Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners

The Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners (GAW) was formed in 1991 and today has over 120 members.  We are a voluntary, non-profit making organisation which exists to promote woodturning in a friendly atmosphere.  We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Hucclecote Rugby Club in Gloucester and at most meetings we have a top class demonstrator.  New members and visitors are always welcome.

Next Meeting                                                          Big Lottery Logo

 December 13th at 7.30pm

GAW’s Christmas Event

Food – a bring and share supper.

Quiz – fun quiz’s with prizes.

Turners Gallery – bring along your turnings to display.

Raffle – with lots of prizes.

Bar – the bar will be open throughout the evening.

**Canons** – to fire ping pong balls, prizes for the longest shot and best turned out, see below for more info.

Partners are most welcome, no visitor fee.

Rules for the **Canons** – Capable of firing a pin pong ball as far as possible, only using elastic bands as the power medium. Ping pong ball being 40mm in diameter. So get your thinking caps on and see what you can design and produce, it should provide some worth while “ping pong” excitement at this years event. Don’t forget only wood and elastic bands allowed, plus don’t forget its all for ‘fun’.

New members and guests always welcome.
£3 guest fee.

2018 Membership subscription now due.


January meeting – For Sale Table. Advance notice that as part of the January meeting there will be a for sale table where members may bring along any woodworking item they wish to sell.

Beginners Course. Took place on Thursday 9th November at Down Hatherly Village Hall. 7 candidate’s enjoyed the day and went home with a finished garden dibber. During the day they learnt various tool names and techniques. 

We offer 2 types of courses – spindle and bowl turning.

IMPORTANT. You must be a member of GAW to participate for insurance purposes.

Quote from the course “Firstly, the beginners workshop was fabulous!” 

2018 Woodturning Course Dates. (Beginners/novices).                                         Thursday 29th March.                                                                                                   Thursday 19th July.                                                                                                         Thursday 22nd November.                                                                                           Typical course consists of :-                                                                                             Start 9am finish 4pm. 2 pupils to 1 tutor.                                                               Spindle turning (dibber or similar) bowl turning.                                                  Light lunch included.                                                                                                             All for the cost of £15.                                                                                                     Limited places so booking early is recommended.

2018 Demonstrator program now available on the “Meetings/Events” page. A very exciting line up of very talented/gifted craftsmen.



 Turn ‘n’ Win

For more details please check GAW Challenge/Turn ‘n’ Win

The subject for the next month of :-
 – any item .

Pagoda Box Collage


 The Len Thomas Novice Challenge

The next project for 2018 will be a Platter in February. Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans‘ Page.

The winner of 2016/2017 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is

Mike Macey

For more details about this Challenge please go to GAW Challenges/The Len Thomas Novice Challenge


Beginners Courses at Down Hatherley Village Hall

To assist complete beginners GAW offer their novice members training sessions in basic turning which are held at Down Hatherley Village Hall. There are two courses, one in bowl turning and one in spindle turning.  Even if you have been on these courses before you are welcome to come back for a refresher course.

If you would  like to put your name down for the next course please see John Hawkswell or a committee member at the next monthly meeting or email John at –

Below are photos from a recent course.  Each student turned a bowl or dibber under the guidance of tutors who are experienced members of the Club.

More photos from this day can be found on our Facebook Page


Toolite – 10% Discount for GAW Members

Toolite of Mitcheldean are one of GAW sponsors and offer all GAW members a 10% discount on all their goods at any time. Please take your membership badge as proof of GAW membership.