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.

This Club year GAW will be supporting The Cotswold Prostate Cancer Group Charity.

Date for your diaries, we will be attending the Frampton Country Fair again this year on Sunday 8th Spetember. More details to follow.

NATURE IN ART museum and Art gallery will be hosting ”Art from the Tree” July 2nd to July 21st. This includes the Ray Key Tribute Collaboration Exhibition involving 111 turners from five continents. In addition there will be demonstrations every day from 2-7 July. The AGWB travelling exhibition. The Masters in Turning Exhibition. An exhibition of local turners and clubs work. Entrance fee £5.25 adults / £4.75 concessions / £15 family.


 Next Meeting

Wednesday August 14th, 7.30pm at RFC Hucclecote.

We will have Rick Dobney  AWGB Demonstrator and Tutor.

I first took to woodturning in 2008 and have since been developing my skills, ideas and portfolio. I’m an active member of Sheffield Woodturning Club where I’ve been fortunate to see demonstrations from many of the best turners on the circuit.

Turning is a therapeutic change from my desk based day job where I work in IT. In the fullness of time, I hope woodturning will overtake IT as my main occupation but in the meantime I aim to further develop my skills and share what I’ve learned with other enthusiasts and beginners alike.

So what style of turning do I do….? I’ll have a go at anything, I sincerely think this is the only way to develop a broad skill base. I do take commissions so please contact me to discuss any requirements but please note I am not a production turner. Have a look at the Gallery pages for some examples of my work. I’ve added a few Projects showing a bit more of the making process which may also be of interest.

I completed the AWGB demonstrator training course in 2015. Since then I’m pleased to have been invited to present my ideas and original techniques to many woodturning clubs across the country. Please have a look at my Diary for past and future demonstrations.

In March 2017 I took the AWGB Approved Tutor assessment which I’m pleased to say I passed.


 Wednesday will be shop sales.

Also on Wednesday there will be a sales table available with a chance to sell your own Woodworking Tools/Equipment.  ‘Members Sale Table’  from                7 – 7.30pm. Members will be responsible for selling there own items.

Turn and Win, bring anything you have recently turned  for a chance to win a bottle of wine.




NEWS. We now have the opportunity to support members wishing to further improve their wood turning skills beyond the Beginners Course. For the availability of Master Class Tutors please contact for more information or contact a committee member on a club night.

GAW ‘WhatsApp group’ is administered by Graham Ricketts, if you would like to be part of this group then Graham can be contacted via email or mobile 07436 009288.



GAW Smock Badge

New GAW Smock badge is now available £5. Plus a GAW body warmer to order at £22.


Hands on evening at the January meeting. 


Some photo’s from July’s demonstration with Les Thorne.


Some photo’s from Mays demonstration featuring Jason Breach


Annual AGM was held in April and was very successful.

Winner of the Len Thomas Trophy was Dave Walesby.

Dave receiving his Trophy and Axminster voucher from John Palmer.

Also the Chairman’s Challenge Cup was awarded to John Palmer for services rendered.

John Palmer receiving his Trophy from John Hawkeswell.


 Turn ‘n’ Win

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

The subject for the month is any recent made item”
  Please bring your “turned item” for a chance to win a bottle of wine. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS EVENT IN ORDER FOR ITS CONTINUED SUCCESS.

Pagoda Box Collage


 The Len Thomas Novice Challenge

The next project for 2019 will be a ‘Natural Edge Bowl’, please bring this to the September  meeting. Please find plan on ‘Free Project Plans’ named and highlighted in purple Natural Edges Bowl or click on the link below.

Natural Edge Bowl

Looking forward after the Natural Edged Bowl the forthcoming challenges are a Candlestick and 2 more to be announced. In total 5 pieces, members need to complete a minimum of 3 to be eligible for the Axminster voucher. Bud Vase already completed.

The winner of 2018/2019 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is Dave Walesby who received a £50 Axminster voucher..

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.

IMPORTANT. You must be a member of GAW to participate for insurance purposes.
We offer 2 types of courses – spindle and bowl turning.
2019 Woodturning Course Dates. (Beginners/novices).

Thursday February 7th – completed.

Thursday July 11th – completed.

Thursday November 14th – book now to avoid disappointment. (Members only)

Typical course consists of :- Start 9am finish 3-4pm. 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.


Toolite – Discount for GAW Members on selected products.

Toolite of Mitcheldean are one of GAW sponsors and offer all GAW members a 10% discount on selected products. Please check prior to purchase. Take your membership badge as proof of GAW membership.