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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!

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Monthly Newsletters

Archived Website

Quick Link to our archived prior website.

Archived Website

At the July club meeting, Ed Peine taught us his technique for the second half of the work in completing a turning, the Finishing.  We hope you were able to join us for 'Finishing Ed's Way and More', and learned something new from Ed's process for removing your all tooling marks, sanding correctly, applying your finish, and finishing your finish.  

Ed provided a hand-out at the meeting of his process, and this has been uploaded and is in our Articles page for future reference.

Thanks Ed!  Entertaining and educational as always.


SWAT is right around the corner!  As exciting as our August Monthly Meeting and August HOW classes have shaped up to be, you don't want to forget this month is also SWAT.  While we'd encourage you to go to the SWAT website for additional details, please read HERE how you can help the club and potentially yourself with our obligations for the GCWA Demo Room at SWAT.  We have a draft of the rotation schedule HERE for your review as well.

We hope to see you there.

We have some exciting news for the club we're thrilled to share.

We have arranged for Kirk DeHeer to be our demonstrator for August and to teach several days of classes.   He will cover a variety of projects, techniques, and skills in an all-day demo. The classes include:

  • Sunday, August 20, 2017 – Platter with Color and Surface Enhancements - 1 Spot to Fill - Sign up today!
  • Monday, August 21, 2017 – Thin Wall Calabash Bowl - 1 Spot to Fill - Sign up for this one as well!
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – Holiday Ornament (tentative) - Cancelled

We don't often gets instructors of this caliber available for HOW classes, so we need to take advantage of it when we do, even if SWAT is starting this same week.  It will get you in the right frame of mind for watching the other demos!

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 - Spots 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 Kirk, Stuart, and these classes, please check out the August and 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 (See Scott Haddix for the July meeting), so please check out the HOW class descriptions for the cost of each class for which you are interested in registering.

What a star packed few months we've had!  

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.