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 (7pm for 7:30pm start). At most meetings we have a top class demonstrator and a chance to chat to fellow turners. If you are interested then please come along.

Live Demonstrations at Hucclecote

Live demonstrations are now taking place with Zoom running in tandem. There are no longer any restrictions on numbers attending at Hucclecote and refreshments are available. Visitors and new members are welcome to join us. However, if you want a free tea or coffee, YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN MUG.


In July we will be welcoming Phil Irons on Wednesday 13th who will be doing his Kintsugi for wood demo.

Kintsugi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery”), the ancient Japanese art of repair, is traditionally used to repair broken pottery. Phil uses different fillers (aluminium, copper, brass, bronze and more recently holographic flake) mixed with two part epoxy to fill splits, voids and inclusions. The whole ethos of Kintsugi is to make a feature of the repair rather than try to disguise it. Should be an interesting evening!

LAST CLUB MEETING was a demonstration of a contemporary ring box by Martin Saban-Smith. This was followed by a whole day masterclass on the turning of a Fibonacci series bowl together with colouring, texturing and finishing.

It is 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 for each zoom demonstration.  The details are also posted on the ‘members only‘ web page.  If you’re not receiving your monthly newsletters than please check your ‘junk’ folder and if you still can’t find them then contact

Latest News

At the AGM the club agreed unanimously to adopt the British Heart Foundation as the association’s charity for 2022, in memory of Phil Hartwell. More details of the BHF are available, you can also make a donation there. Our main charity fundraiser is selling items at the Frampton Country Fair in September, so please get turning – we need items to sell ! Additionally, the BHF has charity shops throughout Gloucestershire just waiting for all those unwanted items that someone else could use – details here.

  • The club will be represented at the Chestnut weekender in Swindon 30/31 July. If you’d like to help out then please speak to a committee member – we still need a couple of people for the Sunday afternoon. We’ll also be after a range of work we can display so if you’ve got anything suitable please let us know. If you’d just like to attend this busy show then there are more details available on their website.
  • As we look towards getting back to more normal meetings we have an opportunity for a member to run the monthly raffle. If you think you might be able to help out with this valuable service then please talk to John or another committee member.

Find previous news stories here

If you’d like your work included in the member’s gallery then please send some pictures and a description to Phil –

Project Plans

Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners - Free project plans

There are now over 60 project plans available and you can search to find anything of particular interest or just to get inspiration. They are also free – even to non-members!

Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners - WhatsApp group

The GAW ‘WhatsApp group’ is administered by Graham Ricketts. If you would like to be part of this group then contact Graham. Email or mobile 07436 009288.

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

Frampton Country fair September 2021

GAW proceeds from the Fair raised £456 for the Cotswold Prostrate Cancer Charity  

Handing over the cheque at the October meeting

Beginnings in Turning

Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners member Mike Macey appeared in Woodturner magazine

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

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

Pagoda Box Collage
Gloucestershire Association of Woodturners main sponsor - Toolite of Mitcheldean

Toolite of Mitcheldean are one of GAW’s sponsors. They 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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