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. Wishing all our members a Happy New Year and I think we are all wishing for a better 2021.





Glenn Lucas has an international reputation …… if you’re going to watch one demonstration this year then this is the one to watch, read on.

Glenn Lucas has an international reputation for his proficiency at the lathe and his ability to pass on to students, the skills and knowledge he has gained. He balances his production of classic bowls turned from native Irish wood (set up in 1995), with an extensive teaching programme run from his Co Carlow ‘Woodturning Study Centre’ (since 2005). In September 2020 he will move into a newly developed purpose-designed woodturning training centre.

A frequent guest Demonstrator at overseas conferences, he also gives Turning Masterclasses at international arts and crafts schools, currently through Interactive Remote Demonstrations, remote tuition and virtual symposia.

In October 2010 he produced the first Irish woodturning DVD ‘Mastering Woodturning – Tools and Techniques’ and in June 2011 launched ‘Mastering Woodturning – Bowl Turning Techniques’. In November 2014 ‘Mastering Woodturning – Sharpening Techniques’ was added to the series. The fourth DVD ‘Mastering Woodturning – Traditional Irish Platter’ came out in December 2015, the fifth in Jan 2016 is ‘Mastering Woodturning – Dublin Viking Bowl’ and the sixth ‘The Beaded Bowl’ was completed in 2018. All six DVDs have been favourably reviewed and are stocked by outlets worldwide. All are also available to download so that Glenn’s tuition can be brought into the workshop on your device.  All these videos are available as downloads alongwith, in 2020, many videos of Live Remote Demos – subjects include: Sharpening, Bowl Coring, the Salad Bowl, Closed Form Bowl, Thin Wall Bowl and Lidded Bowl.

In May 2013 a range of Glenn Lucas Signature Woodturning Tools was launched by Craft Supplies USA.

Glenn’s love of video-making and photography can be seen in the short video clips he makes showing how things are made. In recent years he has been asked by RTE to show his work to young audiences in the series ‘Makers’ broadcast in Oct 2015 and still on RTE player,  and in 2011 in the series CraftMaster (often re run). Watch some of Glenn’s short woodturning movies here.

In recent years he has been asked by Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE to show his work to young audiences in the series ‘Makers’ broadcast in Oct 2015 and still on RTE player,  and in 2011 in the series CraftMaster (often re run). View them here: RTE ‘Makers’ mention Episodes 6,7,8,9,10.

For more information please visit Glenn’s comprehensive website


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 two outdoor shop and wood sales plus one click and collect at Hucclecote Rugby Football Club.
All three  have been very successful. Watch this space for the next one?



Hot  off the press, looking forward our next remote zoom demonstrations :
All the way from Co Carlow, Ireland we are proud to present Glenn Lucas.

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.





*See the latest plan by John Hawkeswell “cup urn”, now available under free plans.*

Tools for sale 12 off, mostly Henry Taylor, donation to the club required, please see the for sale page.

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 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.