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North County woodworking club donates toys to Camp Pendleton

ESCONDIDO – With members from Fallbrook, Escondido, Santee, Alpine and San Diego, the Regular Cut-Ups Scroll Saw Club donated some 300 handcrafted wooden toys to the children of families at Camp Pendleton Marine Base. The delivery of these toys was received by the base Chaplain Capt. Ollis J. Mozon, Jr.

“We are really thrilled to get such great handmade toys,” said Mozon.

Susan Jackson, wife of the base Commandant General Anthony Jackson, was also there and expressed her gratitude as well. She was surprised at the number and variety of the toys. Many were painted with non-toxic colorful paints and some were left the natural wood color.

There was everything from battleships, tanks, and trucks, to trailers and cars, from hobby horses and miniature basketball games to puzzles and grasshopper pull toys.

The toys will be distributed to the various brigades on base. Each one has their own little Christmas party where the children will receive the toys.

With this delivery of 300, more than 2000 toys have been given to charitable organizations including SAY San Diego, Homefront San Diego and the Military Outreach Ministry.

Scroll saw members, President Pat Kowalke, Vice President Darrel Wall, “Geppetto” club mentor/toy designer Ron Posten, and toy chairman Steve Zabuska all were instrumental in setting up these programs. With the help of all members of the club they were busy all summer crafting the many wooden toys that were donated.

The holiday season is a busy time for the club but throughout the year many other things are going on with the group. Each year at the San Diego Fair, they have a booth to demonstrate the use of the scroll saw.

During this time, club members have fun cutting out little animal shapes and giving them to the children who stop by the booth. Plus they offer membership to anyone interested in this woodworking art. Some members have become artisans in their own right and create projects that are put on display at the Design in Wood event. Many also win ribbons for their fine work.

The Regular Cut-ups meet monthly in Escondido and have more than 50 members at this time. The club was established some nine years ago and many friendships have been made while enjoying the craft of woodworking with the scroll saw. More information about the club can be found at


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