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 September.  We will have a covered stall where we will have a charity craft stall supporting the Cotswold Prostate Cancer Group, along with a lathe for demonstrations.
We are in desperate need for small turned items that we can sale easily, so members please do your bit and if you can only manage a couple of items then fine it all adds up. Wood can be supplied if required.


 Next Meeting

Wednesday September 11th, 7.30pm at RFC Hucclecote.

We will have Emma Cook

”The Tiny Turner”.

More details to follow. Please see below for the all day event with Emma Cook demonstrating.


 Wednesday will be shop 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 ‘WhatsApp group’ is administered by Graham Ricketts, if you would like to be part of this group then Graham can be contacted via email or mobile 07436 009288.



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 2019 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 ‘Natural Edge Bowl’, please bring this to the September  meeting. Please find plan on ‘Free Project Plans’ named and highlighted in purple Natural Edges Bowl or click on the link below.

Natural Edge Bowl

Looking forward after the Natural Edged Bowl the forthcoming challenges are a 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. Bud Vase already completed.

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 – completed.

Thursday July 11th – completed.

Thursday November 14th – book now to avoid disappointment. (Members only)

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.