Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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August 2012 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Bill Berry's demonstration on sharpening
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
Paula Haymond
Dyed and Carved
 Magnolia Hollow

9"W x 11"H


August's Best of Show winner Paula Haymond with her award-winning piece and ribbon.



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

10"W x 5"H

2nd Place
Bill Pottorf
Chinese Elm Nesting
  Bowl set
10"W x 3-3/4"H
  (largest one)

An un-nested view.

3rd Place
Bill Pottorf
Carved Maple
 Hollow Form

5-1/2"W x 6"H

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

1st Place
Kendall Westbrook
Dyed Aspen
 Hollow Form
3"W x 5-1/2" H

2nd Place
Bill Pottorf
Pierced & Dyed
  Tea Light
 3"W x 4" H


3rd Place
Dennis Ford
Dyed & Carved Pecan
 & Mesquite Pumpkin

10"W x 9"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Pete Copeland
Spalted Pecan
 Hollow Form
10"W x 14"H

2nd Place
Larry Wenner

Maple & Walnut
 Segmented Bowl

4-1/2"W x 3"H

3rd Place
Frank Campbell
Mesquite Platter
16"W x 1"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)
1st Place
John McCaskill
Olive Wood  Bowl
5-1/2"W x 3"H



"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Doug Grissom
Rifle Inlay Pen
2nd Place
John Gay
Heart Inlay Pen
3rd Place
Peter Miao

Other Worthy Entries

gallery photography by Paul Millo


Ed Peine (l) and Hunter Malson (r) were August's Show & Tell judges.


Demonstration: Sharpening by Bill Berry

We've said it before and we'll say it again--Bill Berry is a woodturner's woodturner.  Not only that, but he's also a master at sharpening and he shared his knowledge for August's demo.

At August's meeting, he discussed and demonstrated how to sharpen parting tools, skews and scrapers.

Bill prepared a Powerpoint presentation to augment his discussion.  It was displayed on three different LCD screens.

He also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of different grinding wheels.

Bill also talked about the various grinding jigs that he uses, including a number of special purpose homemade ones.

Bill has easy-going presentation style to accompany his vast knowledge of sharpening.

This picture shows two of the club's three LCD monitors and video camera that ensure members don't miss any of the monthly demonstrations.

Bill's advance preparation included may visual aids.

Bill ran out of time and didn't discuss sharpening roughing, spindle and bowl gouges.  We're hopeful that he'll have that opportunity at a future meeting.

The club's Turning Facility
at Westchase requires that some members stand during presentations.  The club will use the facility through the end of 2012 and then switch to rotating meeting venues around the Houston area.

One of the techniques Bill demonstrated was including a relief bevel on the top side of a scraper. 

Watch this panel for a link to a copy of Bill's presentation notes.

Faces in the Crowd
- Pictures with Captions

GCWA's monthly meetings are as much about camaraderie as they are about turning. Mack DeBose and Frank Campbell, above.

Clyde Collier and Jerry Harmsen

Chris Roth and Jim Keller.

Jon Gaynor and Greg Gonsalves.

Robert Frost and Dale Barrack.

During the Show & Tell awards, Frank Campbell discussed his award-winning Intermediate Category entry.

Larry Wenner, an up-and-coming turner, moved from the Beginner Category to the Intermediate Category in August and immediately won a ribbon!

Pete Copeland, another up-and-comer, continued his winning ways with a first place ribbon in the Intermediate Category.

Bill Pottorf, who took home three ribbons (2 Advanced; 1 Enhanced/Segmented) discussed one of his winning entries, above.

Chris Roth, who is beginning to rival Johannes Mickelsen when it comes to turning hats, is shown with his first place winner in the Advanced Category.

Janice Levi is a busy person these days.  She is not only a prolific turner (and no stranger to GCWA Show & Tell awards process), she's also president of SWAT this year!

Dennis Ford made a pumpkin! Not only that, he made it out of pecan and it looks like a pumpkin.  He was rewarded with a ribbon in the Enhanced/Segmented Category for his effort.  Nice job, Dennis!

Kendal Westrbook, also no stranger to the Show & Tell award stage, discussed his latest beautiful creation.

And then there is Paula Haymond....  We don't know of any turner who has come so far, so fast, with such mind-numbing results.  Don't beleive us? See the Best of Show selection, above. Still don't believe us? Check out her Gold Gallery!

Above is a shot of Paul Millo's light table.  Paul photographs all the Show & Tell award winners and does a consistently great job.  He's always experimenting to produce the highest quality photographs possible and this month he started using "baffles" (shown above inside the light table) to create increased definition between the foreground and the background of the pictures.  Thanks Paul!

 candid photography by Ric Taylor and Dale Barrack,