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OCTOBER 2014 Meeting Newsletter

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NOVEMBER 12, 2014 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
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

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OCTOBER 08, 2014 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM , 7-9 PM.
ROBERT ERICKSON, Furniture Maker

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.

See OCTOBER SHOW AND TELL photos

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WHAT'S NEW
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 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.


SHOP TOUR, Tim Hales
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Jim Rodgers
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

Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Jim Rodgers
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


NOVEMBER 12, 2014 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
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

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DECEMBER 10, 2014 MEETING, GARDENS at HEATHER FARM, 7-9 PM.
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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A DIABLO WOODWORKERS WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members. 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/Returning Member(s) as of October 2014:

  1. Bob Kemmerle
  2. Jay Perrine - returning member
  3. Dennis Hoagland


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SATURDAY, October 18th 2014 Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
Tim Hales, 4662 Bishop Ct Concord, CA

Some of us have small shops and some of us have larger shops, but we all manage to get our tools inside them. Not so with Tim Hales. Tim has to keep one of his tools in the side yard, and it's not because his garage, back yard, workshop, and part of his neighbor's yard is full of milled wood. It's because his LT35 Wood-Meiser is more than 26 feet long, more than 8 feet high, and can mill a log more than 30 inches in diameter. OK, so its big, and its orange, but it looks like fun.

What's more, Tim is experimenting, again in his neighbor's backyard, with a solar drying room. He says it can get up to 150 degrees F, and it's really to kill any wood bugs in the miller lumber.

Come and see Tim's setup, and stroll across to the neighbors, (for convenience they have removed their boundary backyard fence!!)

Refreshments: Coffee and cookies and donuts will be available

Directions:

  • From Highway 24 go north onto Hwy 680.
  • From Highway 680 exit at Treat Blvd
  • Turn right onto Clayton Road
  • Turn Left onto Bailey Road
  • Turn Left onto Springwood Way
  • Turn Right onto Bishop Drive
  • Turn Right onto Bishop Court
  • Tim's house is at the end of the court, #4662
Tim Hales, 925 435 0110,

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SATURDAY, November 15th 2014 Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
Gordon Fry, 4625 Candlewood Ct. Concord, CA

In 2000 Gordon got the go ahead to build a workshop from his wife. He got a modular lawn cottage delivered, and with the help of 4 of his Diablo Woodworker friends they banged it up. All done including wiring and drywall in 3 weeks. Luckily those 4 DW helpers are still around, so if you want a backyard workspace, come and see Gordon's, corral of four guys, and go at it. Before the city inspectors can say...what was that, you can say what was what!!...

Refreshments: Coffee and cookies and donuts will be available

Directions:

  • Gordon's address is 4625 Candlewood Ct , Concord
  • From highway 24 take Treat to Clayton Road. Turn right on Clayton Road
  • Turn Left on Thornwood Drive
  • Turn Right on Candlewood Ct

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November 6th, 2014 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Jim Rodgers – Tool Making.

Jim will discuss tools that he has made for special purposes and for general use – techniques we all can try. Additionally Jim will also show the advanced tool making techniques and tools he uses for his hollowing tools and special scrapers.

Attendees are asked to bring samples of tools they have made for their own special uses.

December 4th, 2014 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Jim Rodgers – Sharpening.

Jim will discuss and demonstrate techniques for tool sharpening using both fixture sharpening and hand sharpening. Jim will discuss how to select the best techniques for your work. He will discuss gouges, scrapers, skews, parting tools, hollowing tools, and miniature tools. New sharpening wheels add new sharpening ease and additional safety.


2015

January 8th, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Andrew Baxter – Routed Fluted Turnings.

February 5th, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - John Doyen and/or Jan Blumer – Wood Storage and Preparation.

March 5th, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Jan Blumer – Finishing.

April 2nd, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Tim Killen – Windsor Chairs / Finishing.

May 7th, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Mike Budesilich – Carved Bowls / Boxes.



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Speaker-Robert Erickson
Speaker-Robert Erickson
- Walnut Desk Chair



Speaker-Robert Erickson
Speaker-Robert Erickson
- Maloof-style rocker is maple and has a surprise when you sit in it. (The back spindles move as you rock.) Regardless of size, everyone was comfortable in the rocker. Both chairs are finished with tung oil.



Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- iPhone Amplifier as seen in Wood Magazine.



Speaker-Robert Erickson
Speaker-Robert Erickson
- Walnut Desk Chair side view.



Speaker-Robert Erickson
Speaker-Robert Erickson
- Maloof-style rocker (side view) is maple and has a surprise when you sit in it. (The back spindles move as you rock.) Regardless of size, everyone was comfortable in the rocker. Both chairs are finished with tung oil.



Noah Bailey
Noah Bailey
- Maloof Low Back Chair.






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Shop Tour Raffle Table for December 2014
Ron Kersey displaying the Shop Tour Raffle Table for December 2014.



Band Saw Mill at Cal Urban
Band Saw Mill at Cal Urban


Bill Ridings presents
Bill Ridings (next to man in yellow shirt) presents


Two sided planner
Two sided planner





Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Chechen and Black Oak bowl with floating bottom.



Dave Greenhill
Dave Greenhill
- Segmented Maple Piggy Bank.



Bill Melburg
Bill Melburg
- Cocobolo Pen in presentation case.



Bruce Lichti
Bruce Lichti
- Christmas Ornaments.



Bruce Lichti
Bruce Lichti
- Christmas Ornaments.



Bruce Lichti
Bruce Lichti
- Christmas Ornaments.



Bruce Lichti
Bruce Lichti
- Christmas Ornaments.



Bruce Lichti
Bruce Lichti
- Black Walnut Burl Spinning Top.



Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- iPhone Amplifier as seen in Wood Magazine.



Dave Greenhill
Dave Greenhill
- Segmented Maple Mouse Bank.



Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Christmas Ornaments.


Bruce Lichti
Bruce Lichti
- Christmas Ornaments.



Bruce Lichti
Bruce Lichti
- Christmas Ornaments.



Bruce Lichti
Bruce Lichti
- Christmas Ornaments.






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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

FLAG CASE PRESENTATION HISTORY

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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