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. 

WORKSHOP FOR SALE and  JET DC-950A Dust Collector.


 Next Meeting

Wednesday June 12th, 7.30pm at RFC Hucclecote.

We will have demonstrator Colin Simpson – Former Editor of “Woodturning”.


I have been woodturning for about 28 years and sell my work through select galleries and the National Trust,
I use storm felled or otherwise damaged trees which I convert myself.
I am proud to have been accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners. I am also proud to have been given the job of Editor of the internationally renowned Magazine Woodturning which I held for two years. I now write regularly for this and other magazines.
I have demonstrated the craft of woodturning in USA, New Zealand and throughout Europe.
I enjoy teaching my craft to beginners and can offer useful advice to the more experienced turner. I run woodturning courses both in my own workshop in Devon and at West Dean College in West Sussex. 
For more detail on Colin please see


 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 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 ‘Bud Vase’, please bring this to the ‘July meeting’  meeting Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans’ named and highlighted in red Bud Vase – July 19 or click on the link below.


Looking forward after the Bud Vase the forthcoming challenges are a Bowl, 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.

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.

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.
2019 Woodturning Course Dates. (Beginners/novices).

Thursday February 7th FULLY BOOKED

Thursday July 11th – places now available.

Thursday November 14th

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 all their goods at any time. Please take your membership badge as proof of GAW membership.