Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 07


I trust you all had a great July 4th. We saw a couple fireworks displays and ate a lot of BBQ. It’s a great country that celebrates by eating slow cooked meat and watching explosives.

These are busy times what with gardens, grass mowing and such. I hope you’ve also managed to get in some shop time. Bring in something for Show & Tell.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

June 2023 Meeting

Kevin Ashley presented a program on Native American Flutes. I haven’t heard a lot of Native American Flute players, but I have heard a few. Kevin was easily the best I have heard. He also gave a good program on the construction of the flute and had flutes constructed in several sizes and wood species.

July 2023 Meeting

Paul Jalbert will present his entry for the 2 X 4 Challenge.

Upcoming Events

The Turning Bee will be held on Saturday, July 22 from 8 AM until turners complete.  Location is Isha Institute 951 Isha Lane McMinnville TN 37110.  Cost is $10 per person for the bowl blanks. Chair Denis Urbanczyk will provide more details in the July meeting.

July 29 Shop Tour Teri Smith @ 100 Pleasant Way, Shelbyville. Anthony Watts will provide more details at the July Meeting.

Richard proposed visiting the WWII Military Museum on Saturday, August 19. Further details coming.

The August meeting will be the annual club auction.

The Tool and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Oct 28th at St Barnabas Episcopal Church. It slipped one week due to Rich Wetherbee’s carving seminar on 21-22 Oct.

The Club is looking for a black locust tree to support a repair at Falls Mill.

May 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in June

Paul Jalbert completed a service project making a Little Free Library and Native Plant boxes for Tim’s Ford. Used paint to finish.

Richard Gavigni presented 2 letter openers made from Lignum Vitae and finished with paste wax.

Chuck Taylor brought in 2 items: Salt and Pepper Mills turned from Pecan and Nested bowls made out of Spalted Maple. All were finished with Tried and True, Linseed oil, Bees Wax.

Mickey Knowles turned a Mimosa Bowl finished with Sanding Sealer (cellulose) Lacquer.

Gary Runyon brought in a series of wolverine-type Tool Rests which he welded.

Richard Gulley brought in a Cord Spreader Jig out of Maple unfinished. And a couple of Laser cutouts made from ¼” plywood and MDF. Also shown were test cards from different plywoods. Here are pictures of his new laser, chiller, and exhaust fan.

Bob Truesdale showed us a partially turned bowl made from Spalted Dogwood.

Jim Jolliffe showed us a carved cabin in a frame made from barnwood. The cabin was carved out of cottonwood and frame background was red cedar. Finished with satin lacquer, using colored pencils to add color highlights.

Internet Links of Interest

From WOOD magazine –

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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

Since we just celebrated July 4th, I thought it might be a good time for Shop Safety tips. Be careful out there.


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