Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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December 2007 Meeting Gallery

"Faces in the Crowd" pictures are at the bottom of this page

Best of Show (The best of the best of the best . . . )
Best of Show
Kevin Turco
Big Leaf Maple
 Closed Form

11"W x 8-1/2"H

Kevin Turco with his Best of Show closed form and ribbon.

Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Brian Laing
Quilted Maple and
 African Blackwood
4-1/2"W x 10"H
2nd Place
Larry Zarra
Spalted Hackberry
12"W x 6"H

3rd Place
Larry Zarra
Spalted Mahogany
 Closed Form
2"W x 2

Honorable Mention
Bill Tilson
Mesquite Box
2"W x 2-1/2"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Eddie James
Tall Multi-wood Vase
"W x 22"H

2nd Place
Sam Canatella

 Bloodwood Bowl
11"W x 6-1/2"H

3rd Place
Jeff Marks

Black Walnut Bowl
10"W x 3-1/2"H
Honorable Mention
Ronnie Hubbell
Multiwood Plate
14"W x 2-1/2"H

Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Bill Tilson
Mesquite Sculpture
10-1/2"W x 1"H
2nd Place
Dale Barrack

Mesquite Veneered
 Sweetgum Vase
5"W x 9-1/2"H
3rd Place
Kendall Westbrook
Elm Weed Pot
2-1/2"W x 4"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Rich Souchek

Spalted Oak Natural
 Edge Bowl

10"W x 2"H

2nd Place
Doug Olesen

Elm Natural Edge
10"W x 2-1/2"H
3rd Place
Rich Souchek
Pecan Bowl
12-1/2"W x 3-1/2"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Tom Hamilton

Quilted Maple Bowl
8"W x 2"H

2nd Place
Tom Hamilton
Maple Bowl
8"W x 2"-

3rd Place
Stacie Grange
Three Wood Pens
Various Sizes

President's Challenge (A monthly challenge to promote creativity)

1st Place
Bill Pottorf

Pecan Christmas Tree
2-1/2"W x 5"H

2nd Place
Frank Campbell

Popular Christmas Tree
2-1/2"W x 5"H



gallery photography by Dale Barrack

Clyde Collier (l) and Greg Gonsalves (r) judged December's Show & Tell entries.         

Faces In the Crowd and Other Pictures
If it's December, then it it's also Christmas ornament exchange at GCWA!

Christmas ornament exchange wouldn't be the same without GCWA's own Jonathan Bartz, who did another great job coordinating the event.

By the time the exchange actually occurred, everyone had picked their favorite ornament.

One side of Bill and Susan Lewis' entry.

The other side.

A good picture of the exchange tree.


A good crowd was in attendance at December's meeting in Jim Keller's spacious Foxfire Studio.

One of the reasons for the good turnout was the prospect of winning a RINCON lathe in the raffle. Here Reggie Keith is shown with a similar lathe on which he did December's demo.

Demo watchers.

David Morley and Jay Ebner couldn't sell raffle tickets fast enough.

Eventually, the crowd became boisterous and riot police had to be called in to restore order!..

Tom Hamilton shared his development technique with the crowd as MC Bill Berry looks on.

Doug Olesen talked about his prize-winning entry.

Brian Laing told the crowd how he made his first place Advanced Category box.

New member, Eddie James, didn't waste any time proving that he's mastered the art of segmented turning.


 candid photography by Ric Taylor