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 11th October at 7.30pm

Lee Stoffer
Spoon Carving

Hello I’m Lee and Covert Craft is the brand which represents my passion and dedication to promote valuable traditional skills and techniques.

Around ten years ago I discovered the joy of working with green (freshly cut) timber. I was fascinated when I first learned of the possibilities that this practice opened up as previously my experience had been limited to working seasoned timber with power tools which can be a rather noisy and dusty pursuit.

Carving green wood with good quality edge tools is, by comparison, a very peaceful and enjoyable way to persuade wood to take on elegant and useful forms. Since I started working this way I feel liberated and more in touch with my surroundings, I love to spend time in the woods where my favourite materials grow, experiencing and being inspired by nature.

I enjoy carving a variety of British hardwoods as they have such varied properties and characteristics and I strive to explore the possibilities each has to offer in my craft.


October meeting – wood sale.
(Next shop sale is in November)

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


We will be demonstrating at the Nature in Art Museum, Sandhurst, at there Gift and Craft Fair 2017. This is a 2 day event held on the 28th & 29th October. There will be wood turned items for sale as well as live wood turning demonstration. Also you can try your hand at wood burning (Pyrography) under supervision. Last years show was a great success.

Tony Wilson demonstrator all day event on Saturday 14th October at Down Hatherley Village hall. Tickets will be on sell at the next meeting. £15 beforehand, £18 on the day.




 Turn ‘n’ Win

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

The subjects for the next months are:
October – a utensil (for example a spoon)

Pagoda Box Collage


 The Len Thomas Novice Challenge

The next project for 2017/18 will be a Pine Tree in October. Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans‘ Page.

The winner of 2016/2017 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is

Mike Macey

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.