Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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August 2014 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Pete Copeland's demonstration on segmentation
 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
Elm Hollow Form
13"W x 6"H

Paul Millo is much more than just a great photographer (he's the guy who photographs all the beautiful Show & Tell items for the monthly gallery), he's also one of the club's best turners.  He's shown here with his Best of Show elm hollow form and ribbon.  Congratulations, Paul!



Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Pete Copeland
Sweetgum Bowl
12-1/2"W x 6"H
2nd Place
Dale Barrack
Oak Hollow Form
7-1/4"W x 7"H

3rd Place
Dave Greenawalt

Spalted Pecan Bowl
9-1/2"W x 3-1/4"H

Enhanced/Segmented Category
(Items that incorporate embellishment or made from more than one piece of material by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Janice Levi
Necklace/Earring Set
 of Maple & Ebony


2nd Place
Ed Spicer
Poplar Bowl
10"W x 2-1/2" H


3rd Place
Doug Olesen
Segmented/dyed Oak
 Hollow Form

4"W x 9-3/4" H

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Jesse Kendall
Walnut Bowl
14-1/2"W x 3-1/4"H

2nd Place
Jesse Kendall

Pollarded Mulberry

7"W x 5-1/2"H

3rd Place
Doug Grissom
Pacific Yew Bowl
 5-1/2"W x 1-1/2"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)
1st Place
Francisco Castro
Winged Bowls of
 found wood
8"W x 5"H (largest)

2nd Place
John Weber

Sweetgum Open Form
5-1/2"W x 4-1/2"H
3rd Place
Don Schmokeo*

Red Elm Bowl
7-1/2"W x 3"H

"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Ben Ball
Cocobolo / Mesquite Bracelets

2nd Place
Ron Blakemore

Alumilite Pen

Honorable Mentions and Other Worthy Entries

Honorable Mention
Bill Pittman

Honorable Mention
Kendall Westbrook

Honorable Mention
Doug Grissom

 Other Worthy Entries


gallery photography by Paul Millo

Tom Irven and Greg Gonsalves were our Show & Tell judges for the August meeting.


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

Local Classes, coordinated by George Kabacinski (seated) are hugely popular with GCWA members.  Virtually every local hands-on class sells out quickly.  It's one of GCWA's commitments to the continuing education of its members.

Another popular table at GCWA meetings is the Tool Swap table, which gives members a chance to purchase gently used tools and equipment at favorable prices.

Even more popular is the  monthly raffle, coordinated by Linda Bohl and assisted by Diane Anton (hidden behind Linda at left) and Janice Levi (at right).

August's demo was by Pete Copeland (at right) who was deluged with questions even before the demo started.  Pete is surrounded by (from left) Esteban Curran, Delbert Pond and John Weber.

Pete (right) prepared an excellent PowerPoint presentation to augment his demo. Dale Barrack, GCWA's website Creative Director, is shown here with Pete discussing the best way to share the presentation files with members on the website.  

Bill Pottorf showing something on his cell phone to Doug Davis--probably had something to do with woodturning!

Andy Chen (left) welcomes back Barbara and Jon Gaynor, long time members who have not been able to attend meetings lately.

While most members get to enjoy camaraderie and refreshments before our meetings get underway, folks like Esteban Curin and John Weber are busy setting up the Audio/Visual equipment.


"Drinking coffee and telling tall tales!".

John Schlbohm (l) talks woodturning with Bill Pittman (r).

The Show & Tell table always attracts a crowd..

The recent hot weather worked against members spending too much time in their shops, which accounted for fewer items to display.

Show & Tell includes a Non-Judged Category which included the above items by Paula Haymond.

Pete Copeland, who did August's demonstration on segmentation, admires a well done piece on the Show & Tell table.

Kendall Westbrook, Doug Davis and Paul Millo examine a platter.

Demonstration: Segmented Construction and Turning by Pete Copeland

Pete Copeland is an interesting guy.  Although he's only been turning for three years, he's already gained the respect of GCWA members with his beautiful, complex segmented turnings.

In his first demonstration for the club, Pete discussed his approach to segmented forms and included a thorough PowerPoint presentation and short videos to enhance his talk.

His approach to segmentation is somewhat "old fashioned" in that he sits down and draws the forms he wants to create and then uses a spreadsheet to calculate segment length.  What he does not do is use a software program to do this work.

Here is a close up of the drawing Pete is holding up in the previous picture.

And here is the piece that emerged from that drawing.

Pete brought along both finished pieces and "work in progress" to show how his segmented pieces take shape.

Here is one with segment pieces numbered.
Pete often incorporates decorative segments into his work and he explained how he makes them.  An example is above.
Here is a partially turned piece that will have the bottom finished later.

Pete said that he sometimes "makes two bowls" and, after turning one upside down, and joins them together to create a hollow form.



This large hollow form is unique for two reasons--it was created as two bowls and joined together and it has a unique bottom.

Pete developed a unique approach to securing large hollow forms to his lathe.  The bottom of the above piece is held in place by magnets.

Under the magnetic bottom is a special face plate that Pete glued permanently into place, which allowed  him to mount and un-mount the piece as he worked on it, so as to not tie up his lathe during.


Pete uses a table saw to cut his segments and he brought along his guide and fence.

He has a separate fence insert for each angle he uses in his pieces.  Here's the back view of one insert . . .

. . . and the front view.

To learn more, download Pete's presentation (PDF).

Pete also provided a spreadsheet to calculate segmented bowl rings, which you can download, also.


Faces in the Crowd -- Part 2 - Recipients of Show & Tell Awards (not all award recipients pictured)

Don Schmokeo*

GCWA is one of the few AAW clubs that awards First, Second, Third, Honorable Mention, and Best of Show ribbons at monthly meetings.

John Weber

Show and Tell Master of Ceremonies, Tom Irven (l) holds up a well executed piece by beginning turner Francisco Castro (r).

Francisco took home two ribbons from August's meeting for his efforts.  Not bad for a beginning turner.

Bill Pittman

Doug Grissom

Show & Tell is a great learning opportunity for those in the audience as award recipients discuss technique including finishing choices.

Jesse Kendall

Dave Greenawalt

Dale Barrack

Kendall Westbrook

Tom Irven holding Doug Olesen's well crafted segmented hollow form.

Doug Olesen

Janice Levi

Ben Ball

Tom Irven holding Paul Millo's Best of Show Elm hollow form with Paul in the background.

Paul Millo--photographer and turner (he does both very well).

Tom Irven's better side (sorry, Tom, we couldn't resist that!)

Andy Chen

Faces in the Crowd
-- Part 3 - More Faces in the Crowd

Jon Gayno

Barbara Gaynor

Paul Millo

Bill Pottorf

Don Smith

Mike Gann

Glenn Self

Neil Dougharty

Kendall Westbrook

Andy Chen

 candid photography by Ric Taylor and Dale Barrack