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The Class Schedule is Posted and the Registration Form Available!  Go to the 2018 Retreat Page for all of the details!

At the December club meeting, we had a John Chatelain show us how he makes his Rattlesnake Whistle.  Thanks John!  Looking to see a few of those on the Show-and-Tell table over the next few months as people give it a try.

We also had our annual Ornament Exchange, and hopefully you were able to participate and go home with a new treasured ornament for your Christmas Tree.

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.

The Empty Bowls event date is May 19th, 2018 at the Houston Contemporary Craft Center, and GCWA set a goal of providing 276 bowls for this years' event.  Guys and Gals, we're at 48 bowls to date, and April will be our last club meeting before the event is held.  We need approximately 60 bowls turned per meeting to hit our club goal, and that means we need everybody to pitch in and help.  Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced turners, members and non-members, regular volunteers and future volunteers alike, we need your help.  Please consider turning a few bowls a month for this GCWA supported charity.  


If you have a little mechanical know-how, and would like a large format lathe for your shop, check out the January Newsletter with details on the auctioning of the Club's Oneway 2036 lathe to one of our club members.

For January, we have arranged for John Schlobohm to be our demonstrator and to show us how he does his cast resin pens and other cast objects.  John has spent more than a year experimenting with techniques, colors, resins, etc. to get the right results, and he'll share what he's learned along the way in this demo.

We will have our normal club meeting format, so bring your Show-and-Tell pieces to share with the club.

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

Also, GCWA and the AAW are working together to bring the ladies of the SWAT region their own Women in Turning (WIT) hands-on retreat this April.  Registration for this is open, and there are only two slots remaining open, so act quickly!.  To learn more, you can check out this event in the calendar, or download this pamphlet.

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.