Diablo Woodworkers Harold Mantle, left, and David Lipscomb, right, have been working with returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets since early last year on woodworking projects requiring only simple hand tools. Veterans Jason Deitch, second from left, and Noah Bailey started with beginning projects like Shaker boxes with steam-bent handles, and jewelry boxes with hinged lids. They eagerly progressed to more a more challenging Shaker-style table with a sliding drawer and floating top. Master woodworker Tim Killen and woodworkers Ron Kersey and Dan Salter have also mentored the veterans. A new series of classes by Diablo Woodworkers is likely in the fall. For more information, visit www.diablowoodworkers.com.
Courtesy of Rich Schwerin