February 2002


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This Month's Meeting

February 21st (3nd Thursday)

7:00 pm

Main Presentation

Roger Heitzman, a woodworker and tool builder from Scott's Valley, will make a visual presentation to us for our February 21 BAWA meeting in Foster City. Roger Heitzman will give us a slide show and discussion on building the Buffet shown on page 95 in the September/October 2001 Fine Woodworking, No. 151. Roger initially studied architecture in Southern California but transferred to Humbolt State and got his degree in Industrial Arts specializing in woodworking. As a student with limited cash he wanted a bandsaw and could NOT afford the prices at the local machine store. However, he figured he could BUILD one for a cost he could afford - so he did and succeeded. That started his second specialty of making tools - several of which are extremely unique, and one of them is the focus of his presentation. Jay took a class from him about 20 years ago on tool-making and had been trying to get him to come talk about that, but Roger made a evening 'class' or presentation on woodworking and design for UC Santa Cruz Extension in October 2001. Jay attended that class and asked if he would come share his interesting approach to making a major woodworking piece. Roger agreed. His approach is to first make it (full size) in foam/ fiberglass and THEN copy it in wood using his one-of-a-kind router machine. Norm Abrams might use his lathe-duplicator on TV, but this is a totally unique tool that you (so far) haven't seen on TV and extends the concept of woodworking. Roger also will show some slides of his shop over in or near Santa Cruz and several other custom-made power tools. Roger is known as a tool builder as well as a woodworker. This evening presentation should stimulate your imagination as Roger dazzles us with both his high volume and high quality furniture design and construction. The slide (and computer graphic) presentation will illustrate his unique artistic style besides the set of slides that focus on the construction methods. Roger's website is: www.heitzmanstudios.com

By the way, don't forget to bring something for Show and Tell!

Meeting Location

Starboard Room
Library Community Center
1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City

From 101, take the East Hillsdale exit. Drive a mile plus toward the bay. Turn right on Shell Blvd.
From the East Bay, take the San Mateo Bridge (92 West), Take the Foster City Blvd. Exit, and head southeast. Turn right on East Hillsdale Ave. and left on Shell Blvd.
From 92 eastbound, exit onto Foster City Blvd., turn right on Hillsdale, turn left on Shell.

Once on Shell, get in the left lane. Go past the library, and make a U-Turn at the center island opening. Then turn into the parking lot that is behind the library. The stairs to the community rooms are at the north end of the building.

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