Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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January 2009 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Bill Tilson's demo on creating flower petals (part 1)
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
Jerry Bennett
Elm & Nails Bowl
8-1/2"W x 6"H

Jerry Bennett with his Best of Show bowl "Nailed!"


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

Elm Bowl
10"W x 4"H
2nd Place
Doug Olesen

Cedar Elm Bowl
 Hollow Form
9"W x 2-1/2"H

3rd Place
Bill Pottorf
Ebonized Sycamore Box
12"W x 5

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Andy Chen
Mixed Wood Box
3"W x 6"H

2nd Place
Sam Canatella
Multi-Wood Bowl
"W x 9"H

3rd Place
John Gay
Mixed Wood Bowl
12"W x 7"H

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

1st Place
Bill Tilson
Maple Clock
4"W x 1-3/4"H
2nd Place
Bob Tabor
Mesquite Hollow
4"W x 4-1/2"H
3rd Place
Bill Tilson
Ash & Paint Hollow
-1/2"W x 5"H
Honorable Mention
Kendall Westbrook

Maple & Mesquite Ornament
1-1/2W x 4-1/2"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Martha Lawrence
Walnut Box
"W x 4-1/2"H

2nd Place
Martha Lawrence

Zebrawood &
  Ebony Cane
1"W x 37"H




Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Ed Peine
Oak Burl Hollow
6"W x 7-1/2"H

2nd Place
Steve Wiggins

Magnolia Bowl
"W x 6"H

3rd Place
Ed Peine

Mesquite Hollow Form
6"W x 7-3/4"H
Honorable Mention
Derek Hansen

Quina Bottle Stoppers
1-1/2"W x 4"H (each)

President's Challenge: Custom Turned Door Knob (A monthly member challenge to promote turning)

1st Place
Jerry Harmsen
Cedar & Tulip
 Wood Door Knob

2nd Place
Paula Haymond
Osage Orange Door

3rd Place
Frank Campbell
Mixed Door Knobs

gallery photography by Paul Millo

John Van Domelen (left) and Doug Grissom (right) judged January's Show & Tell entries. 

Demonstration: Flower Petals--Part 1, by Bill Tilson

No, that's not Bill Tilson--that's Lane Bradford, the club's Vice President, who introduced Bill.

Bill Tilson is one of GCWA's premier turners and works in a wide range of forms.  Lately, he's been using veneers to create lovely flower forms.

Bill has developed the art form to such high degree  that he's been invited to demonstrate at the 2009 AAW Symposium in Albuquerque, NM.

Bill began by explaining the natural tendency of veneer to curve when moistened.

As always, when Bill demonstrates, the audience pays close attention...or decides to the the opportunity to grab a nap

Bill uses a pre-marked cone-shaped form to layout the petal pieces.  He only has to make one and then transfer it, shown next

Here he transfers the petal shape to a layer of veneer. By doing this, he has to only draw one to get eight pieces when he makes the cut.

Bill then colors each petal using an airbrush.

Here he adds a second color to create the gradient effect on the petals..

In addition to dyes, Bill uses a product known as Super-Soft, which is a veneer conditioner that helps in the blending process.  He also uses Heat Lock glue, which is heat activated--see below.

Bill uses a template (not shown here) to determine where the petals overlap and uses a fabric marker to mark the location.

He then applies the glue, lets it dry and then uses an iron to activate the Heat Lock glue.

The process proceeds one petal at a time until all the pedals are joined.

It was a most informative presentation and Bill will make Part II (the joining of the upper "flower" to a stem) at the March meeting.
Here is a link to Bill's
Presentation Notes
on Flower Petals-Part I

And here are several links to award-winning examples of his work with petals:
March 2008 Enhanced 2A
March 2008 Enhanced 2B
July 2008 Best of Show
September 2008 Enhanced 1st Place.

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 candid photography by Dale Barrack