Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 10


As we move into the Fall season, I’m sure woodworkers are spending more time in the shop. This would be a good month to bring in Show & Tell.

Also bring your checkbook or the one who carries the family checkbook. We’ll be auctioning off a lot of smalls from the recent donation to the club.

Before we move into the newsletter, let me take a moment to be serious (not my usual mode of operation.) I would ask all of you that know the value of prayer to lift up the nation of Israel. What the country has suffered in past days is almost beyond comprehension. The path forward Israel has chosen will not be easy for the world to see, but the pure evil that they have experienced must end.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

 September Meeting

Anthony Watts presented a great program on his method of constructing Shaker boxes. He brought many examples of his work for the club to see.

October Meeting

We will conclude the auction at the regular meeting. There’s still a plethora of items to be sold.

Upcoming Events

-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.

 September 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in September.

Micky Knowles brought in a walnut bowl finished with Ser and Lacquer Sanding Sealer and Lacquer.

Gary Runyon made 2 Sliding Lid Boxes of Chittum wood and Walnut, fished with Minwax Antique Oil.

Chris Sautter presented 4 turned bowls: Two were Maple, two Spalted Box Elder. They were finished with Oil and Bees Wax. Chris noted that the spalted Box Elder tree belongs to his neighbor and we may consider harvesting some/all of the wood when he decides to fell the tree.

Vince Zaccardi brought in 4 bowls made of: Leyland Cyprus, Oak, Red Oak, Maple. The Red Oak and Oak were finished in Lacquer.

Jim Jolliffe showed us a carved Love Spoon out of Cherry which he finished with Rattle Can Lacquer. (Pic1, Pic2)

Internet Links of Interest

Most of my work the last few weeks has involved laser engraving/cutting. But recently I saw this article on using a drag knife with a CNC. I probably won’t try it soon, but maybe someday.

This page discusses different methods of holding down your work on a CNC. The method using wedges could be implemented on a workbench.

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!

Carving Seminar with Rich Wetherbee, member of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) October 21-22 8:30a-4:30p NOW FREE (a $200 value) to club members for the instruction and one roughout! Class size is up to 12 students.  Please come try it as we have all the tools you need and now have a nationally recognized instructor!  Contact Jim Jolliffe at or call 937.545.9135 to sign up.

Sweeping Up

Some woodworking pics you might like.

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.