Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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January 2010 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Fog Tanner's demonstration on dying wood,
 January's Collaborative Challenge, Faces in the Crowd,
and Head Shots, are at the bottom of this page.

Best of Show (The best of the best of the best . . . )
Best of Show
Dennis April
Open Form of unknown wood
"W x 3-1/2"H


Dennis April with his Best of Show Open Form and ribbon


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

13"W x 5"H
2nd Place
Larry Zarra
Mesquite Bowl
8-1/2"W x 5"H

3rd Place
Brian Laing
Ash Plate
9"W x 1-1/2"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Eddie James
Spalted Elm/Cocobolo
 Lidded Vessel
5-1/2"W x 18"H

2nd Place
Eddie James
 Lidded Vessel

11"W x 2-1/2"H



Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Bob Brown
 Lidded Vessel
3-1/2"W x 5"H
2nd Place
Gary Rock
Spalted Cottonwood Open
4-1/2"W x 5"H
3rd Place
Bill Pottorf
Ash Vessel
6"W x 5"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Ron Day
Pecan/Redheart Box
3-1/2"W x 3-1/2"H

2nd Place
Linda Bohl
Mesquite Necklass &

3rd Place
Frank Campbell

Mesquite Kaleidoscope
5"W x 11"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Pat Lloyd
Amboyna Burl Pen Set

2nd Place
Troy McLaughlin

Bowl of unknown wood
3-1/2"W x 1"H
3rd Place
Delia Spicer

Maple Bowl
5"W x 2-1/2"H

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Lane Bradford and Jack Hanley judged January's Show & Tell.   

Fog Tanner's Demo on Dying Wood

Fog Tanner is best known around these parts for his tie-dyed tee shirts and his excellent dyed vessels. For January's demo, Fog shared some of his techniques with members.

Dying a piece of wood obviously involves using dye applied liberally.

After thoroughly drying the the piece, Fog applies a Liming Wax to accentuate the grain.  The result: another Fog Tanner original.

Most of GCWA's meeting demos are recorded for inclusion in our library. Paula Haymond "manned" one of the cameras for Fog's demo.

Several more cameras are hung from an overhead light bar to include all the action.  Ed Peine is shown here behind the control consol handling the switching from one camera to another.

Faces in the Crowd

Brian Laing tells how he developed his Ash plate.

Larry Zarra, our Show & Tell Master of Ceremonies, is also a darn good turner.  Here he talks about this First Place Advanced Division Oak Bowl.

The University of Houston's Keeland Center is a great place to hold a meeting.  The club thanks member Tommy Joe for coordinating the event.

Steve LeGrue, club president, was in fine voice for January's meeting.

The beautiful monthly gallery pictures of award winners would not be possible without the skills and dedication of Paul Millo.  THANKS, Paul!

Head Shots!

Robert FRost

Brian Laing

Larry Zarra

Gary Rock

John King

President's Collaborative Challenge
The first collaborative challenge for 2010 yielded some very interesting items--and a lot of them!  The top two teams each received two $50 Gift Certificates.  All entries are show below with the two winners and their makers in the first row.

Artists: George Kabacinski and Tom Enloe

Old Fashioned Sprayers


Art Piece

Artists: Paula Haymond and Dave Barziza



 candid photography by  Ric Taylor and Dale Barrack