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December 2008 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Jim Keller's discussion on how to extract the maximum from a log
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
John Van Domelen
Pecan Cross Section
 Wall Hanging

22" Diameter
 

John Van Domelen
 with his Best of Show
 Pecan Wall Hanging.

   

Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Larry Zarra
Pecan Bowl
12"W x 4-1/2"H
2nd Place
Doug Davis
Bradford Pear
 Hollow Form
9
"W x 8"H

3rd Place
Larry Zarra
Ash Goblet
2-1/2"W x 9"H

Honorable Mention
Doug Davis
Maple Bowl
11-1/2"W x 3"H
       

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Andy Chen
Maple & Cocobolo
 Box
5"W x 6-1/2"H

2nd Place
Clyde Collier

Mahogany &
 Maple
3
"W x 10-1/2"H

3rd Place
Eddie James
Tigre Caspi Hollow Form
11-1/2"W x 6"H
Honorable Mention
Larry Zarra
Walnut Bowl
9"W x 4
-1/2"H
       

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

1st Place
Gary Rock

Aspen & Cocobolo
  Closed Form
9-1/2"W x 5"H
2nd Place
Bill Tilson
Mesquite Closed
 Form
5"W x 8"H
3rd Place
John Van Domelen

Art Piece
5-1/2"W x 3"H
Honorable Mention
Jeremy Grubb
Oak & Walnut Chair w/ turned legs
 
       

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Paula Haymond
Douglas Fir Bowl
7-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H

2nd Place
John King

CedarElm Bowl
 12-1/2"W x 5"H
 

3rd Place
John King
Pecan Bowl
16"W x 4"H
Honorable Mention
Linda Bohl

Spalted Hackberry Bowll
5
"W x 2"H
       

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
No Information
 Available

 

2nd Place
No Information
 Available

3rd Place
Steven Driver
Spalted Pecan Bowl
6-1/2"W x 2-1/2"H
Honorable Mention
Steven Driver
Four Pens
 
       

Christmas Ornament Exchange (A yearly challenge and exchange)

1st Place
No Information
 Available

2nd Place
No Information
 Available

3rd Place
No Information
 Available
Honorable Mention
No Information
 Available

 
 

Here are two pictures (front and back) of the "ornament tree" that magically appears each December for members to display their turned ornaments.  After judging, an ornament exchange take place among entrants.

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Judges
Lane Bradford (left) and Greg Gonsalves (right) were the judges for December's Show & Tell entries. 
 
     

Demonstration: "Visualization"--Determining the best way to extract the maximum from a log

Jim Keller discussed the many different ways how a log could yield different shapes.

Jim is one of GCWA's most experienced turners and he held the attention and interest of those attending

Jim used diagrams to help the audience "visualize" the different shapes that were within a log.

Asked to guess the number of "pieces" that could be obtained from the crotch piece, the audience consistently guessed low.  Answer: A LOT!

Faces In the Crowd and Other Pictures

George Kabacinski opened the December meeting, which was held at the Bayland Community Center, with announcements.

The tool exchange always attracts a crowd.

Unsung hero #1: Dave Barziza, who coordinates the Show & Tell Award process including getting items ready to be photographed.

Unsung hero #2: Paul Millo, who spends a great deal of each meeting photographing Show & Tell items for the website and newsletter.

Andy Chen and Bill Berry caught discussing woodturning and the world economy.

Doug Davis and Jon Gaynor caught discussing woodturning AND the world economy.

Jonathan Bartz and By Read ALSO caught discussing woodturning and the world economy.

Jerry Bennett and Jay Ebner did NOT discuss either woodturning or the world economy.  They discussed their Christmas wish lists!

Entries By Category

BEGINNER

INTERMEDIATE

ADVANCED

SEGMENTED

ENHANCED

 candid photography by Dale Barrack