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Make the Craftsmanship Museum a destination for your club or group

 Tom Boyer fires up the 4-cylinder Seal engine for a group of visitors. The engine collection we now have on display rivals some of the best in the world. Car and motorcycle clubs are making it a popular destination, but other skill and social clubs also enjoy a tour of the fine objects on display. (Click photo to view a larger image.)

Come with your club or group—Get educated, get inspired!

From Corvettes to hotrods to motorcycles to vintage and classic cars, the museum loves them all. Bring your club or group for a visit.

If you are a member of a car, motorcycle, metalworking, woodworking, model making or even a general interest club or senior organization, consider making the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA a destination for your next group outing. The museum is a great destination for any club with members interested in seeing some of the work great craftsmen can accomplish. As word has spread since we started our Saturday hours, many clubs have already had an enjoyable visit here. Below are photos of some of the special groups that have stopped by to date.

Museum Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9-4. (Closed Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and holidays.) Call Craig or Dave at 1-760-727-9492 to schedule a tour for your group. There is no admission charge to visit the museum, but voluntary donations are accepted. Handicapped accessible.

On March 22nd, 2014 we broke our previous daily attendance record with the help of visits by three car clubs, the Rotary Club and an RV club along with our normal daily visitors. 177 people signed our visitor register that day, which is 71 more than our previous record! (Click on photo above for a panoramic view of the museum.)

Photos from club and group visits to the museum:

Photos from recent visits (Click on a photo to view a larger image.)

Club or Group

Cars from the '30's into the 60's showed up with custom touches that never came from the factory.

Sultans Car Club—Long Beach

March 14, 2014

Making the 90-mile run down from Long Beach, the Sultans Car Club brought out some interesting hotrods. They arrived right on time and got the first shop tour of the day.  These classy rods show why Southern California is the center of the car culture

Members of the North County Corvette club gather with their cars and then watch Dave Belt demonstrate some of the engines built in our museum shop.

North County Corvettes

March 22, 2014

Thundering in along with the Sultans of Long Beach, the North County Corvette Club always makes a strong showing. Most of the cars were of the newer vintage with just one mid-60's coupe in the mix. Lots of horsepower here!

Visitors enjoy the miniature firearms collection on loan from the Miniature Arms Society.

Rotary Club

March 22, 2014

The museum's community outreach director, Bob Rabourne spoke to a local Rotary Club meeting on behalf of the museum. In return a group of about 30 of their members made a field trip to the museum. Young and old enjoyed the exhibits and also got to see a free car show in our parking lot as the two clubs above and the one below were all here at the same time.

The only non-Cobra in the group was the Monster Miata in the first photo. Not your cute 4-cylinder model...this one has a big V8 under the hood. Though most Cobra reproductions favor the 427 model with its big grill and wide tires, the black one had the more graceful lines of the earlier 260/289 powered version that first hit the racetracks in the early 1960's. Read the inscription on the rear view mirror in the 6th photo. That says it all.

Shelby American Drivers Club

March 22, 2014

This many Cobras in one spot makes for quite a snake pit! Caroll Shelby's original challenge to the Corvette from the 1960's still holds a place in the heart of all hot rodders and sports car fanatics. The popularity of the marque is pointed out by the number of factories and shops still turning out complete runners and kits of the ever-popular car. There was also a locally built (San Marcos) Monster Miata. They converted Mazda Miatas with a conversion to V8 power, yielding a modern equivalent of the Cobra formula--take a small, light sports car and stuff in a big V8. You can definitely feel the ground shake when this many Cobras show up in one place at the same time.

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The Red Hat Society

March 21, 2014

The red hot ladies of the Red Hat Society made the museum a stop. Dressed in the traditional purple with read hats (or at least ribbons) they enjoyed the craftsmanship and especially the dollhouse miniature collection.

 

Retired but not retiring...these active visitors in their 90's share an interest in getting out and seeing new things.

LaCosta Glen 90+ Club

March 14, 2014

Residents of the LaCosta Glen Retirement Community visited the museum. The 90+ club consists of members over 90 years old. Several of the gentlemen were former WWII pilots. One was a B-17 bombardier who explained using and protecting the secrecy of the Norden bomb sight we have on display. Another had piloted the real P-51D Mustang as modeled in 1/16 scale by Young Park.

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Holiday Tours Bus Tour

March 13, 2014

Twenty-five guests from all over the Midwest including the tour guide and the bus driver toured the museum. We opened up especially for this group who were enjoying the warm California sunshine and weather about 40 degrees warmer than back home in the Midwest. From our museum they were moving on to lunch and then to see a play in Escondido.

Jan Haring (1st photo, green dress) not only hosted the party, she helped build the dollhouse miniatures on display at the museum. Guests visited the rest of the museum and machine shop after the food was served. Professional caterers put out a very fancy spread.

Catered Memorial Birthday Party

February 28, 2014

Jan Haring hosted a remembrance party for her late husband Joe Haring. Jan and Joe built the beautiful dollhouse miniatures that are now featured in the museum. Retired US Marine Joe Haring was a skilled woodworker who liked building the structures, and then the two of them would search for appropriate craftsmen to make the interior furnishings. Despite the winter storm, about 60 people attended for lunch and a tour of the museum.

Photo 1: Craig (right, blue shirt) gives an opening talk to the group explaining the foundation and its goals.

Photo 2: Shop master machinist Dave Belt holds up a piston for the Kinner 5-cylinder engine he is building while explaining how a radial engine works.

San Diego Community College

February 25 and 27, 2014

An outreach program for seniors is offered that takes tours to various spots of interest. The instructors are the docents at the various museum, and the active and curious members had a good time asking questions about many of the items in the museum as well as taking in the shop tour hosted by Master Machinist Dave Belt. There were so many signups the group had to be split into two days, but we managed to accommodate everyone by opening up for a special Thursday tour for the second half of the group. With both this large group of 47 and the 27 from the following group, the museum was pretty crowed for about two hours. Volunteers Harvey Rushfeld, Jan Haring, Bob Rabourne as well as director Craig Libuse and master machinist Dave Belt hosted the group and answered questions.

Visitors tour the dollhouse miniature exhibit and get photos taken in Joe Martin's 1959 Austin Healy Sprite racecar. The car is outfitted for vintage sports car racing.

Holiday Tours Bus Tour

February 27, 2014

Twenty-seven people touring Southern California by bus from the midwest made the museum a stop between visiting the NAMM Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad and seeing a play at Lawrence Welk Village in Escondido. They had spent two sunny weeks in unseasonalbly warm Southern California weather but got a little taste of rain upon their arrival at the museum. The next day they were scheduled to return to the midwest, right in the middle of winter storm Titan. We hope they enjoyed their west coast tour.

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Redwood Terrace

February 24, 2014

An organized tour from Redwood Terrace Senior Living came by bus to visit the museum. The group and some other visitors are seen at the left getting a tour of the machine shop and watching Dave Belt run the "Do Nothing" machine.

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North County Jewish Coasters

February 24, 2014

Somehow we missed putting this group on our calendar. When they arrived in force on Monday Our docents and volunteers were still able to give them a good tour. Nineteen members posed for the photo at the left taken by Docent Jim Harvey.

 

Fallbrook Historical Society members look on while master machinist Dave Belt explains the operation of the external combustion engines in the museum machine shop.

Fallbrook Historical Society

February 4, 2014

Fourteen members of the Fallbrook Historical Society made the trip down from the avocado capital of the USA to visit the museum. The gentleman on the left of the photo is just turning 96 years old. They also enjoyed the miniature arms collection and the dollhouse miniatures in the museum's conference room.

Team Paradox from the San Dieguito Academy met in the museum's conference room for a several hour long meeting before touring the museum. Shown are some of the drive bases they have built.

FIRST Robotics Club, Encinitas, CA

December 21, 2013

About 30 members of the local FIRST Robotics Team Paradox gathered in our conference room for a meeting that lasted several hours before taking a look at our exhibits. They brought along a couple of motorized bases used to move future robots while they compete at various tasks.

The group got to see some of our engines run in the machine shop and many marveled at the dollhouse miniatures collection. Above, docent Jim LeBlanc explains the solar powered Stirling engine before the group got back on their big tour bus to head off to Julian.

West L.A. United Methodist Church

October 15, 2013

A group of 31 church members came by for a quick stop between the NAMM Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad and lunch in Julian. A special engine run was scheduled for them in the machine shop. Their coach was probably the largest to yet grace our parking lot.

 

Barbara Baxter (seated, right) and some of the members of the 2013 Supertour

The San Diego "Supertour"

September 25, 2013

The museum arranged a special Wednesday opening for a group of hotrodders touring the area. Many of the vehicles were pickups from Pickups Unltd., but other makes and models were represented as well.  Thanks to Barbara Baxter for organizing the tour and to the members for their kind donations.

Members of the senior tour watch engine demonstrations by Dave Belt in the museum's machine shop.

Solana Beach Senior Center

September 24, 2013

A group of about 15 seniors arrived by bus from the local Solana Beach Presbyterian Church at 10 AM for a tour of the museum. Several other groups of people were already present and all enjoyed a tour of the machine shop by our lead toolmaker Dave Belt. As we usually do, the engines we have produced were run for the visitors at 10 AM, noon and 2 PM. Others enjoyed viewing our collection of dollhouse miniatures.

An all aluminum rod pulls out as the group gets ready to leave. The green car is the Morris and the red one is the Sunbeam. A good mix of American stock and modified cars was represented.

Though technically not arriving with the club, when you get a 427 Cobra in your parking lot, you snap a photo of it. Fords of other eras from the 1930's Model T based rod to a 1957 station wagon were also represented.

CanAm Curmudgeons

September 16, 2013

A large and varied group of cars and people arrived on a Monday morning tour. In addition to stock and tricked out American hotrods, there were a couple of imports as well. How often to you get a fully restored Sunbeam Talbot in your parking lot after all? A nice metallic British Racing Green Morris was present too. From our museum they were headed to a Bonneville racer's shop.

When you get a rolling car show like this in your parking lot, others pull in just to see what is going on. The 427 Cobra was a late arrival that wasn't in the club...at least not yet.

(Above) A fiberglass bodied 1963 Studebaker Avanti (red) along with 3 other later model versions made after Studebaker went out of business in 1964.

Club members observe an engine demonstration by Dave Belt in the machine shop and a close examination of the dollhouse miniatures in the conference room.

Studebaker Drivers Club, San Diego

August 31, 2013

Studebaker started out making wagons in the 1852 and an electric car in 1902. They continued making cars until 1964. One red 1963 Studebaker Avanti was present along with three others of that model produced by Avanti Motors after Studebaker closed its South Bend, Indiana factory. Included where a convertible model and a rare 4-door of which only 90 were built in 1990. The unusual and technically advanced Avanti, designed by Raymond Lowey came too late to save the company from bankruptcy. Older Studebakers from the 40's and 50's were also represented. Over the years Studebaker produced some iconic designs.

Southern California Convertible Club

August 23, 2013

A small group came topless (their cars, that is) to visit the museum. Many came in non-convertibles, as a lot of the club member's cars are currently undergoing restoration but there were a couple of drop-tops in the lot.

Seventeen fine Ford Model-T based hotrods stopped by for a Friday tour of the museum. Note the third photo with two takes on the theme: In the foreground a Viper V-10 powered T and behind it a more traditional Flathead Ford powerplant. Inside the museum, members learn about our 1/4 scale Kinner 5-cylinder radial engine under construction in the museum machine shop.

SoCal T's

August 2, 2013

These are not the Model T Fords your great grandpa paid a few hundred dollars for new. These have been hot-rodded to the hilt with fancy paint, lots of chrome, fat tires and engines with AT LEAST 8 cylinders (one had 10). They were on their way to lunch at a park in Escondido and then to be the featured club at that night's "Cruisin' Grand" weekly hotrod show in Escondido.

 

(Below left) One of the happiest faces in motoring--the "Bugeye" Sprite. (Center) Introduced in 1961, over 50 years later the 3000 MKII is still a beautiful car.

Austin Healey Club, San Diego

July 27, 2013

A fine collection of some of the prettiest cars to come out of England in the 1950's and 1960's made the museum a stop on a Saturday morning.

Docent Jim LeBlanc (center) explains some of the exhibits to members of The Club.

"The Club," Escondido

July 23, 2013

The Club is a social group of Escondido residents who meet weekly for tours of interesting spots, gatherings for people of similar interests like sewing or gourmet cooking, lunches out and a monthly potluck dinner. Today about 15 members gathered at 10 AM for a tour of the museum.

Model A Ford Restoration Club, San Diego

July 20, 2013

An enthusiastic group of about 18 vintage Ford Model A car owners visited the museum on a beautiful Saturday morning. These are not hotrodders, but rather this group is more interested in restoring their historic cars to their original (or better) condition and also taking them out onto the highway where they belong. Henry Ford would be proud.

Jim White (far left) and Dave Belt (blue shop coat) demonstrate running the flame licker engine and Dave talks about using the Deckel pantograph mill.

Kingpins Car Club of LaMesa

June18, 2013

Junior Garcia got a group of hotrodders together for breakfast and a sunny ride up from LaMesa to Carlsbad for a tour of the museum. They usually meet on a Thursday morning but switched days to be at the museum on a day when we were open.

Other visitors to the museum got to see a free car show in our parking lot in addition to the museum.

Members gather for a group shot.

Asebring Assn. of San Diego

May 11, 2013

The Simi San Diego Asebring Assn. brought a member tour to the museum on a Saturday morning. The name stands for "All Speed Events Besides Rac-ING." That means they attend and participate in timed events that featrue one car on the track at a time against the stopwatch. That makes it a "speed event" but not a race, since they are not running head-to-head against other drivers.  You can bring just about any kind of car and have fun. A "wreck" usually means just knocking over a few orange traffic cones in a big parking lot. Don't get the impression they aren't serious about speed though. Some of these cars are purpose-built for this kind of course and are blazing fast.

A rainbow of Corvettes in the museum parking lot.

Simi Valley Corvette Club

May 4, 2013

The Simi Valley Corvette Club consists of about 150 members owning 90 cars. In addition to visiting interesting places together they do charity work and send gifts to the troops. About a half dozen cars drove all the way down the coast to stop at the Craftsmanship Museum at about 2 PM. It was a great day for convertibles—but any day is a good day to be driving a Corvette.

Left to right: Jiri Klsak, Petr Bursik, Tom Hersant from the City of Carlsbad, CA, founder Joe Martin, Lord Mayor Petr Kulhanek and Dr. Milan Vodicka. The second photo shows four visitors marveling at the running of our "Flame Eater" external combustion engine while the translator snaps a photo. Lord Mayor Petr Kulhanek is seen at the bottom right while Dr. Vodicka snaps a photo.

Visit by officials from Karlovy Vary—Carlsbad's sister city in the Czech Republic

April 6, 2013

Karlovy Vary's Lord Mayor Petr Kulhanek, his First Deputy Lord Mayor Petr Bursik and the Deputy Lord Mayor Jiri Klsak stopped by the museum on Saturday morning. They were hosted by Tom Hersant from the City of Carlsbad and Dr. Milan Vodicka who acted as translator for the technical details.

Karlovy Vary translates to "Carl's bath" or "Carlsbad," and several other cities around the world are named after its mineral springs. The city is about 81 miles west of Prague in Western Bohemia. The old section of town features some beautiful architecture that has been featured in several films including Casino Royale and Last Holiday.

It was a pleasure showing these interesting gentlemen around, and we hope they enjoyed the unusual exhibits we had to offer.

GoodGuys Nationals Hotrod Poker Run

April 4, 2013

About 25 cars on hand for the opening day of the GoodGuys Nationals at the Del Mar Fairgrounds arrived about 11:30 on a poker run. The group included about 50 people, plus we had a few extra spectators wander in due to a recent San Diego Union Tribune newspaper article on the museum. All were welcome on what is normally one of the days we are closed. Joe Martin was on hand to greet the visitors too as was docent Jim White. Craig will be attending the GoodGuys show this weekend to get some even better pictures of these great cars.

Visitors from La Costa Glen check out the running steam engine exhibit.

 La Costa Glen Senior Living

March 21, 2013

The first full day of Spring brought an interesting and enthusiastic group from a local Carlsbad senior living community. They were among the first to see one of the newest additions to the museum which is not yet officially on display--the famous "Do-Nothing" machine. About 23 visitors attended on a bus outing from the community.

Members of the Ship Modeler's Guild pose for a group photo.

San Diego Ship Modeler's Guild

March 9, 2013

Expert model makers all, the model ship builders group of San Diego came up for a Saturday afternoon tour of the museum. Although we have several nicely built ship models we would certainly like to add some by expert scratch builders like these. (hint, hint.) Bob is the master model maker aboard the San Diego Maritime Museum's floating gallery, the Berkeley and the one who arranged for the visit.

Bentley club cars and members

Bentley Club

February 9, 2013

Despite the rain earlier in the morning, a group of Bentley owners from the San Diego area stopped by to tour the museum. The day turned sunny for the rest of their stops as they traveled as a group. The museum had at least one Bentley engine to show them--a 1/4 scale Bentley BR2 9-cylinder rotary airplane engine from WWI by Paul Knapp.

Club members tour the museum.

Members' cars class up our museum parking lot.

"Not a" Hotrod Club

January 23, 2013

Not organized as a specific hotrod club, this group of friends, many of whom are members of various Orange County and San Diego area car clubs, get together now and then for a tour to a fun destination. Today they picked the Craftsmanship Museum. Though normally closed on Wednesdays, we opened up for this pre-arranged tour of over 30 people who had the museum to themselves for a few hours before heading out to meet for lunch. Bill Story from the SEMA tour group that visited us in October arranged the tour.

Hidden Valley Model T Club

January 19, 2013

The first tour for 2013 was an unannounced stop by the Hidden Valley Model T Club. Four Model T Fords (one on a trailer) and a lone Mercury made the museum a stop before heading for a hill climb to catch a view of the San Diego area on a perfect winter day--clear and mid-70's.

(Left) Dave Belt (blue shop coat) points out features of the engines built in the museum's machine shop and (middle) describes some of the machine tools in the shop. (Right) Visitors examine model engines, cars and airplanes in the main museum display area.

Seniors Tour

December 11, 2012

An organization in San Diego provides day trips for seniors with mild impairment who find it difficult to get out on their own. Eighteen visitors and four staff members came by for a tour including a look at how small engine parts are made in the museum machine shop.

The Rolls "Spirit of Ecstasy" and Bentley's Flying "B" hood ornaments and club members upon arrival

Great examples of the classic British cars from the late 20's to new ones were on hand.

Sherline's Lead Toolmaker Pam Weiss demonstrated the running of some of our small engines in the machine shop, and founder Joe Martin talked with guests.

Rolls Royce Club

November 10, 2012

For the first time in our museum parking lot, we were graced with 18 Rolls Royce and Bentley automobiles as members of the San Diego Region of the Rolls Royce Club made us a stop on their tour on a Saturday morning. Joe Martin was there to greet the guests along with Craig Libuse, Pam Weiss and master machinist Dave Belt. Though rain had been predicted all week, the storm passed through faster than expected and the day was perfect for a tour in a classic car. Thanks to Klaus for arranging the tour.

One of the biggest crowds the museum has hosted to date, the parking lot was entirely filled with fine street rods. At right, Dave Belt demonstrates some of our small engines.

Lots of hot Fords and Chevys rolled in, but also some unusual cars like a Henry J and a Nash Metropolitan were part of the group too.

Street Rodder Magazine SEMA Road Tour

October 28, 2012

Street Rodder magazine puts together a tour of hotrods each year that visits various Southwest landmarks over several days on their way from Pasadena to the SEMA show in Las Vegas. This year they signed a record number of 100 hotrods for the tour and also added the Craftsmanship Museum to their museum tour list. Because their destination was nearby Escondido, CA on Sunday night, we opened up specially for them, and filled our parking lot with fine hotrods. We thank Jerry Dixey and Street Rodder magazine for including us on the tour and hope all the participants will tell their friends about us.

On hand for the event from the museum were Joe Martin, Craig Libuse, Dave Belt and Pam Weiss. Over 60 cars and over 85 participants visited the museum. We thank all the tour members for their generous donations and hope you had a great time seeing all the miniature engines and models.

Vincent Motorcycle Club

October 27, 2012

Vincent motorcycles from England were legendary for their speed and quality. A Vincent Black Shadow held the land speed record for motorcyles at Bonneville for over three decades. They were the featured marque at this weekend's concours de elegance in Del Mar, CA, and a group of the show attendees, hosted by a local Euro touring bike club,  took a local ride on Saturday to visit the museum

A light blue Franklin, yellow Studebaker pickup and green 1940 Studebaker commander line up by a Plymouth taxi. The interior of the Studebaker features a "Brodie" knob on the steering wheel. Remember those? They let the driver steer with one hand so they could cruise with one arm around their girlfriend.

The unique air cooled Franklin engine in Neil Maken's car is said to run so cool a temperature gauge wasn't needed. Club members check out the exhibits and then head off down the highway.

Antique Auto Club

October 13, 2012

A group of vintage American cars and their drivers enjoyed the perfect weather and cruised down the coast from the Huntington Beach area for a visit to the museum late Saturday afternoon. Included wereStudebakers, Fords, a Dodge, a Plymouth taxi cab and a lone air-cooled Franklin.

The Mercedes Design Studio in Carlsbad was formerly Chrysler's Pacifica Studio.

Visitors from the charity tour explore the Craftsmanship Museum displays, Paul Healy (blue shirt) runs some small engines in the museum shop and others get a tour of the machine shop from Dave Belt (center).

A number of British cars including several AC Cobras were in our parking lot for the tour. "Super-docent" Bob Rabourne talks with the owner of one of the Bentleys leaving the Mercedes studio parking lot. Chuck Spielman's sizzling red AMG Mercedes Benz SLS roadster was also on display during the lunch catered by Sizzler. The SLS was one of the projects worked on at the Carlsbad studio.

Meals on Wheels Fundraiser

September 15, 2012

A weekend fundraiser featured a trip to the Mercedes Design Studio in Carlsbad in the morning and a visit to the Craftsmanship Museum in the afternoon. The following day was a British Car Show in Fallbrook, CA. Participants contributed to the Meals on Wheels program for seniors and disabled. We were proud to be considered an attraction for this fine group of donors who participated. About 50 or so visited the museum between 12:30 and 2:30 and many of them arrived in British cars that would be in the following day's show in Fallbrook. Craig Libuse from the museum was invited on the morning tour of the Mercedes Design Studio where he met some of the world's best designers and craftsmen building the clay models for future Mercedes Benz cars.

Kenworth, Peterbuilt, Mack, Reo—many of the great brands were represented.

Members of the vintage truck group gather around machinist Dave Belt as he explains progress on the Kinner 5-cyl radial being built in the museum's machine shop.

Historic Amercian Truck Assn.

August 4, 2012

These fine old trucks were a little larger than we expected, but the parking lot was able to handle them with no problems. Included in the mix were everything from semi's to dump trucks to fire trucks. Some were restored to perfection and a few are still used on the job, but all were classic vintage American iron.

The Model A panel truck could qualify as a "Vintage Truck" in the earlier group of the same day. Most were convertibles, coupes and sedans, but all were solid Ford vintage.

"Palomar A's" Ford Model A Club

August 4, 2012

The Model A club is a repeat visitor having visited in April, 2011, but they always bring out a good group of classic Fords. Our shop master machinest, Dave Belt is also a member and brought out his newly restored "A" as well.

Fords, Chevies and even a '48 Olds gather in our parking lot.

Club members tour the display area as host Paul Healy points out details. Late they watched the machine shop's tiny engines in action.

North County Cruisers

July 7, 2012

The North County Cruisers stopped by in Classic hotrods from the 1930's to the 1960's ('66 Mustang not shown) for a tour of the shop and exhibits. As always, those who work on their own cars can appreciate the work that has gone into the tiny engine, tool and model projects in the museum. Running the little engines we have built in our own machine shop is always a hit too.

The club gathers before going into the museum, then Paul Healey demonstrates some of our shop-built engines. The yellow car (bottom, center) is a Corvette ZR-1.

Corvettes of San Diego

June 23, 2012

Lee Root's 1/4 scale Corvette engine is always a popular exhibit with visiting Corvette clubs, and Corvettes of San Diego was no exception. They even picked up a guest when another Corvette driver saw them out on a run and followed them to the museum. The museum had a lot of other visitors that morning, and all got to enjoy some fancy and colorful machinery in the parking lot.

A little dinner, a little talk and an evening tour.

National Tool Manufacturers' Assn.

June 21, 2012

About 20 local members of the National Tool Manufacturers' Association met in our museum after hours on a Thursday evening to discuss business, have a little dinner and then tour the museum. One of the attendees was with the San Diego School system and will hopefully get the word out to their school machine shop students about the museum.

Hudson Automobile Club

June 2, 2012

It's not often you see a Hudson on the road these days, but our parking lot was graced with five fine examples on Saturday as the local Hudson club made the museum a tour destination. These are nicely restored but are driven and are not just for show. Some have quite high mileage. The owner of the gold car will be driving it to the Nationals in Pennsylvania later this year. One club member's car has 775,000 miles on the odometer! Note the massive straight eight engine in the last photo.

Two red MGB's contrast with a blue 1950's vintage MGA as club members pose with their rides shortly after arrival.

MG Club

May 26, 2012

 The many local car shows combined with the fine weather on Memorial Day weekend probably reduced participation but those who did make the run enjoyed their museum tour.

Early Ford club cars in the parking lot and members in the museum...Wait a minute! How did that GMC pickup get in there?

Early Ford Club

April 8, 2012

Another rolling car show graced our parking lot on a beautiful Saturday morning as the members of the Early Ford Club toured the museum inside. Pam Weiss, Paul Healy, Craig Libuse and founder Joe Martin were on hand to provide insight into the exhibits.

1. Arrival, 2 and 3. Under the hood of that innocent looking Mercury woodie was a big aluminum block with Ardun heads. 4. A salmon pink '59 Buick lowered down to the ground. 5. Departure

GoodGuys Show Visitors from Del Mar Nationals

March 30, 2012

A fine group of hotrod owners, many of them from Northern and Central California and around the country stopped by as part of their outing on Friday. The big show is in town this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and these will be some of the stars.

Over The Hill Gang Car Club, San Diego Chapter

March 10, 2012

The day was a beautiful one, and over 20 hot rods arrived at 9:30 AM for a tour of the museum. One of the tour guests we believe takes the prize for our oldest visitor at almost 100 years old. After the museum tour, the rods fired up and toured over to the nearby Sherline machine tool factory for a tour hosted by Craig Libuse. We thank them for the nice metal sign commemorating the event that now hangs in the Sherline lobby.

(Note: The red '66 VW at the right in the first photo isn't part of the club tour...that's Craig's)

Club members arriving for a tour of the museum.

 

VettSet Corvette Club (South Bay) and Southwest Corvette Club (Long Beach)

January 28, 2012

Two car clubs picked a perfect California day to meet up at the Craftsmanship Museum. A total of about 48 people arrived in 25 or so gorgeous Corvettes. At almost 80° it was a good day for top-down cruising. From our museum they were also scheduled to visit the NAMM Music Museum in Carlsbad.

Members line up for a group shot in front of their cars.

Buick Riviera Club

January 28, 2012

Just after the two Corvette clubs left, the Buicks began streaming into the parking lot. The cars spanned the decades, ranging in age from a first-year 1963 model to the retractable headlight model like Patrick Swayze drove in the movie Road House to more modern versions. All were classy when new and still look good today, as did their drivers.

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1. Guests check in and pick up nametags. 2. The caterers put out a delicious spread including fine wines. 3. Background violin music provided an artful ambiance. 4. Members get a tour from Mike Sheehy (by yellow boat models) and Tom Boyer (yellow shirt in machine shop). 5 and 6. Foundation officers talk to the members out in the museum.

Carlsbad Charitable Foundation

October 17, 2011

The museum was privileged to have the members of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation hold their Fall get-together at our facility. Members contribute to a fund that supports arts and craftsmanship in Carlsbad through grants available to local non-profit organizations. The catered affair brought out about 80 generous members and guests, many of whom had not heard of the museum before this event. As the newest museum in Carlsbad, we are grateful for the attention of such a prestigious group.

Tom Boyer (left) waits for the meeting to get started with some of the museum exhibits we brought with us. Craig and Tom talked about the museum and reminded these expert woodworkers that our purpose is to display the work of outstanding craftsmen—including the best of those present.

Ocean Hills "Woodchucks" Woodworking Club

October 13, 2011

This is kind of a "reverse visit" in that Tom Boyer and Craig Libuse attended a meeting at Ocean Hills Adult Community Center in Oceanside and gave a presentation to this large and active woodworking club. They were one of our first group visitors in 2008 (see last entry in this section), but now have many new members who weren't aware of our museum. They are scheduling another  bus trip to the museum soon.

Gene Streeter was Ferris Bueller for the day and organized a rally that brought 25 Miatas and a lot of people out on a beautiful top-down kind of Friday. In the fourth photo, founder Joe Martin (dark grey shirt) talks with a visitor.

San Diego Miata Club "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Tour

September 23, 2011

In the movie, Ferris Bueller talks his friends into skipping school to enjoy a wild Friday of fun and adventure in Chicago. A total of 25 Miata's graced the museum parking lot and over 40 members enjoyed a tour of the museum on this Friday off. Thanks to "Ferris" (alias Gene Streeter) for bringing the group by. (Hopefully no Ferraris were destroyed during this particular Southern California version...)

Pastel colored classics from the 50's graced the parking lot as their owners toured the museum.

Vintage Ford Thunderbird Club

September 13, 2011

Although it was bright and sunny in Carlsbad, some of the members from down south in San Diego and El Cajon were unable to drive up due to rainy conditions. As it was, the rest of the group did arrive for a weekday get-away and Craig, Mike and Joe Martin were there to host their tour of the museum. After the tour they were headed for custom built burgers at The Counter in Carlsbad.

These riders enjoy long distance touring in plenty of comfort and enjoy finding interesting places to visit along the way.

Honda Goldwing Road Riders Association (San Diego Chapter)

April 13, 2011

The parking lot was full of huge, mile-eating two-wheelers as about a dozen Honda Goldwings and a stray Yamaha Star and a Harley Road King stopped by for a museum tour. This is the second visit for the Goldwing club, having previously stopped at the old Vista location in December, 2009. Many of this group were members who missed the last tour, however, so it was all new to them. The return visitors also saw a lot of new items that have been recently added..

Tom warms up the green Rider-Ericsson engine for woodworking club visitors.

San Diego Fine Woodworking Club

April 9, 2011

About 12-15 members showed up bright and early at 9 AM for a club outing. Though not strictly a woodworking museum, visitors still found plenty to be entertained and amazed with. Our staff thanks them for bringing their own coffee and donuts to share with everyone.

Palomar Model A Ford Club

April 2, 2011

This is a second visit for the Palomar Model A's, but their first time at the new facility. As you can see they brought a large group of people and vintage Fords. Tom Demonstrated the running of the Rider-Ericsson Stirling engine and some of the internal combustion engines built in our own museum machine shop.

Club members get an engine demo by Tom Boyer and Pam Weiss.

GoodGuys National Tour

March 31, 2011

With the big GoodGuys car show in Del Mar this weekend, a tour of hotrods driving down from the Pleasanton/Danville area in Central California made the museum their last stop on a two-day run. They had stopped at several other museums and places of interest for hot rodders and the hot weather had made for a long ride. We certainly appreciate those who stopped in for a tour including editor-in-chief of the GoodGuys Gazette magazine. We hope the photos he shot of our exhibits make it into their fine publication.

American Society of Engineering Management (ASME, San Diego)

March 26, 2011

Engineers from JPL, Flex Partners and other area companies came by to see the examples of miniature engineering on display in our museum. Joe Martin was on hand to share his experiences in manufacturing.

  

Horseless Carriage Club of America (San Diego)

March 19, 2011

A large group of historic American cars arrived with about 40 drivers, passengers and friends about 11 AM. Though rain was in the forecast, the weather held which was a particular relief to those in convertible models. Our parking lot sported some interesting cars from Model T's to Packards, Hudsons, Buicks and Cadillacs.

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(1.) Tom runs the engines in the new shop. (2.) Club members inspect the exhibits.

Little Guys Street Rod Club (San Diego North County)

February 22, 2011

The first visitors to our new facility held a monthly club meeting after hours in our shop area, serving pizza and sodas. Approximately 25 members enjoyed seeing Tom and Pam run the engines we built in our machine shop and then took an extended tour of the new display area. They plan to make it a daytime destination for a club tour soon.

Pickups Limited

November 13, 2010

Specializing in hotrod pickup trucks, members from several chapters of  Pickups Limited arrived with an impressive lineup of beautiful rods, mostly of 1950's Ford vintage. Thanks to Glenn for bringing the group and for supplying the photos of the trucks and the outdoor group shot. The large photo shows the group watching as Tom fires up the little Seal and Howell 4-cylinder engine in the museum's machine shop.

Bay City Rodders

October 9, 2010

Another selection of fine hotrods graced the museum parking lot for a Saturday visit from over 20 members of this San Diego bay area hotrod club. From pickups to resto-rods to traditional rods, some real car building craftsmanship was evident.

In the top middle photo Tom Boyer explains our two museum shop engine projects to the club members after running the Seal inline four and Howell V4.

25 Corvettes—That's the biggest collection of cubic dollars ever parked in our lot at any one time!

Temecula Valley Corvette Club "Mystery Tour"

June 27, 2010

Our largest club visit to date, 50 people in 25 Corvettes arrived for a special Sunday opening, and no one but leader Bill Moore knew their destination until they got here. We put Lee Root's 1/4 scale 327 Corvette engine and Paul Knapp's supercharged Conley V8 out on special display in honor of the event. It goes without saying that Corvette owners appreciate fine craftsmanship, so hopefully everyone was pleased with what they found on display. They arrived together and on time and headed off a little after noon to gather for lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. It was a beautiful day to be riding around in a Corvette—but then what day isn't?

 

Early Ford V8 Club

May 18, 2010

Thirty-three members of the Temecula Chapter of the  Early Ford V8 Club made the Craftsmanship Museum a part of their tour for the day. From here they were headed to Famous Daves Bar-BQ for lunch.  Sounds like a fun way to spend a Wednesday.

Sherline's lead toolmaker, Pam Weiss helped host the Saturday tour for the "Jack's Garage" group. Pam's .22 cal. Gatling gun, Offenhauser 270 and Snow engine are on display in the museum.

"Jack's Garage"

April 17, 2010

They say they are not an official club, just people who get together at a friend's garage, but they are mostly gearheads and salt lake speed racers affiliated with the Southern California Timing Association. More than a dozen came down for a special Saturday tour.

North Coast Vettes Corvette Club

April 3, 2010

This is the most horsepower to grace our parking lot in quite a while—thanks for the car show!

Photo 1— Left to right: Joe Martin gave Scooter Patrick, Robert Johnson and Tom Grove a personal tour of the museum and Sherline tool factory.

Photo 2—Joe, Scooter, Robert, Pam Weiss and Tom discuss Pam's Offenhauser 270 engine project in progress.

Scooter Patrick, Bob Johnson and Tom Grove

March 26, 2010

These gentlemen flew out from Florida as Scooter Patrick was one of the former F-5000 race car drivers being honored at this weekend's "Legends of Riverside" event at the nearby Riverside Raceway Museum. While out here they wanted to see the miniature engines at the Craftsmanship Museum.

Members of the Gear Grinders and other clubs affiliated with the Southern California Timing Assn. check out Tom's newly completed Howell V4 engine in the museum machine shop. The SCTA holds and times speed runs on Southern California's dry lakes, so these guys know engines and speed.

Members from several Hot Rod Clubs affiliated with the

Southern California Timing Association

March 13, 2010

Insisting they are "not a club," just a group of friends who get together for breakfast and then go somewhere interesting on Saturdays in their motorhome, they reserved a day and spent about three hours touring the museum and the Sherline tool factory. Nice folks!

"Not a Club"

San Pedro, CA

February 27, 2010

Sorry, we didn't get any photos. If a member of the club took one, please forward it to craig@craftsmanshipmuseum.com.

Palomar Model A Ford Club

February 15, 2010

Honda Gold Wing Road Riders Association

GWRRA  CA-1F San Diego

December 16, 2009

Sixteen or so big Honda Gold Wing motorcycles arrived on a tour, making for a colorful display in our parking lot. Though they share a lot of different interests, everyone enjoyed seeing the miniature engines and models.

Alfa Romeo club members watch as Tom Boyer runs the 4-cylinder Seal engine in the museum machine shop before starting their tour.

Alfa Romeo Club

San Diego North County

August 29, 2009

Over-the-Hill Gang Car Club

North County Chapter, Museum visit and club picnic

May 16, 2008

Mild to wild, some fine vintage hotrods  met up in the museum parking lot for a club picnic with a nice mountain view and ocean breeze plus a museum tour. Ben did the cooking (Tri-tip sandwiches) while the club members toured the museum exhibits.

60+ Club

Vista, CA

May 6, 2009

Membership in the Vista "60+ Club" is open to anyone over 60 who likes to get together with others and meet at interesting places. Thanks for visiting, and we hope you found our museum both different and interesting!

Meeting up before a group ride to the museum and then lined up in the museum parking lot ready for a tour of the exhibits.

Packard Club

April 4, 2009

Wow! Now that's a classy parking lot!

Southern California Home Shop Machinists Club (Los Angeles)

March 21, 2009

This Los Angeles area club for machinists hosts a lot of talent. In addition to monthly meetings, they also attend shows like the Western Engine Model Exhibition in Vallejo each year. This group could really appreciate the fine examples of miniature machining exhibited in the museum.

BMW Airheads Motorcycle Touring Club

March 7, 2009

Craig's blue Harley is parked out among a group of visiting BMW riders. Though they are made up primarily of BMW owners of the non-water cooled variety of the brand, others are welcome on their rides too. Our museum was one of a couple of stops for them that day.

Poway Cruisers Car Club

March 7, 2009

Hotrod Club Visit

December 12, 2008

Car guys love engines—big or small. Our second Saturday tour was from members of a local hotrod club.

Tom explains our current shop engine project downstairs, while Larry shows visitors the engine collection upstairs and the Manitowoc crane he built and donated.

Ocean Hills Woodchucks Woodworking Club

Ocean Hills Senior Community, Vista, CA

July 10, 2008

The Ocean Hills community features a large woodshop and over 120 members in their woodworking club. Tom and Craig attended one of their meetings to tell them about our museum, and they responded with a well attended visit to our museum by their members.

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