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August Club Meeting

This August we will have Art Liestman presenting.

He will be presenting his lost wood process.

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

Zoom details will be sent to club members shortly before the meeting.


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.

By now most of you will have likely heard, but due to COVID-19 concerns, this year's SWAT event has been cancelled.

I think I echo the sentiments of most of this group that this is both highly disappointing, and the exact right thing to do in the situation.  Not enough progress has been made on reducing the risk in gathering in large groups to make this a safe event, especially for our group's demographics.

If you had already registered, SWAT is issuing refunds, and some people have reported already receiving theirs, so it looks like they are being extremely diligent about this, which is great to see.


August 2nd Tuesday Open Shop Night - 2nd Demo of the Month!

Emiliano Achaval will join us all the way from Maui as he demonstrates the turning of a low sided Hawaiian Calabash.

His presentation will include a bit of history, turning the bowl and using pewa patches on a crack Pewa means fishtail in Hawaiian. They are also known as butterfly or Flying Dutchman patches. This is sure to be a great demo and nice way to spend a Tuesday evening. round calabash bowl including the use of pewas.

Check out Emiliano’s website at: http://www.hawaiiankoaturner.com/

Zoom details will be sent to club members shortly beforehand.


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.

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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.