Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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September 2008 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Bill Berry's and Jim Keller's discussion on sanding
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
Larry Zarra
Mesquite Hollow Form

8-1/2"W x 8-1/2"H


Larry Zarra with his Mesquite Hollow Form and Best of Show ribbon.


Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Larry Zarra
Southern Magnolia
  Hollow Form
13"W x 12"H
2nd Place
Ben Ball
Zebra Wood Stool
1/2"W x 16"H

3rd Place
Jim Keller

Mesquite Bowl
12"W x 5"H

Honorable Mention
No Information Available

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Jerry Collins
Purple Heart, Oak &
  Cherry Hollow Form

16"W x 7-1/2"H

2nd Place
Eddie James

Beech, Purple Heart
 PolyClay & Mahog.
"W x 10-3/4"H

3rd Place
Jim Keller
Acrylic & Walnut
 Free Form
9-1/2"W x 16"H

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

1st Place
Bill Tilson

Birds Eye Maple, Mahogany & Mesquite Free Form
8-1/2"W x 12"H
2nd Place
Bill Pottorf
Sycamore Hollow
8"W x 9-3/4"H
3rd Place
Kendall Westbrook

Elm, dyed Vase
4"W x 9-3/4"H
Honorable Mention
Stacie Grange
Celtic Knot Pen of Kingwood, Maple &

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Ron Day
Rosewood Bottle
2"W x 5"H

2nd Place
Linda Bohl

Mesquite Pen w/

3rd Place
Scott Njaa
Pecan Box
4-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H
Honorable Mention
No Information Available

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Dave Mueller

Walnut Hollow Form
7"W x 6-1/4"H

2nd Place
Jeremy Grubb
Chinaberry Bowl
10-1/4"W x 7"H

3rd Place
Steve Wiggins
Mesquite Bowl
4-1/2"W x 2"H
Honorable Mention
Steve Wiggin
Cherry Bowl
"W x 2-1/2"H

President's Challenge (A monthly challenge to promote creativity)
This month's challenge: Bottle Stopper (Exchange)

1st Place
Bill Pottorf

Pecan & Onyx
 Bottle Stopper

2nd Place
Stacie Grange
Olive Wood Bottle

3rd Place
Bill Lewis
Figured Maple Bottle
Honorable Mention
No Information Available

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Bargara Gaynor (left) and Wayne Stanfield (right) were the judges for September's Show & Tell entries. 


Demonstration: Sanding

Bill Berry and Jim Keller, who appear slightly out of focus here, were anything but in discussing the ins and outs of sanding.

Bill emphasized the important of protecting one's lungs when sanding and demonstrated several different techniques.

Jim reviewed a number power sanding option, including his favorite, his Milwaukee close-quarter  drill.

Jim even admitted that it's sometimes necessary to resort to a "40-grit gouge" sometimes, especially when working with pieces that have an abundance of negative space.

For most of us, it's "sand, sand, sand...and then, sand some more!.

Faces In the Crowd and Other Pictures

September's meeting was held at Woodcraft's new location on I-45 & FM 1960W.

A critique was conducted in Woodcraft's Library.  Here Kendall Westbrook comments about the form and finish of a piece included.

Jerry Bennett also critiqued member pieces, as he did at the August meeting.

Another shot of the critique session.  These sessions are designed to allow members to get constructive feedback
without criticism on their pieces from Advanced Turners.

Club president, George Kabacinski opened the meeting with announcements.

Entries By Category







Other Entries Selected for the Gallery

 candid photography by Dale Barrack