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September Second Tuesday OSN Virtual Meeting

Kirk De Heers will be our guest demonstrator for our September 2nd Tuesday virtual Open Shop Night.   This was really popular, so we are hoping our club members can join us for this as well. 

The topic will be Surface Enhancements, including dyes, reactive paints, airbrushing, among others.


September Meeting Monthly

John Beaver will be our guest presenter for our September 19th monthly meeting.  John is the inventor of the Wavy Bowl, which was demonstrated at SWAT a few years ago, and that is the topic for this month's meeting as well.

As with our past few months, this will be a virtual meeting, and as such, is only available to club members, but you can sign up now online!

August Club Meeting

This August we had Art Liestman his lost wood process as a virtual demonstration.  This was a process where you laminate pieces together to turn, and then decompose the pieces, remove the center piece as waste, and glue the two other sections back together to form a new shape that is more of an oval.

For club members, we have a link to this recorded video on the Member's Section if you either missed it the first time, or would like to rewatch it as you prepare to try this technique yourself.

You can learn more about Art on his website:  https://artliestman.com

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 August.  Please put 'August 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.

Luna Ford Award Winner for 2020

John Schlobohm was selected by our Club President as the 2020 Luna Ford Award recipient for his ongoing contributions to the club.  As most of you know, John has been running the Raffle now for several years, regularly teaches classes at SWAT, is always there to mentor and support fellow club members in any number of ways, as a few examples of what led to this selection.  Congratulations, John, well earned!

For those of you who may not be familiar with this award or with Luna Ford himself,  this is an award given to a member who has contributed to advancing the club and to the art and craft of woodturning in the community at large.  It is given in memory of one of our original club members who embodied the essence of this award.

Art League of Baytown
The Art League of Baytown has invited members of GCWA to participate in their show and fundraiser in January 2021, The Culture of Tea. It will be anything related to tea and have both 2D (I assume paintings) and 3D pieces. The show is composed of two sections, an invitational exhibit and a competition.

They say: "you might want to participate in our invitational exhibit this coming January. All pieces are to be for sale. Artist gets 70%; our gallery gets 30%. We collect and pay sales tax and cover credit card fees. We would like to get 2 or 3 wood pieces for our invitational exhibit. Also, we would like to have some of your members enter their wood craft in our art competition."

It isn't clear if the turnings in the competition must be for sale.

Please contact me if you have an interest or questions.
Chuck Graham

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.