Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



Club Information




July 2009 Meeting Gallery

"Faces in the Crowd" 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
Andy Chen
Corian Bowl
8"W x 6-1/4"H


Andy Chen, who demonstrated at the 2009 AAW Symposium on making and turning Corian vessels, won Best of Show for this beautiful segmented bowl.


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

Red Mallee Bowl
"W x 1"H
2nd Place
Fog Tanner
Maple Vase
9"W x 6-1/2"H

3rd Place
Larra Zarra
Mulberry Scupture
6"W x 9"H

Honorable Mention
By Reed

Mesquite Bowl
W x 7"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Eddie James

Mesquite/other wood hollow form
10"W x 5"H

2nd Place
Andy Chen
Afzelia Box
1-1/2"W x 5"H

3rd Place
Eddie James
Maple/other wood hollow
10"W x 9"H
Honorable Mention
Doug Olesen

Maple/other wood open form
W x 5"H

Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Gary Rock
Aspen/Purple Heart
 Hollow Form
8"W x 3-1/2"H
2nd Place
Eddie James
7-1/2"W x 23"H
3rd Place
Doug Grissom
Mesquite Bowl
"W x 21/2"H
Honorable Mention
Bill Pottorf

Pecan Bowl
-1/2W x 1"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Rene Gonzales
Box Elder &
62"W x 9-1/2"H

2nd Place
Jerry Harmsen
Olive Wood Pen
1/2"W x 5"H

3rd Place
Doug Grissom

Mesquite Bowl
6"W x 1-1/2"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Ken Hall
Maple Bowl
6-1/2"W x 2-1/2"H

2nd Place
Dayton Dickey
Pecan Toothpick
2-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H
3rd Place
Linda Hall

Found Wood Bowl
4"W x 3-1/2"H
Honorable Mention
Ken Hall
Pecan Box
W x 3"H

Other Noteworthy Items entered in July's Show & Tell

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Greg Gonsalves and Clyde Collier judged July's Show & Tell. 

Faces in the Crowd

Despite Houston's heat (it's been HOT!), members took to their shops and turned many fine items for July's Show & Tell.

Not only were the pieces varied and of their usual high quality, many different woods were used this month.  (Someone must have gone to the AAW Symposium!)

Members enjoy inspecting other's work, gleaning ideas that eventually work their way back to the judging tables in succeeding months.

Chatting it up is a favorite pass time while waiting for the judges' decisions.


Show & Tell Master of Ceremonies, Larry Zarra, with Doug Grissom.

By Read talks about his very large Mesquite bowl.

Fog Tanner and Larry discuss Fog's thin-walled Maple Vase

Doug Olesen talks about his beautiful segmented bowl with Larry displaying it for the audience..

Gary Rock and Larry discuss Gary's classy woven-rim bowl.
July's meeting was held at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, Houston, TX.  In appreciation for the use of its facilities, Ed Peine, Jim Keller and Steve LeGrue presented the church with three turnings (two of which are pictured at right) as a thank you.
Ed Peine's hollow form.

Ed with his elegant piece.

Jim Keller's sculpture.

 candid photography by Paul Millo