October 2003


President's corner

Next meeting

Last meeting

This 'n That

BAWA contacts



This 'n That

We need items for display at the San Mateo Wood Show

Do you have ...

  • Previous entries in the Box or 2X4 contests?
  • Photos (digital or prints) or photocopies of your work for our member display notebook?
  • Items you can leave for 3 days?

There will be a locked display case for small items.

Please bring your items to the October meeting or contact Stu Hoffer 650/964-4939 or stu@nerds.com

We want a permanent home

Robbie Fanning asks your help in looking for a permanent place for BAWA to meet such as a Boy Scout Hall, Senior Citizen center, etc. We would like to be able to store our library and refreshments there. In return, we would perform simple repairs or build items for the place. Ideally, we would be given free rent for such services. If you know of any possible places in your area, please send me the name and address to rfanning@mac.com or 650/323-1183. She will contact them.

Enjoy those gifts at last month's dinner?

A personal thank you would be wonderful. Here are the addresses.

Alex Rossi, Manager, Woodcraft, 6044 Dougherty Rd., Dublin 94568 Dublin-Retail@woodcraft.com

Lynn LeVine, Rockler, 541 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill 94523 Store25@rockler.com

Don't forget to shop there also.

Rebuilding Together

Bill Henzel is looking for volunteers to install a hand rail at the S.F. Recreation Center for the Handicapped on 10/18 at 9 AM. Please contact him at 650/349-3062 or wjhenzeL1@aol.com.

The center is located at 207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco. Actually the entrance is on Herbst Rd which is just behind the Zoo. Here is how to get there. Get on Highway 35 Skyline Blvd.. If you are traveling north you will pass Lake Merced on your right then look for an angled road on your left. This is Herbst Road. From the north, Herbst will be an angled street on your right just past Sloat Blvd.

Remember Joe and Czyzowsky?

They have moved to Merced and they need our help. They have a Black Walnut (not grafted) tree in their yard which they would like to remove. They want to know if any adventurous and equipped woodworker or workers would want to come and cut down the tree and haul away whatever they want. They would clean up. There would be no exchange of $ on either side.

The tree is alive: about 45 feet high, trunk circumference about 11 feet at its widest point at the base. They don't see any obvious burls. If interested please contact them at j_zowsky@juno.com.

BAWA History

In the August Newsletter, I wrote some of my impressions of BAWA gleaned from the 1982-1986 newsletters that Don Naples gave to me. Here is some more.

It appears that the club started in 1982 made up mostly of professionals meeting in each others shops. In 1990, the meeting place was mostly at the Mainliner Club in San Mateo. Dues in 1991 were $40, we are sure getting a bargain with our dues today. One of the reasons was that the newsletter was mailed in those days (to 149 members) and was a multi-page affair with lots of advertising. Because of the newsletter expense and the membership down to 75 in 1991, the newsletter became very skimpy. Some months it was about a page long. Before we started our newsletters on the web, the format was an 11 by 17 sheet which folded to four pages to cut down on expenses. Now, we only mail out about 20 newsletters and the rest are read by members on the web.

My impression of the club was that it was a thriving, dynamic, action oriented group much as it is today.

Technical Editor?

Because expenses are down, we can add a page to our newsletter and fill it with technical articles, "How To" items and other subjects. For this we need a Technical Editor whose job is to scout out our more advanced members and have them write an article. So, how about someone volunteering? Contact me.

Mark Rand