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November Second Tuesday OSN Virtual Meeting

The November GCWA Virtual Open Shop will feature Emma Cook demonstrating her Lighted Holiday Ornament.  Emma's presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.  The Zoom session will be initiated by 5:45 pm so everyone can get settled in for the demo.  If time allows and there is interest we can have a short Show-And-Tell following Emma's demo.

Emma Cook initially learned woodturning from her father and older brother.  She went on to become one of the youngest members of the Registry of Professional Turners in the UK and is one of few female professional turners in the UK.  In addition to her interests in woodturning, Emma is an accomplished woodcarver and often merges the two areas of interest in the art she creates.  Emma's brand is The Tiny Turner and can be found demonstrating at numerous symposia, including the recent on-line WoodturnersWorldWide event.  Emma has also maintained a steady presence on YouTube.

Be sure to visit her site (thetinyturner.co.uk) for more information and to see her gallery and store.

November Meeting Monthly

Our November meeting was originally going to be for Glenn Lucas to demonstrate his Traditional Irish Platter, but he has a personal situation arise that has forced him to have to reschedule this.

However, George was able to get Lyle Jamieson to step in on short notice, so our meeting is still on, and we will still be presenting a world-class turner for our club's membership to enjoy this month.

Lyle will be demonstrating the 'Foundations of Hollow Form Turning'.

Paul is doing a great job on the Newsletter, and in particular he is trying to keep a virtual Show and Tell going for us all to present one of our pieces to the club.

If you've completed something really cool this month, email a SINGLE high resolution picture of it to Paul by early in the month.  Please put "<Current Month> Picture" in the subject line.

We have added a new option to our website for renewing your club membership or for making donations to GCWA.  You are welcome to continue to renew at the membership desk (when we next meet in person), by sending in a check, or by using this new online method.  The online method does cost slightly more simply to defray the costs of providing this service.

2020 Ornament Exchange Is On!

GCWA traditionally held an annual Ornament exchange at the December meeting.  Even with our virtual-only meeting approach, the Board still wants to have an ornament exchange, which has always been a significant annual event.  As such, we have devised a plan to maintain this treasured tradition.

To simplify this exchange as best we can, we must limit the exchange this year to one ornament per member.  Make one, and only one ornament for the exchange, and send a good photo of it with your name and a short description of the ornament to gcwa.how@gmail.com by 6 PM Monday, December 7, 2020.

The photos will be assigned a unique number along with the maker's name, and then assembled into a PowerPoint-type slideshow, which will be shown as part of and during the December
general (virtual) meeting on Saturday, December 19, 2020, as well as showcased in the December Newsletter and on this website.

For the drawings, the first ornament will be displayed, and we will 'spin' our very own virtual Wheel of Fortune. The member whose name comes up on the wheel will 'receive' that first
ornament. The second ornament will displayed and 'given' (virtually) to the second member by a spin of the virtual wheel, and so on, until all ornaments have been 'won'. Each participating
member will then have one new ornament and only two members with whom he or she must communicate in order to complete the ornament exchange in 'real life' -- the person who won
their ornament and the person whose ornament they are to receive!

It will be up to each member to communicate with their two unique members to complete the ornament exchange (contact info for members can be found in the Member Roster section of the Forum). The non-virtual (real life) exchange could possibly entail such arrangements as holding the ornament to give to the member at the next (and first) in-person meeting in 2021, mailing the ornament (or agreeing
to pay the postage to have your ornament mailed to you), or meeting safely in person to personally deliver the ornament.  Or....whatever you both mutually agreed to.

We really want this year's annual ornament exchange to transcend and eclipse the many complications and disruptions that have plagued us during 2020.

Participation amidst the pandemic will give your ornament special significance and help in making it even more special because of this year's difficulties. Please participate, and make this
year's exchange one of the best we've ever had.

Art League of Baytown - Event Cancelled

The Art League of Baytown has cancelled this event, unfortunately. 

As we get more details on whether this event will be rescheduled for a future date, we will let you know.  I know some of you will be especially disappointed, as some recent projects look to have been targeted to this event.

While you are a captive at home, we hope you are taking advantage of the time to spend more time on the lathe turning for Empty Bowls!

If you have turned a few bowls and would like us to pick those up for delivery to Empty Bowls, please reach out and let us know.

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.

GCWA is a 501(c)(3) public charity organization, and the primary 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.  We utilize the artistic and technical skills we help develop to support several sister charities in our communities, such as Empty Bowls and Beads of Courage, as well as sponsor numerous scholarships for deserving students in the area.

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!

- Chuck 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.