Diablo Woodworkers


DECEMBER 2016 Meeting Newsletter

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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 11, 2017 DW Meeting, Mike Brawn - SFFD Senior Equipment Specifications Writer, Fleet Administration, Central Shops
Feb 8, 2017 DW Meeting, Ron Cook - Luthier and Craftsman
Mar 8, 2017 DW Meeting, Scott Wynn - Constructing abstract patterns on a wooden cabinet


NEXT MEETING DETAIL

JANUARY 11, 2016 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
MICHAEL BRAUN – SFFD Senior Equipment Specifications Writer Fleet Administration, Central Shops.


Michael was the supervisor of the Fire Shop and the Ladder Shop for the last 21 years for the San Francisco Fire Department. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Guardians of the City, which is the History museum for the SFFD, SFPD. He is also the Chairman of the Apparatus Committee and knows the history of the wood fire ladders which are fabricated in the ladder/pattern shop. Michael is going to talk about the history and building of the wood ladders and a general history of the Fire Dept.

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FEBRUARY 08, 2016 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
RON COOK – Luthier and Craftsman.


Ron CookRon Cook is a California born and bred artisan luthier and craftsman. He uses "green" methods and materials to create one-of-a-kind hand-carved furniture, medieval and Early American stringed instruments, and sculptures. He uses primarily recycled, salvaged and urban forest woods. He is particularly known for his detailed carvings and "tiled" methods of construction.

Ron has exhibited nationally at American Craft Council Shows, as well as at the Sausalito Art Festival, Scottsdale Arts Festival, and Bellevue ArtsFair. His pieces have been shown in galleries and events as far away as Barcelona, Spain, and are in collections throughout the world.

Ron Cook has appeared in, and written for, Renaissance Magazine, and his works have appeared in American Woodworker, American Craft, Early Music America, Dulcimer Players News, Crafts Report, Guitarmaker, and Sunset, as well as on television: WABC in New York, KGO in San Francisco, San Jose Community TV, and Community Television of Santa Cruz.

Ron is a 35+ year member of the Guild of American Luthiers, an exhibitor and member of the American Craft Council, a member of the Santa Cruz Art League, a charter member of the Santa Cruz Woodworkers, and a Santa Cruz County Open Studios artist for over a decade. He teaches wood carving at a local community college, and also supports the National Music Museum.

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PREVIOUS MEETING

DECEMBER 14, 2016 MEETING, "THE GARDENS" at HEATHER FARM, 7-9 PM.
1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

This is our festive end of year meeting, and friends and spouses are welcome.

Wine and beer was served, lots of food and potluck favorite desserts and appetizers.

The Sam Maloof Rocking Chair raffle item was won by Bob Ebe.





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WHAT'S NEW
NEW 2016 Community Project - December 2016 news.

NEW 2016 Marquetry Seminar - August 2016 by Brian Condran.


Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Activity: The Diablo Woodworkers Display Cabinet has recently been moved to the Pleasant Hill Library. New photos posted June 27, 2016

NEW Flag Case History - August 2016



Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

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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 attending our November 2016 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

Returning members are:




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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

January 12, 2017 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Tony Wolcott – Urban Forest - Wood Species

Tonight night's presentation will look at commonly grown trees in the area, how to identify them and which ones are worth the bother. I will bring in samples of the tree for identification purposes and also wood from the tree. Some woodworkers are very good at producing a work of art from a piece of wood. However, many cannot identify trees in the environment. People can expect to learn a telling characteristic of a tree in order to correctly identify the tree. We will also discuss the proper name of the tree (and the wood) so that misleading common names are avoided. Many people will have their favorite trees and they are more than welcome to bring in samples (leaf, bark, cone, flower) or even a piece of wood. We will discuss the harder skill of identifying the 'mystery wood'.

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February 2, 2017 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Joel Albert – Casting Acrylic Pen Blanks

Joel Albert will present an overview of casting Acrylic Pen blanks using Alumilite Resin and a wide variety of dyes, mica-powders, and other filler material. Casting your own blanks opens the doors to a wide variety of creative options; from simple colors to pistachio nuts; from shower luffas to apricot pits. It's exciting, fun, and incredibly rewarding. Come learn the basics of how to cast, what equipment you need, and explore some of the creative possibilities.

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SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS

Saturday, January 21, 2017 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Kirby Elvin's Home Shop, 635 Blue Ridge Dr., Martinez

Join us for a tour of Kirby's shop.

Parking is on street. Shop is in a standard two car garage - shared with Wife's car. Kirby says he has made use of every square foot by combining different tools into a small area.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available.

Directions:

  • Exit I 680 onto Sunvalley Blvd,
  • West on Sunvalley Blvd becomes Taylor Blvd,
  • Taylor Blvd to Pleasant Hill Rd,
  • Turn right onto Pleasant Hill Rd,
  • Drive past Virginia Hills Shopping Ctr.,
  • Turn Left at the Chevron Station onto Blue Ridge Dr.,
  • Blue Ridge Dr. to #635 on left.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Western Dovetail's Shop at 1101 Nimitz Ave, Suite 209, Vallejo (Mare Island), CA 94592

Meet Max and join him for a tour of Western Dovetail's Shop in Building 126 "The Pipe and Boiler Shop" at Mare Island.

Western Dovetail was founded 1993 by Maxfield Hunter, the president and CEO. The company specializes in the production of high quality solid wood dovetailed drawers and to an extensive list of new products and services.

At Western Dovetail, every tool in the shop is dedicated to a unique process, which ensures safe, accurate and consistent product day after day.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available

Directions:

  • Follow I 680 N towards Benicia and Sacramento,
  • Take exit 58A to I 780 towards Benicia and Vallejo,
  • In 9.5 miles turn left onto Mare Island Causeway,
  • Turn left onto Nimitz Ave,
  • Western Dovetail at 1101 is on right.

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Diablo Woodworkers Name Tag

Lost your name tag or never received one? Just make a note next to your name on the sign in sheet at the next meeting. Your new name tag will be available at the following meeting at the sign-in table.








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November 2016 Shop Tour at Jeff Traeger's Shop in Orinda
November 2016 Shop Tour at Laney College in Oakland
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November 2016 Shop Tour at Jeff Traeger's Shop in Orinda
November 2016 Shop Tour at Laney College in Oakland
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Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- Disston Tools-See write-up on his page.



Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Homemade Parting Tool.



Ron Tinay
Ron Tinay
- Winged Vessel.



Joseph Xavier
Joseph Xavier
- Segmented Bowl with Cover.



Mark Hannan
Mark Hannan
- Turned Mallet.



Jack Giolitti
Jack Giolitti
- Covered Dish.



Jack Giolitti
Jack Giolitti
- Tiquila Bottle with Segmented Cover.



Bill Mellberg
Bill Mellberg
- Platter.



Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Platter.



Ron Tinay
Ron Tinay
- Segmented Vessel.



Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Segmented Platter.



Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Walnut Platter.



Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Segmented Platter.



Jack Giolitti
Jack Giolitti
- Plate.



Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Goblet.



Hugh Bevan-Thomas
Hugh Bevan-Thomas
- Tea Pot. Cute!






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Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Displays
The art and craft items here are from various classes in the Adult School. November 04, 2016.
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

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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 Treager to get it in the Newsletter or emailed to members.

Marlene's Embroidery & Designs - The place to get your embroidered Diablo Woodworkers' shirt and many other embroidered designs. Please call to make an appointment: 925-682-3919


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Diablo Woodworkers SUPPLIERS




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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