Monthly Archives: August 2023

Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 08


The August meeting promises to be a real barnburner. The auction always turns out to be a big deal, but this one is going to be a BIG DEAL! Watch for emails explain how some of the items can be viewed before the sale.

We’ll also be finalizing the tour to the Military Museum. We have to set the timetable and breakfast location.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

July 2023 Meeting

Paul Jalbert presented his entry for the 2 X 4 Challenge. Use a regular 2x4x8 and create something in a month’s time using as much wood as possible. Paul created a 1/48th scale model Martin JRM-3 Mars Seaplane. Then he added a twist by characterizing the nose and wingtips of the plane to look like a pelican with flying cap and googles.

 August Meeting

The August meeting will be the annual club auction. Be sure to bring cash, a good check, or a banker in good standing who will vouch for you. There will be wood bundles, tools large and small for sale to the highest bidder. We also ask members to bring items for sale, especially work you have created.

Upcoming Events

-The Club has a field trip scheduled to visit the Military Museum on August 19. Museum is located at: 1148 Main St. Monteagle. There are a couple options for breakfast. That decision will be made at the August meeting.

-September 23rd Club picnic at Falls Mill 11am-2pm. Meat and drinks provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

-October 7-8 Tim’s Ford Heritage Days. Details coming.

-October 21-22 Rich Wetherbee’s Carving seminar. Cost is $170 plus roughouts $30-$40. Lunch will be provided both days. Contact Jim if you plan to attend.

-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.

July 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in July

Gary Runyon started us off with a small bowl which he turned from curly black walnut.

Dennis Rumer brought in a paper towel holder out of Walnut and his very first bowl turned from Purple Heart. Both were finished with poly.

John Hartin brought in a walnut goblet and used it as an example of how to apply the ‘Rule of Thirds” to your designs.

Vince Zaccardi turned a walnut plate finished with oil. Then showed us a rough turned piece of live edge hickory after it had been in a bag for several months. The live edge had separated from the bowl and although it didn’t break, it was severally twisted.

Internet Links of Interest

Looking for some free woodworking plans? They’re as close as a Google search. Most of the major woodworking magazine sites have freebies. Here’s some that Wood Magazine has to offer –

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

I found several funnies this month that may give you a chuckle.

And finally, a little something for our field trip on the 19th – 

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.