Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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January 2008 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Bill Berry's demo on eccentric chucks and "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
Jerry Bennett
Dyed Mahogany

8"W x 11-1/2"H


Jerry Bennett with his Best of Show "De Canter Can't".


Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Bill Tilson

Box Elder Burl Bowl
8"W x 2-1/4"H
2nd Place
Janice Levi
Mesquite Vase
3-1/2"W x 5"H

3rd Place
Andy Chen

Chakte Kok Closed
6-1/2"W x 3

Honorable Mention
Jack Hanley/Bill Pottorf
Fluted Ambrosia Maple Bowl
11"W x 3"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 12"H

2nd Place
Sam Canatella

Multi-wood Vessel
9-1/4"W x 13"H

3rd Place
Tom Henkel

Multi-wood Bowl
18"W x 7"H

Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Bill Pottorf
Mesquite Threaded
2"W x 3-1/4"H
2nd Place
Bill Tilson

Mesquite/Maple Burl
  Art Piece
13"W x 1-1/2"H
3rd Place
John Van Domelen

Cedar Hollow Form
"W x 3"H
Honorable Mention
Randall Hassig
Ash Bowl
7-3/4"W x 3"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Stacie Grange

Four Wood Pens
Various Sizes

2nd Place
Stacie Grange

Mesquite Box
10"W x 2-1/2"H
3rd Place
Sam Canatella

Pecan Hollow Form
7-1/2"W x 3"H
Honorable Mention
Randall Hassig
Ash Bowl
6-1/2"W x

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Shannon Grizzell

Mesquite Vase
4"W x 7-1/4"H

2nd Place
Carol Morley

Nested Bowls
Various Sizes

3rd Place
Tom Hamilton
Spalted Elm Bowl
6-1/2"W x 3-1/2"H

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

1st Place
Stacie Grange

Hollowing Tool

2nd Place
Doug Davis
Oval Screwdriver

3rd Place
Jay Ebner
Ash Tool Handle
Honorable Mention
Kendall Westbrook
Walnut Chatter Tool Handle

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Lane Bradford (l) and Bill Metzger (r) judged January's Show & Tell entries.         

January Demonstration: Eccentric Chuck, by Bill Berry

Bill Berry demonstrated his home made eccentric, or "wobble" chuck.  Here's a diagram of how the pieces are cut and fit together

Here's a picture of the middle piece turned at its most extreme angle.
Go here to learn how to make your own eccentric chuck.

This is a picture of the chuck with a piece ready to turn that has been marked with tape to show the chuck in it's "straight" position, similar to the first picture at the left.

This picture shows the piece to be turned in the chuck where it's been rotated slightly, similar to the second picture at the left, but not quite as much.

Bill also demonstrated several other methods of eccentric chucking, one of which is shown in this picture.

This and the next two pictures show how a piece might evolve by turning the chuck every so often to create off-balance work



A finished turning using Berry's home made eccentric chuck.

Bill Berry with the chuck and piece he turned during his demonstration

Faces In the Crowd and Other Pictures

There was another fine batch of turnings for the judges to ponder including this excellent group of beginners' turnings

The Intermediate Turner's group of entries

The entries in the Advanced Turner's Group

The Enhanced entries

The Segmented Group


This picture is a great reminder that it takes a lot of volunteers to make GCWA as successful as it is.  In this picture, you can see four of the folks who lend a hand: Bill Berry, our Master of Ceremonies for Show & Tell, Frank Campbell and Hunter Malson, who were recording Show & Tell winner information this month, and David Morley, the new newsletter editor.  There are many others who aren't in the picture, including Paul Millo, who takes pictures of Show & Tell winners, and the entire board of directors and other volunteers who divide many tasks required to conduct a successful meeting--arranging facilities in which to meet, having ribbons to hand out, making coffee
to drink and buying donuts to eat--and so forth, and so on. 
Great job to all those who volunteer--keep up the good work!  

Good picture of the crowd listening to the Show & Tell presentation.

Bill Pottorf explains how he made his threaded, carved box, which won first place in the Enhanced Category.

Doug Davis talks about his oval-handled screwdriver that took second place in the President's Challenge

There were many fine turnings on the judging tables at January's meeting.  Here are a few that didn't win awards, but which made their creators very proud.


 candid photography by Dale Barrack and Kendall Westbrook