West Tennessee Woodturners
Secretarial Minutes
June 11, 2016

Present at the meeting: Paul Reed, Jack Couch, Jerry Dawson, Paul Crabtree, Bill & Kirk Smith, Bobby Lowrance, Billy Joe Hill, Giley Wright, Billy Wyche, Randy Pitts, Ross Lipscomb, Robert Roy, Robert Hobbs, Mark Bateman, Ken Stumpenhorst, Danny Clark, Robert Reeves, Van & Ronnie Goff, and our newest member, Mike Bledsoe

New Business:

Tim Phelps of the Tennessee Forestry Department is having an informational lunch meeting on Thursday, July 7 from 11 am-1 pm. This will be held at the Farmers Market downtown Jackson and a head count will be needed to make sure everyone has a box lunch. Topics will include: transporting woods, blights in this area, etc. Contact Bill Wyche if you plan to attend.

There’s been some interest in caps, smocks, shirts, decals, patches that contain our WTW  logo. If we purchase yeti (or similar stainless steel) cups Ross Lipscomb can engrave our logo onto them for a small fee.

Demo’s for the upcoming months:

June: Inlay by Jerry Prosise   (
July: Our very own Jerry Dawson will demonstrate how he creates lidded boxes.
Aug: Round Table: Tips, Techniques, Tools, Questions *
Sept: Paul Crabtree Hollowing Demo and Demo of King Tools
Oct: Mark Sillay (
Nov: Mike Peace (
Dec: Christmas Party? Need to organize if a party is desired. Contact Bill.

*100% Club member participation  Round-table discussion to cover a wide range of information:

Sharpening tools • Homemade tools • How-to Questions • Bring item to talk about
Bring a difficult wood you have trouble with & get possible solutions Any tips & techniques you want to share

Instant Gallery People's Choice

People’s Choice Gallery:
Jerry Dawson
with his winning entry

JSCC has had some position turnovers.   The contact person for meeting anytime other than the normal 2nd Saturday of the month will be Ms. Terri Messer from what I’ve been told. At this time, the WTN Woodturners are still able to have their monthly meetings without a class being required. This may change at a later date but for now, monthly meetings will continue as usual.

TheCO was brought up as place to possibly teach but needs to be researched.
Its purpose is to provide the Community a place to Collaborate. To learn more about this:

Old news:

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will be the charity of choice. For the booth we will NEED items to sell. Please put a price on items you donate. Spinning tops will be given out for cash donations. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (Joan Taylor) said they will provide stickers, banners and cash collection jars. So far Robert & Jerry have donated several items but we still need a lot more to make a nice Woodturner impact. What doesn’t sell will be packed up & sent to Le Bonheur for a future fundraising event. A few items for donation are listed below:

Pens for our Troops: Only a few more to be collected then all will be sent to Nashville to be sent to the troops. What an impact our club made! Way to go!!

June’s Demonstrator:

Jerry Prosise: Inlay Demo using Tasmania black heart burl full of holes for inlay purposes.

Jerry mentioned he bought all his inlay stones from this website that features over 578 natural stones.
When using minerals, the Mohs scale is used. If the inlay material is to hard (high on the Mohs scale) chances are great you will not be able to smooth it by turning it with your tools without tool damage. The Mohs scale of mineral hardness is based on the ability of one natural sample of mineral to scratch another mineral visibly. The samples of matter used by Mohs are all different minerals. Minerals are pure substances found in nature. Rocks are made up of one or more minerals. As the hardest known naturally occurring substance when the scale was designed, diamonds are at the top of the scale. The hardness of a material is measured against the scale by finding the hardest material that the given material can scratch, and/or the softest material that can scratch the given material. For example, if some material is scratched by apatite but not by fluorite, its hardness on the Mohs scale would fall between 4 and 5. "Scratching" a material for the purposes of the Mohs scale means creating non-elastic dislocations visible to the naked eye. Frequently, materials that are lower on the Mohs scale can create microscopic, non-elastic dislocations on materials that have a higher Mohs number. While these microscopic dislocations are permanent and sometimes detrimental to the harder material's structural integrity, they are not considered "scratches" for the determination of a Mohs scale number.

The Mohs scale is a purely ordinal scale. For example, corundum (9) is twice as hard as topaz (8), but diamond (10) is four times as hard as corundum. The absolute hardness measured by a sclerometer. Anything OVER a #6 hardening will be extremely difficult to sand or cut with tools. Wet sanding with a diamond disc may be necessary.

Fill deep holes in the wood with wood shavings then pour thin CA glue to harden. Keep filling deep holes until shallow enough to put the mineral of your choice in. When hardened, fill gaps with mineral dust until you reach the result desired.

Jerry found a great stone grinder to create the “powder” for grouting between the actual stones. This is an Epica coffee grinder available through Amazon for approx. $13. He also uses a large amount of thin CA glue bought by the quarts through his club at a group discount.

Also used was a Dremel tool. A hint here: ask your dentist for the used dental tools after working on your teeth. They can’t be used again and are great ways to get small detailing in your woodwork. These will fit in your Dremel tool.

Below are samples of Jerry's work:

Bowl with crushed eggshell Inlaid copper bowl
free standing art form carved hollow vessel


Submitted by Ronnie Goff, Secretary


Crowley Page Break

Instant Gallery

--Click small image for full size photo with name and descriptive Information--


Demo - Jerry Procise

--Click small image for full size photo.


Photography by Jerry Dawson

Crowley PageBreak

Category: 2016 Activities