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
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Mike Budesilich and Jay Holland – Wood Carving.
Shop Tour, Wayne Stolte's home shop with emphasis on Raffle Project.
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
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.
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.
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.
SATURDAY, June 20th Shop Tour, 10AM - NOON. The Hyde Street Pier, Small Boat Shop, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, San Francisco CA
Our tour will be hosted by John Muir the Curator of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. John was the speaker at our January 2015 Woodworker’s meeting when he described the construction of a Chinese Junk.
We will tour the shops/facilities involved in the construction, restoration, and preservation activities within the Maritime Museum, see the Small Boat Shop, the Boat Wright's Shop, and discuss or view some steam bending and lofting.
Driving - There is public parking at 900 N. Point St at Ghirardelli Square. The Hyde Street Pier is a short walk down Larkin St to Beach St to Hyde St.
BART - 3 minute walk from Embarcadero BART to Market St and Main St, board Muni F Line, 20 minute ride to Jones St and Beach St, 10 minute walk on Beach St to Hyde St Pier.
Meet at the Small Boat Shop which will be on your right as you enter the Maritime National Historical Park at the Hyde Street Pier
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.
Susan Principe is the artist showing her glass sculpture. April 19, 2015
The right cabinet displays Diablo Woodworkers art. April 23, 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.