The American Association of Woodturners

AAW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide through education. With more than 13,000 members and over 365 local chapters globally, AAW members include amateurs, hobbyists, professionals, gallery owners, collectors, tool and equipment suppliers, and others.

AAW wants to help you enrich your woodturning experience and pursue your aspirations wherever you are on your woodturning journey. We invite you to learn and grow with us and become part of the special community that is woodturning.

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Make a Burnishing Tool

Mark Palma and Tim Heil demonstrate how to make a burnishing tool in this new article from Woodturning FUNdamentals.

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AAW Resources & Services

Join the AAW and have access to the largest portfolio of woodturning-related material in the world! As an AAW member, you’ll be a part of a dynamic community of woodturning enthusiasts. You’ll be able to hone your knowledge and skills using AAW’s online learning portals, exclusive print and digital publications, curated educational videos, high-quality safety resources, and more.


Member Benefits

With the largest portfolio of woodturning-related material in the world, AAW is the go-to source for woodturners of all skill levels. A membership with the AAW can help you learn and thrive in your woodturning experience, as well as connect with others who share your passion.

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The AAW has more than 360 chapters worldwide. These chapters are independent organizations of local makers who gather to learn more about the craft and art of woodturning and enjoy fellowship of like-minded enthusiasts. Chapters are an excellent resource for hands-on woodturning instruction.

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AAW Symposium

The AAW's Annual International Symposium is the highlight of the woodturning year. Each symposium features three and a half days of woodturning demonstrations, panel discussions, and special events, led by internationally known woodturners, veteran woodturning instructors, and expert local talent.

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The online tool that helps members locate information, projects, videos, tips, and more, in the largest portfolio of woodturning-related material in the world -- quickly and easily using keywords.

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American Woodturner

Published six times each year, the award-winning American Woodturner journal is a premier benefit of AAW membership in the AAW. Plus, members get access to online archive of past issues dating back to 1986.

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Woodturning FUNdamentals

Tailored especially to newer turners, the Woodturning Fundamentals publication and online learning portal can help you establish a solid foundation and enables you to learn quickly or at your own pace.

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Woodturning Gallery

Browse a wide variety of woodturning work created by AAW members (professionals, hobbyists, beginners, and everyone in between).

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Discover Woodturning

Visit our online learning portal about the art and craft of woodturning. Learn about woodturning, its origins, appeal, and how to get started.

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Woodturning Fundamentals Learning Portal

Visit AAW's members-only learning portal designed to help new turners build strong woodturning skills and essential techniques.

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"The AAW has affected my life in a positive way. I view the AAW as the core source from which all information and advancement in woodturning originates."
- Mark Wood