Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 01


This year is very special. It’s loaded with expectations, possibilities, and challenges (great and small, good and bad.) I pray for you all a good year with no greater problems than you can comfortably handle – or at least, handle. Of one thing I’m relatively sure. If you have a woodworking problem, you have many people in the club willing and eager to help you. If not help, I can almost guarantee heartfelt sympathy. <grin>

It’s time to get started with SPLINTERS.

December 2022 Meeting

The December Super Show & Tell was a great success. Not as big as some years, but great quality.

2022 Christmas Luncheon

Pictures from the Christmas luncheon have been posted on the website. It’s amazing how many good looking people are in our club!

Club Events – Tennessee Valley Woodworkers (

 January 2023 Meeting

The January program will be Tony Murphy presenting a barstool build.

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.

December 2022 Show & Tell

We had a great Show & Tell at the December meeting. I’m going to try and get the Show & Tell pictures in a gallery named for the month they were shown. Previously, they lived in the next month’s Gallery. Hard to explain and probably not noticed by many, but it sure bothered me. Here are the items that were shown in December.

Joe Ferraro showed two bowls he turned at different Turning Bees.  The first bowl was turned out of cherry.  This year’s bowl was turned out of ambrosia maple.  Both were finished with lacquer.

Chris Sautter, with the use of pictures, talked about making a 4’x10′ maple drawing table for client. Started by making a large, 5’ x 11’ work table in 3 pieces. Showed process and large number of clamps needed for project, As part of project made cabinets and installed turnbuckles to hold top.  Used Tried and True finish. (Pic1, Pic1a, Pic2,Pic3, Pic4,Pic5, Pic6,Pic7, Pic8,Pic9, Pic10)

Jim Jolliffe brought a pair of gingerbread men decorated using Puffy Paint (available at Walmart, Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabric) and finished with satin rattle can lacquer.

Gary Runyon had a variety of bowls made from mesquite, osage orange, peach, red bud, cherry finished with shellac, oil and wax.

Mickey Knowles displayed a tea chest which he made a number of years ago with Tom Cowan.

Larry Wendland brought a number of pens. Made with Japanese wood, Bolivian wood and Chittum. Finished with CA glue on some and sanded to 12,000 grit sandpaper with others.

Darren Earle showed a large bowl made from red ash with liming and dyed blue. Finish lacquer.

Chuck Taylor had a variety of pieces, Candle holders of maple, small hollow vessel of maple, pot potpourri dish of maple, a small lidded box of holly and mushroom display made using multiple woods.  The mushroom stems were offset turned two and three times to get the curves.  All finished with lacquer.

Richard Gulley had 2 spoons on a chain made out of cherry about 40 years ago for wife honoring daughters. The spoons were finished in food grade wax and “age”.  He also showed a nice nativity scene made with CNC. The nativity scene was made of Rosewood and finish with mineral oil.

Richard Dickson brought a couple mini Japanese toolboxes. One made with cherry and walnut and another with maple and ivory. He also had coffee scoops made of different woods. (Pic1)

Anthony Watts displayed a number of shaker boxes of different sizes. He told the procedure of making boxes. Made with maple and popular finish milk paint and wax.

John Hartin showed a couple large bowls made from Magnolia crotch wood. He talked about the designs.
(Pic1, Pic2)

Internet Links of Interest

Since selling out his shop and moving north, our friend Jack Kincella has decided to use primarily hand tools. This month I’m giving you all a couple links that will help you follow the neanderthal lifestyle. The first deals with what your first hand tools should be. But it includes links to many other pages that will help you tune, sharpen, and use those tools.
Your First Hand Tools….and Why | Wood (

The second link is an auction house specializing in old tools. The prices are a little high, but you can buy instant gratification without spending all your time at yard sales and flea markets. (The hunt is where the fun is though.)

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

Two variations of the “Measure twice, cut once” motto.

And finally….

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.