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A list of our most frequently asked questions


Current Gallery

Visit our current Meeting Gallery to remind yourself what a good time you had or to see all the fun that you missed!

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Our newsletters are a primary way we communicate what's going on. Check out this month's newsletter and browse through some history.

Monthly Newsletters

Archived Website

Quick Link to our archived prior website.

Archived Website

At the July club meeting, we will had Dennis Ford will present a project called a 'binary vessel'.  Hopefully this project and the techniques used to create it will help inspire you on your own artistic and technical journey as a wood turner.  Thanks Dennis!




Doug will start collecting bowls for 2019 in September, and would welcome a steady state rate of completion over this next year, rather than a mad dash at the end.  Start your 2019 bowls now!


We had a surprise this month when the Community Center leadership approached us with the news that we had lost our reservation on our meeting room for our August Club Meeting, due to election voting has priority use of that room.

We presented several options to the Club in the July meeting, but ultimately those in attendance voted to skip having an August meeting, as none of the options were terribly appealing.

We WILL NOT have a club meeting in August.  If you show up, however, at least you'll have an opportunity to vote (if qualified).

Welcome, our club has been affiliated of the American Association of Woodturners for over 20 years, and we are one of the oldest organizations dedicated to woodturning in Texas. We meet the third Saturday of every month, at the Mendenhall Community Center. Our meetings run from 9:00 to noon, and include a demonstration, instant gallery and raffle. Please check the Calendar on this website, or the current newsletter, for specific meeting details.

GCWA is a 5013C charity organization, and the primary mission of the GCWA is to further the art and craft of woodturning in all its forms though education, community outreach and a shared sense of the beauty of the turned form.  We utilize the artistic and technical skills we help develop to support several sister charities in our communities, such as Empty Bowls and Beads of Courage, as well as sponsor numerous scholarships for deserving students in the area.

Our community of turners encourages the development of skills and techniques that helps interested artists achieve their potential. The GCWA sponsors the largest club-organized woodturning retreat in the nation each year. This year the retreat was in June, with hands-on classes offered by skilled craftspeople to dozens of students. We encourage the artistic and career development of wood artists through regular instant gallery critiques, museum shows and juried exhibitions.

If you're new here, please visit our Welcome page!

Please come and visit us, visitors and novices are always welcome!

- Greg G.


The Gulf Coast Woodturners Association (GCWA) serves Houston, southeast Texas and the upper Gulf Coast. We have over 175 members who live from Lake Charles to Columbus, and Galveston to College Station.  If you haven't visited, please check our our calendar of Events and stop by soon.

  GCWA is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, the largest organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of woodturning.