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April 2015   

NEW: AAW Connects Map

We’ve launched a one-stop, web-based tool so you can search the globe for information about chapters, chapter events and demonstrations, regional symposia, woodturning schools, international woodturning organizations, and international symposia. Check out AAW Connects here.


2015 AAW Symposium in Pittsburgh

Register today - Reduced early-bird registration rates end May 22th.

View preview - Flip through our online symposium preview booklet for a taste of what our 2015 symposium will offer!

NEW: Additional Hotel - The Pittsburgh Marriott City Center is located in downtown, has 200 additional peak night rooms, and a $156 discounted group rate! The hotel is about eight blocks from the convention center and AAW will have a shuttle service running throughout the event. Click here for hotel information.



NEW: AAW Marketspace

The Woodturning Marketspace is a new, online advertiser hub that consolidates our business supporters and allows you to click-through directly to their websites. It makes finding information about products and services simple. What’s more, advertisers can offer special deals for AAW members. Over the coming months, you’ll see a growing number of members-only offers from our business partners.

2017 Symposium Host City

The AAW board approved Kansas City, Missouri, as the host city for our 2017 symposium. We’ll be holding the event at the Kansas City Convention Center in the central downtown district and the Kansas City Marriott will be our host hotel.

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April American Woodturner

Each issue of the journal tries to balance the varied interests of our 15,000 members with practical and informative features that have broad appeal. What’s new and exciting is that select journal articles are now being supplemented with accompanying videos! For the April issue, John Lucas offers a behind-the-scenes look into his expertise in a video illustrating skew cuts. Also included is a short video by Kevin Wallace about Giles Gilson, an iconic woodturning artist who passed away in January.

Submit Your News to Keep Turning

What are you doing in your community to spread the art, craft, and love of woodturning? If you have a story and/or photos you would like to share in the Keep Turning newsletter, please submit the information to [email protected].




Sharing the Passion

The Dakota Woodturners Club, Bismarck, ND, spent two days in late February turning more than 100 pens with 7th and 8th grade students at Mandan Middle School. "I thought it was really great to learn how to make my own pen with something I've never used before," says Kiana, 8th grade. "It's a great experience and I think everyone should at least try it once." (Photos courtesy of Dakota Woodturners.)


A New Generation of Turners

Steve Loar's  Advanced Woodturners students, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, browsed past issues of the American Woodturner journal for inspiration and ideas. They will attend AAW's 29th Annual International Symposium in Pittsburgh, where they will volunteer behind the scenes. Pictured left to right are students: Liz Frank, Alex Salyers, Brandon McDonald, Christina Soff, Taylor Gonzales, Frank Graziano, and Amber Gerarge. (Photo courtesy of Steve Loar.)


Praise for the Mighty Face Shield

“Saved from a trip to the ER once again by the mighty face shield. Wow. That woke me up. I think I'll go change my britches now,” says Wendy Nave, Kingsville, Texas. The reality is that many accidents happen to well-experienced turners. (Photo courtesy of Wendy Nave.)


Launched, 2002, ash, stained filled with liming wax, egg: poplar, milk paint, 8 3/4" x 44" x 3"

Launched at "Audacious"

Betty Scarpino (pictured above) stands next to her sculpture, Launched, at the opening of the "Audacious" exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Betty made Launched as a tribute to her son, Samuel; he graduated from high school that year. (Photo by Malcolm Zander.)  More about the "Audacious" exhibition.

AW Wins Niche Publishing Award

Our American Woodturner journal was presented with the 2015 "Nichee Award" for Best Niche Consumer Association Magazine at the Niche Media Conference on April 2nd. The awards are presented annually to small and medium-sized magazines across the country for the creative and innovative ways they serve readers. Pictured above is Josh Friend, editor, American Woodturner. Learn more.