with drawer made of poplar and finish with poly.

 Internet Links of Interest

Router Tips and Tricks from Wood Magazine –

Period Fan Carving from Fine Woodworking –

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

Some funnies for you.


Why folks hate to go to the dentist.


Do you remember this song?

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 SPLINTERS.