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2020 Retreat

The 2020 Retreat date is set and the facility reserved.  Mark your calendars now and tell your spouse to block that weekend off the social calendar, you're spoken for already!  March 13 - March 15.  Nell Wheeler is our Retreat Coordinator this year, and if she or one of the other volunteer leads reaches out to request your help, please try your best to assist, whether that is to teach a class, loan a mini/midi lathe, help with wood, or any of the other myriad of work that goes into making this the most successful retreat of its kind in the US.

We have our first 70 people signed up out of a typical 90 participants, so 20 of you need to get your forms turned in! 

For more information, please see our 2020 Spring Retreat page under the Calendar menu, or simply click here.

An email will be sent with a complete list of who is registered for which classes between March 4th and March 5th, there are just too many changes that typically occur close to the event to publish a list sooner, and not expect to have to send out revisions, which can lead to confusion and frustration.  So we apologize to those who would like to be told sooner, but this generally works best, and is still plenty of advance notice to pull the right tools together.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

We are a volunteer organization, and literally nothing happens without someone stepping up and volunteering to help.  And without some new volunteers stepping up, a few things we all rely on may stop happening relatively soon:

  • Photographer - We need to find a few people willing to take a turn on occasion to take photographs during our Club Meetings.  These photographs are part of what make the Newsletter and this Website a vibrant and colorful reminder of the Demos, of Show and Tell, and of the people that make up GCWA.  Also let Chuck know if you'd be willing to be a photographer at a few club meetings a year.
  • Trailer Storage - As a club, we spend a significant percentage of our club dues simply to store our trailer and various club-owned materials.  In the past, we had a facility that had a yard and small storage area we used at no cost, and it would be great to find a location that isn't too far away from our meeting facility (I-10/Wirt) where we could securely store the trailer at no cost.  If you might have an option we could consider, please let Chuck or Walter M. know, and it could literally save us nearly $2000 a year (the dues of 77 people!).

We would like to thank Paul Mugridge for stepping in and taking over the Newsletter Editor responsibilities from John.  Paul has now published his first newsletter, and it can be found here.  Thank you Paul!

For March, we will have both the Retreat and the monthly club meeting.  we have rescheduled the demo with Jim Keller, and he will be our March demonstrator.

We are working with Jim on the exact demo topic, so watch her for more information.

To see some of Jim's amazing turned creations, check out his website here.


For April, we will have Janice Levi providing the club with a taste of the AAW Symposium, as she presents us with her symposium demonstration before they get to see it in Louisville!

As any club member will tell you, Janice is one of most multi-talented artists, and brings both technical and artistry skills together in her work.

Check out some of her pieces on her website here.

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.