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

Monthly Meeting

July 25,2017

Saint Marks Methodist Church

1. Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance. President Gordon Bell called the meeting to order and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance.

2. Guests Oreo Taylor Adams-Harris was introduced as a guest. She has a keen interest in chip carving and visited the SRWC booth at the White Oak Craft Fair in Woodbury and wanted to attend a meeting of the club. Also, Larry Sizemore of Christiana was present and indicated he hoped to join the club in an effort to learn proper techniques for woodworking so as to improve his woodworking skills.

3. Membership Dues President Bell reminded everyone that your annual membership dues of $25 are now payable. He encouraged the members to make their dues payment to treasurer Don McKinney as soon as possible.

4. Summer Picnic President Bell reported the SRWC Summer Picnic was a huge success with a large crowd in attendance, plenty of delicious food, and a cool setting inside the air conditioned Lascassas Fire Hall.

5. New Business President Bell asked the membership if there was a desire to continue making Christmas gifts for the residents of the Good Shepherds Children’s Home. He advised Glenn Emery would again take the lead in coordinating the project with the administrators at the home. A vote was taken and the membership indicated they wanted to continue the tradition.

David Sapp reported he was representing the Tennessee Association of Woodturners and informed the group the annual TAW Symposium is scheduled for January 26 and 27, 2018 at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin. Because this is the 30th anniversary of the symposium, the TAW has gone “all out” in scheduling presenting demonstrators. The All Star list includes Jimmy Clewes, Mike Mahoney, Stuart Batty, and Betty Scarpino. Quite the impressive lineup!!. The fees, schedule, and registration information is available on the TAW’s website at At the conclusion of the two

day event, the TAW will have a drawing for a FREE 3520 Powermatic Lathe, but you must be present to win!!

6. Program Vice-President Larry Ward introduced Paul Givens and Karen Alexander from Saint Marks Methodist Church. The two gave a presentation on a program that Saint Marks participates in to provide and build housing for the disadvantaged in the rural areas of southeastern Kentucky. Paul and Karen are part of the Disaster Relief Program at the church and this housing project is a part of their mission.

In years past, the approach to providing the houses was to build on site. This approach required carrying and delivering the heavy materials and equipment to the building site and starting construction. This proved to be very difficult due to the extremely remote areas where the need for housing existed. Rough terrain and long distances to building material suppliers created many problems and difficulties. Also, in many cases, the project was a repair and rebuild and not a total new build. Anticipating material and equipment needs was a difficult task at best. There had to be a better way!!

Paul developed the concept of a total build using the resources available at various churches in the local area. His concept was patterned after the manufactured modular house approach. He designed the houses room by room and made the detailed plans for walls, floors, and ceilings available to church groups who then built the walls to Paul’s specifications. These subassemblies were then shipped to the building sites in Kentucky and were assembled together to create a modest but very comfortable home for those in need.

Paul indicated the new home owners were required to agree to a 10 year $40,000 note that would be forgiven as long as they stayed in the house for the duration and did not participate in illegal activities. To qualify to receive one of these houses you must make application through the Redbird Mission, an organization that serves the disadvantaged in rural southeastern Kentucky.

The houses measure 34’x22’ and include two bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and living room. The foundations are dug 24 inches deep due to the colder weather in the mountain areas. The foundation, footers, and pillars are dug and built in advance of the subassemblies being delivered to the building site. All of the pre-built walls measure 8’x8’ and are 6 inches thick. Once the wall assemblies are on site, it takes only 4 days for a total build by the Disaster Relief Team. All electrical and plumbing work is performed by local contractors to ensure all building codes are met and surpassed. These trades do not provide their services free and therefore, there is a need for cash to complete the build. The

ceilings are T-111 plywood and all walls are covered with beadboard and then painted.

Paul and Karen presented a video and still photograph program that visually allowed the club members to see step by step the building process from start to finish. Karen also told the group how they try to always make the entire building process as personal as possible by doing some customized decorating and painting to ensure the recipients feel that they are indeed at “home”.

When Paul was asked how can the Stones River Woodworkers Club help, he said there were three ways; volunteer to build some the wall components, cabinets, etc. provide much needed cash to pay for non-donated items, and pray for the success of this program.

7. Other Business Paul Given asked for consideration of help with building cabinets for their work trailer. He provided drawings and specifications for the project.

8. Show and Tell David Sapp presented several examples of the type of projects that can be produced by using a CNC machine and computer software program. His offerings included a Chinese Checker Board, a piece featuring the TAW logo, and an example of an Artist Signature Mark.



Robert Woolfolk proved he has had a lot of shop time lately by presenting some beautiful pieces. He first showed the members a hand plane he built using spalted maple. Next, he showed a commissioned cremation urn made using cherry and maple. His next piece was a box made using ash and walnut. His final offering was another commissioned project, a tri-loom weaving box.

Don McKinney had built a beautiful round hand held mirror made from walnut and maple.

Gregg Peay brought an collection of handmade knives using an assortment of materials for the handles. The different materials included giraffe bone, buffalo horn, rosewood, walnut, maple, and shaghorn.

Larry Ward brought a box that was built in 1922 by his father-in-law while living in Wyoming. Larry pointed out that what made this somewhat nondescript piece so special to him and his wife was that it was signed and dated by his father-in-law, emphasizing to the members how important it is to sign your work. Always!!

9. Next Meeting SRWC member Mike Zinser will present the program and he has indicated it will have two parts. There will be a power point presentation and video on his involvement in the Narrow Gate Ministry where woodturning and other skills are taught to young men that have struggled making life decisions. Also, he plans to bring some of his off center turnings to discuss techniques and approach.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22,2017 at 6:30pm at the Saint Marks Methodist Church.

Remember to pay your dues!!!

These minutes respectfully presented by Larry Counts, Secretary.


Powell McClellan

403 Westchester Court

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

(615) 896-4216

cell (615) 995-4310