Diablo Woodworkers

Contra Costa County High School Woodworking Competition

Dick Ellis, Project Leader - May 2008

The High school woodworking programs were given support by the East Bay club the "Diablo Woodworkers" in May of 2008. Students from seven High Schools submitted more than 70 projects. Nine judges from Diablo Woodworkers evaluated the student work.

Dick Ellis, Project LeaderThe program was proposed by member Mark Saake who saw a student competition when visiting a woodworking show in Las Vegas. He was joined by several other members including Jeff Traeger, George Lucido, Dave Wittenbrock, Gordon Fry, Frank Stratton, and retired California Industrial and Technology Education (ITE) teachers Rich Schwerin and Dick Ellis. Based on the success of this initial event, the Diablo Woodworkers plan on expanding the program in 2009.

Nine High School woodworking students shared $900 in awards at the first Diablo Woodworkers competition for Contra Costa County High School woodworking students. The awards were gift certificates from a variety of woodworking stores, hardware stores and lumber suppliers.

Don Dupont, teacher at Campolindo HSDon Dupont, teacher at Campolindo HS, received an award of $600 for the best school program.

Several teachers plan to enter their students' work into the California State Fair. Other participating High Schools were: Alhambra HS in Martinez; Clayton Valley HS in Concord; Liberty HS in Brentwood; Mt. Diablo HS in Concord.

Diablo Woodworkers, a non-fee class in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District's Adult Education program, raised more than $1500 for awards. According to Club Chairman Bill Tarleton, support came from members, wood artists, and the following local vendors:

  • Eames Hardware, Pleasant Hill
  • MacBeath Hardwoods, Berkeley
  • Dolan Lumber, Concord
  • Woodcraft, Dublin
  • Arakelian/Westoff, Investment Advisors, San Ramon
  • Retired Clayton Valley High School Teachers
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Diablo Woodworkers

Thanks to Rich Schwerin and Bill Martin for taking the photos at the meeting and at the Judging in the shop. What a Terrific Meeting this was! Thanks again to Dick Ellis and his committee for putting this very successful competition together.

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