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 are cancelled until further notice..
We wish all members to stay safe and healthy and look forward to seeing you all at the earliest opportunity.  We are also looking forward to seeing the results of all the time you will no doubt be spending on your lathes !  Don’t be shy, send a photo to Mike so we can all see them on the website.


 Next Meeting, please see statements above.


 Next wood or shop sales will be at the next meeting.

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.

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.





Tormek are doing a live demo on sharpening knife’s, April 2nd 3.30pm Swedish time on You Tube.

2019/20 Len Thomas Novice Challenge has been wpm by Mark Pickering.
2019/20 Chairman’s Cup has been awarded to Jeff Ellis.
Congratulations to Mark and Jeff.

Have you look at the members gallery lately, new items added on a regular bases.

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.

Last year GAW supported The Cotswold Prostate Cancer Group Charity.
We are currently looking for suggestions for this years 2020 charity, if you are aware of a worthy local charity then please see a committee member or drop us an email.

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.

SCROLL SAW PLANS from Gianni Deidda. We have a large file from Gianni (28MB) which is available to members only. Ideally you need a Dropbox account to access this information, other wise it is possible to download on to a memory stick. For more information contact

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 aticle, click here ;-  A Turning Journey


Hands on evening at the January 2019 meeting.

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


 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

Unfortunately we have had to cancel 2020 Novice challenge. The winner of 2019/2020 Len Thomas Novice Challenge is Mark Pickering who received a £50 Axminster voucher.. Congratulants to Mark.
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.

Your tutor will be an experienced club member who has attended and passed an AWGB Tutor assessment and recognised as a AWGB approved trainer.

IMPORTANT. You must be a member of GAW to participate for insurance purposes.
We offer 2 types of courses – spindle and bowl turning.

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.

2020 training dates now available.
THURSDAY 19th MARCH. Cancelled.

For more details please contact


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.