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.                                              

 Next Meeting

Wednesday, October 10th at 7.30pm with Sue Harker.

My journey into woodturning started at the turn of the Millennium when I bought my Husband Graham a lathe for his Birthday. Snainton Woodworking Supplies where I bought the lathe, ran a beginners night for people who purchased lathes from them. I started to go along with Graham for the social side of the evening and to show an interest in his new hobby. Before long I was so enchanted with the beauty of timber and the endless possibilities available to the holder of the tools, I had to “have a go”. I was so taken that by the end of the year (my birthday and Christmas) I was the proud owner of my own lathe and chuck.

I turned professional in 2006 and by January 2007 was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners run by the Worshipful Company of Turners, London. In March the same year The Worshipful Company of Turners awarded me a Bursary to assist with the development of my career in woodturning.

For more information on Sue please see her website

Don’t forget we have a whole day’s demonstration with Sue on October 11th, please see below for more detail. 


Also on Wednesday will be the wood sales and a chance to sell your own Woodworking Tools/Equipment  on a Members Sale Table  from 7 – 7.30pm. Members will be responsible for selling there own items. Turn and Win for a chance to win a bottle of wine, anything you have turned in July/August Novice Challenge, please bring your bud vase to the October meeting.


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


LATEST 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.


Sue Harker will be our October Demonstrator for the club evening and an exciting all day demo on Thursday 11th October. Tickets are available now from Les Cooper, contact or see Les on a club night. Tickets £15, your chance to see yet again, a top wood turning demonstration.


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 John Conway. Also the Chairman’s Challenge Cup was awarded to Pete Roundtree, who you can see being presented with the cup by John Palmer.

Photograph supplied by John Grayson




 Turn ‘n’ Win

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

The subject for the month of August “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 2018 will be a Bud Vase, please bring this to the October meeting Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans‘ Page. 

The winner of 2017/2018 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is John Conway, below you can see John being presented with the trophy by John Palmer.

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.
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.

 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.



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.