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.
GAW and the Forest of Dean Woodturners may be getting its own TV personality. Keith Fenton pictured left appears in the next episode of “Escape to the Country” on BBC1 at 3pm on Tuesday 23rd January, if for only a couple of minutes it will showcase woodturning along with the Forest of Dean.
No doubt the ratings for this show will now increase dramatically. Will it show Keith’s workshop? has he hoovered? Watch the show to find out, not to be missed. “Escape to the Country on BBC1 at 3pm on Tuesday 23rd January”.
February Wednesday 14th at 7.30pm
My work is free flowing of simple form, I believe that it should evolve from the here and now from the initial idea to completion. I may have an idea about what I am going to create, beyond this my mind is kept open and receptive to changes that evolve along the way, on occasions it may take a different path than intended.
This method allows me freedom as I work, often an unexpected change happens for a reason and should be embraced, this is a major part of the creative process and for me the difference between freedom of expression and constraint.
Wood, mixed media, texture, form and colour feature in my work which is influenced by Far Eastern philosophies, cultures as well as the natural forms and textures found in nature.
And wood sales this month.
January’s Hands on Evening was a great success with an excellent turnout of members and guests. A good start to this years exciting program.
Comments from the evening “I didn’t expect it to be so lively”, “just a note to say thank you for a lovely evening, I really enjoyed myself”.
GAW Christmas social 2017
This years Christmas Social was a great success, well attended by members and their partners. The bring and share buffet was a spread to be proud of. On show for the evening was a working carousal linked with a traction engine, the detail in these had to be seen. The carousal is a full working model. Other exhibits were on show and many comments were passed regarding the quality and workmanship. The raffle was a tremendous success with proceeds donated to CLIC.
The highlight of the evening was the “cannon firing ping pong ball competition”, this provided a great deal of banter and laughter. We had everything from a soft shot to a whirlwind projectile, no one was hurt in our firing trails but we did have a few ‘good returns’.
A massive thank you to all participates of the evening and for joining in the fun of the evening. Will take some beating next year.
Email comment received;- ” I just wanted to say how enjoyable the Christmas club night was. I have not laughed so much for a long time and the quality of the work done by members is really outstanding. JC ”
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
New members and guests always welcome.
£3 guest fee.
2018 Membership subscription now due.
Next meeting February Wednesday 14th, top wood turner demonstrator Mark Sanger, plus wood sales.
Beginners Course. Last course took place on Thursday 9th November at Down Hatherly Village Hall. 7 candidate’s enjoyed the day and went home with a finished garden dibber. During the day they learnt various tool names and techniques.
We offer 2 types of courses – spindle and bowl turning.
IMPORTANT. You must be a member of GAW to participate for insurance purposes.
Quote from the course “Firstly, the beginners workshop was fabulous!”
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.
2018 Demonstrator program now available on the “Meetings/Events” page. A very exciting line up of very talented/gifted craftsmen.
Turn ‘n’ Win
For more details please check GAW Challenge/Turn ‘n’ Win
The subject for the next month of February:- is any turned toy.
Please bring to turned toy for a chance to win a bottle of wine.
The Len Thomas Novice Challenge
The next project for 2018 will be a Platter in February. Please find plans on ‘Free Project Plans‘ Page. This is the last item for the 2017 year.
The winner of 2016/2017 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is
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.