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, July 11th at 7.30pm with Les Thorne. 

Les Thorne has been on the Register for Professional Turners since 2001 after spending the majority of his life involved with wood in some capacity.

Initially specialising in batch turning his work has now diversified into more teaching, writing and demonstrating both home and abroad. Texturing and colouring has increasingly been appearing more and more in his current work, this is partly due to naturally beautiful timbers being more difficult to obtain with the cost becoming prohibitive. The other reason he states is that it is just a lot of fun and anyone who meets Les will testify to the fact that he just loves turning and helping other people attain their dreams. Les was awarded the Worshipful Company of Turners bursary award in 2007 which enabled him to spend more time some other innovative turners in the UK which has seen his work develop even further.

Plus on the Thursday an all day demonstration with Les Thorne, not to be missed.

Also on Wednesday will be the shop 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.

Novice Challenge. 

Turn & Win. Please bring any turned item for a chance to win a bottle of wine. You have to be in it to win it. Its free.

Can we ask that all members please wear their club badges to all meetings.

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


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 June “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 first project for 2018 will be a Bowl, please bring this to the August 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.