Diablo Woodworkers


APRIL 2019 Meeting News



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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 8, 2019 DW Meeting, Berkeley Mills CEO and Founder Gene Agress
June 12, 2019

DW Meeting, Michael Bray, Custom Woodworker and Teacher



NEXT MEETING DETAIL

Michael BrayJUNE 12 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
Michael Bray, Custom Woodworker and Teacher

Our June speaker is Michael Bray. He has provided his own write up and photos below.

From my early days in Art School to my current stint as a custom woodworker and teacher, I will cover some highlights, as well as a few war stories, particularly what it was like working for a super-wealthy client, but also including my years drawing for Woodwork magazine.

I trained as a Graphic Designer, but lost interest about the time I saw my first Garret Wade catalog! I worked in the paper industry, then as a handyman for a while. During this time I started submitting articles to woodworking magazines. Woodwork magazine ran my first article, then eventually hired me as their illustrator. I eventually became a full-time custom furniture maker, and all these years later am now teaching more than making. I teach at the Randall Museum in SF, the Crucible in Oakland, and at Facebook in Menlo Park. And just founded the Bay Area Spoon Carvers last year! Website: http://www.michaelbraydesign.com

Michael Bray
Michael Bray Designs


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PREVIOUS MEETING

Gene EgressMAY 8, 2019 MEETING, 112 ROOM, 7-9 PM.
Berkeley Mills CEO and Founder Gene Agress

Gene Agress
CEO / Designer / Founding Craftsman / Partner

Gene Agress and Berkeley Mills are Bay Area icons. For the past thirty plus years Gene has built Berkeley Mills into one of the most successful and innovative custom furniture and cabinet shops in the country.  At the heart of Berkeley Mills' success are the very fundamentals of woodworking: beautiful design, solid joinery and exquisite craftsmanship. Indeed, Gene started his career as a woodworker, selling handmade wooden toys on the streets of Berkeley. This foundation of a business built on creating quality, custom made wares, remains to this day the guiding principle of Berkeley Mills.



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WHAT'S NEW
2019 Community Project - Girl Scout Woodworker Badge - updated March 21, 2019.

2018 Community Project - September 2018 Pleasant Hill Library Maker Faire Bird Houses.

Video of Emerson Elementary Project - July 16, 2017 news.
Flag Case History - February 2019

Show & Tell Cards - January 2017 news.

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

Email Jeff Traeger and request to be subscribed or un-subscribed to the newsletter


A DIABLO WOODWORKERS WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our May 2019 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Allen Arthur
  2. Michael Daveiga


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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's Monthly Meeting Details

JUNE 6, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Tony Wolcott Tree Identification

June Turners imgGreeting Woodturners:

Tony's presentation will include the following topics:

  1. Quick botanical information necessary for tree identification: root, stem, branches, fruit, flower, leaf, wood, and Plant Kingdom Classification - not boring
  2. Trees on the evolutionary journey - why Darwin would be appalled at seeing a pluot.
  3. Common trees in the area - identified by distinguishing characteristics - wood usefulness

Tony will also bring in physical samples of tree morphology - tree parts.

Come join us at the Woodturning Center for an informative discussion.

 

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SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS

Jack GiolittiSATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 SHOP TOUR and SAWDUST SESSION, 10AM - NOON
Home Shop and Gardens of Jack Giolitti, 68 Fordham Court, Pleasant Hill 94523

Our shop tour for May will be at the home shop and gardens of Jack Giolitti. Jack is a long-time member and a woodturner. He has offered to put on a Sawdust Session discussing segmented turning which requires both precision joinery work and skilled turning, sometjhing for everyone. In addition, Jack has promised a tour of his extensive gardens which should be in full bloom.

Sorry, no pets or minor children due to liability issues.

Directions: Google Map

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SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 SHOP TOUR 10AM - NOON
Home Shop Tour of Steve Sowden, 1380 Brighton Drive, Tracy 95376. 619-379-5350

Our tour for June will be at the shop of Steve Sowden. Steve started woodworking about 24 years ago after discovering a Fine Woodworking magazine in a book store. He has been hooked ever since. When Steve lived in San Diego, where he started woodworking, he had several pieces entered in the Design in Wood Show. Steve had to take a 7 year hiatus due to work and has just gotten back into it the last couple of years. This is Steve's third garage shop and each one has become more refined to his needs. Steve admits to being bit of a tool and organization nut. He still works crazy hours so everything he makes takes time hence the desire for an efficient shop. The time spent produces excellent results. Steve lives in Tracy, so carpools are suggested.

Sorry, no pets or minor children due to liability issues.

Google Map: Google Map

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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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Morgan Strickland
Morgan Strickland
- SHAKER TOWEL RACK JOINERY DETAIL; AFRICAN MAHOGANY; WIPE-ON POLY.



Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- QUERCUS GIGANTUS HUMUNGUS ACORN; WALNUT, LIQUID AMBER; AQUA COAT/SHELLAC.


Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- QUARTO GAME; VARIOUS WOODS; GENERAL FINISH.


Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- ANCIENT GAME OF UR; MANY WOODS; GENERAL FINISH.


David Howe
David Howe
- BOX; IPE AND MAPLE; BEESWAX MIX.


Morgan Strickland
Morgan Strickland
- Shaker Towel Rack; African Mahogany; Wipe-on Polly.



Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- CLOCK; CHERRY, MAPLE.



Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- SHERATON BOWED CHEST; CHERRY & VARIOUS VENEERS; RAW LINSEED OIL, SEEDLAC, FRENCH POLISH.



Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- SHERATON BOWED CHEST; DRAWER DETAIL.






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June 2018 Shop Tour Photos

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019 SHOP TOUR and SAWDUST SESSION, 10AM - NOON
Studio and Work Shop of Berkeley Mills, 2830 Seventh Street, Berkeley CA. 94710

Kaidan TansuSince 1988, Berkeley Mills has been designing and building high quality wooden furniture and architectural items at their state of the art shop in Berkeley.  The Berkeley Mills craftsmen take special pride in their wood selection and acquisition, including premium American cherry, Honduras mahogany and eastern white maple, often with accents of sapele, figured cherry and others. And what they do with that choice wood is stunning.  Their design style is eclectic, ranging from Japanese tansu and shoji to Craftsman, Arts and Crafts and Greene and Greene and on to Frank Lloyd Write-inspired Prairie-style and lots of others.  Check their website at berkeleymills.com for some real woodworking eye candy. 

The shop tour was given by Gene Agress, CEO and Founder of Berkeley Mills. In addition to large-scale milling equipment, we saw equipment we had never seen before, and learned how Berkeley makes large shoji screens. The kitchens on display in the showroom are just demonstrations of the type of cabinetry that is available. All kitchens are custom designed and built. Photos were not allowed. To hear more of Gene's story, come to the May meeting.

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Rich Nelson
Rich Nelson
- Marriage of Two Bowls - Walnut & Liquid Amber.



Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- Camphor Wood Bowl with Tung Oil Finish.



Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Ash Teapot with Multi-colored Dye finish.


Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Compound Miter Pine Vase with Basket Illusion Decoration.


Gary Seybold
Gary Seybold
- Classic Tools.


Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Popular wood Basket Illusion Bowl.


Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Small Vases and Dyed Bowls.


Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Walnut Box - Threaded with home made tool.



Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Bowl Blank - Artifical Spalting Experiment.


Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Bowl Blank - Artifical Spalting Experiment.


Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Pen Selection.


Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Cross Grain Bud Vases.


Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Cross Grain Bud Vase.


John Langen
John Langen
- Lathe Top - Tool Storage Rack.





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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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