Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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July 2010 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Steve LeGrue's presentation on Tool Steels, including a link to his
presentation slides, 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
Gary Rock
Sycamore Bowl w/ Carved
10"W x 4-1/2"H


Gary Rock with his Best of Show bowl and ribbon


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

Sycamore Box

5-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H
2nd Place
Jerry Collins
Sycamore Bowl
14-1/4"W x 4"H

3rd Place
Ric Taylor
Maple Bowl
3-3/4"W x 3/4"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Jim Keller
Acrylic & Ebony Sculpture
10"W x 35"H





Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Paula Haymond
Pierced, Dyed Poplar
8-1/2"W x 1"H
2nd Place
Gary Rock
Sycamore/Inlaid Box
6-3/4"W x 5-1/2"H
3rd Place
Gary Rock

2-1/2"W x 3-1/4"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Jon Gaynor
Pecan Box
4-1/4"W x 4-1/4"H

2nd Place
Chuck Johnson

Mesquite Hollow Form
2-3/4"W x 8"H

3rd Place
Troy McLaughlin

China Berry Bowll
7"W x 3"H

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Greg Gonsalves and Scott Njaa judged July's Show & Tell. 

Steve LeGrue's Presentation on "Tool Steels Used in Woodturning--Which is Right for You?"

Steve LeGrue, club president, discussed the types of steels used in woodturning at July's meeting.

The presentation was extremely thorough and detailed. 

Steve's focus was on helping members select the right tools, which requires and understanding of the metals used, the advantages/disadvantages and their costs.

He discussed carbon steel, high speed steels, and particle metal steel. A key point was that if you sharpen before the final cut, the advantages of more complex steel is lost.

Click the following link to download a PDF version of Steve's presentation.

Tool Steels in Woodturning

Faces in the Crowd

July's meeting was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Houston. In exchange for the use of their beautiful facilities. GCWA members donated several turned items to the church for its use.  See the items, below.

An old face showed up at July's meeting--Bobby Bridges (at right).  Bobby was at one time the president of GCWA.

A popular activity at GCWA meetings--coffee and conversation.  It doesn't get much better than this!

Georgene Huckeba talks with new member Steve Willis.

Georgene got all tuckered out after that conversation and had to take a rest!

Chuck Johnson shared some observations about his second place Intermediate Category winner.

Jon Gaynor was pleased to be recognized with a first place in the Intermediate Category for his Pecan Box.

Jerry Collins has been on a roll lately--he's earned awards for several months in a row.  .

Bill Pottorf displays his award winning box.

Paula Haymond took first place in the Enhanced Category with this beautiful pierced and dyed plate.

GCWA's "Thank You" Donations to First Presbyterian Church of Houston for use of their facility






 candid photography by Ric TaylorDale Barrack