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ATTENTION!!!  Due to the flooding in the Barker Cypress Reservoir, our plans for a club picnic this October have been cancelled, and we will have a normal October club meeting at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center at our normal date (10/21) and time instead.  We will have a raffle, and be sure to bring your show-and-tell pieces as well.

As you have likely heard, Luna Ford passed away on Tuesday of this week.  He will be missed by his friends in the GCWA.  Here is a link to a page we have setup with his obituary and details on the services.

For our club members, we have a few new commercial and volunteer opportunities to utilize your skills and time, so login and check out the "Turning Opportunities" Topic thread in the Forum.

At the September club meeting, we had Don Fluker demonstrate one of the many different ways he has of completing an ornament, so you all have time to make them as gifts for your friends and family this year.

For November, we have arranged for Stuart Batty to be our demonstrator and to teach several days of classes that will focus on teaching tool techniques.

  • Thursday / Friday, November 16, 17, 2017- Two-day Techniques Class - Full, Waiting List started
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - One-day Techniques Class - One Spot still available

We have flexibility to add additional days / class arrangements based on demand from the membership. Stuart is also available for one-on-one tutoring at your shop / studio with advanced arrangements.

For more information on Stuart, and these classes, please check out the November Meeting details on the Calendar, and the HOW class calendar for each class.  We'll be taking sign-ups at the club meeting for all sessions, so please check out the HOW class descriptions for the cost of each class for which you are interested in registering.

We have also had a number of upcoming HOW Classes that have been impacted by Harvey, so be sure to check out the calendar for additional details on our HOW schedule.

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.