Stones River Woodworkers Club Murfreesboro, TN

Meetings: 6:30pm, 4th Tues. each month (except December) at:                          St Marks Methodist Church

1267 N Rutherford Blvd

Stones River Woodworkers Club

September Meeting

September 26, 2017

Saint Marks Methodist Church


Call to Order            Vice-President Larry Ward called the meeting to order at 6:30pm and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Guests/New Members       Guests in attendance included Charlie Pinault.  Charlie indicated his main interest was in small turnings, including pens.

Also, Glenn Littlepage was in attendance and Glenn enjoys furniture making and custom pen turning.

A returning guest was George Todd and George enjoys turning and his “big project” at this time is building an all wood 1932 model automobile.

Leonard Zollicoffer was a new guest that has interests in turning and blacksmithing and is hoping the SRWC could help guide his sons into advanced woodworking.


Old Business          Glen Emery told the membership he had received the list of children from the Good Shepherds Children’s home for the shop made Christmas gift project.  Glen said there are 17 names on the list and you can select the same child you made a gift for last year.  He passed around the list of boys and girls for members to volunteer to make a gift.  This project must be completed by early December.

Tennessee Association of Woodturners Annual Symposium      David Sapp Brought pamphlets and information on the TAW Symposium for 2018 to be held in January at the Cool Springs Marriott.  He also brought for display samples of shop clothing, including hats, smocks, and denim shirts, that will be available at the symposium, or you can preorder them now.  The symposium features 4 legendary turners to demonstrate, vendors, displays, giveaways, and a banquet.  The cost for the two day symposium is $155.  For more information go to the TAW website at

David also reminded the membership about the Pens for the Troops program that is under way and has a deadline of Veterans Day in November.  You can sign out pen kits at the Woodcraft Store in Franklin and take them home to turn or you can go to the Woodcraft store on the last Saturday of each month and use the lathes and equipment at the store to turn pens for this most worthwhile project.

Robert Woolfolk reported on a successful weekend at the White Oak Craft Fair in Woodbury.  Robert indicated that over $1600 in sales was recorded by SRWC members.  Those participating included: Doug Pelren, Bobby Creighton, Mike Zinser, Gene Casto, Mary Nichols, Bob Musgrove, and Stan Mullendore.

Powell McClellan passed around his list of email addresses for the membership to verify that all info was correct.  He feared that in the transfer of data, some errors or omissions were accidentally made.  He requested the cooperation of the members so that you will continue to receive the newsletter and other SRWC announcements.

Bobby Creighton    Bobby made contact with the organizers of the Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival and discovered the SRWC was left off the list of vendors invited to participate by oversight.  Bobby was assured the oversight will be corrected and SRWC would certainly be invited in 2018.  

Doug Pelren brought several books of woodworking that the Linebaugh Library donated to the SRWC.  The books were not to be a part of the club’s library, rather they were free to any member interested.

Treasurer Don McKinney reported that 50 of the approximately 80 members from last year had renewed their membership dues.  It is never too late to pay your dues of $25.

Larry Ward asked the membership if there was any interest in participating in the Rutherford County Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Fridays.  There is a $10 per day set up fee and you are welcome to display and sell your shop made projects.



Member Larry James presented a program on woodcarving and brought several of his beautiful pieces for display.  Larry described his passion for woodcarving as a 50 year journey.  Larry gave a brief history of his education and early work history.  His Dad was a cabinet maker and therefore Larry was exposed to woodworking at an early age.  As a student at MTSU, he majored in Art and was taught and inspired by some truly remarkable instructors.

Larry shared his philosophy on the difference between an artist and a craftsman.  He believes a craftsman creates with their hands and an artist creates with their heart and when you combine the two, you find some absolutely amazing creations.  Larry told the membership how lucky they were to be in the SRWC with some outstanding artist/craftsmen.  He mentioned several members that were world class woodworkers and had produced some beautiful pieces.  Those members included: Harold Baldwin, Gene Casto, Ransom Jones, Tom Vandervort, Mike Zinser, Alice Jensen, and Marvin Miller.  These were just a sampling of the wealth of talent in the SRWC.

Larry described and explained the difference in a high relief carving and a low relief carving.  He indicated his tools of choice on all his carvings were the router, a Dremel tool, and woodcarving gouges.  

He then shared some of his creations and explained methods and techniques for creating and completing the works of art.  The pieces included:

            A one-half scale Chippendale tilt top table with a pie crust edge.

A carving of a woman using cabriole legs for her legs and he attached her arms to the body by using dowels.

Next was a carving of an eagle that was made from discarded pine shelving.

Another eagle was displayed and on this piece he used several different species of wood and incorporated the technique of intarsia.

Another eagle was created from scraps of beautiful mahogany from a bed frame.

The next piece was an eagle made of sassafras and elm.  It featured four layers of wood to make the feathers on the wing.  Osage orange and walnut were used as highlight woods and the legs and feet were made using twisted wire to form the shape and then covered with a mixture of sawdust and glue and then painted.

The next eagle was made using redwood and it featured a walnut base.

Two more eagles were featured and both were made using redwood, however, on these two, Larry demonstrated how different the color of the two were because on one the redwood came from a demolished silo. On both, the secondary wood was poplar.

The next was an eagle made from sassafras and elm and the inspiration came from a metal statue.

His final piece was a dragon.  The inspiration here came from a drawing found on the internet and modified in his shop.  The woods used on the dragon were walnut, maple, mahogany, poplar, cedar, and bloodwood.  An interesting note was the bloodwood used on the dragon actually came from a shipping crate from Costa Rica.


Show and Tell         

Powell McClellan presented an antique angle brace (for drilling) he picked up at an auction.

Alice Jensen displayed a piece of osage orange complete with bark still attached that was finished with Deft and will be used as a shelf.

Marvin Miller brought some sanding spindles he made in his shop using PEX water lines, bolts and washers.  Much cheaper than the store bought version and Marvin said he got the idea from a YouTube video.


Next Meeting:          Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30pm Saint Marks Methodist Church


These minutes respectfully submitted by Larry Counts, Secretary