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 13th July at 7.30pm

Tony Wilson

Tony is on the Register of Professional Woodturners and a turner of many years experience.
He lives in Doncaster. It will be an entertaining and instructive evening.

 Also this week Shop sale

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




 Latest Monthly Report

June – Guy Ravine who was showing us how to make a emerging bowl, spindle in alternative materials and box.

To see more photos from the night go to Previous Demonstration/June 2016 – Guy Ravine


 Turn ‘n’ Win

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

2015 year winner is:

Graham Parker


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

The subjects for the next months is:
June – Any turned bowl
July – spindle work or turning in alternative materials

Pagoda Box Collage


 The Len Thomas Novice Challenge

Thanks for your Dibbers at the May meeting.
(Click here to see the photos.)

2015/2016 winner was announced at 2016 April meeting:

Graham Parker


The next project for 2016/17 will be a bud vase, follow the plan from plans page.

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


In June 2016 there will be an UK & Ireland Woodturnig Symposium in Coventry.

This show has been billed as the greatest woodturning event the UK has ever seen. And it is happening at the Hilton Hotel Coventry on the weekend 18/19th June. The organisers plan to feature :

  • Lathe and associated tool suppliers
  • Pen and project kit suppliers
  • Turning Tool Manufacturers
  • Makers and supplies of wood finishes
  • Timber blank suppliers
  • FREE to Watch Demonstrations
  • Masterclass Demonstrations (ticketed separately)
  • Reps and Stands from Woodturning Clubs and Organisations

This should be a really great event and relatively close to home. And the good news is that GAW is organising a Club outing there on Sat 18th June.
The number of people allowed in each day is limited so it would be best to secure your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

You can buy tickets direct from the organisers.

Lunch You will need to make your own arrangements for lunch.
Transport. We ask members to share private cars.

 You can find more details about this event here

John Hawkswell


GAW Autumn 2015 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.



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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