Beginners’ Courses

To assist complete beginners, GAW offer their novice members training sessions in basic turning which are held at Down Hatherley Village Hall. There are two courses, one in bowl turning and one in spindle turning.  Even if you have been on these courses before, you are welcome to come back for a refresher course.

Your tutor will be an experienced club member who has attended and passed an AWGB Tutor assessment and recognised as a AWGB approved trainer.

IMPORTANT. You must be a member of GAW to participate for insurance purposes.

Typical course consists of :-

  • Start 9.30am finish 3.30pm.
  • 2 pupils to 1 tutor.
  • Spindle turning will be to make a dibber (or similar)
  • bowl turning will make a bowl 
  • Light lunch included
  • All for the cost of £15
  • Limited places so booking early is recommended

2021 training date.
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. £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. 2 paces remain, so book now.


It is a condition of attendance that all candidates/participants have had there 2 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.  

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