Diablo Woodworkers ACTIVITIES.Club meetings at PHEC are the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Shop Tours are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to Noon. The Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center meets in Room 208 at PHEC, 7pm the first Thursday of each month. Just drop in. There is no need for advanced registration. Just show up and join the fun.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Andrew Baxter – Multi Axis Turning.
Shop Tour, David Lipscomb's home shop.
43rd Annual Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire, Napa, CA.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Ron Tinay – Open Segment Turning.
NEXT MEETING DETAIL
JUNE 10, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM. JAMES SCHEID, Urban Forester – California Department of Forestry
As the San Francisco Bay Area / North Coast Urban Forester for CAL FIRE, Jimi feels honored on a daily basis to serve in a profession where the people he interacts with are as diverse as the urban forests where they live. Serving an 11-county jurisdiction that spans from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border gives him an extensive outlook on the state of the industry. As a representative from a government agency, and as a member or affiliate of numerous regional, state and national organizations, he strives to bring a comprehensive approach to his profession, working closely with local municipalities, non-profit organizations, special districts, business owners, consultants and the public alike. His daily duties involve advocacy of best management practices, networking related entities, providing technical and financial assistance and educational outreach activities related to urban forestry/arboriculture and, to a lesser extent, commercial forestry, forest practice, fire prevention & suppression, environmental education and related biological sciences. Regardless of the assorted settings he finds himself in, he truly believes that the abundant benefits of trees, their appropriate management and related education thereof, serve as universal solutions to so many of our society’s dilemmas.
Outside of work, his hobbies include camping, backpacking, hiking, traveling, live music, disc golf, kayaking, craft beer, and novice woodworking exploits. He lives with his wife and pets in Humboldt County, California, where he appreciates the amazing natural beauty of coastal forests and waterways along with the close-knit feeling of a talented local community.
JULY 8, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM. JOHN MELLO, Builds and restores guitars in Kensington.
His passion is to produce concert guitars with a broad tonal palette and wide dynamic range that both project well and respond sensitively to the mature player's varied touch. John builds two to six guitars a year that sell in the range of $11,000 each. Read more at http://www.johnfmello.com/about.html.
AUGUST 12, 2015, Annual Summer Social, 6-9 PM at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Ln and Cleveland.
Our Annual Summer Social will again be at the Pleasant Hill Park, Gregory and Cleveland Streets. 6 pm to 9 pm, August 12th.
We are having BBQ and Roast Chicken plus Vegetarian entrees. Please indicate your preference for vegetarian at signup time.
We need each of you to bring a Salad, Side Dish or Dessert, enough for 6 people. Wine, beer, sodas, water and ICE CREAM will be provided.
Those wishing to assist with picnic coordination and set up should contact Harold Mantle (925-283-3307) for specific assignments.
MAY 13, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM. DUGAN ESSICK, Life Long Woodworker
Our May speaker was Dugan Essick a lifelong woodworker with experience in cabinetmaking, furniture building and design, boat building, pattern making, home restoration, remodeling and guitar building. If it’s wood Dugan gets excited about it and stresses quality and value in all he makes.
The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our May 13, 2015 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.
Mark Taylor – new member
SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS
SATURDAY, June 20th Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON. The Hyde Street Pier, Small Boat Shop, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco CA
Our tour will be hosted by John Muir the Curator of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. John was the speaker at our January 2015 Woodworker’s meeting when he described the construction of a Chinese Junk.
We will tour the shops/facilities involved in the construction, restoration, and preservation activities within the Maritime Museum, see the Small Boat Shop, the Boat Wright's Shop, and discuss or view some steam bending and lofting.
Driving - There is public parking at 900 N. Point St at Ghirardelli Square. The Hyde Street Pier is a short walk down Larkin St to Beach St to Hyde St.
BART - 3 minute walk from Embarcadero BART to Market St and Main St, board Muni F Line, 20 minute ride to Jones St and Beach St, 10 minute walk on Beach St to Hyde St Pier.
Meet at the Small Boat Shop which will be on your right as you enter the Maritime National Historical Park at the Hyde Street Pier
SATURDAY, July 18th Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON. Tim Killen’s Home Shop, 57 La Campana Road, Orinda, CA
Join us for a tour of Tim’s shop where he creates museum replicas of traditional pieces mainly in American18th Century and Shaker styles.
Tim, a retired electrical engineer, has been designing and building furniture for more than 36 years. His home is furnished with hundreds of handcrafted antique reproductions. His construction techniques are traditional. He uses power tools but leans heavily on the utilization of hand tools such as handsaws, chisels, and planes. His finishing techniques are also traditional and mainly involve French Polish with shellac, or milkpaint.
Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available
From Highway 24 take Exit 10 onto St Stephens Dr. toward Hidden Valley Rd.,
Keep right on St Stephens Dr. toward Charles Hill Rd.,
June 4th, Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, PHEC Room-108, 7-9 PM
Bob Nolan - Put color in your work.
Bob Nolan will teach you how to use pens, dyes and paint to help make your projects stand out. You’ll also learn how to choose the best woods to use with each type of coloring technique.
July 2nd, Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, PHEC Room-108, 7-9 PM
Ed Steffinger & Ron Kersey - Making Lamps on Your Lathe.
Ed Steffinger and Ron Kersey will discuss techniques for making beautifully turned lamps on your lathe. The discussion will include: lamp parts and kits, making the center hole for the cord and design options. Many examples will be presented.
Lost your name tag or never received one? Just e-mail Jeff Traeger at and provide your name as you would like it to appear. Your new name tag will be available at the next meeting at the sign-in table.
Susan Principe is the artist showing her glass sculpture. April 19, 2015
The right cabinet displays Diablo Woodworkers art. April 23, 2015
New projects are put in the cabinets every 2 months so be sure and stop by to see the current displays.
Memorial Flag Case Project
Since the 9/11 tragedy, the Diablo Woodworkers have channeled some of their woodworking passion into compassion for the families of fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers - the survivors of those who have given their last full measure in protecting others.
We honor those families with memorial flag cases that have been crafted from California (Claro) walnut and accented with silver maple corner splines. Each case is finished with Danish oil and buffed out to a smooth finish.
These memorial flag cases are provided to all law enforcement and firefighting units in the San Francisco Bay area. We are proud to have worked with over 100 families in the past 10 years and will continue to honor the fallen.
Starting with the 9/11/2001 tragedies, we are proud to have provided flag cases for many families. It is a small token of our appreciation for the great risks police and firefighters take to keep our communities safe.
In 2001 and 2002 we sent approximately 160 flag cases to families of firefighters, police, and military who lost their lives at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This was done in cooperation with a number of other woodworking clubs across the country who also provided many flag cases.
Closer to home, in 2001 we provided a flag case to the family of an Oakland Police officer who lost his life while on an undercover narcotics stakeout.
In 2002 we honored a Norcal firefighter who lost his life in a forest fire.
In 2004 flag cases honoring two police officers were donated. One officer was with the SFPD and the other with Oakland. The SFPD officer died when a suspect pulled and fired an assault rifle at the officer and his partner.
In 2005 three police officers were honored. These men worked for the San Leandro, Pittsburg and Daly City Police Departments. One was shot while attempting to arrest two robbery suspects and another was shot in an ambush attack at a residence.
2006 resulted in four local police and firefighters losing their lives. One was a firefighter from Santa Clara who was electrocuted while fighting a fire. The other three were police officers from San Francisco and Palo Alto. One of the SFPD officers was killed while pursuing robbery suspects who used their van to ram the police car. In Palo Alto an officer was shot while trying to break up a fight.
We were fortunate to not have to present any flag cases in 2007.
In 2008 two flag cases were given to families of officers from Richmond and Martinez. While the Richmond officer died in a car wreck, his organs were donated to a man in San Francisco “who had 24 hours to live”. As the Richmond police department said “ the last thing he did was save a life”.
In 2009, five flag cases were presented. Four Oakland police officers lost their lives this year all resulting from a traffic stop where the suspect opened fire and killed the two investigating officers. In the resulting manhunt the assailant killed two more officers when he was cornered in a building in Oakland. The fifth officer was from SFPD.
In 2010 one Richmond Police officer lost his life in the line of duty.
2011, however, found one police officer and two firefighters giving their lives to protect us. Both firefighters were critically injured during an explosion while bravely fighting a house fire in the Diamond Heights neighborhood. The Vallejo police officer used his patrol car to cause a suspect's SUV to spin out. The suspect then fled on foot and was pursued by the officer. The suspect hid behind a fence and when the officer closed on him he shot the officer.
One Concord Police Officer lost his life in the line of duty in 2012. He was shot during a traffic stop.
In 2013 we were fortunate that again only one local police officer lost his life. He was with the Santa Cruz police.
Thus far in 2014 we have provided flag cases to the families of three policemen. Two CHP officers were killed in a vehicle crash while responding to a 911 call. The third officer was with the BART police and the victim of an accidental shooting by another officer.
TOOLS FOR SALE/SWAP, JOBS, WANTED: - Here is a place to advertise a job or your need to get rid of that little used but beautiful tool or supply or ask for something. Email Jeff Traeger to get it in the Newsletter or emailed to members.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DIABLO WOODWORKERS Phone Bob Barnett at 925-933-2339 or email . Please let us know if you move out of the area, or are no longer interested in the club activities so we can take you off the mailing list.