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, November 14th at 7.30pm with Rick Dobney.
I first took to woodturning in 2008 and have since been developing my skills, ideas and portfolio. I’m an active member of Sheffield Woodturning Club where I’ve been fortunate to see demonstrations from many of the best turners on the circuit.
Turning is a therapeutic change from my desk based day job where I work in IT. In the fullness of time, I hope woodturning will overtake IT as my main occupation but in the meantime I aim to further develop my skills and share what I’ve learned with other enthusiasts and beginners alike.
So what style of turning do I do….? I’ll have a go at anything, I sincerely think this is the only way to develop a broad skill base.
I completed the AWGB demonstrator training course in 2015. Since then I’m pleased to have been invited to present my ideas and original techniques to many woodturning clubs across the country.
In March 2017 I took the AWGB Approved Tutor assessment which I’m pleased to say I passed. I now have my own workshop where I can run one to one courses tailored to individuals requirements.
For more information on Rick please see www.rickdobney.com
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. Turn and Win for a chance to win a bottle of wine, anything you have turned in July/August Novice Challenge, please bring your ‘pig’ to the January meeting.
New members and guests always welcome.
£3 guest fee.
LATEST 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 email@example.com for more information or contact a committee member on a club night.
New GAW Smock badge is now available £5. Plus a GAW body warmer at £22.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS. GAW is attending 3 charity craft fairs. The first supporting Maggies, on Saturday November 17th at the Hilton by the Double Tree in Charlton Kings. The second is at St Edwards School on Thursday evening November 22nd. Finally on Wednesday 28th, an afternoon event at the Malmaison Hotel. Jeff Ellis and his wife are running all of these stalls, donations would be welcome. If in the areas then please pop in to support Jeff and of course spend some money. It is understood these events are very well attended and you may be able to buy that special present for Christmas.
Christmas is coming and this is advance notice of our Christmas Social evening to be held on Wednesday 12th December.
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 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 August “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.
The Len Thomas Novice Challenge
The next project for 2018 will be a ‘Pig’, please bring this to the January 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. FULLY BOOKED
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.