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.

Date for your diaries, we will be attending the Frampton Country Fair again this year on Sunday 8th September.  We will have a covered stall where we will have a charity craft stall supporting the Cotswold Prostate Cancer Group, along with a lathe for demonstrations.
We are in desperate need for small turned items that we can sale easily, so members please do your bit and if you can only manage a couple of items then fine it all adds up. Wood can be supplied if required.


 Next Meeting

Wednesday September 11th, 7.30pm at RFC Hucclecote.

We will have Emma Cook

”The Tiny Turner”.

My name is Emma. I am 32 years old. I hail from the great county of West Yorkshire; and standing at the mighty height of 4 feet, 10 and a half inches, you may be able to understand why I adopted the business name of ‘The Tiny Turner’!

I adore working with wood because it has a story and a soul of its own. Each piece has lived its own life and that is what makes it so unique.

I have loved being creative from when I was little… Well, smaller than I am now! There was nothing I couldn’t make with cardboard and a roll of sticky tape! I also, very importantly, believe in dragons. But then, who doesn’t?
How did I become involved in my craft?

I have been involved with woodwork since the age of 16; when curiosity and intrigue had me marveling at the creations my younger brother, and my uncle, were producing on their lathes. I ended up tagging along with my brother – James – to our local woodturning supply shop – and walked out with an offer to work for them on Saturdays. I leapt at the opportunity. My brother (being only 15 at the time and under the legal working age) was highly unimpressed: I had ‘stolen’ his job. Evil older sister!!

Nevertheless, I worked at the shop for two years, where I had the wonderful opportunities of meeting many talented woodturners and craftsmen, and became a student of Tony Wilson – a seated woodturner – whom I greatly admire still to this day. I began to become involved in various woodwork shows via Tony, inevitably meeting many new people with all sorts of different skills.

At the North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show in 2008, I was introduced to Michael Painter – one of the few Master Carvers left in the UK. He suggested I tried my hand at carving. Terrified and overwhelmed by the finesse of Michael’s work, I tentatively agreed to come and take a peek at what his lessons entailed…

…After two years of sporadic lessons from Michael, as I was trying to complete my degree in Performance Design at Leeds University, Michael offered to train me professionally. And really, that is where I am at the moment: I am still working with Michael with the aim of becoming the next Master Carver in England!!



 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 ‘WhatsApp group’ is administered by Graham Ricketts, if you would like to be part of this group then Graham can be contacted via email or mobile 07436 009288.


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 2019 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 ‘Natural Edge Bowl’, please bring this to the September  meeting. Please find plan on ‘Free Project Plans’ named and highlighted in purple Natural Edges Bowl or click on the link below.

Natural Edge Bowl

Looking forward after the Natural Edged Bowl the forthcoming challenges are a 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. Bud Vase already completed.

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.

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 – completed.

Thursday July 11th – completed.

Thursday November 14th – book now to avoid disappointment. (Members only)

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 selected products. Please check prior to purchase. Take your membership badge as proof of GAW membership.