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.   


WE HAVE 2 VACANCIES ON THE COMMITTE, WHY NOT COME ALONG AND HELP RUN YOUR CLUB?  In order to keep the club running well and efficient  we need fresh blood to maintain the quality of this club. Interested, then contact any member of the committee or drop a note on  the online ‘info’ form on this web site.





 Next Meeting

Wednesday, March 13th at 7.30pm with Wolfgang Schulze Zachau and his ‘Fuzzy Turns’.

My real name is Wolfgang Schulze-Zachau, and Fuzzy Rainbow is my alter ego, invented many years ago by my stepson Michael. He claims that my German identity is just a cover, and that in reality I sprang into life 4000 years ago on the planet Zorg, complete with grey hair, beer belly, glasses and beard, and I have come to Earth to explore human emotions.
In the real world I am an IT Professional. Born in 1960 in the south of Germany, I have lived in many different parts of the world, before I finally settled with my second wife Helen and her son in the West Midlands (UK).
Ever since I was a boy I have built models from wood. First it was aeroplanes, mostly gliders, and with widely varying success. Then, for many years, this came to a halt. There were kids, and too many moves, and not enough time or money to pursue this hobby. Around 15 years ago, I started building again, this time boats, mostly scratch-built. They are now dotted all around the house, and the very first one is with a good friend in Johannesburg, as it was too delicate to travel.
A few years ago we finally finished refurbishing our house, and I managed to get a proper workshop into the garden. The initial plan was to go back to my model building, and expand into making my own steam engines. So I equipped the workshop with a proper little lathe with a milling attachment, and all sorts of metal working tools. I had the good fortune to have a father who part-owned and ran a cutlery factory, and during my school holidays I would always work there to earn some pocket money. This resulted in me essentially going through a toolmaker apprenticeship, although it was never called that.
My stepson wanted to learn how to use a lathe, so I decided that a nice little project would be a mallet, turned from some Indian hardwood that made up the crates for the stone slabs in our backyard. Then my wife wanted to do something, and we made a kitchen roll stand. And then the ideas started flowing. Next was a set of three candle sticks, and before I really knew it, I had so much fun making things from wood, that I decided to explore this further.
Big mistake! The turning bug bit, and it’s got a proper hold of me. Wood turning allows me to do several things. I have a boyish delight when the shavings are flying off the lathe and, like most other people, I just love to caress a nicely finished piece of wood. All IT geeks have a creative streak somewhere, but it finds little expression in the real world, because one cannot touch software. Here, in my workshop, I can unleash my creative side, and the results are real. I can play with shape and colour and texture, and every now and then this produces some piece I haven’t seen anywhere else.
I have taken some tuition with professional wood turners, and I intend to take some more. I cannot claim to be in their league, but one of my pieces was chosen to represent the AWGB on a nationwide year-long exhibition tour. The future is bright, and it has lots of wood in it


Shop sale will be at our March meeting for all your abrasives, waxes and oils.

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.







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. 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 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 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 ‘Watch this space’, please bring this to the ‘Watch this space’  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.
2019 Woodturning Course Dates. (Beginners/novices).

Thursday February 7th FULLY BOOKED

Thursday July 11th

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 – 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.