Diablo Woodworkers

June 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.

Shop Tour, Bob Hoellwarth's Home Shop.
July 13 DW Meeting, Room 112 Kevin Glen Drake – Glen-Drake Toolworks – toolmaking, woodworking, and education.
Woodturners, Joel Albert – Advanced Pen Turning.
Shop Tour, Brian Condran's Home Shop.
Woodturners, John Lawson – Winged Bowls.
Aug 10 DW MEETING, ANNUAL BBQ at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Ln and Cleaveland, 6-9 PM.
Sept 14 DW Meeting, Open.


July 13, 2016 MEETING, Room 112 which is off the rear parking lot near the Adult Education office, 7-9 PM.

Kevin Glen Drake – Glen-Drake Toolworks – toolmaking, woodworking, and education.

Kevin DrakeKevin Glen Drake owns and operates the Glen-Drake Toolworks (http://www.glen-drake.com) in Fort Bragg, CA where he combines toolmaking, woodworking, and education. Having been an avocational woodworker all of his life, Kevin finally took the plunge in 1999 and attended the College of the Redwoods to study with James Krenov. Kevin’s previous careers as a musician and a programmer helped pave the way for the toolmaking business he founded after graduating from that program. His tools are now recognized throughout North America and several foreign countries as must-haves for fine woodworking. He has written for Popular Woodworking, a magazine that named his Tite-Mark marking gauge as one of the “best 12 tools ever” and has taught at the College of the Redwoods, the Marc Adams school, and the Northwest Woodworking Studio among others. He exhibits at tool events around the country and has a long list of tools that are waiting to be made.

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Kevin Drake   Kevin Drake
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AUGUST 10, 2016, Annual Summer Social,
6-9 PM at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Ln and Cleaveland.

BBQOur Annual Summer Social will again be at the Pleasant Hill Park, Gregory and Cleaveland Streets. 6 pm to 9 pm, August 10th.

We need you to bring your checks for $12 per person to the July meeting so we can complete the planning for the Summer BBQ.

We are having BBQ and Roast Chicken plus Vegetarian entrees. We need a “veggie” head count so please note that when signing up or mailing your check.

We need each of you to bring a Salad, Side Dish or Dessert, enough for 6 people. Wine, beer, sodas, water and ICE CREAM will be provided.

Make your checks out to Diablo Woodworkers, and bring them to the July meeting or (if you forget) send them to Duke Herrero, 23 Fallen Leaf Terrace, Orinda 94563.


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NASSER SHIRAZI – Middle Eastern Instrument Maker.

Nasser ShiraziNasser Shirazi, civil engineer and retired Pittsburg assistant city manager has been following his hobby of creating small, delicate instrument of beauty used in Middle East music for centuries. In 2005 Nasser gave us a talk on Setars and described how he utilized mulberry from Tehran, walnut, rosewood and maple in constructing the Setars and discuss the acoustics as they relate to the wood and construction techniques.

Nasser has moved to making a Kamanche. In particular a Iranian/Persian kamanche. This instrument is also used in other countries of Middle East such as Turkey, Armenia, Azarbayejan etc.


NEW 2015 Community Project - December 2015 news.

NEW 2016 Community Project - June 2016 news.

Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Activity: The Diablo Woodworkers Display Cabinet has recently been moved to the Pleasant Hill Library. New photos posted March 11, 2016

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The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our June 2016 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Seyed Morteza Tabatabaei

Returning members are:

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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

July 14, 2016 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Joel Albert – Advanced Pen Turning

Note: The meeting is the second Thursday

Joel will review a number of techniques for creating stunning and unusual pens. Demo will include creating a Celtic Knot design, adding splines to create visual interest and creating your own custom band for a Slimline pen. In addition, I will show my method for creating a high gloss CA finish on your pens.


August 4, 2016 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
John Lawson – Winged Bowls

John Lawson - Winged Bowl
John will discuss the techniques he uses to re-create the Winged Bowl Designed by John Beaver. During the discussion he will explain the methods used to turn the bowl and the cutting jig used to insert the wings.


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Saturday, June 18, 2016 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Bob Hoellwarth’s Home Shop, 3142 Dover Way, Concord, CA

Join us for a tour of Bob's shop

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available


  1. Exit 680 at Willow Pass Rd toward Concord,
  2. Follow Willow Pass and bear right onto Gateway Blvd
  3. Turn left on Clayton Road
  4. Follow Clayton Road to Coventry Road, turn right
  5. Take Coventry Road to Dover Way, turn right,
  6. 3142 is on the left.
  7. Entrance to shop is through open gate on right side of house
  8. OK to park in drive if space is available.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Brian Condron’s Shop, 12 Dickson Lane, Martinez, CA

Join us for a tour of Brian's shop.

Due to recent knee replacements, Brian doesn’t have any current projects to view, but he does have some old ones in progress in the shop.

He built his shop with an inside and outside wall like a sound studio, resulting in a very quite outside. He has full dust collection on machines and some heavy duty equipment - Felder 16" planer/jointer combo, a Delta Table saw 5hp 3phase with interchangeable arbors 5/8 & 1", a Laguna 5hp re-saw master blade saw. He also has Krenov style hand planes and assorted chisels, and a large work bench that he built years ago.

Parking on street is OK even though it says no parking, can fit 6+ in driveway.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available


  • Exit 680 N at Burnett Ave in Concord
  • Turn Left onto Diamond Blvd,
  • Turn left onto Concord Ave,
  • Take Concord Ave under freeway and it becomes Chilpancingo Parkway
  • Follow Chilpancingo which becomes Morello Ave to Vine Hill Way
  • Left on Vine Hill Way to Dickson Lane
  • Turn right to #12

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Diablo Woodworkers Name Tag

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.

Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Fly Rod Cases, Padauk and Bamboo, General Finish.

Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Compound Mitered Lidded Vessel, Claro Walnut, Shellac and Lacquer.

Jack Giolitti
- Wine bottle, Various pieces of wood, Poly.

Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Morris Chair, White Oak and Figured Maple. Old Master's Gel Wipe-on-Poly.

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May 2016 Shop Tour at Andy Ferguson's Shop in Orinda
May 2016 Shop Tour at Andy Ferguson's Shop in Orinda.

Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Segmented & Celtic Knot Pens - Advanced Pen Turning Class.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Winged Bowl Designed by John Beaver. Inside view.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Winged Bowl Designed by John Beaver. Side view.

Dave Wittenbrock
Dave Wittenbrock
- Walnut & Popular Burl Vase.

Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- 'Saw Wrist' - Classic saw setting tool.

Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- Current saw setting tool.

Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Making Tool Blades with a Water Jet Cutter.

Dave Wittenbrock
Dave Wittenbrock
- Bowl - Rough Turned completed with Grinder.

Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Xmas - Candy Bowls

Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Xmas - Candy Bowl

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Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Displays
Craft items on display by Diablo Woodworkers
at the Pleasant Hill Library. June 27, 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


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 wreak, 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.
In 2014 we 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.

We honored two police officers killed in the line of duty in 2015.  In San Jose, an officer  was shot and killed as he and other officers responded to a suicide threat at an apartment.  In Hayward, an officer was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop by an occupant of the vehicle.

To date in 2016 we have presented a flag case to the family of an officer of the Richmond Police Department whom was slain at his home.

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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.

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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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