Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



Club Information




September 2011 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of the demonstration on turning hats
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
George Kabacinski
Large Black Cherry
13"W x 7"H


Best of Show recipient,  George Kabacinski
with his Best of Show hat and ribbon


Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
George Kabacinski
Small Sugar Maple

14-1/2"W x 6"H
2nd Place
Bob Tabor
Large Mesquite Bowl
15"W x 7"H

3rd Place
Marty Kaminski
Painted Ash Vase
5"W x 11"H

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

1st Place
Andy Chen
Corian & Stone
 Decanter, Platter
  & Cups
10" Diameter (platter)
 6"High (decanter)

2nd Place
Gary Rock
Cherry/King Wood
 Vessel w/ finial
 8"W x 8" H


3rd Place
Andy Chen
Corian Bowl w/
 Blood Wood Rim

6"W x 3"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Linda Bohl
Spalted Maple Bowl
 w/ a "bug"
4"W x 3"H





Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)

1st Place
Pete Copeland
Inside-Out Vase of
 Mahogany, Wenge &
4"W x 9"H

2nd Place
Pete Copeland

Elm & Walnut Lidded
7-1/2"W x 3"H
3rd Place
Dan Weaver
Corian Bowl w/
 Found Wood Bowl

4"W x 2"H

"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place & 2nd Place
Dan Weaver & Scott Njaa
Pens (Unfortunately, we don't know which
 pen belongs to which turner, but they
 are both excellent examples of
 pen turning)


Other Worthy Entries

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Brian Honey (l) and Hunter Malson (r) were Septermber's Show & Tell judges.

George Kabacinski's, Greg Gonsalves' and Tommy Joe's Demonstration
on Turning

George Kabacinski, Greg Gonsalves and Tommy Joe teamed up at September's meeting to share what they had learned (and made) at a recent Johannes Michelsen workshop on making hats.

They brought their hats and the jigs and fixtures used to make them for members to see.

A Johannes Michelsen DVD on hat making.

George prepared an extensive slide show to augment his presentation.

Greg Gonsalves explained the use of some of the tools used to create a hat.

Tommy Joe described how the hat is formed into shape once it's turned..

Shown here are two of the chucks created to hold the hat when it's reversed.

Even though most GCWA members will never attempt to turn a hat, they enjoyed understanding how these difficult items are made.

Chris Roth, who is no strnger to hat making, also shared some thoughts about the process.

Janice Levi was delighted to be able to try on a genuine wooden hat!.

Faces in the Crowd
(pictures with a comment, or two)

September's meeting was held at the Mercer Arboretum, a nature preserve that offers a beautiful venue for a meeting. 

An extensive collection of trees and foliage has been collected by Mercer for Houstonians to enjoy.

A good look at what is know locally as Texas Sage.

Even the pathways are beautifully lined with plants.

Since this part of Texas has been in drought conditions for several months, it was nice to see so much green!.

The record heat undoubtedly keep many turners out of their shops, which accounted to the limited number of items on the display table.

Many, or few, all the items  get a good looking over by GCWA members.

Several of these items when home with awards.

Fortunately, the humidity was low for this outdoor/indoor meeting.

Conversation is also very popular at our meetings.

Faces in the Crowd II
(pictures without comment)










 candid photography by Ric Taylor, Bill Berry and  Dale Barrack