May 2013 - Spring Retreat
2013 marked the seventeenth
year that the Gulf Coast Woodturners has held a spring retreat.
The original retreat in 1997 was conceived as an opportunity for
beginning and intermediate turners to gain lots of hands-on experience
from more advanced turners. Seventeen years later the same format
is still in place. (Says something about the original intent,
This year, 25 classes (we
call them "learning experiences") were offered along with 5
demonstrations and, of course, our famous, and well attended, Beginners
Trac. View the rotation
Turning and learning . . .
Club president, Reggie Keith
got the 17th annual retreat underway with words of welcome and
words about safety.
Although not announced until the second day of the retreat, the results
of this year's board of directors election was announced. From
left to right: Rene Gonzales, Treasurer; Reggie Keith, board member/past
president; Tommy Joe, board member; George Kabacinski, vice president;
Walter Mooney, board member; Shawn Pachlhofer, board member; Tom Irven,
board member; Don Fluker, incoming club president. Not pictured:
Lane Bradford, secretary.
Also announced on the second day of
the retreat was the recipient of this year's
Luna Ford Award--Paul
Millo. Paul is the club's gallery photographer...and a
woodturner to boot!
While the focus of the retreat is on
learning, it's also an opportunity for members to display items that
they have already completed.
(Not all session are covered and the number of
pictures vary from one session to another)
Day One - First Rotation
showed intermediate turners how to turn an off-center goblet using
Janice Levi conducted a
hands-on session for intermediate turners on turning
Golf Ball Ornament
George Kabacinski showed intermediate turners how to make a golf
Tom Enloe helps intermediate participants understand how to chase
Scott Njaa taught a class for intermediate turners on
GCWA prides itself on providing beginning turners
with an opportunity to learn from seasoned, advanced turners. The
Beginner Trac has help over 100 new turners grasp woodturning basics.
This year Tom Irven, Paul Millo and Tommy Joe provided hands-on instruction
and guidance to the enthusiastic group of new comers.
Tom Irven starts the Beginner Trac with a safety overview.
Tom, with co-instructor Paul Millo, get things started.
There is one instructor for every two to three students.
Paul discusses correct tool orientation with Sandy
Joy Grise practices making beads and coves.
Tom begins the session on bowl turning with a
Tommy Joe demonstrates how to secure a bowl blank.
Safety is the most important aspect of turner shared with
Impromptu instruction was provided by Luna Ford, one of
the club's original members.
Luna shows Sandy Peck how to make the first cut.
By the end of the day, this bowl was almost ready for the
Demonstration: Making a Full Size Hat
experience (and "wowed" his onlookers) by
making a full size hat during the first day morning rotation. Dennis
says that the preparation work (chain saw and grain orientation to get the
blank ready for turning took about an hour and a half. The
pictures below show what Dennis accomplished in approximately two hours
of turning during the demo. The result was a full size hat, which
he donated for the raffle. The wood he used, by the way, was fresh
Sycamore. Nice job, Dennis!
Dennis Ford shared his
Ford's turnings always amaze (see his personal Gold Gallery,
also amazed those who watched him demonstrate how to turn a full
size hat during his demonstration.
to the demonstration, Dennis shaped the blank. He works quickly
and changes tools, instead of sharpening them, when the one he's using
Grady Widdon and Dave Barziza watch Dennis shape hat's
head size. Depending
the wood he uses,
Dennis adds up to 3/4" to the person's head size to allow for shrinkage.
the top was sized, Dennis began shaping the rim.
long, he had a thin-wall hat (about 1/8"-3/16") of even thickness,
Peine looks on as Dennis shapes the top of the hat.
does not follow the standard procedure of reversing the hat to finish the
top, as seen here.
Day One - Second Rotation
Boxes with Tilted Lids
Kai Muenzer took intermediate
class participants through the process of turning boxes with tilted
Air Brushing a Bud Vase
Kendall Westbrook shared his air brushing
techniques with participants of his class, but first he had them turn a
bud vase. You can view Kendall's impressive work in his personal
Natural Edge Bowls
Dennis Ford, after spending the first rotation
turning a full-sized hat, instructed intermediate turners on the finer
points of turning natural edge bowls.
CA & Metal Leaf Finishes
Dave Mueller showed turners of all levels
how to apply metal leaf to create special surface effects.
Dave Barziza took his students through the
steps of constructing a simple box
Demonstration: Creating Depth through carving, texturing & surface
Paula Haymond, is one of the club's most
innovative turners. Many of her turnings incorporate carving,
texturing and/or surface treatment. In this demonstration,
Paula shared her techniques as well as the tool and materials she
uses in her work. You can see some of Paula's work by visiting
her personal Gold Gallery,
Paula Haymond, above, with a large
(~20") demonstration piece at the right.
Day Two - First Rotation
Delbert Pond shared his knowledge on making small
platters with intermediate turners.
Fog Tanner showed his students how to make a bud vase out of a Banksia
Beal Style Buffing
Ed Peine is one of the club's best turners and he specializes in very
large hollow forms. Ed's pieces are especially noteworth for their
surface finishes. He has adapted the Beal buffing system in a
manner that allows him to quickly change wheels by drilling and tapping
a wooden adaptor to fit his lathe's spindle. On the picture at the
right below you can see the how this is done. You can also see
some of Ed's impressive hollow forms in his personal Gold Gallery,
Dave Greenawalt loves to make scoops and shared his knowledge with his
class of intermediate turners.
Randy Abramson showed his students how to make a Euro
Demonstration: Local Tree and Wood Identification
Derek Turner is the club's resident expert on tree
and wood identification. In an effort to help members labeling
their items "FOG" (found on ground), Derek spend several hours
discussing local tree identification by their leaves, and, to a lesser
extent, their bark. He also had kiln dried samples of various wood
for members to become familiar with.
Left: Derek used a laptop
presentation to discuss local trees.
Above: Joe Hall looks on.
Faces in the Crowd
Here are pictures of members just socializing and
pictures of sessions that did not have enough photos to construct a
gallery like the ones above.
Candid photography by