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Call for Demonstrators: 2022 AAW Symposium, June 23-26, 2022

Application period: May 1, 2021 to August 1, 2021

We are excited to be meeting once again in person in Chattanooga! If you are interested in being a 2022 demonstrator, here is your opportunity!

Please review the application form completely before filling it out. You may submit one to three demonstration topic proposals. Be sure to fill out each proposal you are making completely--incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If you are interested in potential Interactive Remote Demonstration opportunities, please check that question on the form and provide a link to a representative demonstration you have given.

The deadline for filling out this application is 11:59 PM EDT on August 1, 2021. You will be notified by September 15, 2021. You may edit your application using the "edit" link in the confirmation email until the deadline.

If you have questions about the application process or demonstrating, please contact Mike Summerer at If you are having problems with the form, please email Tib Shaw,

Submit your application here.


2021 Turning to the Future

Application period: March 1, 2021 to May 3, 2021

Turning to the Future is sponsored by the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) to encourage and support students and instructors in reaching for and attaining the highest levels of skill in the use of the lathe. The contest is open to eligible students in North America.

Application period opens March 1, 2021. Deadline for submissions is May 3, 2021. There is no entry fee.

There are two divisions, High School and Post-Secondary, with two categories each: Functional and Open. Five finalists in each division category will be chosen to have their work displayed at the 2021 AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas, Nevada. Work will be evaluated on craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, creativity and/or utility, and process documentation.

A Grand Prize (TBA), First Prize ($500) and Second Prize ($250) will be awarded in the High School and Post-secondary divisions. One People’s Choice prize ($250) will be awarded.

For more information and to apply.


AAW Online Demonstrators and Presenters

Application period: Ongoing

Are you demonstrating online? Have a great presentation on turning-related topics?  If you have experience creating high-quality, effective, and interesting demonstrations or presentations, have access to the technical capability, and would like to reach a large and enthusiastic audience, we want to hear from you. Consider applying to be part of the AAW’s new online series, AAW Presents.

Sign up here to be considered for future opportunities!


Finding the Center, 2021 AAW Member Exhibition

Application period: January 1 to March 21, 2021 Deadline extended!

The theme for the 2021 Symposium AAW member show is Finding the Center. The themes for the annual member show traditionally draw from the host city or state, and since Omaha lies a mere 170 miles from the geological center of the United States, next year’s theme was a natural fit. Working with the idea of center is essential to turning: the spinning axis defines what we do, and the act of “finding the center” is one of the most basic operations. You may submit up to 3 pieces for the $25 entry fee (entry fee waived for students).

Click here for eligibility, details, and how to apply.


Elements, 2021 POP Exhibition and Auction

Application Period: CLOSED December 1, 2020, to January 15, 2021

The Professional Outreach Program (POP) is pleased to announce its 2021 exhibition and auction theme, Elements. As a theme, “elements” offers much to explore: from the concrete definition as an irreducible part of something else, to the ancient worldview that earth, air, fire, and water are the constituents of all things; from the way we think about sorting out and reordering elements when creating new forms, to the feeling of being “in one’s element” or—sadly—out of it.

Click here for eligibility, details, and how to apply.


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