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 9th August at 7.30pm

Phil Shipley
Chairmaker and Chairmaking Tutor

Demonstrating for us on August Club night is Phil Shipley, the Gloucestershire based
Chairmaker and tutor. He has been teaching chairmaking since 1995. Since becoming self
employed he has taught from his own workshop in Upton st Leonards.

Two of the chairs for which Phil’s renowned.

One of Phil’s student’s making finishing touches to the arms.










Also this month wood sale.
(Next shop sale is in September)

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



 Turn ‘n’ Win

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

The subjects for the next months are:
August – any turned box

Pagoda Box Collage


 The Len Thomas Novice Challenge

The second project for 2017/18 will be Miniature Nest Box. Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans‘ Page.
The winner of 2016/2017 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is

Mike Macey

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 –

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.