FAQ about the club

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!

Monthly Gallery


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

Meeting Archives

Retaining our history while building for our sustainable future and preparing to create new memories

Meeting Archives

2017 Retreat Registration Opens

The class schedule is set, registration is now open, but PRE-REGISTRATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 27TH for the discounted rate to apply, so in the mail by Monday, April 24th.  More information can be found on the 2017 Retreat page (under the Calendar on the menu) and by opening the May 5th Retreat event in the calendar itself.

75 of your closest friends have already paid their registration fee and plan to the retreat.  Don't be left out of the fun, register today!

Launch of our new website!

You'll notice a substantial change to our club website this month, as we take the first and biggest step in migrating to our new technology. Please bear with us as we work to complete the rest of this migration and get the kinks worked out in the new site. Migrating the forum is our next activity, and we plan to bring over all of the content into the new forum tool in the very near term. You can use the link to the right to access the historic site, but be aware not all links back to the archived Home Page will work properly. The main ones are updated, but not every gallery page was updated.

Archived Website

Quick Link to our archived prior website.

Archived Website

Archived Forum

Quick Link to our archived Forum. Any changes made now may be lost on migration.

Archived Forum

The President's Challenge for this April Meeting will be turned Easter Eggs, so let's see what you creative types can come up with for this challenge.

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.



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.