Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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January 2011 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Larry Zarra's demonstration on Turning Small Hollow Forms
 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
Ornament Collection
Various Sizes


Gary Rock with one of the ornaments
from his Best of Show collection.


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

Mesquite Bowl

11"W x 2-1/2"H
2nd Place
Marty Kaminski
Box Elder Bowl
10"W x 4-1/2"H

3rd Place
Dennis April
Spalted Sycamore
  Hollow Form
13"W x 7-1/2"H

Segmented Category (Items made from more than one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Andy Chen
Corian Box
2"W x 2-1/2"H

2nd Place
John Gay
Multi-Wood Box
4"W x 7-1/2" H



Enhanced Category (Items that incorporate embellishment of the item by advanced turners)
1st Place
Gene Volentine
Maple Hollow Form
approx. 3"W x 3-1/2"H ea.
2nd Place
Janice Levi
Sycamore Purse
6"W x 8"H
3rd Place
Kendall Westbrook
Hackberry Tree-topper
5-1/5"W x 7"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Darrell Corcorran
Black Mesquite
 Open Form
7-1/2"W x 5-1/2"H

2nd Place
Darrell Corcorran

Spalted Silver Maple
15-1/2"W x 6"H

3rd Place
George Kabacinski

Pen Collection & Box

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Aaron Gilbert
 Orange Cup with captive
2-1/2"W x 4"H

2nd Place
Cliff Ober
Found Wood Bowl
4"W x 2-1/2"H
3rd Place
Dan Fleetwood
Bracelet of various

3"W x 1-1/2"H

Other Worthy Entries

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Derek Powers and Edward Bartimmo judged January's Show & Tell. 

Larry Zarra's Demonstration on Turning Small Hollow Forms

GCWA member, Larry Zarra,
demonstrated how to turn small hollow forms with commercially available tools that don't require secondary tool support--i.e., the "old fashioned way."

Larry 's notes on Turning Small Hollow Forms can be viewed here.  (PDF)

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

Larry discussed wood selection, grain orientation, tools and techniques, design considerations, fundamentals of measuring and reverse chucking.

The demonstration was enhanced by GCWA's A/V set up that uses several cameras and displays the pictures via an LCD projector onto a large screen.

Club member, Paula Haymond, works the camera and Tom Irven is in charge of the A/V equipment. start with a piece of wood!

New member, Aaron Gilbert, and his son, Noah, enjoyed Larry's demo from a front row floor seat!

Larry with an almost-finished piece (he ran out of time), but he covered all aspects of turning small hollow forms..

One of several pieces Larry turned previously and brought for members to see and inspect.

Faces in the Crowd

The Show & Tell tables always draw a crowd and January's meeting proved no exception (and there was lots of good stuff to view!)

Ed Peine and By Reed examine a piece by Andy Chen...which went on to win first place in its category.

Nancy and Dave Barziza enjoy a face mask that had horns! Unfortunately, we didn't get a front view of it.

At January's meeting, members submitted items for an exhibit that AAW is currently curating.  Judging of GCWA items will be done by local artists an art gallery later in the month.

Kendall Westbrook places one of his elegant vases on the table for consideration.

A look at most of the items submitted for the contest.

That unusual face mask drew a lot of attention!

Young turners are always welcome at GCWA meetings.  Here, Bill Berry, MC of Show & Tell, asks  Noah Gilbert about the  item he turned.

Noah's father, Aaron Gilbert, an up-and-coming turner, discussed his first place award-winning Beginning Category piece.

.Bill Berry holds up one of Gene Volentine's elegant hollow forms.  Gene took first place in the Enhanced Category with a collection of three items (see above)

George Kabacinski discussed the pen collection he turned which won an award in the Intermediate Category.

Bill Berry holds up a piece that earned Darrell Corcorran an award in the Intermediate Category.

Kendall Westbrook holds his angel tree topper that won an award in the Enhanced Category.

Janice Levi discussed her beautiful purse turned from Sycamore and decorated with pyrography.  It won an award in the Enhanced Category.

It was a good meeting--good demonstration; good participation; good stuff to look at, and great camaraderie! It doesn't get much better than this.

 candid photography by Ric TaylorDale Barrack and Ronald Brewer