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. 

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NEXT GAW ZOOM MEETING WILL BE ON Wednesday 12th May.

 “Jason Breach 

Early Days

My passion for wood started at an early age, and with the encouragement of my family I started woodturning as a hobby. My parents were very supportive enabling me to attend Parnham House for weeklong courses. Leaving school at 17 I attended Buckingham College in High Wycombe from where I graduated aged 21 with a BA HONS in Furniture Design and Management. 

 

Honing a Skill

I enjoyed the challenge of making complex items of furniture and worked in this field for a number of years before finding a position which enabled me to teach my turning skills and hone them even further, testing my own creative boundaries. I am naturally drawn to fine detail using turning, carving and a range of techniques to produce intriguing and aesthetic functional pieces.

 

What I DO.

Much of my work is very simple and minimalist, using flowing curves and the natural grain of the materials. I prefer to select the more unusual woods which have interesting grain patterns which, when combined with simple shapes bring pieces to life. I feel that the direction of my work has been greatly influenced by traditional shapes and curves combined with the aesthetic influences of Far Eastern Art

 

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TRAINING

We are hoping to reinstate a training programme for this year, the first to be held is on the 24th June at Down Hatherley village hall, 9.30-3.30pm. Ā£15 including a light lunch. 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. 
It is a condition of attendance that all candidates/participants have had there Covid jabs.
Some people believe that once you have viewed u-tube woodturners video’s you are away. No doubt some are good but there is a lot of bad practices going on out there. You cannot beat face to face, hands on training with approved AWGB trainers.  2 places remain, so book now.

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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.

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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.

LATEST UPDATE.
SHOP & WOOD SALE to be held at Hucclecote Rugby Football Club Car Park

On Wednesday 19th May, from 10.00 am until 12.00 midday. Defendant on weather.
There will be a good choice from a wide selection of wood blanks.
With all the usual associated items such as abrasives, finishes etc.
There is the opportunity to pre-order any special requirements from
Chestnut Products. You can view all Chestnut products
at – https://chestnutproducts.co.uk/
There will be a good choice from a wide selection of wood blanks
With all the usual associated items such as abrasives, finishes etc.
To pre-order Chestnut products please email gawtreasurer@gmail.com with your requirements before Monday 10th May.
PLEASE NOTE
This event assumes the lifting of Covid restrictions that are due on 17th May. Members are requested to comply with the requirements applicable at that time.
Payments will be by Card only. (No cash)

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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.

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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.

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NEWS

SHOP & WOOD SALE to be held at Hucclecote Rugby Football Club Car Park
On Wednesday 19th May, from 10.00 am until 12.00 midday. Defendant on weather.
There will be a good choice from a wide selection of wood blanks.
With all the usual associated items such as abrasives, finishes etc.
There is the opportunity to pre-order any special requirements from
Chestnut Products. You can view all Chestnut products
at – https://chestnutproducts.co.uk/
There will be a good choice from a wide selection of wood blanks
With all the usual associated items such as abrasives, finishes etc.
To pre-order Chestnut products please email gawtreasurer@gmail.com with your requirements before Monday 10th May.
PLEASE NOTE
This event assumes the lifting of Covid restrictions that are due on 17th May. Members are requested to comply with the requirements applicable at that time.
Payments will be by Card only. (No cash)

 

2021 January, 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


For sale we have 1 turning smock available, 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 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”talktalk.net or mobile 07436 009288.

 

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

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

BEGINNINGS IN TURNING.
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

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Hands on evening at the January 2019 meeting.



Some photo’s from July’s demonstration with Les Thorne.

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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.

https://www.toolite.org.uk

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