Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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December 2009 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Eddie James' demonstration on applying epoxy finishes,
 Luna Ford's Special Award, Faces in the Crowd, Head Shots,
and the annual ornament exchange are at the bottom of this page.

Best of Show (The best of the best of the best . . . )
Best of Show
Ed Peine
Walnut Hollow Form
6"W x 16"H


Ed Peine with his Best of Show very large Walnut Hollow Form Vessel. Ed also won first place in the Advanced Category for another Hollow Form Vessel.  Way to go, Ed!


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

Mesquite Hollow Form

12"W x 6"H
2nd Place
Larry Zarra
Red Oak Bowl
17"W x 5"H

3rd Place
Larry Zarra
Pecan Bowl
16"W x 8"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Kendall Westbrook
Baltic Burch Plywood/
 Blackwood Vase
7"W x 7"H

2nd Place
Rene Gonzalez
11"W x 2-1/2"H

3rd Place
John King
3"W x 9-1/4"H

Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Eddie James
 Lidded Spindle Set
Various Sizes
2nd Place
Steve Wiggins
Sycamore Bowl
13-1/2"W x 4"H
3rd Place
Al Reisz
Grapefruit Wood Bowl
8"W x 6"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Dayton Dickey
Juniper Peppermill
2-1/2"W x 8"H

2nd Place
Frank Campbell

Mesquite Mirrors
3-1/4"W x 3/8"H

3rd Place
Al Reisz

Cocobolo Vase
3"W x 6"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Delia Spicer
Maple Bowl
5"W x 3-1/4"H



gallery photography by Paul Millo

Clyde Collier and Lind Bohl judged December's Show & Tell.   

Eddie James' Demo on Applying Epoxy Finishes

Eddie James is a master turner.  It turns out he's also a skilled finisher and has mastered the art of applying epoxy finishes, which he demonstrated at December's meeting.

Eddie constructed a special curing chamber (more pictures below) to help him achieve the best possible finish.

He uses and recommends US Composites' Kleer Kote #30 Table Top Epoxy.  You can get more information about this product at US Composites' website:

Eddie applies the mixed epoxy as the turned object slowly rotates.  Because he uses slow cure epoxy, there's no need to rush the process.

Eddie remove bubbles that form in the epoxy by passing a flame nearby the bubble, but he is careful not to get the flame too close to the work.


Eddie's demonstration held everyone's attention.

Here's a picture of some of Eddie's epoxy-finished work along with the curing cabinet he built.

The curing cabinet uses a slow-turn motor (1 rpm) to rotate the work.

The motor is left running for as long as necessary to ensure the epoxy does not sag.  He repeats the process several times and then buffs the work to a high sheen.

Here's a copy of Eddie's notes in JPG form.  It's recommended you print this file for easiest use.

A Special Award to a Special Member

The GCWA Board of Directors voted to present long-time member, Luna Ford, with a Special Award to recognize his dedicated service to the club. Here, club president, Steve LeGrue, presents the award to Luna.

Luna was surprised, but obviously pleased with the award.

Luna with his award with his picture projected on a screen behind him.

A close-up of a special GCWA member--Luna Ford.

Faces in the Crowd

President Steve Legrue was a busy man at December's meeting--lots of announcements and a special award to hand out.

Al Reese explains how he made his cocobolo vase.

Larry Zarra turned this piece of red oak wet.  As it dried, it elongated perfectly. Those of you who have worked red oak know that this is quite a trick!

Rene Gonzalez has become an expert at making kaleidoscopes.

Al Reese won awards in two different categories at December's meeting.  Here he talks about his Enhanced Category Award.

Head Shots!

Bill Pottorf

Bob Brown

Marty Kaminsky

Jerry Bennett

Bill Lewis

Ornament Exchange Pictures





 candid photography by  Ric Taylor and Dale Barrack