2012 Southern California Camp Shopbot

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Gabe and Mike Pari hosted our Socal Camp again, and it was a good one! A lot of new faces this year, and some very familiar ones as well.

We began the day by being SO absorbed in meeting one another ( and eating donuts) that we totally missed feeling a 4.+ point earthquake that was centered about two miles from Gabe’s shop. Not a crumb was spilled by this crowd!

Most of us began the day by wandering around Gabe’s parking lot to check out some of the great Teardrop trailers he had on display. His line of models keeps expanding, and so does his business. In fact we’re one of the last things he’ll be doing at this location as they are moving into a new shop which is double the size of the current one, in a few weeks!

After things got started we collectively gave some “advice” to some new Shopbotters from the University of California who were in the process of assembling their recently acquired machine. Everyone had stories about what should, and should NOT be done when getting started too.

Then after we figured out what people were interested in we ran through a bunch of sessions which included everything from how to slice a 3D file, to what bits and speeds Gabe was using to cut out many of the aluminum parts for his trailer fleet. Gabe showed us a lot of new parts which he is now doing “in house” on his machine, instead of sending them out as he did earlier in his career.

Ross and Sue Piper of Rainbow Bridge Kits brought in one of their incredibly intricate miniature doll houses, and everyone was floored by the level of detail they produce in their products. They not only cut each and every piece out of Precision Board, but they texture, and paint, EVERY single stone, tile, and decking board ! They even had miniature signage cut out of Rowmark plastic, and a “chicken coop” that went along with the entire motif…

Tom Sansoterra brought in a great dished , and inlaid maple platter that he cut on his machine.

Wally Quanstrom, and Harry Warren had a beautiful Padauk piece which is used in their local church for flattening fliers, etc., and they showed pictures of some elaborate church furnishings they have assembled out of some VERY large Mesquite boards they milled themselves.

George Seebeck showed us  another inlaid dish that he cut on his machine, and then painted for additional effect.

Information overload struck in the late afternoon, and everyone said their goodbyes and exited into a beautiful (upper 80’s ,blue skies) Southern California afternoon while telling Gabe that they were all looking forward to next year’s event at the new shop…




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