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Souvenirs For Sale!
Thank you to the artists who donated the use of their work so that we could offer th these beautiful gifts for sale. 100% of the proceeds go to the San Ramon Chapel Restoration and Maintenance Fund.
Contact Ileen Barberena to purchase:  gdboo@aol.com  /  (805) 937-8833

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San Ramon Chapel is self-sustaining and relies solely on donations from people like you who believe in preserving this important landmark for future generations. The San Ramon Chapel Preservation Committee was establish to lead this effort. 501(C) 3 Non-Proft Tax ID 95-3020700
Own a piece of history

During the major chapel renovation project of 2012, structural changes were made to the chapel to bring it up to modern building standards. One of the more significant structural changes involved the removal of original rough sawn redwood lumber under the siding to make room for modern sheer material. This lumber, originally installed in 1875, has never been painted and has been hidden inside the walls of the San Ramon Chapel for the past 137 years. (Click here to see picture)

A substantial amount of this lumber was salvaged for the purpose of preserving some of the original chapel building materials for future generations to enjoy. Following many hours of design and testing, the San Ramon Limited Edition Signature Plaque (#1 of 100 pictured above) was born. A total of 100 Limited Edition Signature plaques will be produced using only original lumber that was removed during the 2012 renovation project. Each plaque has been numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the original artist, Joe Reinartz.

Own a significant piece of local history for a minimum donation of $250 to the San Ramon Chapel Preservation Committee. While all of the plaques include an identical image of the chapel, each plaque is unique. Nail holes made by 19th century stamped (square) nails, knots, natural wood grain, 137 years of nature, and 21st century technology all combined to create incredible works of art.

Each piece of lumber has been pressure washed and cut into 10" x 16" blanks. Next the blanks undergo a 4 step CNC carving process. Each plaque is then hand sanded, and receives a minimum of four coats of clear satin finish. There is no wood stain used in this process – the natural wood color combined with natural staining created by tannins in the wood and rust from nails lead to significant color and character differences.

Contact Joe Reinartz for additional information/availability: jreinartz@verizon.net  /  (805) 937-4021
View plaque creation CNC process on YouTube:

Step 1 – Cutting the background

Step 2 – Carving the chapel image

Step 3 – Vcarving the lettering

Step 4 – Cutting the relief for the Certificate of Authenticity