Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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August 2008 Meeting Gallery

"Faces in the Crowd," including Gwynne Rukenbrod's presentation on Artist Critiques
and other meeting pictures are at the bottom of this page

Best of Show (The best of the best of the best . . . )
Best of Show
Kendall Westbrook
Elm & Minerals Box

4-1/2"W x 5"H


Kendall Westbrook holding his Elm & Minerals Box and the Best of Show ribbon.


Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Chris Roth
Cherry &
 Cocobolo Lamp
10"W x 29"H
2nd Place
Bob Tabor
Monkey Pod
  Hollow Form
6"W x 2-1/2"H

3rd Place
Jim Keller

Mesquite Dish
10"W x 2"H

Honorable Mention
Steve LeGrue
Mesquite Bowl
6"W x 3"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Bob Brown
Baltic Birch Plywood
11-12"W x 1-1/2"H

2nd Place
Eddie James

Jatoba & Maple Box
"W x 6-1/2"H

3rd Place
Jerry Collins
Mahogany & Beech
  Hollow Form
11"W x 8-1/2"H
Honorable Mention
Eddie James
Maple & Purple Heart
 Hollow Form
9-1/2"W x 17"H

Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)

1st Place
Fog Tanner

Ash w/ Dye &
 Lime Free Forms
6"W x 6"H (largest)
2nd Place
Janice Levi
Fir, dyed w/
  eggshell inlay
11-1/2"W x 1-3/4"H
3rd Place
Kendall Westbrook

Elm, dyed Vase
"W x 7-1/2"H
Honorable Mention
Bob Brown
Maple w/ Inlay Patter
"W x 1"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Scott Njaa
Cherry Vase
1-1/2"W x 3"H

2nd Place
Stacey Grange

Kingwood Pen

3rd Place
Stacey Grange
Balsa Bowl
4"W x 3"H
Honorable Mention
Scott Njaa
Cherry Hollow Form
"W x 2"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Derek Powers

Cherry Bowl
5"W x 1-1/2"H

2nd Place
Linda Bohl
Antler Pens

3rd Place
Derek Powers
Sycamore Bowl
4"W x 3"H
Honorable Mention
Derek Powers
Mulberry Goblet
"W x 3"H

President's Challenge (A monthly challenge to promote creativity)
This month's challenge: A Drinking Utensil

1st Place
Gene Bradley

Sweetgum &
  Mesquite Ladle
2-1/2"W x 13"H

2nd Place
Mack DeBose
Ironwood & Rosewood
-1/2"W x 7"H

3rd Place
David Morley
Cocobolo Straw
5/8"W x 5"H
Honorable Mention
Stacey Grange
Goblet of unknown wood
2-1/2"W x 6"H

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Clyde Collier (left) and Bill Tilson (right) were the judges for August's Show & Tell entries. 

Faces In the Crowd and Other Pictures

Our president, George Kabacinski, got the meeting rolling with a plea for someone to pitch in and handle the soft drink and water coolers at upcoming meetings.  No volunteer means no drinks folks!

George also discussed the upcoming SWAT meeting and opportunities for GCWA members to assist headline demonstrators.

Gwynne Rukenbrpd, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's Curator of Fine Craft, shared her ideas about Artist's Critiques with GCWA members.

HCCC and GCWA have had a strong relationship of sharing ever since HCCC opened its doors .

Scott Njaa (that's N-J-A-A)discussed his first-place Intermediate Category winner with Bill Berry, GCWA's Master of Show & Tell Ceremonies, prompting good questions.

Chris Roth told the crowd that he turned the lamp shade of his first-place Advanced Category lamp on the end grain.

Gwynne Rukenbrod shared her thoughts about several pieces from a curator's perspective.  Here she discusses Kendall Westbrook's dyed elm vase.

Here Gwynne discussed the things she liked and didn't like about Janice Levi's elegant egg shell infused platter.

Fog Tanner had a lot of fun describing his collection of free form pieces that earned him first place in the Enhanced Category.  Here he describes "Marilyn" a piece he created in honor of Marilyn Monroe (who use to have red hair, but later changed it to blond!).

GCWA owes a BIG thanks to Paul Millo who faithfully labors at each meeting to photograph Show & Tell items.  His photography ranks among the best being done by any AAW club in the US.

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 candid photography by Ric Taylor