Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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December 2013 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Dave Mueller's presentation on spalting
 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
Paul Millo
Lidded Box of Hackberry
 with a dyed Maple finial
5-1/2"W x 8"H


Paul Millo with his Best of Show piece and ribbon.

See more of Paul's work here.



Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Ric Taylor
Magnolia Bowl

12-1/2"W x 5"H
2nd Place
Larry Zarra
Mesquite hollow form
13"W x 12"H

3rd Place
Larry Zarra

Sycamore hollow form
11"W x 7"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 hollow form
3-1/4"W x 3-3/4" H

2nd Place
Bill Berry
Carved & dyed Bigleaf
 Maple platter
13-1/2"W x 2" H


3rd Place
Pete Copeland
Mahogany & Ebony segmented
 hollow form

8"W x 17"H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Larry Wenner
Maple/Walnut Table

 2nd Place
John Schlobohm

Mesquite Pintail

1-1/2"W x 5"H

3rd Place
John Gay
Box with turned lid of
 Corian & Bubinga

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)
1st Place
Robert Hodge
Sweetgum Square
6-1/2"W x 2"H



"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Bill Pottorf
Tulipwood Seam

2nd Place
Shawn Pachlhofer
Corian Pen
3rd Place
John Schlobohm
Mesquite Screwdriver

President's Challenge - Boxes
1st Place
Paul Millo

2nd Place
Tom Enloe
Misc. wood ornament
3rd Place
Janice Levi
Osage Orange ornament

Other Worthy Entries


Honorable Mention
President's Challenge
Doug & Annie Grissom
Christmas ornament


Honorable Mention
Kit Category
Robert Hodge
Peppermill of unknown wood



gallery photography by Paul Millo

Scott Njaa and Pete Copeland were December's Show & Tell judges for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Kit and Ornament Categories.   Scott Njaa and Shawn Pachelhofer  judged the Enhanced/Segmented Category due to Pete Copeland having a piece entered in that category.


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

December GCWA meetings are colorful, to say the least!  Santa hats were to be seen everywhere, including on our very own Santa, President Don Fluker.

Even the Raffle "elves" were decked out in their finest holiday attire.

Many members got into the spirit, too.  Here Doug Davis (in the Santa hat) confers with Clyde Collier and Andy Chen.

And then there is Santa's faithful  helper, Jonathan Bartz (in the hat on the right), who looks after the club's Christmas ornament exchange tree every year.  Thanks, Jonathan!

What would a December meeting be without the Program Chairman, Bill Berry, getting into the swing of things with his own (short-sleeve) Santa outfit--fittingly appropriate for Texas weather!

There was a nice selection of items on the judging tables.

GCWA has a goal of contributing 100+ bowls to the 2014 Empty Bowl event that will be held in the Spring.  Bowls are collected at each meeting.

Several of the items on the Enhanced/Segmented Show & Tell table

The club's lending library is always busy with members checking out and returning DVDs.

Mack DeBose, a long-time club member, helped out at the Library table at December's meeting.

It's always fun to inspect the Show & Tell tables.

Ed Peine (r) and his brother Buz (l) manned the registration table at December's meeting.

Ric Taylor is the club's principle candid photographer.

More Show & Tell table investigation.

Shawn Pachelhofer is the club's Show & Tell coordinator and ensures member's names are hidden from the judges to ensure impartial evaluation.

Demonstration: Introduction to Spalting by Dave Mueller

For December's "demo" Dave Mueller gave a very thorough presentation on spalting, including definitions, causes and types as well as its effect, or lack thereof, on human health.

He brought along samples of spalted wood to show how spalting affects both color and design.  He also told members how to introduce and speed up spalting at home.

Dave spoke to a full house, many of whom were decked out in festive hats.

Dave acknowledged the contribution of Dr Sara Robinson, Assistant Professor of Wood Anatomy at Oregon State University in preparing the presentation.  More information about her work with wood fungi and the science of spalting can be found at this link.

You can download Dave's complete presentation on Spalting in PDF format by clicking on the image above.


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

John Gay

Pete Copeland

Andy Chen

Andy Chen

Larry Zarra

 candid photography by Ric Taylor and Dale Barrack