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DECEMBER 2014 Meeting Newsletter

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JANUARY 14, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
JOHN MUIR, Historic Junk Restorer


At one time Chinese shrimp fishing camps dotted and flourished along the bay shore line. Recently the history of Chinese shrimp fishing was presented at the Richmond Museum of History and a 43-foot replica of the shrimp junk Grace Quan was unveiled.

Our January speaker, John Muir headed the crew that restored this historic junk and will review the techniques required to reconstruct a historically accurate model.

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DECEMBER 10, 2014 MEETING, GARDENS at HEATHER FARM, 7-9 PM.
1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

Christmas ElfThe festive end of year meeting was held on Wednesday night the 10th of December at the Gardens at Heather Farms from 7 - 9PM.

Wine, beer, and hot mulled wine were served and finger food from guests wishing to share.

The winning door prize ticket for the 'shop tour Hall Table' was Peggy Gipps.

Our December 2014 Raffle was a Hall Table.

  • It has a curly maple base with a black walnut top.
  • The legs have a graceful curve and the top floats above the legs.
  • The top has a French polish finish.
  • It will be raffled off at the December club meeting.
  • You do not need to be present to win

2014 December Raffle Table
2014 December Raffle Table

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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.


Jan 14 DW MEETING, JOHN MUIR, Historic Junk Restorer
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Andrew Baxter – Routed Fluted Turnings. School closed on Jan 8
Shop Tour, The Hardwood Resources
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Brad Adams – Wood Storage and Preparation.
Feb 11 DW MEETING, DOUG MCADOO, owner of Bay Area Carbide
Shop Tour, Harold Mantle's Shop, Lafayette
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - TBD.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Tim Killen, Windsor Chairs/Finishing.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Mike Budesilich – Carved Bowls / Boxes.

Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - TBD.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Ed Steffinger & Ron Kersey – Lamp making.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Jim Rodgers – Inlays (Stones, Metals & Acrylics).
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - TBD.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - TBD.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Andrew Baxter – Multi Axis Turning.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Ron Tinay – Open Segment Turning.




JANUARY 14, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
JOHN MUIR, Historic Chinese Shrimp Junk Boat Restorer


At one time Chinese shrimp fishing camps dotted and flourished along the bay shore line. Recently the history of Chinese shrimp fishing was presented at the Richmond Museum of History and a 43-foot replica of the shrimp junk Grace Quan was unveiled.

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Chinese Junk Boat CrewOur January speaker, John Muir headed the crew that restored this historic junk and will review the techniques required to reconstruct a historically accurate model.

John Muir - Curator, SF Maritime National Historical Park Associate Curator of Small Craft at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, John Muir is an expert in maritime preservation efforts and wooden boat restoration. He restores, preserves and interprets the Park's collection of over 100 historic small craft and builds replicas of historic boats. In 2003, with the help of dedicated volunteers, John spearheaded the construction of a traditional Chinese Shrimp Junk boat, the Grace Quan. John received his Master's degree in Cultural Resources Management at Sonoma State University. Chinese Junk Preservation web site

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FEBRUARY 11, 2015 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
DOUG MCADOO, - owner of Bay Area Carbide

Doug McAdooDoug McAdoo - owner of Bay Area Carbide - is long experienced at sharpening tools and his shop has been the foremost sharpening company in the Bay Area for many years. Saw blades are not just sharpened, there are several other processes blades go through to "true" the blade before the sharpening. Router bit sharpening is a must do for many of us as newly purchased bits may not have been sharpened to the best cutting edge. Bay Area Carbide sharpens all cutting tools, planer blades, and hand tools as well. Although not a favorite job of Doug's, he does sharpen handsaws. Bay Area Carbide also sells new saw blades and router bits including standard and custom length band saw blades.

Doug asked if there were any specific issues we would like him to talk about so if you have any specific questions about saw blades or other cutting tools bring them to the meeting or send them to Bob Barnett and he will pass them on to Doug.

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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 November 2014:

  1. Kevin Olsen
  2. Len Sauer
  3. Greg Davis [returning member]


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SATURDAY, January 17th 2015 Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
The Hardwood Resources, 988 Howe Road, Martinez, CA

Hardwood Resource has been providing hardwood lumber products and services since 1986. They not only have a variety of quality hardwoods, they also provide a wide range of services including planing/milling, sawing, routing and sanding. In addition, they build or supply materials for cabinets, doors, kitchen islands, and home improvements in general.

Come and enjoy Truxton Hildner’s hospitality, check out his stock of hardwoods and stroll through his shop.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available

Directions:

  • From Highway 680 North, exit onto Highway 4 West Richmond
  • Highway 4 West, take Center Ave exit
  • Turn right from Center to Howe Road
  • Howe Road to 988 Howe Road on Left

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SATURDAY, February 21st Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON.
Harold Mantle, 3980 Cowan Road, Lafayette, CA, (925) 283-3307

Today we get a guided tour of Harold’s shop followed by a demonstration on fabricating child-size hand looms. Harold will show how to make long rectangular pieces of wood into heddle bars. These bars are used to alternate the warp threads on a loom to allow the shuttle to pass between them.

Parking
Parking is limited to the driveway which can fit about eight vehicles max. Parking on Cowan Road, a single lane private road, is essentially impossible. Alternative is to park on Hilldale Road, which starts at the bottom of Cowan Road. Car pooling is encouraged.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available

Directions:
Going West on Highway 24 toward San Francisco

  • Take CA-24 West to Lafayette
  • Take exit 11 for Acalanes Rd toward Upper Happy Valley Rd
  • Turn right at El Nido Ranch Rd
  • Turn left at Upper Happy Valley Rd
  • Turn right at Cowan Rd -- Destination is on the left

Going West on Highway 24 toward San Francisco

  • Take CA-24 East to Lafayette
  • Take exit 11 for Acalanes Rd toward Upper Happy Valley Rd
  • Turn right at El Nido Ranch Rd
  • Turn left at Upper Happy Valley Rd
  • Turn right at Cowan Rd -- Destination is on the left

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January 15th, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Andrew Baxter - Routed Fluted Turnings.

School closed on Jan 8

Andrew Baxter will demonstrate how to use a router to make convex, concave fluted patterns on bowls and decorative designs on flat surfaces.

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February 5th, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Brad Adams - Wood Storage and Preparation.

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

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.




June 4th, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - TBD -

July 2nd, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Ed Steffinger - Ron Kersey – Lamp making.

Aug 6th, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Jim Rodgers - Inlays (Stones, Metals & Acrylics).

Sept ??, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - TBD -

Oct 1, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - TBD -

Nov 5, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Andrew Baxter - Multi Axis Turning.

Dec 3, 2015 Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly speaker, Room-108, 7-9 PM - Ron Tinay - Open Segment Turning.



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Mike Vergino
Mike Vergino
- Birch Hollow Form.



Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- The Wedge - Making segmented cuts the easy way by Segeasy.com



Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Open Segmented Bowl.



John Lawson
John Lawson
- Xmas Ornaments.



Larry Moyers
Larry Moyers
- Thread and Seam Cutters.



Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Hollowing Tool Handles - Laminated Wood.



Mike Vergino
Mike Vergino
- Ash Vase.



Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Bowl with Segmented Feature Ring.



Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Slanted Segmented Feature Ring.



Jack Giolitti
Jack Giolitti
- Nut Cracker Bowls.



Jack Giolitti
Jack Giolitti
- Nut Cracker Bowls.



Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Hollowing Tool Handles - Cholla Cactus.



Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Hollowing Tool Handles - Golf Club.






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Martinez Cabinet
A collection of toys from Diablo Woodworkers. Dec. 09, 2014
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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