Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 12


O my! Another December is here and another year is almost gone.  I’m sure most of you jolly elves have been in your shops making the chips fly. We’d like to see some of your work at our December Super Show n Tell.

On a sadder note, we’ve lost several members this year. The latest is Ken Jordan and we’d like to extend our condolences to his family. He was a talented craftsman. Other members who have passed this year are Ross Roepke and Jerry Hitchcock.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

November Meeting

For the November meeting, Tim Ryan presented a program on stabilizing wood.

December Meeting

Our December meeting will be a Super Show & Tell. Really, it’s just a regular Show & Tell. It’s up to us to make it SUPER!

The Christmas Luncheon was held on Dec 2nd at a new location. This year we met at St Barbabas Episcopal Church located at 110 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma. Thanks to our president for arranging the facility. Episcopal Church located at 110 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma. Thanks to our president for arranging the facility. There are pictures from the luncheon in the Club Events Gallery.

Upcoming Events

January 16th   Gary Runyon – Tips, Tricks and Jigs

February 20th – Sam Clark – Dust Collection Solutions

November 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in November meeting.

Geoff Roehm showed a custom dust collection system he built for his shop using the motor from a Harbor Freight Dust Collection System.  He is using a HEPA filter to catch the dust as the system needs to remain in his shop due to temperature and humidity requirements for his instrument making.  Pictures probably not in the order presented. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6, Pic7, Pic8, Pic9, Pic10, Pic11 )

From Vladimir Davydov’s Carving Seminar: Win Phipps, Dan Buholzer, Vince Zaccardi, Paul Jalbert, and Jim Jolliffe showed their Basswood Bald Eagle head relief carvings.  Win painted his with acrylic paint.  Other students who couldn’t make the meeting included Allen Odell and new TVW members Holly Creasy and Dan Seymour.

Gary Runyon showed 2 turned bowls.  One from Curly Maple, and one from Curly/Spalted Maple. Both were finished with Dr. Woodshop.

Win Phipps carved a multi-piece, Nativity scene out of Basswood finished with acrylic paints and minwax. He also brought a carved “Father Christmas” from Rich Wetherbee’s October Seminar.  He also brought a box of Christmas ornaments, all carved from basswood and finished with acrylic paints and minwax. (Pic1)

Vince Zaccardi turned a bowl from Red Oak, finished with Precat Lacquer. He also showed us a display plate turned from Ambrosia Maple, which he finished with oil.

Teri Smith brought an Intarsia Gold Fish made from Poplar and finished with acrylic paint Spray Lacquer.

Karen Browning brought 3 turned bowls and 3 cutting boards made from various woods and using various finishes. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3)

Chuck Taylor made 2 scroll sawed Name Placards (Pic1, Pic2) (he’s working on an entire 5th Grade Class!), a Tic-Tac-Toe set and 3 turned coasters.

Visiting professional woodcarver Vladimir Davydov showed two relief carvings he is working on.  One was a wolf with the moon and trees out of live edge basswood carved during his Nov 11th demonstration at Jim Jolliffe’s shop.  The other was a Grinch bust carved in basswood during his Nov 19th demonstration at the Hands-On Science Center.  He will add stain then apply acrylic paint and ultra-matte spray finish to both carvings.

Internet Links of Interest

First, we’ll continue our look at hand tools.

Our favorite hand tools | Wood (

Next, here’s a look at favorite tool from folk who test and work with them every day.

Tools We Can’t Live Without | Wood (

(I realize I’ve been using a lot of links from WOOD magazine lately. There’s a reason – Their website is a treasure chest of woodworking information.

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!

Sweeping Up

Let’s take a look at Common Sense. It seems it’s not all that common.

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Newsletter Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email editor, Richard Gulley ( .)