Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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November 2009 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Ed Peine's demonstration on building kaleidoscopes, Faces in the Crowd,
  Head Shots and Other Worthy Items are at the bottom of this page.

Best of Show (The best of the best of the best . . . )
Best of Show
Eddie James
Three Lidded Spindle Forms
6-1/2"W x 12-1/2"H

16", 12" and 8" Tall

Eddie James is a prolific turner and while he prefers segmented work, has demonstrated his command of other techniques as well.


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

Live Oak Vase

9"W x 17"H
2nd Place
Doug Davis
Magnolia Bowl
15"W x 6"H

3rd Place
Andy Chen
Mesquite Vase
6"W x 13"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Kendall Westbrook
Baltic Burch Plywood/
 Cocobolo Goblet
4-1/2"W x 9"H

2nd Place
Andy Chen
Corian & Blackwood
2-1/2"W x 7"H

3rd Place
Eddie James
Purple Heart & Maple
11"W x 2"H

Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Gary Rock
Eleven Wood "Oranment
 from Hell"
2nd Place
Bob Brown
Ambrosia Maple Closed
 Form with Lid
7"W x 7"H
3rd Place
Murray Powell
Raised Box
15"W x 8"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Dennis April
"Goncalo Alves"
2-1/2"W x 11"H

2nd Place
Dennis April
Maple Bowl
8"W x 3-1/2"H

3rd Place
Paula Haymond

Maple Plate
9-1/2"W x 1"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Mike Stall
Sycamore Open Form
9"W x 8"H

2nd Place
Jeff Lane

Lidded Vessel of
 Unknown Wood
2"W x 3-1/2"H
3rd Place
Jeff Lane
Bowl of Unknown Wood
7"W x 3"H

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Mack DeBose and Frank Campbell judged November's Show & Tell.   

Ed Peine's Demo on Building Kaleidscopes

Ed Peine had a good audience for his demonstration on building kaleidoscopes.


Ed discussed all aspects of building kaleidoscopes, including the lathe work, the mirrors, the object chamber including the fluid he uses (silicone) and assembly.

Ed recommends using front silvered mirrors to eliminate secondary reflection.

Ed builds his own object chambers using clear 2-1/2" plastic tube.

Here's a finished kaleidoscope made by Ed. 

For those of you who were not at the November meeting (and for those of you who were, but did not get a copy of the handout) here is a link to the "class notes."   A lot of questions were raised about the type of mirrors used.  Ed sees nothing wrong with experimenting with regular mirrors bought at a glass store, but here is a link to some thoughts on different quality mirrors by Ed's brother, who has been making and selling kaleidoscopes for 25 years.  If you (GCWA) members are interested in purchasing mirrors, acrylic tube, or silicone, contact Ed.  Depending on the level of interest, Ed might be able to do a bulk purchase and get discounts. Ed's email address is

Faces in the Crowd

As usual, there were a lot of turnings for the judges to ponder.

By Reed and Mack DeBose inspect one of the items entered.

Andy Chen explains an aspect of technique to Rene Gonzalez and Jonathan Bartz.

Janice Levi jokes with Luna Ford.

Scott Njaa also inspects November's offerings

This magnificent piece was not entered in November's judging, but offered for close inspection and resulted in a lot of "wow, look at that."

Our own Jerry Bennett has been busy again and has outdone himself (again!).

Murray Powell, Jack Hanley and Jerry take a closer look.

Bill Berry returned as Master of Ceremonies for Show and Tell, here with Andy Chen, who explained the finish on his first place Advanced Category vase.

Bill and Dennis April inspecting Dennis' second place Intermediate Category piece.

Here's a better picture of Jerry's piece--->



Head Shots!

Murray Powell.

Bruno Wesolek.

Bill Berry (lost in thought)

Rene Gonzalez

David Lawrence

Other Worthy Entries at November's Meeting





 candid photography by  Ric Taylor