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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Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm

GAW Christmas Social

  • Chris Eagle – talk on Tewkesbury Abbey candlestick
  • Bring and Share Buffet supper
  • Pay bar open
  • Fun team quiz
  • Christmas Raffle – all donations will go to Charity
  • Members turnings exhibition – If you have made something special during the year please bring it along.
  • Turning Competition (1) – Turn ‘n’ Win – any Christmas themed turned item,
  • Turning Competition (2) – A tippy-top competition. Plans available here. Only  wooden turned tippy-tops spinned by hand. We will messure which one could spin the longest on the top.
  • Turning Competition (3) – A wizard wand competition

(Next shop sale in January and wood sale is in February)
Guests (£3) and new members always welcome.



 Latest Monthly Report

September – Bob Field (pole lathe)

To see more photos from the night go to Previous Demonstration/Sep 2016 – Bob Field


 Turn ‘n’ Win

From 2015 GAW is hosting Turn ‘n’ Win challenge.

2015/2016 year winner is:

Graham Parker

DSC_0283-1024x683For more details please check GAW Chalanges/Turn ‘n’ Win

The subjects for the next months is:
October – A turned pen
November – Tippe Top (plan and tips available here)
December – Christmas decoration/ornament

Pagoda Box Collage


 The Len Thomas Novice Challenge

Thanks for your Bud Vases at the July meeting.

2015/2016 winner was announced at 2016 April meeting:

Graham Parker

DSC_0284-1024x683The next project for 2016/17 will be an apple, plan is available on Free Project Plans page.

For more details about this Challenge please go to GAW Challenges/The Len Thomas Novice Challenge


GAW Spring 2016 Newsletter

Please click the link below to open GAW’s Spring 2016 Newsletter.

Spring 2016.



  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.


Axminster Discounts

GAW are pleased to announce that they have negotiated the following discounts for GAW members from Axminster Power Tool Centre.

7% off Woodturning Lathes
10% off all other items in their ‘Woodturning’ section
£200 minimum order value

These discounts only apply to woodturning lathes and items in their ‘Woodturning’ section.  It does not apply to their ‘Quantity Discount’ prices or other ‘Offer’ prices.

All orders will need to be placed via GAW so if you would like to take advantage of these offers please see Phil Hartwell on a club night or email him at ..

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