Diablo Woodworkers

APRIL 2017 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.

May 10, 2017 DW Meeting, GEORGE LUCIDO – Windsor Chairs
June 14, 2017 DW Meeting, RON COOK – Luthier and Craftsman.


GEORGE LUCIDO – Windsor Chairs .
Windsor Chair by George Lucido

George Lucido has been building Windsor chairs since 2008. He has learned this craft thanks to Tim Killen and all of his patience. George has completed 22 Windsors since that time and will be here in May to discuss the building of these chairs along with a brief history of The Windsor, how it got here and how it has changed from the old English version to the beautiful American Windsors that are seen in many homes and museums today.

There are seven basic versions of a Windsor, all are different and yet have a lot in common. If you have ever wanted to know something about how to build one of these chairs, the May presentation would be a good place to start.

This presentation will cover all aspects of making the chairs and describe all the tools and wood species required.

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RON COOK – Luthier and Craftsman.
Speaker Ron Cook

Ron 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 Arts Fair. 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, Guitar maker, 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.

Speaker Ron Cook   Speaker Ron Cook   Speaker Ron Cook

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Jim Widress - SpeakerAPRIL 12, 2017 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
JIM WIDRESS -- Caning.

Jim owns and operates the Caning Shop in Berkeley Ca. The Caning Shop has been supplying gourd crafters, basket-makers, and chair caners with superior quality materials since 1969.

Recognizing that high quality materials are easiest to use, are longer lasting, and make a finer finished product, The Caning Shop offers only the finest grades of chair cane, binder cane, cane webbing spline, flat oval and round reed, rattan poles, seagrass, ash splints, hickory bark, rawhide, gourds, leather dyes, raffia, waxed linen threads, and tools.


Caning Shop Open Studio

Free Classes Every Friday and Saturday.

You tell us what you want to learn and pay for the materials, and we will show you how to do it.

Open Studio Hours:
Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please call ahead to tell us what you'd like to do, and to put you on the schedule.

Visit Jim's web site at: http://www.caning.com/html/aboutus.html


NEW Show & Tell Cards - January 2017 news.

NEW 2017 Community Project - April 24, 2017 news.

2016 Community Project - December 2016 news.
NEW Flag Case History - August 2016

NEW 2016 Marquetry Seminar - August 2016 by Brian Condran.

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

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The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our April 2017 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Mark Olesko

Returning members are:

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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

May 05, 2017 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Ed Steffinger – Making Coasters.

Presentation Description: Learn how to quickly make your own coasters then impress your guests during any dining occasion with them. This drinking accent is perfect for entertaining while protecting your furniture and tabletops. Custom made coasters also can serve as a promotional devise when you are reaching out to potential customers.


JUNE 01, 2017 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
David Fleisig – Making Square Platters.

Presentation Description: David will demonstrate his method of making square platters.

David Fleisig


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Saturday, May 20, 2017 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Ed Steffinger's Shop, 1128 Keith Drive, Concord.

Join us for a tour of Ed's shop. Ed feels that his shop is pretty typical for a garage shop.

Pets are not welcome.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available.


From the South:
  • From I 680 N exit at Treat Blvd/Geary Rd,
  • Turn Right onto Treat Blvd,
  • Follow Treat for 4 miles and turn left onto Cowell Road,
  • 0.2 miles and turn left on to Kaski Lane,
  • 0.2 miles and turn right onto Hitchcock Rd.,
  • 0.1 Miles and turn left onto Keith Dr.,
  • Keith Dr #1128.
From the North:
  • From I 680 S, exit Willow Pass Rd,
  • Turn Left onto Sunvalley Blvd,
  • Sunvalley Blvd becomes Willow Pass Rd,
  • Willow Pass Rd for 0.7 miles,
  • Slight Right and then slight left on Gateway Blvd to Clayton Rd,
  • Clayton Rd for 0.5 miles, turn right onto Galindo St,
  • 0.4 miles and turn left onto Cowell Rd,
  • 1.3 miles and turn right onto Court Ln,
  • 0.2 miles and turn left onto Hithcock Rd,
  • 0.3 miles and turn right onto Keith Dr,
  • Keith Dr #1128.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Dale Chorney's Shop, 742 Trinity Hills Lane, Livermore & Phil Duncan's Shop, 1000 Shotwell Court, Pleasanton.

Join us for a unique progressive tour consisting of 2 shops - Dale's & Phil's - which are fairly close together in the Livermore/Pleasanton area.

The first stop on this Tour is at Dale's from 10 to 11 AM. Dale says there is nothing special about his shop other than it's a little messy and dusty. He may have a project underway, depending on how quickly he finishes things.

Refreshments: Coffee, donuts and cookies will be available at Dale's shop. No pets please.

Directions to Dale's shop:

  • Take I 580 East of I 680,
  • Exit Isabel Ave South,
  • South for 2 mi then left(East) on Concannon,
  • Turn Right (south) at first traffic light onto Murdell,
  • Turn Left (east) at stop sign onto Alden Lane,
  • Take second right (south) onto Wood Hollow Drive,
  • Left (East) onto Trinity Hills Lane,
  • 742 Trinity Hills Lane
  • Street Parking
The second stop on this progressive tour is at Phil's from 11 to Noon.

Following the tour of his shop, he will demonstrate to us another of his hobbies - by serving a light lunch consisting of smoked pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad, water and soft drinks. Phil would like a head count of how many for the lunch. Please call him at (408)515-4275.

Directions from Dale's to Phil's
  • Trinity Hills east then,
  • left on Lexington.
  • Turn right on Holmes then (turns into Vallecitos Rd),
  • right on Vineyard.
  • Two stoplights (about 3 miles) then,
  • left on Manoir.
  • Please park on Manoir Parking is limited on Shotwell Court.
  • His house is the first house on the left - 1000 Shotwell court.

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Click for Google Map Directions from Dale's House to Phil's House


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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.

Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Jewelry Box, Curly Maple and Olive, General Finish top coat, Natural edge drawer fronts.

Greg Davis
Greg Davis
- Rocking Boat, Birch Plywood/White Oak/Poplar, Spray paint & Oil, 'A fun Challenge'.

Bob Hoellwarth
Bob Hoellwarth
- Bokkens & Sword (Bokkens) Holder, White Oak and Sapele, Tung Oil finish.

Paul Mueller
Paul Mueller
- Screen. Old Growth Redwood, Watco Oil.

Tim Killen
2017 Community Projects
- by Tim Killen.

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November 2016 Shop Tour at Jeff Traeger's Shop in Orinda
November 2016 Shop Tour at Laney College in Oakland

November 2016 Shop Tour at Jeff Traeger's Shop in Orinda
November 2016 Shop Tour at Laney College in Oakland
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Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Art Creation Vase (when little children have crayons).

Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Pine Vase.

Jack Giollitti
Jack Giollitti
- Redwood Bowl.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Acrylic Necklace.

Herb Caraway
Herb Caraway
- Magnolia Vase.

Larry Batti
Larry Batti
- Decanter - Bubinga, Maple, Wenge and Ebony. See his page for follow-up photos.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Acrylic Necklace.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Acrylic Necklace.

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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

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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.


Web Site By Erlene Tarleton - http://erlene-t.com