Rockler: The Beauty of Wood Demonstrations
Located in Water Conservation Garden
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ROCKLER: The Beauty of Wood Demonstrations
6 Saturdays / 1:30pm-3:00pm / Gift Shop Patio
1st Saturdays of Each Month: July 14 – December 15
Free for Arboretum Members / Free with admission
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is a family owned, industry leading woodworking store. They are the go-to resource for woodworkers to find everything needed to complete their projects. Each class will be led by a different Rockler expert from one of their Southern California stores. Check out their website for more information on Rockler. www.rockler.com
July 14: Serving Tray Demo with Mike Ward
Come and see how easy it is to make a custom serving tray for your indoor and outdoor summer activities.
Mike Ward has been woodworking for more than 20 years. His interests are in furniture making and the restoration and use of hand tools for woodworking. He is currently the assistant manager at the Rockler Store in Orange Ca. and conducts many of the Saturday demonstrations and several of the topic specific classes at the store.
August 11: Sign Making for the Garden with Mike Durlak
Mike will share his secrets on how to make a custom personalized sign for your home or garden with easy to use templates and a small hand held router. He will discuss and demonstrate outdoor finishing techniques that will insure your projects will look great for years to come. Bring your questions on outdoor woodworking and finishing as we will have plenty of time to share knowledge and help you “kick off” those projects up you’ve been holding back on.
Mike Durlak is a lifelong, fifty plus years, passionate and skilled woodworker who enjoys participating in a variety of woodworking disciplines such as woodcarving, furniture making and many outdoor projects. He is a prior student of Palomar College’s nationally recognized Cabinet Making & Furniture Technology Program and has presented numerous skill building sessions at Rockler Woodworking & Hardware in their San Diego store and has been a guest instructor at many southern California woodworking clubs. He has made several HomePro TV guest appearances on “Good Morning San Diego”.
September 8: Grill Tools with Bet Sharry
Come join us to learn how to turn a set of custom grilling tools long enough to keep your hands out of the heat, and beefy enough to tackle the thickest cuts from the butcher. We will also show you how to complete a set of handles by hand if you don’t have a lathe. Use some of that found wood from your garden to make an extra special gift for someone.
Bet has been woodworking for 40 years and enjoys sharing her knowledge to inspire others. She has worked for Rockler Woodworking for 14 years.
October 13: Making a Gardener’s Knife, with Michael Workman
A good knife is an essential tool for any gardener. Michael will show you how easy it is to make your own utility gardening knife, and how you can use the material of your choice, including woody plant material from your own garden, to make a custom handle that’s sculpted to perfectly fit your hand!
November 10: Planting Boxes with Lou Barceló
Learn how to build sturdy and environmentally friendly planter boxes for growing delicious herbs and veggies using only basic hand tools.
Lou has more than 20 years of experience as a woodworker, furniture maker, teacher and finisher and is currently the manager of the Torrance Rockler store. Lou also enjoys growing herbs and vegetables for use in the kitchen.
December 15: Building Comfy Adirondack Chairs, with Don Chafey
Using just a couple of common carpentry tools, Don will show how to cut wood to size and assemble it into an attractive and amazingly comfortable Adirondack style chair.
Having worked many years in the film industry (with credits in The Shadow (1994), Malice (1993), and Hook (1991); Don now turns his expertise to making his own works of art and teaching others how to do the same, using the materials and inspirations at hand.
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Free for members / Free for non-members (with Arboretum admission)