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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Next Meeting

Wednesday, May 9th at 7.30pm with Jason Breach.

Plus an all day seminar on Thursday May 10th. This will be an all day demonstration with Jason held at the Hucclecote Rugby club from 10 – 4pm. Tea and coffee will be available but please bring a packed lunch. Tickets available from Simon Bland at the April meeting, £15 advance, £18 on the day. For more information on Jason please see NOT TO BE MISSED.

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


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 Round tree.


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

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 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.

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.                                                                                           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.



 Turn ‘n’ Win

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

The subject for the next month of “any recentMaceeded 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 Platter in February. Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans‘ Page. This is the last item for the 2017/18 year. Now closed until the Challenge restarts for 2018.

The winner of 2017/2018 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is John Conway.

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 –


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.