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

Thanks to everyone for a very successful Retreat.  Let's take a short rest, and then we're on to planning 2018's!

Don't forget that we have a Monthly Club Meeting in May as well, as we need 25 more Empty Bowls to hit our target, so some quick turning on these, please.

We are still well short of our goal of 250 bowls for this year's Empty Bowls fundraiser, so we'd ask you to please turn a few bowls and bring them with you to the retreat or to the May club meeting, so we can get them delivered in time for the June 3rd fundraiser.

Website Updates

This month we have completed the migration of the Forum from our prior website to this new website. We are now fully live on the new technology, and will be looking for ways to continue to improve the new site and add new features and capabilities to improve its value to our membership. If you encounter any issues, please make sure to let us know.

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.


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 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.