Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 06


Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seemed to go right? I’ve had one of those days for about the last four weeks! I ordered a new 100 watt laser engraver about the first of May. When it was delivered there were issues with it. It took the last four weeks of back and forth with support to get it up and running. In the same time period, both my riding mows gave up. About a week ago my computer caught some kind of virus. This past Friday my phone died. I haven’t known what time it was for the past 3-4 days. I take comfort in the fact that “In the end, everything’s going to be alright. If it’s not alright now, it’s not the end.”

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

May 2023 Meeting

The May Program was our second social hour. I can’t speak with authority on the success of the meeting. I ran out of steam way before I ran out of day last meeting date. I’ve never known our group to be bashful about talking on any subject, so I assume it went well.

BTW, there are a few pics from the sharpening seminar posted here.

June 2023 Meeting

Kevin Ashley will present a program on Native American Flutes.

May 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in May

Gary Bennett presented 2 band saw boxes: 1 single drawer was made with mahogany; the double drawer box was made from cherry. Both were finished with Deft Lacquer. He also used Flocking to finish inside the drawers.

Darren Earle showed a completed a platter carved out of Oak burl, turned by Tom Church and sanded/finished by Susan Church, it was finished with oil.

Dennis Finney showed us his 3-D cutting board. He used four different wood types and a total of 384 pieces and finished with Howard’s Cutting board oil.

Vince Zaccardi brought a platter he made during a John C Campbell Folk School Turning seminar using Ambrosia Maple and finished with 2 coats of homemade oil-lacquer. The bottom was turned off center and carved.

Bob Truesdale showed us a small live-edge egg cup he had turned with Ky Coffee wood and finished with Rattle can Satin Lacquer.

Denis Urbanczyk made a bed table with folding legs out of Walnut with brass inlay. He finished it with Danish Oil

Internet Links of Interest

Jim has been sharing a few good tips with us every month. Here’s a few from the Family Handyman-

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

A few funnies about wives. All in jest of course. 😊

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.