Diablo Woodworkers

FEBRUARY 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.

Feb 8, 2017 DW Meeting, Ron Cook - Luthier and Craftsman
Mar 8, 2017 DW Meeting, Scott Wynn - Constructing abstract patterns on a wooden cabinet
Apr 12, 2017 DW Meeting, JIM WIDRESS -- Caning


SCOTT WYNN – Decorative Elements on Shoji.

I've been exploring the decorative and figurative possibilities of lattice patterns, or "kumiko", for decorative elements on Shoji for several years now, often incorporating curves, random patterns, carved and found objects, and differing paper patterns into the designs. This is my most complex design so far. The talk will be on the different techniques used to design and make this cabinet, called "Autumn Rain", that employ shoji style kumiko as an expressive element. A number of practical and expedient techniques were used to finalize the design and speed up the work, and I will talk about those in some detail, along with a detailed progressive photographic essay showing the process.

I am a professional woodworker who has been designing and building furniture since 1976. I have a workshop in San Francisco where I specializes in limited production, one of a kind, and commissioned work. I am also a licensed and practicing Architect and I use the shop to produce furniture and installations for my architectural designs.

I have written articles on woodworking for Fine Woodworking (I was on the cover of issue #118!), Woodwork Magazine, Fine Homebuilding, taught classes and workshops, and have written the book, The Woodworkers guide to the Handplane. I have three more books coming out on woodworking: one on the Bailey plane due out this spring; another on setting up, making, and using Japanese plane; and another on the use, repair, modification, and making of traditional wood planes. You can see my work at scottwynnatelier.com and scottwynnarchitect.com.

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Scott Wynn's decorative cabinet   Scott Wynn's decorative cabinet


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

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TIM KILLEN stepping in for RON COOK.

I'm sorry to have to inform everyone at this late time, tonight's speaker, Ron Cook, had to reschedule due to road and weather conditions. He is travelling from Santa Cruz and as I'm sure everyone has heard highway 17 is down to one lane during commute hours. Ron was worried that the road might be totally closed by the time he is going home, so he asked to reschedule for our June meeting.

Never fear Tim Killen is stepping in to give us a presentation on his annual trip to the Williamsburg Woodworking Symposium , which occurred last week. As usual Tim will have a great side presentation together with interesting information about preserving and understanding the craftsmanship of the eighteenth century.

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NEW Show & Tell Cards - January 2017 news.

NEW 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 February 08, 2017 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Max Shoka
  2. Vick Patrick
  3. Michael Jesse
  4. Hank Grebe

Returning members are:

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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

March 2, 2017 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Andrew Baxter – Gavels – Making Gavels and their History.

Andrew Baxter's discussion will include:

  • Discuss some history regarding the gavel background
  • Show samples of various head designs
  • Explain spindle turning of handle and Gavel Head
  • Show samples mounted on lathe
  • How to drill hole for handle
  • Alignment of handle into head
  • Preparation for finish.


April 6, 2017 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Chuck Cottril – Toxicities of Wood.

Presentation Description: Chuck will provide a handout followed by a short presentation. Then a discussion of member experiences and problems they have encountered.


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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


  • 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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Saturday, March 18, 2017 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Robert Nisbitt's Home Shop, 1880 Camino Ramon, Danville.

He designs and makes display cabinets and chairs mainly by hand. He was at the College of the Redwoods for 2 years where he studied under James Krenoff.

His shop has some large machines: 12" table saw, 20" bandsaw, 14" planer, 12" jointer, many hand tools, and an installed dust collector.

He has a nice collection of fine furniture in the house which he has indicated we are welcome to see.

Pets are not welcome.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available.


  • Exit 680 at either Sycamore or Crow Canyon and go East for one block to Camino Ramon,
  • From Sycamore go Right on Camino Ramon, which is south, for 1 mile to #1880 on right,
  • From Crow Canyon go Left on Camino Ramon which is north for 1/2 mile to #1880 on left,
  • There is plenty of parking on the street.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Dante Paulazzo's Shop, 211 Stone Valley Ct., Martinez.

Join us for a tour of Dante's shop.

His shop is a stand alone two car garage that has been made into a wood shop. The shop is fairly new and he is still building and setting things up.

He is currently working on a dining room buffet and hutch out of white quarter sawn oak, and he always has other small projects underway.

Pets are not welcome.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available.

Dante lives in a gated community He will arrange for the gates to be open for our tour.

  • From I 680 N exit at CA-4 W toward Martinez and Hercules,
  • Exit at Alhambra Ave and turn left,
  • Follow Alhambra Ave and take a slight right onto Alhambra Valley Road,
  • Continue on Alhambra Valley Rd after turning right at intersection with Reliez Valley Rd.,
  • Exit onto Vaca Creek Rd on right,
  • Turn left through gates onto Stonehurst Drive,
  • Turn left onto Stone Valley Ct,
  • There will be plenty of parking on the street.

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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.

Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero - Pembroke Table circa 1790 Baltimore
, Cherry, Dewaxed Blonde Shellac, Cherry was used in lieu of traditional mahogany due to a Mahogany allergy.

Paul Mueller
Paul Mueller - Taliesin Lamp
- Fir/Maple/Padauk, Polyurethane.

DeWayne Ruwe
DeWayne Ruwe - Child's Windsor Fanback Rocker
- Monterey Pine and Modesto Ash, Milk Paint burnished with steel wood and linseed oil.

Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero - Child's Stepstool
, Walnut/Fir/Poplar died with water tint, Masters Gel Polyurethane.

Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter - Gavel
- Coco Bolo, Wax, Looking for recommendation for gluing, also looking for help to I.D. gavel head wood.

Wayne Shipman
Wayne Shipman - Finger Joint box
- Maple & Walnut, Lid was sculpted on lathe, Work in progress.

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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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Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Basket Weave Bowl - from a maple burl.

Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Pool Stick - work-in-progress.

Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Compound miter bowl - Chechen & Amaploa.

Hugh Bevan-Thomas
Hugh Bevan-Thomas
- Bowl from a burl.

Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Making Closed End Pens.

Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- Classic Brace and Bit Tools.

Gary Seidlitz
Gary Seidlitz
- Small Dish.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith
- Honey Pot with Honey Dipper - Acacia, Birch & Buckeye.

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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