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.

This Club year GAW will be supporting The Cotswold Prostate Cancer Group Charity.

Date for your diaries, we will be attending the Frampton Country Fair again this year on Sunday 8th Spetember. More details to follow.

NATURE IN ART museum and Art gallery will be hosting ”Art from the Tree” July 2nd to July 21st. This includes the Ray Key Tribute Collaboration Exhibition involving 111 turners from five continents. In addition there will be demonstrations every day from 2-7 July. The AGWB travelling exhibition. The Masters in Turning Exhibition. An exhibition of local turners and clubs work. Entrance fee £5.25 adults / £4.75 concessions / £15 family.


 Next Meeting

Wednesday July 10th, 7.30pm at RFC Hucclecote.

We will have Gianni Deidda who will be demonstrating using a scroll saw. 

“My name is Gianni Deidda and I was born in Sardinia. I have spent the majority of my life living here in England with my wife, Diane.

Although I worked for many years in the plastics industry, I have always held a passion for creating things from wood. As a young boy I made many items using a hand held fretsaw and about 16 years ago I started creating pieces using a scroll saw machine. I am constantly trying new ideas & create a variety of wooden products, both functional & decorative. I use mainly English woods which I source locally but I also utilise recycled timber wherever possible.
I am passionate about handmade crafts & often hold demonstrations to promote this craft & show what can be created from a simple piece of wood. I am keen to pass on my knowledge & skills to anyone who may be interested to learn & hope to hold workshops in the future.”

Now this is something a little bit different from our normal wood turning demonstrations. This is sure to be very interesting, I’m sure you will be amazed at what can be produced on a scroll saw and the skill and quality of Gianna’s work. Come and be inspired at another aspect of woodwork.


 Wednesday will be wood sales.

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.




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 Dave Walesby.

Dave receiving his Trophy and Axminster voucher from John Palmer.

Also the Chairman’s Challenge Cup was awarded to John Palmer for services rendered.

John Palmer receiving his Trophy from John Hawkeswell.


 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 ‘Bud Vase’, please bring this to the ‘July meeting’  meeting Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans’ named and highlighted in red Bud Vase – July 19 or click on the link below.


Looking forward after the Bud Vase the forthcoming challenges are a Bowl, Candlestick and 2 more to be announced. In total 5 pieces, members need to complete a minimum of 3 to be eligible for the Axminster voucher.

The winner of 2018/2019 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is Dave Walesby who received a £50 Axminster voucher..

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.

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 – places now available.

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 – Discount for GAW Members on selected products.

Toolite of Mitcheldean are one of GAW sponsors and offer all GAW members a 10% discount on selected products. Please check prior to purchase. Take your membership badge as proof of GAW membership.