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.
NEXT CLUB MEETING & MASTERCLASS
In August we will be welcoming Terry from Chestnut Products on Wednesday 10th who will showing us the range of Chestnut finishing products and how to use them most effectively on your turnings.
Members can find detailed instructions for using each of the Chestnut finishing products in the members only section.
LAST CLUB MEETING was supposed to be a live demo, but due to a mix up on dates we were short of a demonstrator. Those who had turned up in person enjoyed a rerun of a previous session.
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.
- As the current administrator is moving away, there is an opportunity for a member to take over running the highly popular ‘WhatsApp’ group. This isn’t an onerous task and would be a good way to give something back to your club – more details slightly lower down this page.
- The club was represented at the Chestnut weekender in Swindon 30/31 July. It was a great event with four main demonstrations over the weekend and a wide variety of supporting stands. It was good to see a number of our members there, most of whom seemed to be being separated from their cash by Simon Hope ;-). We were also able to introduce the club to a number of prospective new members.
- 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 currently administered by Graham Ricketts. If you would like to be part of this group, or to take over running it, 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.
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.