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.

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Jason Breach All Day Seminar -Thursday May 10th – This will be an all day demonstration at the Hucclecote Rugby Club from 10am – 4pm. Tea and coffee will be available but please bring your own packed lunch. Tickets available from the March meeting and cost £15 in advance (£18 on the day). Tickets are available from Simon Bland. For more information see

North Wiltshire Woodturners Association have an all-day demonstration with Simon Hope ( at Hook Village Hall, Nr Wootton Bassett, Wilts. SN4 8EA. Its being held on Sunday 25th March 2018 10am to 4.30pm. Refreshments provided but bring a packed lunch. Admission £20 payable on the door. More information see

2018 Subscriptions now due.


Next Meeting

 April Tuesday 10th at 7.30pm AGM


Venue change for the AGM, Wotton Hall, Barnwood, Gloucester.

NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS WANTED. The GAW April meeting is our annual AGM which is held on Tuesday 10th April uat the Wotton Hall, Barnwood, Gloucester. The AGM usually only takes about 30 minutes and this is followed by a talk. This years guest speaker is David Walton whose subject is ‘Arts and Craft Chairs from Morris to Voysey’. As well as the normal tea and coffee the bar at Wotton Hall will be open.

AGMs are usually thought of as rather boring but they are important, not only are they the Club’s details for the year presented but also the Officers and Committee members are appointed. Every committee needs regular injections of new blood to keep its planning fresh and up to date.

We are currently looking for some members to join the GAW committee. Serving as a committee member does not take much of your time, we meet on the first Wednesday of the month and meetings generally last from 7.30 tp 9.30pm. It is not compulsory to attend every meeting. If you are interested please email John Hawkswell,, or speak to a committee member at the next meeting.




GAW Christmas social 2017

This years Christmas Social was a great success, well attended by members and their partners. The bring and share buffet was a spread to be proud of.  On show for the evening was a working carousal linked with a traction engine, the detail in these had to be seen. The carousal is a full working model. Other exhibits were on show and many comments were passed regarding the quality  and workmanship. The raffle was a tremendous success with proceeds donated to CLIC.

The highlight of the evening was the “cannon firing ping pong ball competition”, this provided a great deal of banter and laughter. We had everything from a soft shot to a whirlwind projectile, no one was hurt in our firing trails but we did have a few ‘good returns’

Email comment received;-I just wanted to say how enjoyable the Christmas club night was. I have not laughed so much for a long time and the quality of the work done by members is really outstanding. JC “

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

2018 Membership subscription now due.



Next meeting March Wednesday 14th, top wood turner demonstrator Dave Appleby, plus shop sales.

AGM Tuesday 10th April at Wotton Hall

Jason Breach All Day Seminar – Thursday May 10th at Hucclecote Rugby Club.

Yandles Woodworking Show (13th & 14th April) GAW are thinking of running a bus to Yandles Woodworking Show on Friday 13th April. Cost will be around £20. If you would like to express an interest please add your name to the list on the notice board at this months meeting.

Makers Central Show – NEC 5th & 6th May In May 2018 Makers Central will be launching its first ever exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. This is a brand new event bringing together thousands of makers from around the world, from crafters & inventors to hobbyist and artists to share their passion for all things creative. There will be many woodturning and woodwork exhibitors as well as many other crafts. Looks like it could be a good day out for all the family.

Beginners Course. Last 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 March:- is any turned piece of fruit.
  Please bring your fruit for a chance to win a bottle of wine.

No item for April as its the AGM.

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. This is the last item for the 2017 year. Now closed until the Challenge restarts for 2018.

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.