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We had a great time in April with Sally Ault, at the club demo, for both classes, and at the WIT Retreat.

Thanks for joining us Sally, we truly enjoyed working with you.




Also, GCWA and the AAW brought together a large group of ladies of the SWAT region for their own Women in Turning (WIT) hands-on retreat  This event was very successful, with over 20 women getting together for several days of demos / instruction, hands on turning, and socialization and fellowship.

George did comment that no group in the history of HOW classes and Open Shop Nights have ever left the shop cleaner, so they'll definitely be welcome back!

At the May club meeting, we will have Dave Greenawalt present a project very appropriate for the Spring season, turned and carved tulips.

Please join us this month for this demo, and remember your turned pieces for Show and Tell and your money for the Raffle.



The Empty Bowls event date is May 19th, 2018 at the Houston Contemporary Craft Center, from 11 AM to 3 PM.  With the late support from Memorial Parkway Junior High and multiple club members, we (over) achieved our  a goal of providing 276 bowls for this years' event, bringing in a total of 325 bowls.  We're all hoping he isn't signing us up to beat our 2018 numbers!  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!


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.