Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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February 2009 Meeting Gallery

February's meeting was a special event in the life of Gulf Coast Woodturner's Association.  Instead of the usual Show & Tell, where members bring recently made/never shown before items for critique, members were invited to bring three of the best items they ever produced, regardless of when the items were made.  With judging tables loaded with the "Best of the Best," Gwynne Rukenbrod, Curator of Fine Craft, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, selected 39 items for a special exhibit, entitled "Texas Turned" at HCCC during March 2009.

Items were not judged by category, nor were they assigned "places," but we did photograph the ones selected for this month's gallery.  They are presented here in the order in which they were photographed. 

At the bottom of the page are pictures of Jim Keller's demonstration on multi-axis turning, including "Metamorphosis," his contribution in the Professional Outreach Program third annual exhibition and auction at the AAW 2009 Symposium.

Items Selected for HCCC's Special Exhibit "Texas Turned"
Stacie Grange
Various Pens
5-1/2" x 1/2" each

Clyde Collier
Quilted Maple
 Free Form
14"W x 14"H

Marvin Fowler
Pecan Hollow
8"W x 5"H

Stacie Grange
Ash Plate with

5"W x 1-1/2"H
Kendall Westbrook
Mesquite &
 Alabaster Box
7"W x 5-1/2"H

Larry Zarra
Red Oak Bowl
16-1/2"W x 7"H

John Gay
Mixed Wood Bowl

Stacie Grange &
 Bill Tilson
Pecan w/ Veneers
"W x 1-1/2"H

Paula Haymond
Douglas Fir Bowl
7-1/2"W x 6"H


Paula Haymond
Cedar Lidded Box
4-1/2"W x 2"H
Tom Irven
  Hollow Form
7-3/4"W x 4"H
Tom Irven
Bubinga/Maple Box
-3/4"W x 2-3/4"H

Larry Zarra
Magnolia Hollow
15W x 12"H
Bill Lewis
Cherry Burl Box
3W x 5"H
Bill Lewis
Maple Bowl Set

Chris Roth
Pecan hat

Chris Roth
Pecan Bowl
22-1/2"W x 10"H


Bill Pottorf
Sycamore Asian
12"W x 5"H


Dave Barziza
Ash/Texas Ebony
10"W x 6-1/2"H

Eddie James
Maple & Cherry
 Closed Form
16"W x 8"H

Fog Tanner
Maple Free Form
9"W x 7-1/2"H

Fog Tanner
"Zulu Warrior &

Ash, Dyed, Limed
6"W x 4-3/4"H
Tom Enloe
"W x 36"H
Sam Canatella
Multi Wood Hollow
13"W x 9-1/4"H

Ed Spicer

6-3/4"W x 6-1/4"H

Andy Chen
Mixed Wood Box
5"W x 10"H
Karrie Greenawalt
Carob Vase
Size not available

Eddie James
"Dessert Sunrise"

Closed Form

Karrie Greenawalt
Eucalyptus Bowl
4-1/2"W x 3-3/4"H
Janice Levi
Elm Bowl
14"W x 8"H


Janice Levi
 Freeform Box
9"W x 3"H

By Reed
Sycamore Hollow
-1/2"W x 17"H

By Reed
Maple Hollow
"W x 8"H

Bruno Wesolek
Magnolia Hollow

9"W x 8"H
Ed Peine
Spalted Maple
 Hollow Form
5"W x 7"H
Jim Keller
"Bel Air"
Mesquite "Wheel"
15"W x 15"H

Jim Keller
Mesquite "Wheel"
24"W x 24"H
John Van Domelen
"Sunny Side Up"
Zebra Wood & Red Heart Box
9"W x 4"H
John Van Domelen
"I Have a Secret"
Multi Wood Box
"W x 22"H

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Judging: Gwynne Rukenbrod, Curator of Fine Craft, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, had many well-turned items to choose from for the special HCCC exhibit "Texas Turned." 

Demonstration: Multi-axis Turning by Jim Keller

Nationally known turner and GCWA member, Jim Keller, has been invited to participate in the Professional Outreach Program's third annual exhibition and auction at the AAW 2009 Symposium
in Albuquerque, NM.

For February's demonstration, Jim showed members the multi-axis turning process he used to produce the wood spindle sculpture   "Metamorphosis" (shown below) that he turned and donated for the exhibition and auction.

"Metamorphosis" was turned from quarter sawn walnut cut from a 30-inch diameter walnut log salvaged from a tree that was a victim of hurricane IKE, September 2008 in Santa Fe, TX.

The piece was turned on six centers, including mounting on an oversized faceplate, between centers, and using an angle faceplate.

The finishing of the piece started with a coat of red aniline dye, which was then sanded off leaving a slight red tint in the grain of the walnut.



"Metamorphosis" by Jim Keller



 candid photography by Dale Barrack