GCWA Monthly Calendar

Monthly meetings are usually held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:00 AM – Noon, but this is subject to change, so please confirm in the calendar each month.  See each meeting date for location information.  

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  • 21
    21.October.Saturday

    2017 October Club Meeting (Not a Picnic!)

    9:00 AM-1:00 PM
    10-21-17
    Trini Mendenhall Community Center
    1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055, USA

    NOTE:  The plans for an October Picnic have changed, as not everybody is scuba certified, and the facility is currently under water.

    Instead, we will have our normal club meeting at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, at the normal times and on the 21st of October, including show-and-tell and a raffle.

  • 18
    18.November.Saturday

    November 2017 Club Meeting

    9:00 AM-3:00 PM
    11-18-17
    Trini Mendenhall Community Center
    1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX 77055, USA

    Stuart Batty is a third generation woodturner. He began his production turning at the age of 16 in his father’s studio. By the age of 18 he was employed at the largest turning supplier in England and soon became an in-house instructor and demonstrator. He hasn’t stop since then!

    During his 34 years of turning Stuart has taught over 3,000 amateur and professional turners. He has demonstrated and taught classes for more than 180 AAW Chapters in 12 countries and throughout the US.

    Stuart’s style is highly influenced by his history in spindle turning with precise cuts and sharp detail. He uses very simple tools very effectively to create both functional and artistic turnings.  His artwork is displayed in collections across the globe including the White House collection.

    Stuart will wow us with his skills and entertain us with his wit and enthusiasm for making turning fun and fulfilling.

    In order to allow more time for the demonstration, we will go skip both the Raffle and Show-and-Tell for this meeting, will have a short break for lunch, and will go until 3:00 PM, so please plan accordingly.

    We will also have several days of classes with Stuart, so be sure to check out the HOW pages for November!  In addition to the classes listed, 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.  Please contact George K. if you are interested in additional days or private tutoring.

  • 09
    09.March.Friday

    2018 Annual Retreat

    6:00 PM-3:00 PM
    03-09-18-03-11-18
    Montgomery County Fairgrounds
    Carl Pickering Memorial Dr, Conroe, TX 77303, USA

    This year the annual retreat is being held earlier than normal, so please mark your calendars so you don’t end up with a scheduling conflict!

    We are always looking for volunteers, to teach, to setup, to coordinate, so please be generous with your time.  This event doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen without an army of volunteers participating.  If you haven’t volunteered lately, is it your turn to volunteer this time?  Contact Don Fluker for details.

    More information to come…

  • 10
    10.March.Saturday

    2018 Annual Retreat

    6:00 PM-3:00 PM
    03-09-18-03-11-18
    Montgomery County Fairgrounds
    Carl Pickering Memorial Dr, Conroe, TX 77303, USA

    This year the annual retreat is being held earlier than normal, so please mark your calendars so you don’t end up with a scheduling conflict!

    We are always looking for volunteers, to teach, to setup, to coordinate, so please be generous with your time.  This event doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen without an army of volunteers participating.  If you haven’t volunteered lately, is it your turn to volunteer this time?  Contact Don Fluker for details.

    More information to come…

  • 11
    11.March.Sunday

    2018 Annual Retreat

    6:00 PM-3:00 PM
    03-09-18-03-11-18
    Montgomery County Fairgrounds
    Carl Pickering Memorial Dr, Conroe, TX 77303, USA

    This year the annual retreat is being held earlier than normal, so please mark your calendars so you don’t end up with a scheduling conflict!

    We are always looking for volunteers, to teach, to setup, to coordinate, so please be generous with your time.  This event doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen without an army of volunteers participating.  If you haven’t volunteered lately, is it your turn to volunteer this time?  Contact Don Fluker for details.

    More information to come…

Open Shop Nights

Open Shop Night is a great way to meet other turners, get mentoring on a skill you wish to improve, and socialize with your peers.  These are open to turners of all skill levels.  Stay for as little or as long as you wish.  Each location picks the night of the month and the start/end times for their meeting, so be sure to call the host for details if its your first time to join them.

Here's how to participate in Open Shop Nights:
Kabacinski's Shop--(Northwest)---Contact George at gkabacinski@gmail.com
Kaminsky's Shop--(Southeast)---Contact Marty at
281-339-3297. Click here for directions
Bradford's Shop--(North)---285 Ridge Lake Drive, Montgomery, TX 77316 (near Wood Forest Golf Club off of Fish Creek Drive).  Call Lane at 936-447-9310 for further information. Click here for directions.

Sear's Shop--(West)---Cancelled until further notice due to some recent flooding at Stephen's. Contact Stephen at sgsear@gmail.com for more detail.

 

 

Upcoming Hands On Workshop (HOW) Classes

GCWA provides one of the best series of hands-on woodturning classes of any club in the nation.  These classes are provided as a benefit to club members only, and have a very nominal fee to simply cover costs.  Starting in 2017, HOW class fees for standard classes will be $45 per day.  

Instructors can range from club members to regional and national turners that the club brings has brought in for club demonstrations as well.  Many classes are still in the planning stages for 2017, and an updated Events List of HOW classes will be published as these dates become available.

See below for registration information.

Note:  If a class is full and you want into that class please sign up to be on the wait list.  There are often times when folks on the wait list get into a class that was full when they attempted to register. 

 

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  • 14
    14.October.Saturday

    Paula Haymond - Enhancement: Design and Execution (Cancelled)

    All day
    10-14-17-10-15-17

    Unfortunately, this class has had to be cancelled.  We will look to schedule an Embellishments class back to the HOW schedule.

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    Paula is a multi-media artist and sought after instructor. She has presented at symposia and has taught at clubs and events across the country. This two-day class will discuss how to develop your own enhancement designs and execute the design using pyrography branding and airbrush coloring. Past class work/experience with pyrography and air brushing is a pre-requisite for this class as is bringing a pyrography unit and working air brush to class.

    This two-day class will have a registration fee of $90. This class already has four participants signed up. So don’t wait too long or you may very well miss the opportunity!

  • 15
    15.October.Sunday

    Paula Haymond - Enhancement: Design and Execution (Cancelled)

    All day
    10-14-17-10-15-17

    Unfortunately, this class has had to be cancelled.  We will look to schedule an Embellishments class back to the HOW schedule.

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    Paula is a multi-media artist and sought after instructor. She has presented at symposia and has taught at clubs and events across the country. This two-day class will discuss how to develop your own enhancement designs and execute the design using pyrography branding and airbrush coloring. Past class work/experience with pyrography and air brushing is a pre-requisite for this class as is bringing a pyrography unit and working air brush to class.

    This two-day class will have a registration fee of $90. This class already has four participants signed up. So don’t wait too long or you may very well miss the opportunity!

  • 28
    28.October.Saturday

    George Kabacinski - Fridge Magnet with Inlay (Postponed)

    All day
    10-28-17

    This is a fast paced, fun and easy project. The class will be offered FREE to any members with even a modest amount of turning skills (like completing the New Turner Track at the Retreat). Check out the article 2018 Retreat Planning for more details on what we’re doing. All materials will be provided for the class.

    Participants must agree to complete 7 Fridge Magnets for the club by the end of 2017 in lieu of the normal registration fee and materials fee. All materials will be supplied for the seven completed Fridge Magnets.

  • 28
    28.October.Saturday

    Rene Gonzalez - Stave Construction Kaleidoscope

    All day
    10-28-17-10-29-17

    This will be a two-day class covering the process of doing stave construction, so this will also involve the use of the table saw.  The end project will be a kaleidoscope.

    As per normal, the class will start by 9:00 AM and go until approximately 5:00 PM each day.

    The class fee for this will be $90, as this is a two-day class.

  • 29
    29.October.Sunday

    Rene Gonzalez - Stave Construction Kaleidoscope

    All day
    10-28-17-10-29-17

    This will be a two-day class covering the process of doing stave construction, so this will also involve the use of the table saw.  The end project will be a kaleidoscope.

    As per normal, the class will start by 9:00 AM and go until approximately 5:00 PM each day.

    The class fee for this will be $90, as this is a two-day class.

Please note: Meeting dates and locations are subject to change.