October 2014 - Volume 4, Number 20   

  Is it your "TURN" to renew?

When you renew your membership, you'll be able to continue to turn to the AAW for inspiration, education, and information about woodturning tools, techniques, projects, safety, and more. You'll also continue to be part of AAW's dynamic community of more than 15,000 enthusiasts worldwide who are shaping the future of woodturning!

With a $55 general membership, you’ll get more than $120 of educational resources.

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American Woodturner journal ~ six issues annually. Plus, a comprehensive library of all past AW issues dating back to 1986, with a searchable, online index. Newsstand price: $53.70  

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Woodturning FUNdamentals ~ six digital issues annually, filled with projects, tips, videos, and information on tools and techniques to build basic skills. Non-member price: $26.94

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Safety for Woodturners  ~ this 64-page digital book will help you build strong skills at the lathe while helping you learn safe woodturning practices. Non-member price for printed book: $14.95

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Let’s Go for a Spin ~ a digital seven-part lesson plan for instructors designed to provide beginning and advanced students with a well-rounded set of turning skills. Non-member price: $87.70

What’s even better, you’ll have access to the largest collection of woodturning information anywhere in the world and be able to tap into the expertise of more than 15,000 members globally who share your passion for woodturning. Join us today! Renew!

Questions? Call us at 877-595-9094 (toll free) or 651-484-9094.


Woodturners “TURN” 100+

Photo: Art Grabowski

Art Grabowski (pictured above) recently “turned” 101 years young. Last year, for his 100th birthday he turned a birthday bowl out of box elder. Among his plans for the coming year is a visit to the AAW and Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul.

Photo: Glenn Jeffries

Glenn Jeffries (pictured above) "turned” 100 years young on October 6. His family hosted a birthday celebration for him in Knoxville, TN. Although he doesn't turn much these days, he’s been busy wood burning on pieces of wood. He was a frequent visitor at nearby Arrowmont and is still a prolific artist!

The holidays are right around the corner!

Give the woodturners in your life a gift sure to get almost any lathe spinning.

Here are five fabulous gifts for woodturners:

  • T-shirt ~ Sporty black shirt complemented by the AAW logo in men's and women's sizes.

Browse all of AAW's great merchandise in our online store. (Make sure to sign in to the AAW website to receive preferred AAW member pricing.)

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Photo: Blue AAW turning smock


Turning Southern Style XX

Photo: Ron Thomas and Phil McDonald, AAW Executive Director

Turning Southern Style XX was held September 19-21 at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, in Dalton, GA. Featured demonstrators included Ray Key, Michael Hosaluk, and Todd Hoyer. Also featured were demonstrations by Frank Bowers, Nick Cook, and James McClure. (Pictured above L-R are Ron Thomas and Phil McDonald, AAW Executive Director.)

Call for Videographers for AAW's 29th Int'l Symposium

Dates of the symposium are June 25-28, 2015, in Pittsburgh, PA, and the deadline for applications is January 15, 2015. More information and to apply.

Chapters & Members in the News

Wilmington Area Woodturners Association, NC: UNCW Receives Special Gift from Local Woodturners Association 10/09/2014

Neil Feldstein, New York, NY: Expert Pediatric Neurosurgeon and Now Woodturner - New York, NY 10/08/2014

John Barrios, Gray, LA - Gray woodturner reveals nature’s true colors 10/07/2014

Norman Dill & Northwestern Michigan Woodturners, Traverse City, MI: Woodturners Exhibit starts Wednesday 9/27/2014

Gary Hinegardner, Wellsville, MO: Wooden Hats and Wood-Fired Whiskey 9/26/2014

Jon Normann, Rochert, MN: Rochert couple to teach wood turning, stained glass art at upcoming Art Leap 9/17/2014

Central Virginia Woodturners & Blue Ridge Woodturners: Virginia Woodturners Symposium at Augusta Expo 9/14/2014

Middle Georgia Woodturners, Macon, GA: Woodturners to show off love of craft at fundraiser 9/14/2014

Bruce Perlmutter, Red Bank, NJ: Sandy inspires new Morris Arts exhibit 9/8/2014

  American Woodturner

Our October Issue is now online and contains features including Turn a Yarn Bowl; Low-Cost Hollowing for the Novice; When You Want to Turn Larger Hollow Forms; Shopmade Hollowing Tools; How to Get the Most from Your Vacuum Chucking System; Auburn Oaks Memorialized in Moulthrop Bowls; and, Heavy Lifting: Mark Sfirri Weighs In at Penn State Gallery.

  Submit Your News to Keep Turning

We'd love to hear how you or your local chapter is reaching out to your community to spread the art, craft, and love of woodturning. If you or your chapter has a story and/or photos you would like to share in the Keep Turning newsletter, please submit the information to [email protected].

Apply for an AAW Educational Opportunity Grant

AAW’s Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) fund continues to be strong, thanks to the wonderful generosity of donors and buyers at our annual symposium auction. Funds are available for worthy proposals. To be eligible for a 2015 grant, applications must be received by December 31, 2014. All AAW members are eligible to apply (except for recipients of grants in 2014). You can complete the application form and review the guidelines.

The committee will not consider applications that are incomplete or vague, so please take care when applying. The following tips will help you with your application:

  • Complete the application online. Only online applications will be accepted. Submit well before the deadline!

  • Provide sufficient information so EOG committee members can clearly understand what you are requesting and how you intend to use the funds. Be concise; make your points directly and clearly.

  • Include details of how you will use the funds. Specific needs should be itemized. Funds will not be granted for miscellaneous, incidental, or unspecified expenses.

  • Explain your educational goal or experience you wish to obtain. Keep in mind these grants are intended for educational purposes. In particular, explain how others will benefit as well.

Grant amounts are limited: up to $1,000 for individuals and students and up to $1,500 for local chapters, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Your total budget may exceed these amounts; however, your grant request should not exceed EOG limits. For special situations, at the discretion of the EOG committee and the AAW Board, grants of larger amounts are occasionally available. In addition to EOGs, the committee will award ten certificates for registration to AAW’s 2015 international symposium.

If you have questions, contact Rob Wallace, EOG Committee Chair, at [email protected] or the AAW office. The AAW Board encourages you to take advantage of this member benefit. Learn more or apply.

Last Call for Demonstrators for AAW 2015 Symposium!

The October 15 deadline for Pittsburgh symposium demonstrator applications is rapidly approaching. Whether you’re a world famous turner and demonstrator, an up-and-coming demonstrator, or a demonstrator somewhere in between, we encourage you to apply.

Featured demonstrators have already been selected and the balance of the demonstrators will be selected from those who have submitted applications by the October 15 deadline.

The application process will take only a few minutes to complete. Apply today.

Chapter Scholarships

Once again, all AAW chapters are eligible to apply for at least one woodturning scholarship to either Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts or the John C. Campbell Folk School. A total of twenty-eight scholarships will be awarded to select AAW chapter members

To be nominated for a scholarship, chapter members must be AAW members and be chosen through a process authorized by their AAW chapter officers. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2014. Learn more and/or apply.

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind

Photo: Andi Sullivan teaches client

In 2013, Andi Sullivan (pictured above) introduced participants of the Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind to the joy of turning wood into beautiful pieces of art on the lathe with an invitation to bring a group to the AAW Symposium. The six Tampa Lighthouse craftspeople who attended were able to feel a variety of finished turned pieces, which was greatly appreciated since they visualize through touch. Additionally, each had the opportunity to make a pen.

Then in September 2013, Andi was able to get supplies and funding to launch the Tampa Lighthouse’s woodturning program. Everyone was excited at the possibility of continuing to learn. The first class had seven participants. Since then, the Tampa Lighthouse has hosted 14 classes, taught by three AAW member instructors, and have made more than 175 pieces, including pens, key chains, and letter openers. After just one year, the group of seven original turners has grown to 51!

Include the AAW in Your Year-End Charitable Giving Plans

AAW is an educational, charitable organization. Our membership fees and product sales alone do not fully cover our expenses. As a result, we rely on the generous support of AAW donors for critical programmatic and operational support.

Since the AAW is qualified as 501(c)(3) nonprofit under U.S. tax code, donors may claim the amount of their donations as a deduction when filing U. S. taxes. Your donation in any amount will help us continue to provide opportunities to provide education, information, and organization to anyone interested in turning wood.

Please consider including the AAW in your year-end charitable giving plans. A variety of giving options are available. Learn more.

Artistry in Woodturning Exhibit

Photo: Northwestern Michigan Woodturners exhibit 

The Northwestern Michigan Woodturners will exhibit their woodturnings at their “Artistry in Woodturning” at the Main Branch of the Traverse Area District Library from October 1 – 31, along with a photo display of the woodturning process. The Northwestern Michigan Woodturners club has been recognized as a “Star Chapter,” which signifies that 100% of their club members are also members of the AAW.

Southwest Association of Turners Woodturning Symposium (SWAT)


The 2014 Southwest Association of Turners Woodturning (SWAT) symposium was held August 22-24 at the Waco Convention Center, Waco, TX. Turners, vendors, and guests who participated left with new skills, tools, friendships, and a fresh appreciation for the craft of woodturning. (Pictured above L-R are Ron Barnett and David Turner, both of South Plains Woodturners, Lubbock, TX. Pictured below L-R are Steve Pritchard, Winston, GA, and Linda Ferber, AAW Program Director.)

Photo: Steve Pritchard, Winston, GA, and Linda Ferber, AAW Program Director 

Image: AAW 29th Annual Symposium in Pittsburgh logo 

Plan to join us in Pittsburgh!

Join us for our 29th Annual International Symposium June 25-28, 2015, in Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. There will be:

  • Demonstrations by the world’s best turners

  • Exceptional learning opportunities for all levels

  • Inspiring, motivating exhibitions & galleries

  • State-of-the-art woodturning equipment & products

  • A welcoming turning community that shares your passion

  • Pittsburgh ~ a vibrant city wrapped in three rivers, alive with natural beauty, compelling history, and a thriving cultural district.

Hotel information is available and more details are in the works! Learn more.