Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners

The Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners (GAW) was formed in 1991 and today has over 100 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.

Given the advice issued by the government guide lines all monthly meetings at Hucclecote RFC are cancelled until further notice.
We have continued to run demonstrations using the zoom conferencing facility which have been very successful with in excess of 50 members taking part.
Also two outside shop and wood sales have taken place allowing member to re-stock essential supplies. 

We wish all members to stay safe and healthy and look forward to seeing you all at the earliest opportunity. 



 “Richard Finley 

About Richard Findley 

Richard Findley

My name is Richard Findley and I live in Leicestershire with my wife and two sons. I come from a long line of woodworkers, going back at least five generations and I have been involved in woodworking since leaving school in 1996 at 16.

I qualified as a joiner, achieving NVQ level 3 and, while working in the trade for my father, I discovered woodturning. I began by turning small pieces for furniture and cabinetry that I had made but found that I got more and more involved with the turning side of things. You could say I got hooked!

In 2006 I set up The Turner’s Workshop to pursue my passion for woodturning, working from a corner of my Dad’s factory and selling work through a shop and my website. Gradually I grew the business, gaining several regular customers and in March 2008 I moved into my own workshop in Wigston, Leicestershire. Here I am fully equipped to make almost any kind of turned work.

RPT logoIn 2010, having gradually built my business, I finally went full time and was accepted onto the Register of Professional Turners, supported by The Worshipful Company of Turners in October of that year. Click on the links to find out more about these organisations.


In November of 2010, I had my first in a series of articles published in Woodturning Magazine entitled ‘Tips from a professional workshop’. The following year I wrote ‘Diary of a professional turner’ which was very well received by the readers. I continue to write for the magazine on a regular basis and have had well over 100 articles published, as well as appearing on the front cover for issue 233 and 243.

Magazine cover issue 233Woodturning Magazine cover 243






Its essential that your EMAIL ADDRESS IS UP TO DATE for you to receive the latest details from the club. This will include the log on details etc. for each zoom demonstration.  The details are also posted on the ‘members only’ web page.


GAW Wood & Shop Sale – success story !

We have now run three outdoor shop and wood sales plus one click and collect at Hucclecote Rugby Football Club.
All three  have been very successful.


Please note
that there is a comprehensive guide to using zoom on any device here.  If your device does not have a microphone or camera you can still watch – indeed you may want to turn off the camera and microphone anyway.

You can still watch some live wood-turning demos during lock-down – details HERE

Alternatively, see what our members have been up to during lock-down with the Corona Gallery.  If you’d like your work included in the next edition then please send some pictures and a description to Mike Macey.



Have you downloaded any of these plans and turned the project?
How did it go?
What other plans would you like to see here?
All plans are on the ‘free project plans’ page.
Please let us know.





2021 January, GAW demonstrator programme, under the current circumstances we can only look forward by 3 months.

*See the latest plan by John Hawkeswell “pillar clock project”, now available under free plans or clink the link* Pillar Clock project


See the members only page for an updated 2020 DVD list

Look at the 2020 gallery to see the latest work from members. Want to share an idea then let us know.


The 2019/20 Len Thomas Novice Challenge was won by Mark Pickering and the 2019/20 Chairman’s Cup for 2020/2021 has been awarded to Jeff Ellis. 
Congratulations to Mark and Jeff.

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 grahamricketts”at” or mobile 07436 009288.


Members only page now has Chestnut finishing school information, not a complete list but pretty comprehensive.


An Extract from the February 2020 Woodturning magazine.
“A Turning Journey”

When I was still working five years ago I asked my daughter for a woodturning lesson as a Christmas present but then changed my mind, deciding it wasn’t such a good idea while I was still working. So instead she brought me a years membership for Gloucestershire’s Association of Woodturners (GAW) and I have never looked back.
Want to know more then read the full article, click here ;-  A Turning Journey


Hands on evening at the January 2019 meeting.

Some photo’s from July’s demonstration with Les Thorne.


Len Thomas Trophy

The Len Thomas Challenge

Presented annually to the novice turner who produces the best work in a series of challenges

Bowl on LatheBeginners’ Courses

Details of courses offered to members starting out in wood turning

Turn ‘n’ Win

Monthly Competition to win a bottle of wine in a non-judged gallery

Pagoda Box CollageToolite

Toolite of Mitcheldean are one of GAW sponsors and offer all GAW members a discount of up to 10% on selected products. Please check prior to purchase. Take your membership badge as proof of GAW membership.



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