Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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July 2014 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Bill Berry's demonstration on air brushing
 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
Janice Levi
Mahogany Purse
9"W x 5"H

Janice Levi, who creates truly amazing purses and jewelry from wood, was awarded the Best of Show ribbon for this purse..



Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Greg Gonsalves
Box Elder Hollow Form
12"W x 5-1/2"H
2nd Place
Ric Taylor
Pecan Platter
7-1/2"W x 3/4"H

3rd Place
Dale Barrack

Oak Hollow Form

8"W x 8-1/2"H

Enhanced/Segmented Category
(Items that incorporate embellishment or made from more than one piece of material by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Bill Berry
Ash Bowl
8"W x 2" H

2nd Place
Fog Tanner
Poplar Square Bowls
 6"W x 2" H


3rd Place
Ric Taylor

4-1/2" diameter

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
John Schlobohm
Mesquite Bowl
8"W x 3"H

2nd Place
Shawn Pachlhofer

Walnut Bowl
7"W x 2-1/2"H

3rd Place
Shawn Pachlhofer
Sycamore Bowl
 7-1/2"W x 2-1/5"H

Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)
1st Place
John Weber
Sweetgum Bowl
5-3/4"W x 2-1/2"H

2nd Place
Francisco Castro

Oak Bowl
5"W x 3-1/2"H
3rd Place
Francisco Castro

Oak Hollow Form
3"W x 2-1/2"H

"Kit" Category (Items made from kits by turners of all levels)
1st Place
Shawn Pachlhofer
Wood Pen

2nd Place
Don Fluker
Seam Ripper

Honorable Mentions and Other Worthy Entries

Honorable Mention
Gary Rock

Honorable Mention
Steve Legrue




gallery photography by Paul Millo

Hunter Malson and John Van Domelen were July's Show & Tell judges.


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

FREE WOOD! " And the huddled masses surged to the vehicle and stripped it clean of its bounty."

Our president, Don Fluker, got the meeting started with announcements, including a reminder about the upcoming SWAT Symposium in August.

Vice president, George Kabacinski and Local Class Coordinator, outlined the exciting array of local classes coming up between July and the end of the year.  For more information, see the Calendar.

Janice Levi, a past president  of both GCWA and SWAT, shared a few announcements of her own.

TOOL SWAP! Actually, the only swapping involved is cash for "gently" used woodturning items. 

The Membership Desk, manned by Kai Muenser, was busy at July's meeting with several new members joining the club.

Francisco Castro was one of the new members to join the club and wasted no time making his presence known. (See the Beginner Category awards, above.)

Tom Enloe, the club's librarian, does a great job helping members develop their skills and techniques through the DVD lending library.

One of the club's original members, Luna Ford, checks out items on the Show & Tell table.  Over the years, Luna has helped many members become better woodturners.

George Kabacinski's announcement about Local Classes yielded a raft of sign-ups.

Club members inspect the Show & Tell table.

The Show & Tell table, in addition to featuring members' work, acts as a catalyst for ideas for members looking the the "next idea."

There was a good offering of turned items in the various categories.

Steve LeGrue, in the blue shirt (and also a previous club president), inspects a hollow form on the Enhanced/Segmented table.

Show & Tell is always popular and often evokes the question "How did you do that!"

Talk about enthusiasm--the Raffle table really had them lined up to purchase tickets for July's raffle!

The Raffle Queen, Linda Bohl on the right, and Raffle Princess, Diane Anton on the left, do a great job managing the raffle by offering useful woodturning-related items.

July's BIG raffle item was a 20" Husqvarna chain saw.

Raffle ticket buying continued almost until the drawing was made.

Bill Pittman walked away with the chain saw, much to the envy of other ticket buyers.

Janice Levi is a talented turner who has mastered all aspects of the craft.  The next three pictures are of Janice's jewelry designs,  You can see more of her work here.

Jewelry by Janice Levi.

Jewelry by Janice Levi.

Jewelry by Janice Levi.

While the Show & Tell table is the heart and soul of club meetings, the coffee and donut corner also has its following.

Demonstration: Air Brushing by Bill Berry

Bill Berry is one of the club's early members and it's apparent that he retains everything he's ever learned about woodturning.  At July's meeting, he shared what he has learned about air brushing.

Bill discussed every aspect of air brushing--from equipment selection to equipment maintenance to equipment use.

July's turn out was excellent considering the heat and humidity.

Bill explained that his air brush has a double-action trigger that either draws air in or pushes it out with paint.

His presentation was professional and engaging.  Bill plans to make the same presentation at SWAT in August.

Bill used a PowerPoint presentation that he put together to discuss many details about air brushing

His complete PowerPoint presentation can be found here in PDF downloadable form.
Regardless where members sat they had a good seat thanks to GCWA's excellent A/V system.
Of course, no matter how good an A/V system is, it takes volunteers to make it work.
At the control console, John Weber handled the video switching and volume controls.

Here, Esteban Churrin operates one of the cameras.

Bill had prepared a turned bowl to demonstrate how to use an air brush.

He had already masked off the areas he did not want to to paint.  Then he applied the first of two colors, an opaque red..

He explained the importance of cleaning the brush between colors.  This process to at least as long as it did to apply the first color.

He then applied the second color, in this case a transparent yellow.

He quickly applied heat to prevent any runs.

Bill uses several different paints and inks when he air brushes.  Shown here is a favorite brand.  Note that the darker color (red) is opaque, and the lighter color is transparent.  This is to ensure proper blending.

A slight imperfection is quickly touched up.

The finished piece.

Bill then demonstrated how to use lace to create a pattern.

He tightly wrapped the lace around a second prepared piece and sprayed through the lace.

Here is Bill holding the newly sprayed piece for the camera.

Bill explained that its possible to get dramatically different looks using the same lace pattern by simply reversing the two colors involved,

Here's are two examples of reversing the colors..

Bill also brought several completed pieces, one of which is shown here.

All in all, an excellent presentation!

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

Most members stay for the Show & Tell Awards presentation and July's meeting was no exception.

Not wasting any time making his woodturning skills known, new member Francisco Castro took home two ribbons in the Beginner Category..

Francisco with his second award piece

John Weber was awarded first place in the Beginner Category for this piece.

Shawn Pachlhofer also took home two ribbons in the Intermediate Category.

John Schlobohm with his first place Intermediate Category piece.

Shawn Pachlhofer coordinates the Show & Tell tables and also acted as Master of Ceremonies at July's meeting.  He is shown here with Dale Barrack.

Dale Barrack took home an Advanced Category for an oak hollow form, show in the previous picture.

Ric Taylor took home the second place ribbon in the Advanced Category for this piece.

Greg Gonsalves proudly displays his first place award-winning piece in the Advanced Category.

Pete Copeland, a regular at the Show & Award winner's table, took an Honorable Mention in the Advanced Category.

Ric Taylor took home a second award for this complicated piece in the Enhanced/Segmented Category

Steve LeGrue, a past president of the club, with his Honorable Mention piece in the Enhanced/Segmented Category.

Gary Rock earned an Honorable Mention in the Enhanced/Segmented Category for this hollow form with a lid.

And Janice Levi (yes, we've used this picture twice) took home the Best of Show Ribbon for a elegant and functional wooden purse,

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

Hunter Malson

Greg Gonsalves

Jerry Bennett &
Jim Keller

Ben Gray

Mike Breland

Ric Taylor

Mike Stall

John McCaskill

Pete Copeland

John Van Domelen


Delbert Pond

Glenn Ashley

John Weber


 candid photography by Ric Taylor and Dale Barrack