Gulf Coast Woodturners Association



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February 2015 Meeting Gallery

Al Stirt was GCWA's guest turner at February's meeting,  In addition to conducting a day-long demonstration, Al taught several hands-on classes. 

Al Stirt came all the way from Vermont to Houston (where he saw some green grass that isn't now available back home)  for our February meeting.

Bill Lewis introduced Al.
The demo generated lots of discussion




A balanced bowl

Al's first demo was about balancing the grain in a bowl

A special jig to hold the piece

Using the growth rings to arrange the piece

Shaping the outside

Now the piece is turned around and in the chuck


Ready for drying . . .

. . .
for another piece that's already dried we use this jam chuck

Now the piece is turned around and in the chuck

Taking off the foot

A finished bowl




A decorated platter

The next demo was a platter with black gesso and embelishments




. . .

A Square bowl

Finally, we were shown a square bowl with carving




tools for the carving . . .



Faces in the Crowd

A good crowd watches the demo

Bill Pittman and Bill Berry share a moment.

Ben Gray and Janice Levi have a look at Al's paltter during a break.

Gotta keep those tools sharp!

Al Stirt and some of the people that made his visit possible : George Kabacinski, Don Fluker, and Bill Lewis

Susan Lewis has some CDs for sale

Kai Muenzer and Delbert Pond inspect the platter

Esteban Churin at the handi-cam.

Talkin' turnin'.

Delia and Ed Spicer

Collections for Empty Bowls continued






 candid photography by  Dale Barrack and Pete Copeland