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. At most meetings we have a top class demonstrator and a chance to chat to fellow turners.
Live Demonstrations at Hucclecote
Live demonstrations are now taking place with Zoom running in tandem. As of June, not only will there will be no restrictions on numbers attending at Hucclecote, but refreshments are returning. However, YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN MUG if you want a drink.
NEXT CLUB MEETING & MASTERCLASS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 are intending to 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’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.
If you’d like your work included in the member’s gallery then please send some pictures and a description to Phil – email@example.com.
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!
The GAW ‘WhatsApp group’ is administered by Graham Ricketts. If you would like to be part of this group then contact Graham. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Beginnings in Turning
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
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.