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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
43rd Annual Sierra Nevada Arts & Crafts Festival, Arnold, CA (Independence Day Parade on Saturday am!).
DW MEETING, JOHN MELLO, Builds and restores guitars in Kensington.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Ed Steffinger & Ron Kersey – Lamp making.
Shop Tour, Stan Armstrong’s Home Shop, 356 Virginia Hills Drive, Martinez, CA 94553
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Andrew Baxter – Multi Axis Turning.
DW Meeting, Mark Tindley, Woodworker
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.
DW Meeting, Members Show
Jan 13, 2016
DW Meeting, Jack Clark, Photographer
NEXT MEETING DETAIL
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 need you to bring your checks for $12 per person to the July meeting so we can complete the planning for the Summer BBQ.
We are having BBQ and Roast Chicken plus Vegetarian entrees. We need a “veggie” head count so please note that when signing up or mailing your check.
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.
Make your checks out to Diablo Woodworkers, and bring them to the July meeting or (if you forget) send them to Jon Eager PO Box 11162, Oakland, CA 94611
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.
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 4420 Treat Blvd, Concord, CA 94521
In 2014 Rockler Companies Inc. marked its 60th Anniversary as a family-owned business promoting the craft of woodworking. Recently the local store relocated from its Pleasant Hill location to a new location in Concord at the intersection of Treat and Clayton Road.
Come and enjoy the hospitality of Matt and the other Rockler employees who will be available to show us around and answer our questions. Check out the selection of power and hand tools, accessories and lumber. If you should desire, participate in the day’s featured “demo” that usually starts at 11:00 AM on Saturdays.
Exit 680 at Treat Blvd,,
Treat Blvd to 4420,
The store is on the right just before Clayton Road.
July 9th, Turners Monthly Meeting, PHEC Room-108, 7-9 PM
Ed Steffinger & Ron Kersey - MakingLamps 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.
August 6th, Turners Monthly Meeting, PHEC Room-108, 7-9 PM
Inlays – Jim Rodgers - Inlays.
Discussion: Inlays can be structural, cosmetic or just decorative and made from diverse materials.
Jim Rodgers will discuss various materials and demonstrate their use in different applications. We suggest that if you have made a project in which you have added an inlay or filled a "gap" bring it to show and tell.
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.
David Lipscomb - Kitchen Utility Table from a piece of Black Acacia given to him by a friend. The rest is maple with Black Acacia accents. The table was finished with linseed oil and shellac with a water-based General Finishes topcoat.
Harold Mantle - Shaker step stool out of cherry and basswood. Legs are pine with dark blue Japanning and seat Douglas Fir with shellac finish (after natural staining with steel wool and vinegar solution). He also made the box with the bookmatched top, and the musical instrument in the background of the Shaker table photo.
Bob Nolan - Collection of Dishes enhanced with Dyes and Coloring.
Martinez Jury Room Displays as of June 16, 2015
Beautiful bird and fish carvings by Jim Mariera. June 16, 2015
The right cabinet displays Diablo Woodworkers art. June 16, 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.