Open Shops. On June 12, 9 AM-12 noon at Jerry Robinson's shop, 28 Roselyn Terrace, S.F. He has a typical San Francisco garage, sharing space with the car, etc. You can get some good ideas on organization.
Steam Bending Tech Talk. Mark Ferraro has made a write-up about the steam-bending box he showed at a BAWA meeting two months ago. The write-up is now available from this site's Tech Talks page.
BAWA Apparel. Hey! Be the first one in your block to be decked out in the latest BAWA finery. Wear the finery to the meetings, to the wood shows or just show your envious woodworker friends. Jay Perrine is the source of BAWA baseball caps ($10), and BAWA work shirts ($35 or so). You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408/378-1585.
Or how about a nice laser-engraved name tag for BAWA meetings? Check out Mike Cooper's. He can get you one for $8. (email@example.com or 510/471-6934.)
Michael Fortune Seminar. Neal White and Jay Perrine are planning a weekend seminar with Michael Fortune. Fortune maintains his studio near Peterborough Ontario Canada. He designs and makes furniture for residences across North America. His teaching experience includes eight years at Sheridan College, Rochester Institute of Technology NY, the Kootenay School of the Arts BC and numerous courses in summer programs at art centers in the United States. He is the first furniture designer/maker to receive the Prix Saidye Bronfman. He is active in educating woodworkers around the globe about the responsible use of tropical hardwoods, and in facilitating connections between the woodworking craft and the social and economic growth of underdeveloped countries. There is more about Michael at http://staffweb.uleth.ca/ffa/events/printdisplay.asp?ID=3864.
We'd have a Friday evening, and then all day Sat & Sunday seminar in the Fall or Winter.. Per Madsen has agreed to allow the use of his space. This seminar can happen if we can get 20 attendees @ $100 or so each. There were enough members at the March meeting who indicated that they would be interested do make this viable. So, stay tuned as events progress.
May 19th (3rd Thursday)
Jay van Arsdale began Japanese woodworking in the 1970's after seeing a demonstration by Japanese Daiku Makoto Imai, whom he studied with for many years. Jay has worked and taught in the Bay Area including at Japan Woodworker since the early 1980's. He has given demos/lectures and other presentations for many organizations including the Japan Society, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, Academy of Science, and others. Jay is the author of Shoji, designing, building and installing Japanese Screens, (Kodansha, '86), Introduction to Japanese Woodworking (video, '87), and contributing editor on The Complete Japanese Joinery, (Cloudpress '89). He has also written numerous magazine articles and appeared on Japanese TV.
Jay is a licensed building contractor who lives and works in a bamboo grove in Oakland with his wife and daughter. Jay currently teaches Traditional Japanese hand tools and joinery at Laney College in Oakland. He is well known to many of our members and this should be a very good meeting.