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At the November club meeting, we had a full day of Stuart Batty,  entertaining us with his stories and teaching us his way of getting virtually tear-out free cuts on end grain and face grain turnings, as well as teaching us what to avoid with end grain turning, in particular.  He is clearly the master of his craft, and it was a great educational opportunity for the club.  Hopefully you were one of those fortunate enough to also take one of his classes, and if so, we look forward to seeing your next projects at Show-and-Tell.

If you haven't heard, Stuart will be coming back in December for a few additional days of private classes.  Stuart has already been reserved for December 17th and 18th, and we can extend that thru as late as the 21st, if there is enough demand.  But, we need to know soon so plane reservations can be made.  The cost is a flat rate of $750 per day, and would be at your own shop.  You can have multiple participants in a class, to bring down the average cost per person.  This is not a GCWA sponsored event, club members are just helping facilitate this.

For our club members, we continue to learn of new commercial and volunteer opportunities to utilize your skills and time, so login and check out the "Turning Opportunities" Topic thread in the Forum for the latest requests.


For December, we have arranged for John Chatelain to be our demonstrator and to show us how he does his Rattlesnake Whistle.  

We will also have our annual Ornament Exchange, so get to work on your entry! 

Check out the December Meeting page on the calendar for more details.


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.

The 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. 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.