Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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September 2009 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of James Johnson's demonstration on "squirts," Faces in the Crowd,
and a new feature called "Head Shots" are at the bottom of this page
LOTS of pictures this month--be sure to look at them all!

Best of Show (The best of the best of the best . . . )
Best of Show
Ric Taylor
Maple Crotch
15"W x 2"H


Ric Taylor proudly displays his Best of Show platter.  Ric used a denatured alcohol soaking method to stabilize the wood between turnings.  He provided this link if you are interested in learning more about drying wood this way:


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

Soft Maple Bowl
11-1/2"W x 14-1/2"H
2nd Place
Dave Greenawalt
Yupon Bowl
5"W x 2-1/2"H

3rd Place
Ed Peine
Red Cedar Bowl
13"W x 4-1/2"H

Honorable Mention
Jerry Collins

Bowl with Epoxy Finish
W x 5"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Jerry Collins
Beech, Maple &
 Purpleheart Bowl
10"W x 4-1/2"H

2nd Place
Eddie James
Mesquite, Walnut
 Maple, Ebony Urn
16"W x 7-1/2"H

3rd Place
Eddie James
Seven Pen Set
Mesquite, Walnut
 Maple, Open Form
10"W x 5"H
Honorable Mention
Ed Spicer

Maple, Wenge, Mahogany Vase
W x 9"H

Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Dale Barrack
Carved & Dyed
 Pecan Bowl
8-1/2"W x 4"H
2nd Place
Kendall Westbrook
Baltic Birch Goblet
4-1/2"W x 8"H
3rd Place
Bill Pottorf
Mesquite & Maple
 "Space Creature"

-1/2"W x 7-1/2"H
Honorable Mention
Paula Haymond

Pierced Poplar Plate
"W x 1"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Paula Haymond
Amboina Bowl
5-1/2"W x 2"H

2nd Place
John King
Unknown Wood Bowl
10-1/2"W x 5"H

3rd Place
Frank Campbell

Poplar Plate
10-1/2"W x 1"H
Honorable Mention
John King
Box Elder & Tulipwood
  Ice Cream Scoops
W x 1-1/2"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Jesse Tabares
Cedar Goblet
1-1/2"W x 5"H

2nd Place
Jesse Tabares
Crepe Myrtle Vase
2"W x 4-1/2"H
3rd Place
Jesse Tabares
Crepe Myrtle Cup
2"W x 2"H
Honorable Mention
Jesse Tabares
Cedar Goblet
W x 7-1/2"H

Other Noteworthy Items entered in September's Show & Tell

gallery photography by Paul Millo


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Cliff Harris and Kendall Westbrook judged September's Show & Tell. 
(A special note regarding September Meeting judging: Kendall Westbrook recused himself from judging the Enhanced category in which he won Second Place to avoid any conflict of interest.)


Faces in the Crowd and James Johnson's Demo on "Squirts"

September's meeting was held at the Harris County Mercer Arboretum.

Mercer Arboretum's many plants and trees offers a pleasing setting to hold a meeting.

As usual, GCWA members had many well turned items for the Show & Tell tables.

Curiosity always runs high over who made what...

...but all signatures are taped over until Show & Tell judging is completed.

Club president, Steve LeGrue, reminded members about the upcoming SWAT Symposium and introduced guest turner James Johnson..

The Mercer Arboretum facility was covered, but open to the natural surroundings.

Jerry Bennett showed a bowl he was inspired to make a number of years ago after watching a James Johnson demo.

James Johnson is a founding member of the AAW and the dean of Texas woodturners.

The club tested out a new sound and video recording system in preparation for its use at October's SWAT meeting.

James's demonstration was on what he calls 'pods', or 'squirts.' Two finished versions are shown here.

Squirts are multi axis turnings made with 2 pieces of 8/4 x 4 x 8 wood screwed together lengthwise to make a 4 x 4 x 8 blank.

The blank is turned to a tapered cylinder, leaving about an inch on the ends unturned (where the screws are).

James is not only a great turner, he's also a great story teller and had GCWA members laughing through out his presentation.

James sanded the tapered form before the next step.

He then unscrewed the halves and inverted them, putting the turned faces together, and reconnected the two halves.

Here's a picture of the inverted halves back on the lathe.

James then turned another taper to yield two multi-tapered objects.

James removed the two nearly finished squirts from the lathe and used a band saw to remove the ends.

He then used a pocked knife to create the desired taper at the end of the squirt, which are perfect for experimenting with color, texture or pyrography.

More Faces in the Crowd

Paula Haymond talks about one of the two items she entered in Show & Tell that won awards.  Larry Zarra hosts monthly Show & Tell discussions.

Unfortunately, Ed Peine's beautiful bowl did not get photographed for the Gallery, but here he holds for all to see.  Ed has been asked to bring the bowl back next month for photographing.

Dale Barrack discussed the finishing process he used with his carved and dyed bowl (it was Waterlox, Prismacolor markers and Polyurethane and Acrylic water-based finish).

Ed Spicer explained how he put together his segmented vase.

Ric Taylor is one of GCWA's premier turners and used to winning top honors, but, as you can see in this picture, he was thrilled with the Best of Show recognition.

New Feature--HEAD SHOTS!

Hunter Malson

Bill Metzger and Gene Volentine.

Don Fluker

Dave Greenawalt

Luna Ford

A Bill Tilson Homage


Bill Pottorf and Jerry Bennett collaborated on two pieces to pay homage to Bill Tilson, who recently passed away, by creating a funeral urn and a piece that incorporates one of Tilson's "flowers."

Bill Pottorf and Jerry Bennett with their special pieces.


 candid photography by Ric Taylor and Dale Barrack