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.

Resuming Live Demonstrations at Hucclecote.
We are pleased to report that we have been given the all-clear from Hucclecote Rugby Football club to resume club nights. Please wait for your next newsletter concerning any restrictions etc. we may have for the September meeting. 

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


NEXT GAW CLUB  MEETING WILL BE HELD AT Hucclecote Rugby club on Wednesday 13th October at 7 for a 7.30pm start. At the same broadcast on Zoom for our members that want to watch it at home. 

Not to missed the “Tiny Turner”, Emma Cook.
Also we will be having a shop and wood sale.


Following on from Emma’s evening demonstration she will be doing an all day workshop on the Thursday, 14th October 9.30-3pm at Hucclecote rugby club. Price £15, book now to Brian Wharton using This will not be on Zoom.


Details regarding the demonstrations etc. will be sent to members by a Newsletter.


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.

Next shop and wood sale is planned for our October meeting at the rugby club, Wednesday October 13th.


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.





Members only page. Andrew Turner has a new update on his Woodturning magazine index, check it out.


The first training day was held on Thursday 29th July at Down Hatherley Village hall. We were very lucky with the weather and the training was carried out outside. 6 delegates attended and it was very successful.  
Next course is planned for 9th September  at Down Hatherley village hall, 9.30-3.30pm. £15. If you are interested please contact John Hawkeswell or complete the contact form. Note this is open to members only due to insurance purposes. This course is intended for beginners. 

Check out the new items on the for sale page. 2 lathes.

2021 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. 
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.