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.
Wednesday 8th Match at 7.30pm
Ron Caddy the ‘Penmaker’ started as a general woodturner but for the past 15 years has concentrated on creating pen’s of distinction.
The first pen kits were introduced into the UK in 1989 by Nick Davidson of Craft Supplies Derbyshire now part of Turners Retreat.
Ron tells the story of how George Bush wanted something made in America as a special gift for Vice President Dick Cheney but couldn’t find anything – everything was made in China!
Barry Gross who now owns Arizona Silhouette was given the job and came up with hand-made pens incorporating an inlaid presidential seal !
Below are some examples of Ron’s work.
For more please visit his website thepenmakers.co.uk
Also this month shop sale
(Next wood sale is in June)
Guests (£3) and new members always welcome.
Turn ‘n’ Win
For more details please check GAW Chalanges/Turn ‘n’ Win
The subjects for the next months are:
March – any turned candlesticks
April – smallest thing you have turned
The Len Thomas Novice Challenge
The first project for 2017/18 will be announced soon .
Winner of 2016/2017 will be announced at the AGM in Aapril.
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.