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. Currently all committee meetings are taken place via the on-line zoom conference meeting app.
Our first on line demonstration has taken place with Martin Saban-Smith, approximately 50 members took part in this very successful zoom demonstration. Also our first outside shop and wood sale has taken place.
See below for more information 

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

FOR SALE. RECORD POWER NOVA DVR-XP lathe. Please see the for sale page for more detail.


GAW Wood & Shop Sale – success story !

The sale took place Wednesday 24th June at Hucclecote Rugby Football Club.
After the rush it all seems so quiet, majority of wood sold and the shop took a massive hit. It’s time to restock now.
We are currently looking at another sale for the morning of August 12th (weather permitting).


Martin Saban-Smith has been booked for July 8th, 7.15pm for an ‘at home’ online zoom demonstration.
From his workshop in Four Marks, Hampshire, professional turner Martin Saban-Smith teaches, turns, and films his creative woodturning creations on social media. Thousands of woodturners from around the world have also been enjoying live demonstrations since March 2020. Martin’s style is chatty and informative.
This online zoom demonstration was very successful. Please see below for the next demonstration.

Hot off the press : Pat Carrol has been booked for August 12th for an online zoom demonstration. Plus another wood shop sale is planned for the morning, weather permitting.

Even hotter off the press : Tiny Turner Emma Cooke  has been booked for October 14th for an online zoom demonstration.

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.





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 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.