Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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December 2011 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Jim Keller's demonstration on turning thin stemmed
 flowers 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
Dave Barziza
Mesquite Root Ball
  Hollow Form
18"W x 12"H
  Dave Barziza with his Best of Show Mesquite Root Ball Hollow Form.


Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Andy Chen
Ash Hollow Form
8"W x 2-3/4"H
2nd Place
Bill Pottorf
Maple Hollow Form
5-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H

3rd Place
Janice Levi
Wormy Ash Bowl
10"W x 3-1/4"H

Enhanced/Segmented Category
(Items that incorporate embellishment or made from more than one piece of material by advanced turners)

1st Place
Paula Haymond
Dyed/Painted Vase
4-1/2"W x 5" H

2nd Place
Janice Levi
Dyed & Carved
  Pecan Bowl
 15-1/2"W x 7" H


3rd Place
Delbert Pond
Cedar, Maple & Magnolia

2-3/4"W x 6"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Glenn Ashley
Madrone Dish
10"W x 1-1/2"H

2nd Place
Pete Copeland
LIve Oak Vase
6-1/4"W x 6"H

3rd Place
Pete Copeland
Maple/Mahogany &
 Rosewood Inside/Out
4-1/2"W x 8"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)
   (No entries)  



"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Steve Driver
Pens & Letter
 Opener Set

2nd Place
Don Fluker
9 Piece Woodturner
3rd Place
Don Fluker
Purple Heart & Golf
 Ball Bottle Stoppers

Christmas Ornament Category (Items made by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Peter Miao
Banksia Pod
2"W x 8"H

2nd Place
George Kabacinski

Sea Urchin Ornament
1-1/2""W x 3-1/4"H
3rd Place
Gary Rock
Bird House Ornament
2""W x 2-1/4"H

All the ornaments by all turners.    

Other Worthy Entries

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Barbara Gaynor and Clyde Collier were December's Show & Tell judges.

Demonstration: Turning Thin, Long-stemmed Flowers by Jim Keller

Take one look at Jim Keller's Gold Gallery and you get the impression that he turns only large items.  For December's demonstration, he switched gears and showed members how to turn thin, long-stemmed flowers.

December's meeting was held at the Bayland Community Center, one of the club's favorite meeting places.

Jim brought along several examples of flowers that he previously turned and passed them around.

he meeting room was smaller then the one we usually use, but adequate.

Jim prefers Holly when he can get it to turn his flowers..

He started by developing the petal portion of the flower.

The smaller meeting room left some folks standing!  Left to right: Chris Roth, Rich Steber, Gene Volentine, Robert Frost, Rene Gonzalez  & David Welch.

Jim cut quickly and explained the cautions that a new turner should incorporate to avoid an accident..

There was a good turn out for December's meeting.

Jim discussed the tools he uses, including an old Sears  gouge that, according to him, has been used so much it's  "almost too short anymore."

Rich Stebner and Gene Volentine examine one of Jim's flowers

The piece was supported with the tailstock just tight enough to prevent vibration while avoiding compressing the stem.

Lane Bradford makes sure everyone can see the demo clearly.


The finished product.

Faces in the Crowd

Bill Berry getting into the spirit of the season. 

Linda Bohl at the name tag table.

Delia Spicer really does a great job organizing and running the monthly raffle.

GCWA conducts a Christmas ornament exchange every year and it's expertly coordinated by Jonathan Bartz (r), one of the club's original members.

Members often arrive early to get a good seat for the demo...or is the the donuts?!

Ric Taylor is one of the folks who captures the action at our meeting. 

It would have been interesting to hear the conversation between Janice Levi and Robert Frost!

Items on the Advanced table.

Bill Lewis making an announcement.

Our own Don Fluker is often mistaken for a famous person who drives a sleigh. (Don drives a mini-van!).

 candid photography by Ric Taylor, Linda Bohl, Bill Berry and  Dale Barrack