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Discover the Coast - Semegran and Grunig Exhibit

Barry Semegran

Wood Artist

August 2015 CHAC Exhibit

with Rozann Grunig, Photographer

After more than thirty years of woodworking, I decided to feature local wood species (Northern California Coastal Range) in this exhibit of my latest work. It is timely and relevant since this exhibit is being held in conjunction with the DISCOVER THE COAST celebration of our enlarged marine sanctuary and the BLM Stornetta Lands.   Discovering the beauty and colors of the wood of our native species of trees and shrubs is my objective in this exhibit. I can only hope that I did so well enough to show once again that we live in a place of incredible beauty whether it be on a large scale or small detail.

Early settlers to this area had available both structurally superior trees such as Douglas fir and weather resistant species such as redwood to mill and use for shelter.   These two species became financially significant to the wood industries that settled here in the following decades. Many other species of trees in our coastal area were and continue to be of little or no interest to these industries for reasons ranging from lack of high volume in a given area for profitable harvest, fair or poor lumber quality, and difficulty drying without significant splitting, warping and cupping.   However, there are some local mills that process small amounts of tan oak, cypress, madrone, black oak, pepperwood, claro walnut, among others.   Just because a species is not of interest for large scale harvesting does not necessarily signify much about the beauty and color of the lumber.   You will see some of these woods used in my creations for this show; the beauty of color, grain and figure in these woods are indeed local treasures brought into the light.  

  Poster for August 1 2015 v3 Opening copy


Santa Rosa Symphony conductors podium and music stand

A commission to build the conductors podium and music stand for the Santa Rosa Symphony was mentioned in the Symphony's October 2013 newsletter.  Reprinted below with permission from Jennie Orvino, marketing associate for the Symphony and author of the newsletter article about the podium.

Beautiful new podium for Maestro Ferrandis

BrunoPodiumJim Lotter has a preference for elegant design. The SRS subscriber of 30-plus years knew that the Green Music Center provided a conductor's podium, but discovered that Bruno Ferrandis needed something different in size and shape. Jim, an Air Force fighter pilot by profession who has worked in remodeling, carpentry and home design, wanted to create and donate a podium that would be aesthetically compatible with Weill Hall and would suit the maestro's needs.

After a process of consultation and refinement of specifications, Jim worked with furniture maker Barry Semegran, his Mendocino Coast neighbor, to build a maple wood and fir podium that made its debut at the SRS October concerts.

Jim described the features: "The podium has an attached music stand with both rigid and adjustable posts, with stylish knobs and a clear acrylic tray. When it's being stored, these pieces are removed and fastened underneath the podium box, which rides on its side on its own dolly. The optional safety rail also fits on the dolly. The whole thing is very compact and easily movable."

A brass plaque on the orchestra side of the podium reads "The Herb Lotter Memorial Podium" in honor of Jim's father. "Dad had a great love of music. In his younger years, he played flute and drums, in dance bands and military bands. He also conducted."

Next time you come to a concert, take a good look at Jim Lotter's beautiful and generous gift. He lives a "stone's throw" from the ocean, and manages vacation rentals, including an intimate Cliffside resort called "Serenisea." We're all invited.

Featured Artist of the Month Exhibit - October 2012

In conjunction with the celebration of American Craft Week, October 5-14, I will be exhibiting at the Coast Highway Art Collective in Point Arena, California during the entire month of October.  More information at:

Woodworker's Journal interviews Barry Semegran

In December 2008, Woodworker's Journal editor Michael Dresdner interviewed me for the online magazine's "Today's Woodworker" section. You may view this at:


Interview with Barry Semegran