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

Archived Website

Quick Link to our archived prior website.

Archived Website

It is rare that local woodturners have a dedicated segment on a popular TV show dedicated to their accomplishments, but Jerry Bennett is a rare talent.  Check out this episode of Texas Country Reporter, featuring our own Jerry Bennett.  You can also find this link permanently in our Resources > Links > page under Videos.

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 October club meeting, we had Bill Berry present how he created his Cosmic Platter.  Thank you Bill for stepping in on such short notice after the picnic had to be cancelled with a demo and discussion that highlighted the artistic side of turning.

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.

Please be aware, we are following our Special Demo Day format for Stuart.  Demo starts promptly at 8:30 AM, goes to 2:30 PM, with short lunch.  Go to the Calendar for full details.

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

We have also had a number of upcoming HOW Classes that have been impacted by Harvey, relocations, etc., 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.