In 1991, a group of people met at a local tool supplier to discuss forming a club where like-minded folk could meet and enjoy all aspects of woodturning. From those small beginnings a Steering Committee launched the Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners. The Association prides itself on having introduced many people to the craft and the current membership includes turners of all skills and experience.
Our monthly meetings provide demonstrations by well know Woodturners. In the past we have benefitted from such turners as Alan Batty, Mark Baker, Mark Hancock, Phil Irons, Julie Heryet, David Springet Chris Eagles and more.
Day Seminars are regularly organised and we have had the pleasure of Nikos Siragas from Crete, Les Thorne, Bill Jones and many others. Occasionally a visit from a tool manufacturer benefits members in seeing new products and often the opportunity of buying at discounted prices. Occasionally, visits to tool and material suppliers are arranged.
A varied programme includes our annual attendance at Westonbirt Arboretum who stage and host the Festival of Wood. This provides our members the opportunity to display their work for both exhibition and sale. The event attracts huge crowds of visitors from all over the UK.
The Association is blessed with many experienced turners who are more than willing to help other members with various aspects of the craft. A video/DVD library is available every month for members to borrow from.