Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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September 2014 Meeting Gallery

Pictures of Delbert Pond's demonstration on turning a platter
 and "Faces in the Crowd" are at the bottom of this page.

Best of Show (the best of the best of the best...)
1st Place
Delbert Pond
Necklace & Bracelet
 of assorted woods

Delbert Pond was the recipient of September's Best of Show award.  He also won First Place in the Enhanced/Segmented category, and presented a demo on turning platters. (Busy guy!)    

Advanced Category (Items made from one piece of wood by advanced turners)
1st Place
Glenn Ashley
Tauga Nut Vase

1-1/4"W x 1-3/4"H
2nd Place
Jim Keller
Spalted Pecan Spiral

14"W x 14"H

3rd Place
Kai Muenzer
Magnolia Sculpture
5-1/4"W x 6-3/4"H

Enhanced/Segmented Category
(Items that incorporate embellishment or made from more than one piece of material by advanced turners)
1st Place
Delbert Pond
Spalted Pecan and
 Rosewood lidded
9-1/2"W x 9"H

2nd Place
Bill Berry
Mahogany Bowl
8"W x 2-1/4"H

3rd Place
Bill Berry
Cedar Hollow form on a

3W x 11"H (including the

Intermediate Category (Items made by intermediate turners)
1st Place
Bill Pittman
Elm Bowl
10-3/4"W x 3-3/4"H



Beginner Category (Items made by beginning turners)
1st Place
James Thornton
Walnut Birdhouse
2"W x 5"H

2nd Place
James Thornton
Red Oak Bowl
4-1/2"W x 4"H
3rd Place
Francisco Castro
Redwood Bowl
4-1/2"W x 3"H

gallery photography by Paul Millo

Clyde Collier (l) and Kendall Westbrook (r) were September's Show & Tell judges.


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

As usual, GCWA president, Don Fluker, got the meeting started with announcements about upcoming events.

The GCWA lending library is always a popular destination for members at every meeting. 

George Kabacinsky filled in for regular librarian Tom Enloe at September's meeting.

The Membership Table was manned by Kai Muenzer.

Monthly meetings usually include a "tool swap" table and at September's meeting there was a large selection to choose from.

Bill Pittman and Andy Chen swap stories.

Scott Njaa and Mike Breland mug for the camera.

Ed Spicer and Clyde Collier.

Jon Gaynor, Scott Njaa and Barbara Gaynor.

Show & Tell Coordinator, Shawn Pachlhofer and GCWA president, Don Fluker, talk shop.

Kendall Westbrook brought his home-made
 sphere-making jig to show members.

Greg Gonsalves, who is no stranger to building woodturning equipment, was impressed!

Here is a close up of Kendall's creation on his own lathe.

Andy Chen (r), inspects another home-inspired tool as Tommy Joe (l) looks on.

Want to know who is responsible for the beautiful pictures of Show & Tell items in the Gallery?  None other than our own Paul Millo.  (Thanks, Paul, for all that you  do for the club!)


A Special Tribute to a Special Member - Jerry Bennett

Jerry Bennett is NOT your average woodturner.  He is among an elite group of American turners who have gained national prominence with their unique creations.

Jerry brought his latest creation, entitled "Twist and Shout" for members to see and enjoy (and salivate over!).

While there is a metal structure hidden beneath all that wood, there are thousands of individually turned wooden segments covering the structure. 

As is typical of Jerry, he brought "Twist and Shout" for display only.  His work is so good that he seldom enters it into competition for ribbons.

This piece is likely destined for on of the galleries that carries Jerry's work.

Putting "Twist and Shout" together was no simple task.

Just about done.


"Twist and Shout"
by Jerry Bennett

You can see more of Jerry's work by visiting his GCWA Gold Gallery or by visiting his personal website:

Demonstration: Turning a Platter, by Delbert Pond

Delbert Pond was the demonstrator for September's meeting.  He showed members how he makes platters.

He started by mounting a pre-rounded blank on the lathe.

Turn out for September's meeting was slightly lower than usual, perhaps because cooler weather had been recently ushered into the Houston area.

Delbert starts by making a recess to hold the blank in a scroll chuck.  He has a tool he made for perfect cuts of the dovetail to expand his chuck into for holding the blank.

Delbert paused frequently to discuss his methods and answer questions from the crowd.

At this point Delbert has the blank mounted in his chuck and he's shaping the bottom of the platter.

It's nice to see a demonstrator using a face shield.  Delbert could be easily heard because of the club's quality sound system.

Esteban Churin mans the mobile camera for close in shots of Delbert's turning.  Esteban ran the entire A/V system for the meeting this month.  Lane Bradford did the A/V setup to get things going..

A good view of Delbert working on the top of the platter from one of the two large screen displays which give everyone in the room a 'close up' feeling and view.

Delbert made quick work of his platter.  Here he is putting the finishing touches on the bottom.  Visible is the clean recess which he will use to hold the platter in his chuck for turning of the top side.

He was very careful to ensure that the platter had the correct thickness a the edge before he began to remove the center wood.

Delbert carefully turns the top side of the platter.  He stopped numerous times to check the thickness and works his way down in small sections to keep the vibration of the thin wood from interfering with his tool control.

New member, Francisco Castro, took notes.

Delbert has completed the sides and is starting to work on removing the center portion of the wood.  He used a home made jig to help guide his efforts and avoid having a nicely turned funnel.  And it worked splendidly.

We didn't get a close up shot of the finished platter, but everyone seemed to agree that it was of the highest quality.

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

Master of Show & tell Ceremonies, Bill Berry, with First Place Beginning Category winner James Thornton.

Bill with Bill Pittman, recipient of the Intermediate Category first place award

Bill with Kai Muenzer, third place winner in the Advanced Category.

Jim Keller, 2nd place, Advanced Category

Jim Keller with s turned form that is destined to become a mold for bronze casting.

Glenn Ashley, first place, Advanced Category


Bill Berry mugging for the camera with Shawn Pachlofer looking on.  Bill won second place in the Enhanced/Segmented Category


Bill also won third place in the Enhanced/Segmented Category.

 candid photography by Ric Taylor and Marty Kaminski