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
April 15, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM. Tim Killen, - Colonial Williamsburg
After retiring from a 36-year career in the engineering and construction industry, Tim Killen has pursued a life-long interest in woodworking. He is particularly interested in reproducing 18th C museum pieces, and his home is already filled with dozens of furniture reproductions. In this pursuit, he utilizes a spectrum of old and new technologies which includes considerable hand-tool operations, along with a modern design in 3D computer modeling.
Tim is also involved in teaching woodworking at Mt. Diablo Adult Education in Pleasant Hill, CA, with classes in:
SketchUp for the Woodworker
Classic Furniture Finishes
Classic Furniture Reproduction
Tim has written several articles on furniture making for Woodwork Magazine and Fine Woodworking including an article on SketchUp. He is a contributing author to Fine Woodworking involving the "Design. Click. Build." Blog on SketchUp.
Tim has authored two books published by Fine Woodworking and Taunton Press. The titles are Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, and SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, Traditional Cabinets.
For the last nine years, Tim has attended the Colonial Williamsburg annual conference, “Working Wood in the 18th Century". The most recent January 2015 program focused on Desks: The Write Stuff. Supported by photographs taken during the conference, Tim will show how the cabinetmakers and joiners demonstrate making reproductions of the subject museum desk examples. Their procedures of woodworking represent those used by the original craftsmen in the 18th C.
MAY 13, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM. DUGAN ESSICK, Life Long Woodworker
Our May speaker will be 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.
March 11, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM. Brian Condran, - Custom Furniture Maker
Brian learned his furniture building craft at the College of the Redwood's. His style reflects the influence of James Krenov who ran the Fine Woodworking program while Brian was a student. Brian, who has for the last seven or eight years taught various aspects of the handmade process in woodworking at the adult school, recently completed a fantastic trip to woodworking events and artisans in japan.
He went to Odawara for the Kezuroukai (plane shaving contest) and then toured the Yamamoto plane Co and the Oouchi Chisel Co. Brian visited a number of Temples and visited with their master temple carpenters. After visiting the Takenaka Museum of Japanese tools and joinery he visited a number of Japanese Lumber yards where exotic lumber is auctioned off regularly. He completed his trip at the Tokyo University of the Arts and met with Mr. Suda (National Treasure recipient in woodcraft).
Needless to say Brian took lots of pictures and has tons of funny stories to share with us at our March 11th monthly meeting.
The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our March 11, 2015 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.
Bob Brat [returning member]
SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS
SATURDAY, April 18th Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON. The Rossmoor Wood Shop, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, CA
Among the many facilities and activity venues in the retirement community of Rossmoor there is a Wood Shop complete with state-of-the-art power tools and hand tools. The Shop is available to residents. They have a policy of no pets in the Wood Shop.
Come and enjoy the Rossmoor hospitality while you check out the tools and facilities that are available to woodworker residents of Rossmoor. Rossmoor’s host will give us a tour of the Wood Shop and answer our questions.
For Security purposes, they have requested that we provide them with a list of names of our members who will be attending the Tour. A signup sheet will be passed around at the General Meeting on April 8. Please add your name to the list if you plan to participate or even if you think you may attend. It is important that your name be on the list when you arrive at Security. If you are not at the April 8 meeting and wish to attend, please e-mail your name no later than April 16 to .
Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available
From Highway 24 exit onto Pleasant Hill Road
Pleasant Hill Road south turn left onto Olympic Blvd
From Olympic Blvd turn right onto Tice Valley Rd
From Tice Valley Rd turn right onto Rossmoor Parkway
Rossmoor Parkway to Rossmoor Security
Give your name to Security and advise that you are there to attend a Tour of the Wood Shop at the Gateway Clubhouse Complex.
After Security turn right at Golden Rain Road, the first right turn.
Take the first left turn from Golden Rain into the Gateway Clubhouse Complex parking lot.
As you enter the parking lot turn left and follow the roadway around to the back of the Complex to the Wood Shop which is tucked into a corner on the backside. Watch for our "Shop Tour" sign.
SATURDAY, May 16th Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON. Wayne Stolte’s Home Shop, 3140 Surrey Place, Concord, 94518
This Tour will provide not only an opportunity to view some of Wayne’s unique projects, but it will also provide a chance for the Raffle Project Team to bring us all up to date on the Project.
Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available
From Highway 680, exit onto Treat Blvd
Follow Treat Blvd to Oak Grove Rd turn right
Oak Grove Rd to Barrymore Dr and turn left
Follow Barrymore Dr to Surrey Place and turn right to 3140
April 2nd, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, PHEC Room-108, 7-9 PM -
Tim Killen - Finishing Techniques
Tim Killen a builder of classic period furniture will present his finishing techniques. Starting with preparation through the final coat of finish Tim will discuss these subjects.
Sanding and scraping – wood preparation
Dying and chemicals – matching or changing wood colors
Oil color glazing
Shellac and Milk Paint – finish types
Examples will be used during the discussion.
Tim will also discuss his method for turning duplicates.
May 7th, Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, PHEC Room-108, 7-9 PM
Mike Budesilich and Jay Holland - Wood carving.
Mike Budesilich & Jay Holland are going to demonstrate how they carve, embellish and finish their plates/bowls, boxes etc. They are going to bring various completed items and explain how they took them from raw wood to the finished product.
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.
Andrew Baxter - Challenge Example - How to repair/repurpose damaged projects - Bottomless Bowl.
Answer next month
Martinez Jury Room Displays as of April 19, 2015
Susan Principe is the artist showing her glass sculpture. April 19, 2015
The right cabinet displays Diablo Woodworkers art. April 19, 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.
Diablo Woodworkers Logo and Members Name Shirts and other clothing are available from Marlene Pringle, see her at a coming meeting. She has a catalog of a large variety of garments that are available. Phone: 925-682-3919, http://www.companycasuals.com/marleneemb//start.jsp
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.