November 2019 Newsletter

Stones River Woodworkers Club

November 26 2019

Saint Marks Methodist Church

The Program: Our speaker for November will be Patrick Cecil.

Patrick is a professional chair maker, specializing in rocking chairs with various bottoms. A former resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Patrick left the city life and moved his family to Woodbury, Tennessee 14 years ago to pursue the art of chair making. And after various designs and tweaking has found a market for his rocking chairs. Please welcome Patrick to our club meeting.

Stones River Woodworking Minutes:

Date: October 22, 2019

Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction of Guests: Larry Curtis, box builder.

President’s Opening and member comments: Ryan welcomed everyone and sent a sign-up sheet around for the pot luck Christmas party to be held at ST. Marks on December 7th from 5:30 to 8:30. Everyone is encouraged to bring something you have made that you can donate to the members gallery auction. The idea is that 50% of the auction the will go to the woodworker and 50% will go to the Stones River Woodworkers Club. Wood turning classes are our highest priority and the date will be set for that. Some things we will be trying out are changing our raffles to once a quarter, and our breaks will be for 10 minutes.

Glenn Emery reported that we will be doing handcrafted wood gifts with the Good Shepherd’s Children’s Home again this year. Your gift should be no larger than 12 inches square, and have a retail value no greater than $30. It is expected that there will be approximately 6 girls and 12 boys ranging in age from 7 to 18 years.

Gene Casto said that there is room for another person at his Saturday miniature birdhouse workshop.

(Retrospective comment: Marv Miller was present to assist Gene for the very busy Friday workshop with a group of six participants. Three participated on Saturday and it was overall a very enjoyable and valuable learning experience for everyone!)

Guest Speaker: Vice President Sam Cook introduced one of our own founding members, Doug Pelren

Doug demonstrated how to make an “Inside-Outside” Christmas ornament, featuring a hollow center. Using four separate pieces that are turned, then reversed, and re-assembled. He said the pieces are 4 to 5 inches long and about 5/8 to 3/4 inches wide. Each piece numbered and secured together tightly with painters tape, and then placed in the lathe chuck lightly. Then turned to a smooth flowing profile at about 1800 RPM by riding the bevel to cut rather than to scrape. You can use a small bowl gouge or use a carbide tipped tool. The piece is then sanded on the lathe with 120 grit, 220 grit, and then burnished with 0000 steel wool. It is next removed from the chuck and the pieces reversed, in order glued together. Cleaned up to remove any glue squeeze-out, and re-turned to the final shape. Sanded again going through the different grits as before.. The hardware used to hang the ornament is a #1 eagle claw bait saver fishing hook shank that is cut off and forced into a 1/16 inch hole drilled into the ornament’s end. The finial was not done due to time constraints but Doug passed around examples of these. If more information is needed, Doug will send you a copy of the 2005 winter issue of a Woodturning Design magazine article detailing each step so you can do this too! Doug made this all look easy? Thanks Doug!

Doug was presented a certificate of appreciation from the club by Ryan Snover.

Show and Tell:

Bob Musgrove

made a birdhouse ornament with the bird.

Glen Emery

made a hollow Christmas ornament using his “flute master” tool.

Respectfully submitted,

David Roesler

SRWW Secretary

Calendar of Events

Stones River Woodworkers Club

Christmas party to be held at

ST. Marks on

December 7th from 5:30 to 8:30.

Educational Opportunities

Marc Adams School of Woodworking Franklin, IN

Appalachian Center for Crafts Smithville, TN

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Gatlinburg, TN

John C Campbell Folk School Brasstown,

Woodcraft Franklin, TN

Officers for 2018-19

President: Ryan Snover 770-354-0476

Vice President: Sam Clar 615-440-8300

Secretary: David Roesler 615-491-0232

Treasurer: Gene Casto 615-417-0557

Publicity: Glen Emery 615-556-9462

Web Administrator: Robert Woolfolk 615-849-9951

Newsletter Editor: Marvin Miller 615-995-1097

Please feel free to contact any officer with suggestions, comments, or ideas to improve the club and keep it moving forward. Thank you!!

Remember to check out the club’s website

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