Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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December 2010 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Tom Irven's demonstration on Threading
and "Faces in the Crowd" are at the bottom of this page.

Best of Show (The best of the best of the best . . . )
Best of Show
Andy Chen
Ash Hollow Form
8-1/2"W x 4"H




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

Walnut Bowl

4"W x 4"H
2nd Place
Larry Zarra
Oak Burl Bowl
9-1/2"W x 4"H

3rd Place
Dennis Ford
Elm Burl Hollow Form
6"W x 5"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Larry Zarra
Inlaid Walnut Bowl
8"W x 4-1/2"H

2nd Place
Bob Brown
Baltic Birch &
 Bubinga Goblet

4"W x 7-1/2" H

3rd Place
Delbert Pond

Ceday/Maple Candlestick
2-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H

Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by advanced turners)
1st Place
Bill Pottorf
Spalted Maple Compote
6"W x 7"H
2nd Place
Gary Rock
Spalted Hackberry
 Dish with Handles
11"W x 3-1/2"H
3rd Place
Delbert Pond
Poplar Plate
8"W x 1"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Ron Day
Diamond Wood Handle
1-1/2"W x 8-1/2"H

2nd Place
Al Riesz
Pecan Bowl Set
10-1/2"W x 5"H (largest)

3rd Place
Dennis April

Sycamore/Ebony Box
4"W x 7"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Ron Brewer
Walnut Scoop
2"W x 8-1/2"H



Christmas Ornaments 
1st Place
Gene Bradley
Poly Pen Blank
 Bird House

2nd Place
Greg Gonsalves

Box Elder Globe
3rd Place
Paul Millo
Christmas Tree Wood/
 Mahogany Globe

Other Worthy Entries

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Santa Claus (aka Don Fluker and Georgene Huckeba judged December's Show & Tell. 

Tom Irven's Demonstration on "Threading"

Club president, Steve LeGrue, opened the meeting and introduced local artist and club member, Tom Irven.

Tom is an accomplished turner and specializes in small, intricate boxes, many with threaded lids.

The December meeting was held at the University of Houston's Keeland Design Center.

Tom explained each step in detail and demonstrated how he turns the male and female threads.

He made the difficult process easy to understand. Now the next step is for each member to "just do it"!

Faces in the Crowd

"Deck the Halls with Skews and Gouges, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la"--isn't that how the song goes? December mean Christmas and GCWA's annual ornament exchange.

Of course, it also means Show & Tell competition and there was lots of that at December's meeting.

The judging tables had many items for the judges to select from.

Of course, they all get examined by club members, who then second-guess the decisions of the judges!

December is also the month when "dues are due". Did you pay yours??

Now this is a bit of mystery. We can only guess at what was going on here, but if you want our opinion, it looks a bit suspicious, don't you think.

OH! Now we get it!  They were involved in some kind of ceremony, and so....we now pronounce you Greg & Clyde (you may now kiss the turner)!

Whoops!  Now Tom Enloe is getting into the act.  We're not even going to speculate what he was trying to do by himself!.

Much of this club's website's success is due to the dedication of two photographers--Paul Millo, who is our Show & Tell photographer (above, left) . . .

. . . and Ric Taylor, who is our primary candid photographer above).

Jonathan Bartz coordinates the annual ornament exchange. Many thanks, Jonathan!

A close up on one of the ornament entries.

All of the ornament entries.

Another close up.

"Which one is yours?"

Ron Brewer talks about his ice cream scoop while Show & Tell Master of Ceremonies, Larry Zarra looks on.

Dennis Ford and his well-turned Elm Burl hollow form.

Larry Zarra talks about his own  first-place segmented bowl!

Gary Rock discussed his turned & trimmed dish.

Bill Pottorf was given the wood for this beautiful compote by John & Vicki Jordan from their "Beloved Tree".  More information about this tree here.

 candid photography by Ric TaylorDale Barrack