Arts, Crafts and Hobbies

An “Artisan” could display paintings, or pho­tog­raphy, or sculpture or other original handmade art;
A “Craftsman” might show wood– or metal-​​working func­tional items like fur­niture or toys;
Hob­byists” could display arti­facts from astronomy, or gar­dening, or travel or other part time activities;
etcetera” might include col­lectibles and other items deemed worthy to share with members.

Well, after our turtle collection we are slowly moving ahead in a totally different direction. June, of course, is the Ladies Day Luncheon and no regular meeting will be held. But in July we will have a very special display by Bob Price, retired Architect. Bob will be displaying an entire model office building used by his firm in proposing a project to Danville some years ago. He’ll be happy to talk with you about his career, time spent with Frank Lloyd Wright and what is involved in preparing a model like this, just to present a bid.

I will be reminding you of this again as we near the July meeting and there will be more details about the life and career or our resident Architect. 

If you have a hobby, special interest collection, art of any form or a special skill, please consider sharing it with your fellow SIR.  All it takes is an hour before our monthly meeting and we’ll help you get things setup and taken down. In the process you may find a new friend who has your same interest and of course your fellow SIR will appreciate your time and effort.  Give me a call or send an e-mail. 

Ron Smith, Chairman resmith62@aol.com   925-314- 3066

 

My Turtle Collection
Dave Sutton

I’m showing my turtles at the April SIR luncheon.  It‘s one of  those things that evolved.  It all began when I bought my first turtle in Hawaii about 40 years ago.  It’s a wood one and the reason I bought it was that stamped on the bottom it says:

John Christian M. B. E.
Pitcairn Island

I found a 1980 reference on the internet to Mr. John Christian, M. B. E. (Order of the British Empire) as the retiring Island Magistrate.  Sounds like he’s the guy that made the turtle when he wasn’t officiating. John must be a descendant of Fletcher Christian of Bounty fame.  There are just a few people and a few family names on the island and Christian is one of them – all descendants of the Bounty and a couple of other ships and their Tahitian ladies.

 Anyway, that’s how I got started.  After that the turtles just seemed to flow.  I bought a glass one on a Caribbean cruise and a wooden one last summer at Wall Drug in Mitchell S. D.  One was bought at a street fair in Walnut Creek – a large one carved with a chain saw.  Many folks started giving me turtles after they saw my collection.  And perhaps some of the turtles were creating offspring when I wasn’t looking.  My most recent addition was a gift made in the Philippines, complete with shells on its back. 

Anyway – enjoy!  
Dave Sutton 

 If you have a hobby, special interest collection, art of any form or a special skill, please consider sharing it with your fellow SIR.  All it takes is an hour before our monthly meeting and we’ll help you get things set up and taken down. In the process you may find a new friend who has your same interest and of course your fellow SIR will appreciate your time and effort.  Give me a call or send an e-mail. 

Ron Smith, Chairman resmith62@aol.com   925-314-3066

2015 History Report

Updated 5/21/2017  dls

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