Diablo Woodworkers


MARCH 2019 Meeting Newsletter



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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.

Apr 10, 2019 DW Meeting, BILL RIDINGS, California Urban Lumber


NEXT MEETING DETAIL

Bill Ridings at Urban LumberAPRIL 10, 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
BILL RIDINGS, California Urban Lumber



Bill Ridings, Operations manager for California Urban Lumber has been a true friend of the Diablo Woodworkers for many years, hosting a number of shop tours and milling demonstrations and donating wood to many of our community projects. He has always been available to members for good advice when selecting wood. California Urban Lumber mills local, urban timber into high quality lumber from over 25 different species. Bill will discuss his company's mission, the various milling services available and the variety of wood available.

You can see more at http://calurbanlumber.com.



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PREVIOUS MEETING



MARCH 13, 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
Artist and Wood Sculptor Christopher B. Wagner

Christopher B. Wagner is a sculptor originally from Kentucky but now lives and works San Jose, CA. He received a B.A. in art history and sculpture from Georgetown College after which he studied Sculpture at Edinboro University, Pennsylvania from which he graduated in 2010 with an M.F.A.. Since then he has traveled the country making and exhibiting his unique figurative wood carvings.

His work focuses on recycled or reconstituted wood as the medium utilizing traditional carving skills in the creation of contemporary sculpture. The reclaimed lumber he predominantly sculpts in provides a sense of history that influences what he creates. Throughout his travels he allows the native materials and people he encounters to feed into his art.

Along with his own active studio he has worked as a Shop Manager for Eichinger Sculpture studio in Portland, OR; along with most recently as an Instructor and Instructional Technician at Mission College in San Jose, CA. His awards have included a Jurors Choice at Cherry Creek Art Festival, exhibitor at Smithsonian Craft Show, the Glean Artist Grant, and the Emerging Artist Award from Portland Open Studios.

I first heard about Christopher Wagner on a woodworking podcast. I was intrigued hearing his account of traveling around the country in an RV, carving wood sculptures out of reclaimed wood in his mobile workshop.

When I looked at his website and saw the sculptures he was creating I was an instant fan.

By creating beautiful, original works of art out of material many would consider scrap, Christopher truly embodies the spirit of ingenuity we are celebrating this year. Please Join us for a talk and presentation of Christopher's unique carved wood sculptures.

Mark Olesko

Link to March Speaker Christopher B. Wagner's Presentation.

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March Speaker Chris Wagner
Speaker Chris Wagner
March Speaker Carvings 02
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March Speaker Carvings 01
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March Speaker Carvings 02
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WHAT'S NEW
2019 Community Project - Girl Scout Woodworker Badge - updated March 21, 2019.

2018 Community Project - September 2018 Pleasant Hill Library Maker Faire Bird Houses.

Video of Emerson Elementary Project - July 16, 2017 news.
Flag Case History - February 2019

Show & Tell Cards - January 2017 news.

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

Email Jeff Traeger and request to be subscribed or un-subscribed to the newsletter


A DIABLO WOODWORKERS WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our March 2019 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Andy Toro


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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's Monthly Meeting Details

APRIL 11, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Kim Wolfe "oh snap" "it's ok"

Speaker Kim WolfeGreeting Woodturners:

"it's ok"

Not round, no problem.
No interest in filling, not a problem.
Hole in the bottom of the bowl, totally ok.

The "Oh snap", mistakes that lead to design opportunities and the simple solutions that save my turnings from the trash can.

I have been turning for three years and have had plenty of "oh snap" moments. In my view the trash can is only an option for turnings that have exploded.

 

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SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019 SHOP TOUR and SAWDUST SESSION, 10AM - NOON
Studio and Work Shop of Berkeley Mills, 2830 Seventh Street, Berkeley CA. 94710

Kaidan TansuSince 1988, Berkeley Mills has been designing and building high quality wooden furniture and architectural items at their state of the art shop in Berkeley.  The Berkeley Mills craftsmen take special pride in their wood selection and acquisition, including premium American cherry, Honduras mahogany and eastern white maple, often with accents of sapele, figured cherry and others. And what they do with that choice wood is stunning.  Their design style is eclectic, ranging from Japanese tansu and shoji to Craftsman, Arts and Crafts and Greene and Greene and on to Frank Lloyd White-inspired Prairie-style and lots of others.  Check their website at berkeleymills.com for some real woodworking eye candy. 

We are looking forward to a tour of the shop floor, where some work may be going on, and of course the extensive show room.

Sorry, no pets or minor children due to liability issues.

Directions: Google Map

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Diablo Woodworkers Name Tag

Lost your name tag or never received one? Just make a note next to your name on the sign in sheet at the next meeting. Your new name tag will be available at the following meeting at the sign-in table.



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Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- HOLLOW VESSEL, MAGNOLIA AND BLACK WALNUT, FINISHED WITH AQUA COAT.


Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- ACORN ORNAMENTS/BOXES, MADRONE AND BLACK ACACIA, FINISHED WITH AQUA COAT.


Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Backgammon Game - Assorted Veneers, general finish.


Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Backgammon Game Case - Assorted Veneers, general finish.


Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Mancala Game - Mahogany, general finish.


Dante Paulazzo
Dante Paulazzo
- Console Table - Fir, Pine, Alder, Poplar; finished with semi gloss wipe-on poly.


Morgan Strickland
Morgan Strickland
- QUEEN BED, CHERRY FINISHED WITH SHELLAC.



Wayne Shipman
Wayne Shipman
- Sculpture - Poplar and Maple, finished with Gesso.



Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero
- Carved Lid Box - Maple and Koa wood, finished with oil



Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero
- Carved Lid Box - Canarywood and Fir, finished with Linseed oil and wax.



Ben Townley
Ben Townley
- Tiki Fridge Magnets - Bass wood, finished with raw linseed oil and amber shellac.






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June 2018 Shop Tour Photos

SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 SHOP TOUR and SAWDUST SESSION, 10AM - NOON
Shop of Jim Fleming, 11 Snow Court, Orinda CA 94563 and Bandsaw Box Making Demonstration by Paul Mueller.

We had a very well-attended shop tour at the home shop of Jim Fleming. The usual refreshments were complemented with lemons from Jessica's trees for all comers. Paul Mueller demonstrated techniques for cutting, carving and finishing decorative bandsaw boxes. Paul's creativity is inspiring. In fact, several attendees were inspired to volunteer to host shop tours. Any other interested hosts or Sawdust Volunteers like Paul should contact Jim at jameshfleming@gmailcom.

At our shop tour on Saturday at Jim Fleming's house, Paul Mueller demonstrated the art of making band saw boxes. His technique is drawn from Michael Cullen. If you saw the demonstration and want to make band saw boxes, such as the one below, click on the first two video links. If you want to know more about Michael Cullen, click on the third link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MSOcU6VrgY

https://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/06/07/episode-1-introduction-make-beautiful-bandsawn-boxes

http://michaelcullendesign.com/

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Band Saw Boxes at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour
Band Saw Boxes at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour



Jim Fleming's Shop Tour
Jim Fleming's Shop Tour



Band Saw Box at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour
Band Saw Box at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour



Band Saw Box at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour
Band Saw Box at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour








Rich Nelson
Rich Nelson
- Inside-Out turned Tulip bottle stopper.



Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Compound Miter Vase with Basket Illusion.



Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Ash Lantern with shoe dye and lacquer finish.


Peter Travis
Peter Travis
- Buginga Bowl.


Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Madrone Bowl with Expoy finish.



Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Madrone Bowl with Watco oil finish.



Hugh Bevan-Thomas
Hugh Bevan-Thomas
- Box with Pyro decoration.


John Hile
John Hile
- Platter


Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Hollow Vessel.





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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.

Gordon Fry, 925-685-1676 is the Chairperson for this project. Plans for these flag cases are on our club web site.


Flag Case
FLAG CASE PRESENTATION HISTORY

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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 Treager to get it in the Newsletter or emailed to members.

Marlene's Embroidery & Designs - The place to get your embroidered Diablo Woodworkers' shirt and many other embroidered designs. Please call to make an appointment: 925-682-3919


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