Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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April 2013 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Andy Chen's demonstration on turning small boxes
 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
Carved Magnolia
10"W x 9-1/2"H
  Paula Haymond proudly displays her award-winning piece and Best of Show ribbon.




Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Bob Tabor
Bradford Pear Bowl

9"W x 9"H
2nd Place
Gary Rock
White Oak Platter
11"W x 1"H

3rd Place
Gene Volentine
Spalted Pecan
 Hollow Form

6-1/2"W x 5"H

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

1st Place
Bill Berry
Air Brushed Cedar
 on a pedestal
10"W x 10" H

2nd Place
Gary Rock
 13"W x 4-1/2" H


3rd Place
Gary Rock
Elm Bowl of "Acorns"
"W x 3-1/2"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Derek Powers
Cherry Box
2-1/2"W x 4"H

2nd Place
Linda Bohl

Bois d'arc Bowl
6"W x 4"H

3rd Place
John Gay
Pine Stand
 16W x 23"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)
1st Place
John Schlobohm
Sycamore Bowl
7-1/2"W x 1-1/2"H

2nd Place
Stephen Sear
Hackberry Bowl
8"W x 2-1/4"H
3rd Place
Stephen Sear
8"W x 2"H

"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Lissa Douglas
Spalted Maple Pen

2nd Place
Glen Ashley
Walnut Tap Handle
3rd Place
Delbert Pond
 Bottle Stopper

President's Challenge - Platters
1st Place
Bob Tabor
Spalted Maple Platter
16"W x 1"H

2nd Place
Dennis Ford

Sweetgum Platter
15"W x 1"H
3rd Place
Pete Copeland
Ash Pedestal Platter
15"W x 5"H

Other Worthy Entries

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Walter Mooney and Reggie Keith were April's Show & Tell judges.


Faces in the Crowd -- Part 1 (more "Faces" below)

As is usual at GCWA meetings, there was an excellent selection of turned items displayed on the Show &Tell Tables.

There was also a wide selection of items for sale on the Tool Swap table this month.

Here's a better look at the Tool Swap table.

Club president, Reggie Keith, looks very patriotic making announcements between the two flags!

Another look at the Show & Tell table.

Demonstration: Turning a Simple Lidded Box by Andy Chen

GCWA member Andy Chen is best known for his elegant segmented pieces.  He's taught classes on turning segmented Corian at both Arrowmont and the AAW

Like everything Andy does that involves lathe work, his small boxes are as masterful as his more complicated segmented pieces

Andy came prepared to demonstrate and teach--he provided a handout that helped members follow the process as he turned.  You can find an enhanced version  of the handout that includes pictures and illustrated steps here.

Andy got right to work and began shaping the spalted pecan blank he brought with him.

He then turned tendons on both ends and cut a groove before part the piece.

GCWA is fortunate to have the Sosa Community Center as a meeting place.  It has lots of space and ammenities.

Because Sosa is so large, the club's A/V effort is especially important to ensure members can follow the demonstrations.

That includes two large LCD screens.  Tom Irven and Lane Bradford are in charge of the A/V effort.

Two club members, Ric Taylor and Dale Barrack, take candid pictures for the website, also.

Andy stopped frequently to measure.

Then he excavated the interior of both the body and the lid with a Forstner bit.

Here's a close up of Andy's Forstner bit, made by Freund.  Notice that the guide spike in the center is no longer than the cutting edge of the bit.  That provides a smooth bottom.

Andy used a small skew gouge to carefully remove wood to fit the lid to the body.

He stopped frequently to check the fit.

And when he was done the lid lifted off the body with a telltale "swoosh" of a well constructed box.

Member's appreciated Andy's excellent presentation.

Andy uses General Finishes water based Wood Turners Finish on his boxes.  It goes on quickly,, dries quickly and looks great.

Here are two simple lidded boxes Andy previously turned.

Here's another...but this one's not so simple!

And here is the box Andy turned during the demo (body on the left/lid on the right) with another turned in the same style.

Faces in the Crowd
-- Part 2 (Show & Tell Award Recipients)

Steven Sear with the piece that earned him third place in the Beginner Category.

John Slovan earned a first place ribbon in the Beginner Category.

John Day with his table.

Bob Tabor took first place in the Advanced Category.

Gary Rock earned three ribbons--one in the Advanced Category and two in the Enhanced/Segmented Category.

Pete Copeland earned a ribbon for a platter in the President's Challenge category, and while he had the mike he discussed this large segmented hollow form, too.

Dennis Ford also took home a ribbon in the President's Challenge Category.

Show & Tell provides members insight as to how award winning pieces were prepared and finished.

Jim Keller explained the conversion process he uses to transition a turned wooden piece into a bronze sculpture.

And Paula Haymond continued to amaze GCWA members with her creativity and skill with the piece that earned her Best of Show in April.

 candid photography by Ric Taylor