Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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September 2012 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Gary Rock's demonstration on fluting and lacing
and "Faces in the Crowd" are at the bottom of this page.

Best of Show (The best of the best.)
1st Place
Andy Chen
Segmented Corian
 Closed Form

Size: Not Available
Best of Show award winner Andy Chen with his well executed Corian Closed Form.

See more of Andy's work here.



Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Larry Zarra
Walnut Hollow Form

Size: Not Available
2nd Place
Dave Mueller
Cocobolo Bowl
Size: Not Available

3rd Place
Larry Zarra
Oak Hollow Form
Size: Not Available

Enhanced/Segmented Category
(Items that incorporate embellishment or made from more than one piece of material by advanced turners)
1st Place
Ralph Barthel

Size: Not Available

2nd Place
Steve Legrue
Maple Bowl
 Size: Not Available


3rd Place
Steve Legrue
Segmented Maple
  Closed Form
Size: Not Available

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Red Oak Bowl
Size: Not Available

2nd Place
Larry Wenner
Cherry Burl Box
Size: Not Available



"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Jerry Harmsen
Box Elder Pen
2nd Place
Steve Driver
Deer Antler Pen

Other Worthy Entries

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Larry Zarra (l), Dave Barziza (m) and Derek Powers (r) were September's Show & Tell judges.

Demonstration: Fluting and Lacing by Gary Rock

Gary Rock is a  jack of all trades when it comes to surface embellishment.  He's also a master of most of them.

At September's meeting, Gary shared some of his secrets with members, choosing two areas that he does particularly well--fluting and lacing. 

For fluting, Gary uses a platform that fits into the banjo to guide his die grinder.  He aligns the table against a mark that he places on the headstock (above)

He determines how many flutes he needs to cut by the diameter of the piece and carefully marks the high point of the flutes.

Gary carefully adjusts the piece in the chuck against the index marks.

A good crowd was on hand for September's meeting.  The three LCD displays, including a big 60" one, makes it easy for all to see the demos.

Gary starts his first flute.

He worked the die grinder in both directions being careful not to engage the chuck.

He brought several completed pieces, this one had been sand blasted on the outside for additional embellishment.

Gary uses a Metabo in-line die grinder, which he says is made in Germany.

    Since posting the September Gallery, one member asked if there were a picture of Gary's die grinder holding device.  Here it is.

He also uses 60 grit sanding sleeves from Klingspor.  He's tried a number of different grits and says this one works best for the initial creation of the flute.  He emphasized that a lot of hand sanding is also required to finish the flutes.

Gary also brought along several work-in-progress lacings.

He marks the lace pattern directly on the piece to ensure the lace pattern is followed.

He uses a Oneway drill holder.

Gary passed around finished and unfinished pieces for everyone to examine.

Here is the piece that Gary used for demonstration.  Note that he does not remove the interior wood of the bowl until he completes the fluting.

A finished bowl

And another, this one sandblasted on the outside.

And another, also sandblasted on the outside except for the rim.

A work-in-progress lacing project.

Visit Gary's Gold Gallery to see more of his work.

Faces in the Crowd
- Pictures with Captions

Gather 'round the Show & Tell table boys and let me tell you a story about MY piece!

Rene Gonzales examines a good looking piece.

There were many well crafted piece on the Show & Tell tables at September's meeting. 

Kai Muenzer and Rich Steber check out the items on the Non-Judged table.

"This looks like a pretty one!"

Jonathan Bartz, Janice Levi and Fog Tanner chew the fat about something--probably  woodturning!

Dale Barrack and Robert Frost.

Jim Keller leading a discussion about his new endeavor, casting.

Enjoying old friends and making new ones goes on at every meeting.

Lane Bradford and Dave Greenawalt enjoying a light moment.

Faces in the Crowd - Pictures without Captions 


 candid photography by Ric Taylor, and Dale Barrack