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.
The 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.
Receiving prizes for Large Projects were:
1st Place - Tyler Wandesforde - Campolindo HS, Moraga
2nd Place - Matt Samrick - Campolindo HS, Moraga
3rd Place - Ryan McBriarty - Acalanes HS, Lafayette
Receiving prizes for Small Projects were:
1st Place - Lauren Booth - Las Lomas HS, Walnut Creek
2nd Place - Michael Constable - Campolindo HS, Moraga
3rd Place - Joseph Megley - Las Lomas HS, Walnut Creek
Receiving Turning project awards were:
1st Place - Ian Albaugh - Las Lomas HS, Walnut Creek
2nd Place - Justin Hill - Campolindo HS, Moraga
3rd Place - Michael Jamison - Las Lomas HS,Walnut Creek
Don 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
Arakelian/Westoff, Investment Advisors, San Ramon
Retired Clayton Valley High School Teachers
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.