Pleasant Hill Library Treasure Chest
April 2017: The Pleasant Hill Library asked our member Dave Wittenbrock if we'd make a treasure chest for them to take books to first and second grade classes to loan out books. They developed a pirate theme and points to allow the students to get books. Dave took this on as a team of one.
The chest is built of ash with leather hinges and rope handles. All are aged to give authenticity to the pirate theme.
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Emerson Elementary School picnic tables
May 2017:We brought a prototype table and two benches to Emerson Elementary School at our construction day, April 20. The students made two tables and four benches from cut wood that had been made in March.
One of our new members, Mark Olesko, is a photographer who shared his talents with us. He took videos of the event and made a 10-minute video which will soon be available on the Diablo Woodworkers website. The enjoyment is clear to see on the faces of the kids and the adults.
Some of the photos taken at the Grass Valley Elementary School picnic table assembly event are shown below.
April 2017: A team of 12 met at Emerson Elementary School to help fourth graders build the picnic tables from sets built in March. One of our new members photographed and took video of the entire event while 11 of us paired up to help teams of four build two tables and four benches. Two third graders joined up to complete the 24 students needed to complete the project. The students, teachers and adult helpers all had a great time.
March 2017: Another Oakland elementary school has contacted Tim Killen to build picnic tables for assembly by the students.
Tim Killen is the project leader, and has come up with a design for the tables, shown in the attachment.
Once again, Bill Ridings of Urban Lumber has generously offered to supply the redwood for two tables for the school, and a prototype for Bill.
Tim is looking for a small group to cut the wood and assemble the first table next week at Duke Herrero's shop. He is also looking for members to help the students assemble the tables at the school in early April.
Please contact Tim Killen if you want to help with the Emerson school project. The cutting session will fill up quickly.
Emerson Elementary School Picnic Table Plans PDF document
Maloof Style Rocking Chair for Xmas Raffle
The 2017 Xmas Raffle Project is a Maloof Rocking Chair (click on image to enlarge). The rocking chair will be raffled at the December Club Meeting.
Wood collection photos below. There was a English Walnut tree, a Black Walnut tree and another English Walnut tree.
Scholarship – Laney College Woodworking Program
The Diablo Woodworkers Club has accumulated funds from members’ tool donations which are then sold, and from the annual Craft Fair. In an effort to encourage young men and women to continue woodworking, we are pleased to announce that we have started a scholarship program at the Woodworking Technology program at Laney College in Oakland. The scholarship is best described in the words of David Lipscomb, who worked with Laney on establishing the scholarship:
- The scholarship will be named "The Diablo Woodworkers Bill Tarleton Scholarship" in honor of the founder of Diablo Woodworkers.
- The primary objective of the Laney Wood Technology program is to help students obtain a career in woodworking.
- Laney College would be responsible for choosing a student for a semester scholarship. This will (in almost all cases) be a student who is in their first semester and has shown both a financial need, and the determination and aptitude to move to the next level of work.
- Laney College will have the Diablo Woodworker application completed, and make a recommendation for who is to receive a scholarship.
- The proposed amount of the scholarship is $500 per semester for a total of $1,000 (2 semesters).
- The second scholarship will be offered to the same student if they have demonstrated excellence in woodworking skills and business acumen (e.g. communications, team building, etc.)
- The selected student will make a presentation on their project(s) to the Diablo Woodworkers at one of their regular monthly meetings. Department Chair and instructors are welcome to attend.
Diablo Woodworkers plan to continue the scholarship in future years for additional students. We will report progress in the Community Projects section of the newsletter.
Shelter, Inc. – This homeless center has given us a list of potential projects, including a redwood table and chairs, chairs for the smoking area, at least one planter box. Next on their list is a lobby makeover in the Antioch shelter. They need to determine a style before we can scope the project.