Saturday, February 3; 1:30PM - 3:00PM

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: January 6th – June 2nd
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.

January 6, Bet Sharry-Veilleux – Custom Made Wooden Bluetooth Speakers
Come watch as we make custom bluetooth speakers using reclaimed wood. This speaker kit from Rockler requires no soldering and is a great DIY project for woodworkers and crafters of any level. The instructor, Bet, has been woodworking for 40 years. She enjoys making custom boxes and turning pens on the lathe in her studio at home. One of her passions is to pass the knowledge along in classes and demos.

February 3, Jeanette Gonzales – From Bough to Box, with the Bandsaw
Jeanette will show how to create a wooden box from a solid block of found wood.  Using just one woodworking machine and some nifty techniques, a half hour is all it takes to recycle a hunk of dead, dry wood into a beautiful and functional keepsake that will be treasured for generations. Jeanette has been active in the Los Angeles area woodworking community for nearly twenty years, and there aren’t too many local woodworkers with whom she is not acquainted.  She actively supports “green” practices among the local woodworking community by working to reclaim wood from our local “urban forest” at local green waste dumps, and processing it into specialty wood products, such as green (un-dried) blocks that can then be turned into bowls, or other beautiful works of functional and decorative art.

March 3, Lou Barcelo – Wooden Sign Making
Watch Lou demonstrate how quick and easy it is to create custom signs for your home and garden using Rockler’s Interlocking Signmaker’s Templates in the highly recognizable “State Park” font. Lou is the manager of the Torrance California Rockler store and an avid woodworker with more than 25 years of experience. Lou also teaches woodworking and fine finishing at the Torrance Rockler store.

April 7, Mike Ward – Making a Toy Chest
Watch Mike demonstrate how quick and easy it is to create a toy chest using Rockler’s doweling jig and Rockler’s Stay lid supports.  Mike is the assistant manager of the Orange California Rockler store and an avid woodworker with more than 15 years of experience. Mike also teaches woodworking classes and demonstrations at the Orange Rockler store.

May 5, Pete Carta – Christmas Ornament with a Removable Top
Pete Carta, from Rockler’s Pasadena store, will be demonstrating how to turn a piece of wood into a beautiful Christmas Ornament that doubles as a small gift box. Pete is a natural woodturning guru; he enjoys teaching turning classes and happily guiding students through the highly addictive process of turning chunks of trees into skillfully turned works of art.

June 2, Paul Dershem – Coloring Wood Techniques
Demo will discuss and show expample of various wood coloration techniques and their applications. Benefits, restrictions and various application techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. Paul is an instructor at Palomar College in the Cabinet and Furntiure Technology Program. He is passionate woodworker and has devoted himself to learning about and teaching wood finishing techniques.

For more information, contact the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

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