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October Second Tuesday OSN Virtual Meeting

For the October Virtual Open Shop we will be joined by YouTube celebrity turner Mike Peace.

Mike will be demonstrating a holiday ornament project.  This is well timed for getting into the holiday turning spirit.  So GCWA club members can join us on Tuesday at 6:00 pm and interact with Mike.  Check out his YouTube channel Mike Peace Woodturning and his web site at http://www.mikepeacewoodturning.com.

September Second Tuesday OSN Virtual Meeting - One Time Rebroadcast Allowed!

Our September event featured Kirk DeHeer doing a demo on Air Brushing Techniques from his shop in Provo, Utah.  It was a good demo and Kirk is always a fun guy to spend some time with.  Craft Supplies no longer sells the pre-made airbrush templates that a number of turners have used.  During the course of the interaction Kirk divulged a source for the materials and suggesting for creating our own templates.

Kirk does not allow recording of his demos.  However, he did agree to having his demo recorded for a one-time rebroadcast.  This will allow club members who were not able to attend our Virtual Open Shop to still see his demo.  The rebroadcast is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 25, 2020.  So, mark your calendars.

October Meeting Monthly

This month we will have internationally famous turner Nick Agar doing a virtual presentation to the club on his famous Viking Bowl.

I had the pleasure to take a week long class from Nick at Arrowmont a few years ago, and one of the projects from that class was this Viking Bowl.  Nick is an amazing instructor, and a true artist.  I am very much looking forward to this session, and highly encourage joining us for this virtual presentation.

The Viking bowl is a mix of surface embellishments, bowl turning, air brushing, and other surface enhancements.

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 October.  Please put 'October 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.

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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.