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.
Following the delays to the lifting of Covid restrictions and the subsequent postponement of the 30th GAW Anniversary event, new measures are being put in place for a gradual return to live demonstrations at Hucclecote. This is likely to be achieved in stages, initially with limited seating and a live relay of the demonstration over Zoon for those members at home. There are many difficulties and challenges in ensuring the very best demonstration programme; however we intend to be back to service as normal when safe to do so.

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


Join the ?zoom/club? meeting at 7.15 for 7.30pm

Staring “Colwin Way.”

This is in place of Gary Rance who is unable to demonstrate. 

More details to follow.


Details regarding the demonstrations etc. will be sent to members by a further Newsletter later this month after the Government has confirmed the situation post lockdown.


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.


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 ā€“ 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.





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

Frampton Country Fair ~ Sunday September 12th 2021. We will be in attendance at this years event along with our marquee, we will be demonstrating and selling items with proceeds going to the Cotswold Prostrate Cancer Support Group.
We are looking for members to turn any items that we are able to sell, so please keep this mind when you are in your workshop.
Currently we are missing one item of vital equipment, a generator to power the lathe and a kettle (for a cup of tea/coffee). If you are able to help in this matter please let us know.
We are also looking for stewards and demonstrators, so if you are interested please let Mike Macey know or complete the contact form. Its sure to be a brilliant event.


By popular demand we are continuing our support of the 
Cotswold Prostate Cancer Support Group
You can help this charity directly by supplying items for sale at the forthcoming
Frampton Country Fair held September 12th.
Volunteer demonstrators of turning are also needed for this event, contact any committee member. Plus do you have a generator we could use??

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.