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.      

***Donations required for our forthcoming charity events, please see below.                                        

 Next Meeting

Wednesday, December 12th at 7.30pm

Christmas is coming and this is advance notice of our Christmas Social evening to be held on Wednesday 12th December. PARTNERS ARE WELCOME.


Next sales will be at our January meeting and this will be a shop sale.

Also on Wednesday will be the shop sales and a chance to sell your own Woodworking Tools/Equipment  on a Members Sale Table  from 7 – 7.30pm. Members will be responsible for selling there own items. Turn and Win will start again in February, for a chance to win a bottle of wine.

Novice Challenge, please bring your ‘pig’ to the January meeting.


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


LATEST 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 Smock Badge

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


FORTHCOMING EVENTS. GAW is attending 3 charity craft fairs. The first supporting Maggies, on Saturday November 17th at the Hilton by the Double Tree in Charlton Kings. The second is at St Edwards School on Thursday evening November 22nd. Finally on Wednesday 28th, an afternoon event at the Malmaison Hotel. Jeff Ellis and his wife are running all of these stalls, donations would be welcome. If in the areas then please pop in to support Jeff and of course spend some money. It is understood these events are very well attended and you may be able to buy that special present for Christmas.

***Attention all members we need some donations for this charity event, please. Ideally some medium to large bowls would be welcome plus any other items. If you are able and willing then please bring these to the November Club night. Thank you in anticipation.



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 John Conway. Also the Chairman’s Challenge Cup was awarded to Pete Roundtree, who you can see being presented with the cup by John Palmer.

Photograph supplied by John Grayson




 Turn ‘n’ Win

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

The subject for the month of August “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 2018 will be a ‘Pig’, please bring this to the January  meeting Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans‘ Page. 

The winner of 2017/2018 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is John Conway, below you can see John being presented with the trophy by John Palmer.

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 –

IMPORTANT. You must be a member of GAW to participate for insurance purposes.
We offer 2 types of courses – spindle and bowl turning.
2018 Woodturning Course Dates. (Beginners/novices).

Thursday 29th March.

Thursday 19th July.

Thursday 22nd November. FULLY BOOKED

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.

 Last course took place on Thursday 29th March at Down Hatherly Village Hall.                    7 candidate’s enjoyed the day and went home with a finished garden dibber or a turned bowl. During the day they learnt various tool names and techniques, a most light hearted and enjoyable day.

Comments from the day “I really enjoyed yesterdays spindle training session and got a lot from it. I would like to register my interest in doing the bowl turning training course. Can you put my name down on the waiting list for either the July or November course” Bill Howard. “Thank you to everyone involved in todays beginners course. I had a great day and good to meet you all. Many thanks to my teacher Mike, my teacher for today, I learnt a lot from you” Mike Cooper.



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.