Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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July 2012 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Andy Chen's demonstration on segmented construction
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
Linda Bohl
Diamond Wood Bowl
 on a stand

8"W x 4-1/4"H


July's Best of Show winner, Linda Bohl, with her piece and ribbon



Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Bill Berry
Ash Hollow Form
 with stand

7"W x 10"H (stand)


2nd Place
Eddie Hartman
Red Bud Hollow Form
10-3/8"W x 6-1/2"H

3rd Place
Dave Mueller
Oak Hollow Form
4"W x 2"H

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

1st Place
Kendall Westbrook
 Hollow Form
9-7/8"W x 3-1/2" H

2nd Place
Gary Rock
Black Gum/Aluminum/
 Acrylic Vessel
 5"W x 10" H


3rd Place
Dennis Ford
Wavy Elm Bowl
9"W x 3-1/2"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Chris Hendrix
Bradford Pear Bowl
7-5/8"W x 4-1/2"H

2nd Place
Glen Ashley

Oak Bowl
6"W x 4-1/2"H

3rd Place
Doug Grissom
Mesquite Bowl
10-3/8"W x 4-1/2"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)
1st Place
Gary Lopez
Pecan Bowl
8"W x 4-1/2"H



"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Linda Bohl
Acrylic/Ebony Pen
2nd Place
Linda Bohl

Diamond Wood Stylus
 & Holder
3rd Place
Doug Grissom
Mesquite Burl Pens

Other Worthy Entries

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Kendall Westbrook (l) and Jerry Bennett (r) were July's Show & Tell judges.

Demonstration: Segmented Construction by Andy Chen

Andy Chen is one of America's premier segmented turners and GCWA members benefited from his knowledge at July's meeting.

He's taught at GCWA's Spring Retreats, SWAT Symposiums, Arrowmont and the AAW Symposium. 

For July's demo, Andy did a "dry run" of the presentation he will make at the 2012 SWAT Symposium in Waco, TX in August.

The house was full with folks standing in the aisles!

Andy discussed all points of segmented construction, including his favorite glue.

Andy brought along a pre-cut segmented ring and discussed how to ensure the segments fit together as tightly as possible without gaps.

He checks the fit by assembling the ring "dry" and securing it with duct tape.

When he's satisfied with the fit, he glues the pieces together and uses a hose clamp to secure them.

An assembled ring.

There are several computer programs on the market-- Woodturner Pro ( and Wooturners Studio ( help simplify the segment calculation process.

Andy emphasized that planning was the most crucial part of the process.

He used a PowerPoint presentation to augment the live video.

Here is one of Andy's segmented pieces.

And here is another, this one made from Corian--one of Andy's favorite materials.

You can view additional items turned by Andy by visiting his personal Gold Gallery.

Here are two handouts that Andy prepared to help you understand segmented construction and turning better. 

The first "Basic Segmented Turning" is a complete overview of segmented calculation, construction and gluing techniques.

The second is an Excel Spreadsheet to aid you in calculating the length of segmented pieces.

Faces in the Crowd
- Pictures with Captions

The Show & Tell tables always attract a lot of attention (almost as much as the coffee and donuts!).

Board Member, Ben Gray, did an excellent job filling in for absent president, Reggie Keith, who was at a SWAT organizing meeting.

July's meeting included a tool swap.

Someone also brought a load of wood to sell.

As usual, while everyone else was drinking coffee and eating donuts, photographer Paul Millo was slaving away at the photo booth.

Linda Bohl was delighted to receive the Best of Show award!

Gary Lopez was just as enthusiastic about his first place award in the Beginner Category.

Doug Grissom, who has almost fully recovered from being chairman of this year's Spring Retreat, took home a ribbon in the Intermediate Category.

Glen Ashley continues to impress GCWA members with  his turnings and was recognized for his efforts with a ribbon in the Intermediate Category.

Chris Hendrix was all smiles for taking the first place ribbon in the Intermediate category--something he's done two months in a row!

Dave Mueller with his Advanced Category award winning piece.

Dennis Ford put a lot of effort (and we suspect a lot of love) into his wavy bowl, which was recognized for it's excellence in the Enhanced/Segmented Category.

Our apologies if we get this wrong...Eddie Hartman talking here, not about his winning entry, but another item he entered.

Kendall Westbrook was up to his usual tricks (winning ribbons, that is) and walked off with first place in the Enhanced/Segmented Category for this beautiful piece.

And last but not least, our Show & Tell Master of Ceremonies, Bill Berry, got to ask himself about his first place piece in the Advanced Category.  If there is anyone in the club capable of carrying on a conversation with himself, it's Bill. (Just kidding, Bill!)

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