Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 05


We had a good day at the Sharpening Seminar on the 22nd . We had six or eight in attendance (some were a little dull) but by lunch time we were all sharp woodworkers!

A week or so ago Henry Davis and I took a road trip to Dean Lutes shop to pick up some maple. On the way we passed the military museum between Sewanee and Monteagle. Henry said he knew the folk and had donated some things to the museum. He suggested we visit the museum soon. But I thought it might be a good field trip for interested club members. Henry will check for times/dates and we will discuss at the May meeting.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

April 2023 Meeting

Andy Rigney presented pictures of some of his cabinets and furniture. He gave a brief history of how he is turning a passion into a living.

Editor’s note: It’s always been a fear of mine that you could turn a hobby you love into a job that you hate. But that’s just me.

May 2023 Meeting

The May Program will be our second social hour. Do you have a subject you would like to know more about or a problem you just can’t solve? Bring it to the meeting. There’s a good chance you’ll find what you need to know. If nothing else, I can guarantee you’ll get a little sympathy.

April 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in April.

Geoff Roehm opened the show with how to do inlay work. He recently finished an iris and butterfly inlay on the neck of his daughter’s guitar. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4)

Jim Jolliffe showed 2 pieces carved from Basswood; ‘Cold One’ and ‘Lucky Leprechaun’ Both had Acrylic paint, Lacquer, and Matte fixative.

Mickey Knowles: Brought in a turned bowl out of cherry. He finished he piece with Cellulose Sanding Sealer and Mohawk Briwax.

Gary Runyon brought in a piece of Yellow Wood harvested locally, with hand-planed finish.

Gary Bennett presented 2 laminated bowls: cypress/maple and poplar/mahogany. Both were finished with Hand Wipe Poly.

Judy Bennett brought in 2 examples of wood burning using Basswood. The color on the platter was due to oil-based colored pencils. The plaque was a wood scene with a cabin.

She also showed an intarsia Noah’s Ark. Various woods were used: western cedar, Basswood, Mahogany, Poplar, and walnut. It was finished with Deft Satin.

Vince Zaccardi brought a charcutier board using Walnut and an accent wood. Inlace epoxy was used to fill a big hole, the plate was finished with danish oil.

Richard Gulley showed a Lynchburg Weather Forecaster made from Jack Daniels Oak Barrel stave. He was given a box of parts by the Pugh estate in Moore County. He offered them to any one interested.

John Hartin brought in 2 turned bowls. A pierced Burl Bowl of Red Oak and a large bowl with carved leaves from Magnolia (Yellow with Black streaks). (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) Both were finished with his homemade oil (1/3 poly, 1/3 Thinner, 1/3 Refined Linseed oil)

Internet Links of Interest

A few of my favorite internet DIY woodworkers who build their own tools/jigs:

Matthias Wandel –

John Heisz –

Izzy Swann –

Stumpy Nubs –

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

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