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JULY 2014 Meeting Newsletter

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AUGUST 13th, 2014 ANNUAL BBQ at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Ln and Cleveland, 6-9 PM.

Hickory Pit LogoWe are having BBQ Ribs and Roast Chicken. The BBQ is provided by ‘The Original Hickory Pit’ of Walnut Creek. We need each of you to bring a Salad, Side Dish or Dessert, enough for 6 people. ICE CREAM will be provided.

Wine, beer, sodas, water and ICE CREAM will be provided.

Bring your checks for $10 per person made payable to Diablo Woodworkers to the July meeting or (if you forget) send them to Jon Eager PO Box 11162, Oakland, CA 94611.

Here are some of the raffle prizes:

  1. A mini lathe
  2. Dust collection separator
  3. 10" Ryobi saw
  4. Hand pull saw from Eames Hardware
  5. Wood from Cal Urban Lumber
  6. Dovetail jig
  7. Woodworking DVD's
  8. 2 new band saw blades -93 1/2" – fits most 14” band saws
  9. Gift Certificates

And much more to come


BRIAN NEWELL , Furniture Maker.

Brian Newell's furniture
Brian began wood carving in his parents’ Michigan basement at age eight and his love of woodworking has remained constant. His work seems to explore the entire universe of woodworking. Brian headed to Fort Bragg in 1989 to study under his childhood hero James Krenov.

After working on commissioned and speculation piece in Chicago and Japan he set up shop in Fort Bragg in 2007 while still maintaining a house and fully-equipped workshop in Japan. You can check out Brians work at http://briannewellfurniture.com


NEW Planning for the December 2014 Craft Fair - March 2014 news.

NEW Disabled Veterans Community Project - Feb 2014 news.

Martinez Jury Room Cabinet Activity

Campolindo Woodshop Safety Manual - Copies of the 'Campolindo Woodshop Safety Manual' are available to club members. Please contact: Ron Kersey at or (925) 944-5471.

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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 Turning Special Interest Group (SIG) 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.

SHOP TOUR, DeWayne Ruwe Pleasant Hill, CA
Turning SIG, John Lawson, Pleasant Hill Woodturning Center
Aug 13 DW Monthly Meeting, BBQ at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Ln and Cleveland at 6:00 PM
SHOP TOUR, George Lucido, Livermore. 4th Saturday
Craft Fair, 42nd Annual Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival, Arnold, CA.
Turning SIG, Jim Rodgers, Pleasant Hill Woodturning Center
Craft Fair, 38th Annual Napa Artisan’s Festival (new name, formerly Napa River Wine & Crafts Fair), Napa, CA
Sept 10 DW Monthly Meeting, RUSSELL BALDON, Furniture Designer and Teacher
SHOP TOUR, Bill Riding, California Urban Lumber

Turning SIG, Bruce Litchi, Pleasant Hill Woodturning Center
Oct 08 DW Monthly Meeting, ROBERT ERICKSON, Furniture Maker
SHOP TOUR, Tim Hales
Turning SIG, Jim Rodgers, Pleasant Hill Woodturning Center
Nov 12 DW Monthly Meeting, Jim Heimbach – Worker in Wood
SHOP TOUR, Gordon Fry, Concord
Craft Fair, Annual Gifts 'n Tyme Holiday Faire, Napa, CA
Turning SIG, Jim Rodgers, Pleasant Hill Woodturning Center
December Craft Fair, at MDAE room 112, 9 AM TO 3 PM. Get there early, the good stuff goes fast!
Dec 10 DW Christmas Meeting, The Gardens at Heather Farm on Marchbanks Road, Walnut Creek

AUGUST 13th, 2014 ANNUAL BBQ at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Ln and Cleveland, 6-9 PM.

Hickory Pit LogoWe are having BBQ Ribs and Roast Chicken. The BBQ is provided by ‘The Original Hickory Pit’ of Walnut Creek. We need each of you to bring a Salad, Side Dish or Dessert, enough for 6 people. ICE CREAM will be provided.

Wine, beer, sodas, water and ICE CREAM will be provided.

Bring your checks for $10 per person made payable to Diablo Woodworkers to the July meeting or (if you forget) send them to Jon Eager PO Box 11162, Oakland, CA 94611.


RUSSELL BALDON, Furniture Designer and Teacher

Russel BaldonRussell Baldon grew up in the central valley of California where he designed and built wooden toys for his family-owned company. Upon moving to San Francisco in 1984, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in furniture from the California College of Arts and Crafts (pre-name change.) He went on to receive a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in furniture from San Diego State University in 1997. Along the way he has studied and worked with some of the nation’s leading furniture makers including: Garry Knox Bennett, Gail Fredell, Wendy Maruyama, and Tom Loeser. Currently he maintains a cooperative studio in Alameda, California and is the chair of the Furniture Department at the California College of the Arts where he has taught for the last ten years. His own work expresses his belief that the elements of wonder are a basic component of what makes us human and stand at the core of our relationship to each and everything in our lives. He continues to examine how we receive and gather visual information from the many objects in the world around us.

You can check out Russell's work at: http://russell-baldon.squarespace.com/


ROBERT ERICKSON, Furniture Maker

In July 1969, two months after Robert Erickson graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in English, he filled his army surplus backpack with clothes and a single woodworking tool–a spokeshave–and hitchhiked to California. He’d heard that a half decade of political and social turmoil had spawned a revival of the American crafts movement in the San Francisco area and despite the fresh ink on his crisp diploma, he wanted to be a furniture maker. Toting a skill saw and two bar clamps, in addition to the well-used spokeshave, he moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains where he turned to chair making.

Robert became fascinated with the design challenges of making chairs and they have become his passion. He now has two other woodworkers in the shop and they turn out about 75 pieces a year. You can check out his work at http://www.ericksonwoodworking.com.


JIM HEIMBACH, Worker in Wood

Jim Heimbach is a woodworker dedicated to excellence and the highest levels of craftsmanship. He is fascinated by trees and wood particularly enjoying working with wood that has a story. He likes being able to take the process of building a furniture piece from the tree to a completed piece. This requires the ability to ‘read’ the grain not just on the surface, but also how it will change as the surface is penetrated by shaping. Jim notes that in cradles and rocking chairs, there is the dynamic feature of rocking. This aspect of movement sets them apart from any other kind of furniture and is what makes them unique. Check out Jim's web page at http://workerinwood.com.

Jim Heimbach


1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

Reserve December 10th 2014 on your calendars.

Christmas ElfThe December club meeting, on Wednesday night the 10th of December, will be held at the Gardens at Heather Farms. This is our festive end of year meeting, and friends and spouses are welcome.

The function will be from 7PM to 9PM, however those members wishing to bring ‘show and tell’ items to exhibit should deliver them between 6:30 and 7:00 so that we can set them up. All items need to be removed at the end of the meeting.

Wine, beer, and hot mulled wine will be served, but feel free to bring some finger food to share.

As well as door prizes, the winning ticket for the 'shop tour Hall Table' will be drawn. Follow its progress at shop tours.

Come along, for the final Diablo Woodworkers get together for 2014

There is off street parking in front of the Gardens at Heather Farms facility.

The address of the Gardens at Heather Farms is...
1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek
Marchbanks Drive is off Ygnacio Valley Road, very near the John Muir Hospital.

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The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our July 09, 2014 meeting. We hope to see all of you on a regular basis. Please send your e-mail address to Jeff Traeger to receive notice of club events and other announcements.

New Member(s):

  • Luis M. Montes

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SATURDAY, July 19th 2014 Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
DeWayne Ruwe, 314 Skyview Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA

Meeting is at DeWayne's home in Pleasant Hill

Refreshments: Coffee and cookies and donuts will be available.


  • DeWayne's address is 314 Skyview Drive, Pleasant Hill
  • Take I-680 to Willow Pass Road
  • Exit on Willow Pass Road and proceed WEST
  • Continue on Willow Pass Road past the Sun Valley Shopping Center
  • Willow Pass Road becomes Taylor Blvd
  • Follow Taylor Blvd to Morello Ave
  • Turn Right on Morello
  • Follow Morello to Ridgeview Drive
  • Turn Left on Ridgeview Drive
  • Take the First Right onto Parkhaven Drive
  • Turn Left on Skyview Drive


SATURDAY, August 23rd 2014 Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
George Lucido, 1799 Embassy Circle, Livermore, CA.


For those of you who know George and have been to his old shop you know two things:

  • He is a turner
  • His shop was challenging

However, George is in new digs in Livermore, and has invited us over. Make Saturday the 23rd a date, coffee and goodies, and rub shoulders.

Refreshments: Coffee and cookies and donuts will be available.

Directions to George's shop at 1799 Embassy Circle, Livermore:

  • Head south on I-680 toward San Jose until reaching I-580
  • Go East on I-580 toward Livermore/Stockton 11.4 miles
  • Turn right off I-580 freeway at Vasco Road, keep to the Right and go 1.6 miles on South Vasco Road
  • Turn Right onto Emily Way and go one block.
  • Turn Left onto Embassy Circle, the house is on the corner on your Left.
  • If lost call 925-449-8821


SATURDAY, September 20th 2014 Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
Bill Riding, California Urban Lumber, 4901 Pacheco Blvd, Martinez, CA

The venue is California Urban Lumber in Martinez. As many of you know, Bill Ridings and his staff are a great source of lumber to us in the club. Whether we are purchasing, or Bill is donating, the wood deals are excellent. Some of you may not know that as well as a wood supplier, Bills facility has a robust capability to re-saw, joint, and plane, very large pieces. Come and see the inventory, and the setup, and say Hi to Bill, certainly my favorite supplier.

Refreshments: Coffee and cookies and donuts will be available

Directions to California Urban Lumber:

  • Take I-680 to Highway-4
  • Take the Highway-4 Exit towards Martinez
  • Take the Pacheco Blvd Exit, Turn left onto Pacheco Blvd
  • California Urban Lumber is a short Distance on the Right


SATURDAY, October 18th 2014 Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
Tim Hales


SATURDAY, November 15th 2014 Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
Gordon Fry, Concord


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August 7th, 2014 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - John Lawson – Piggy & Mouse Banks - at the Pleasant Hill Woodturning Center.

segmented piggy bankJohn will be turning a segmented vessel either a pig or a mouse depending on the design characteristics. These vessels are made into piggy banks. This design was originally developed by Bill Tarlton which he shared with others. As we prepare for the Christmas season John's project may be something you wish to undertake for some of your families gifts.

September 4th, 2014 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Jim Rodgers – Threaded Lidded Boxes.

October 2nd, 2014 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Bruce Lichti – Christmas Ornaments.

November 6th, 2014 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Jim Rodgers – Tool Making.

December 4th, 2014 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Jim Rodgers – Sharpening.


January 8th, 2015 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Andrew Baxter – Routed Fluted Turnings.

February 5th, 2015 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - John Doyen and/or Jan Blumer – Wood Storage and Preparation.

March 5th, 2015 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Jan Blumer – Finishing.

April 2nd, 2015 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Tim Killen – Windsor Chairs / Finishing.

May 7th, 2015 Turning SIG, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Mike Budesilich – Carved Bowls / Boxes.

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heartbreaker ornamentA HEARTBREAKING STORY

A Diablo Woodworkers email was sent out to a request for someone to help with doing laser work on an urn for a little girl's funeral. Heather (a DW member) recommended Norm Robinson and she wants you to know how he handled the situation. He did the work overnight and did not charge the guy a penny for all the work he did.

Then, after the funeral Norm had him bring the plaque back over and he lasered this photo onto that for permanent display. But, before he gave it back to the man he made this Christmas ornament and put the little girl's photo onto it as a gift for the parents. Again, with no charge.

I think when someone goes above and beyond kindness they should be recognized for it and so I wanted you to know. If anyone has need of any lasering work I will always send them to Norm. He wanted me to thank you for getting him in touch with those people so he could comfort them this way. Every one in the club should be proud that we have access to such quality people. The name of his business is Wood-N-WorxArtisan and this is his website.

Posted July 10, 2014

David Lipscomb and team
David Lipscomb and team
- Redwood Bench for MDAE.

Mike Mays
Mike Mays
- Walnut and Ash Bookends.

Don Husslein
Don Husslein
- Maple and Purpleheart Pizza Peel.

Ron Kersey
Ron Kersey
- Oak and wine-cork Trivets.

Wayne Stolte
Wayne Stolte
- Williamsburg Style Garden Bench: Monterey cypress from Golden Gate Park.

Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Curly Maple and Veneer Backgammon Game

Margaret Craw
Margaret Craw
- Mixed-wood Footstools for craft fair.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Mystery-wood Salt Grinder.

Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- Ash Maloof Style Stool.

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Rogers Ranch in April with Harold Mantle Demonstrating
Rogers Ranch in April with Harold Mantle Demonstrating

Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Walnut Fruit Bowl with visible graft line.

Mike Vergino
Mike Vergino
- Small Maple Bowl.

Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Black oak floating bottom bowl 11 1/4" x 3" 12 segments @ 45 deg.

Ed Conner
Ed Conner
- Segmented Maple with Holly Piggy Bank.

John Lawson
Speaker-John Lawson
- Showing and demonstrating segmented Piggy and Mouse Banks.

Ron Tinay
Ron Tinay
- Open Segmented Lamp with woven leaves.

Mike Vergino
Mike Vergino
- Large Segmented Bowl with Feature Ring.

David Fleisig
David Fleisig
- Madrone Box with Elongated Top.

Gene Blazick
Gene Blazick
- Pepper and Salt Grinder.

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Martinez Cabinet
Art from a local artist, ceramics by Kurt Fehlberg.
Martinez Jury Room Cabinet
The right cabinet displays Diablo Woodworkers art.
New projects are put in the cabinets every 2 months so be sure and stop by to see the current displays.

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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


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.

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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 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

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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.


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