Monthly Archives: April 2023

Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 04


Well, I’m hopeful that Spring has sprung. It’s been a busy month so far and I don’t see any change in the activity level. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on the 7th. It’s probably more than coincidence that both of us had been married exactly 50 years.

The rest of the month will be focused on cleaning the shop and getting ready for the sharpening seminar on the 22nd. We’ll have several methods of sharpening to demonstrate and opportunity for hands on sharpening. Bring a few chisels, hand planes, turning tools or even jointer blades and you might take them home sharp! More details at the meeting on the 18th.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

March 2022 Meeting

Bill Lester presented a detailed slide show of how to make a banjo.

April 2023 Meeting

The April Program will be presented by Andy Rigney of Rigney Family Homecraft. He will go over his business and products.

March 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in February.

Matt Brothers: Opened Show & Tell with a slide presentation of a replaced walnut gun stock he made for a client. (Gun1, Gun2, Gun3, Gun4, Gun5, Gun6, Gun7, Gun8) Pictures are not in sequential order.

He also showed a beautiful bed he made of cherry. (Bed1, Bed2, Bed3, Bed4, Bed5, Bed6, Bed7, Bed8, Bed9)

Paul Jalbert: Completed 4 cherry spoons started by deceased TVWW member Jim Accord. 2 were engraved with birds the other 2 with cats. They were finished with Butcher Block oil. All were returned to Mrs. Accord.

Mickey Knowles: Brought in a turned bowl made of cherry. He then turned a bowl and a spinning top, both from African Mahogany. The top was made from the inside material left from the bowl he turned. All three pieces were finished with Sanding Sealer Lacquer.

Chuck Taylor: Brought in a toy tractor from maple, oak and cherry; and a wagon from figured maple. These were finished with Tried and True. His second item was a turned bowl out of spalted maple finished with satin lacquer.

Someone also brought a bundle of thin hardwood pieces. They somehow ended up at my house and I appreciate the donor and the delivery man. They’ll probably grow up to be Christmas ornaments.

Internet Links of Interest

From the WOOD magazine website – a page of links dedicated to shop maintenance (in conjunction with our sharpening seminar on the 22nd.)

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!

Note: Woodcarver Rich Wetherbee will lead a Caricature Carving seminar at Jim Jolliffe’s shop October 21st and 22nd from 8:30 – 4:30 each day.  Cost is $170 plus roughouts ($30-$40 each).  Lunch will be provided both days. Please let Jim know if you want to sign up.

Sweeping Up

For this month’s humor, I’ll focus on our obsession with tools.

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.