NEW SERVICE: AAW Video Source
Our newest service, AAW Video Source, was unveiled at the AAW Symposium in Atlanta June 9-12. AAW Video Source offers access to useful woodturning videos (existing in the public domain), which have been pre-screened by the AAW for quality content and production, as well as safety. The videos are searchable by topic area. Check out AAW Video Source here.
We'll be adding more videos to AAW Video Source regularly and your participation will help keep the site relevant. If you would like to recommend a video, please send it (send a link) to [email protected]. The video will be reviewed for quality and safety, and if approved, it will be included in the video website.
Safety Note: Some videos have safety concerns noted to the right of the video title and duration. Remember that turning safety is the individual responsibility of each turner. No technique, practice, or method is safe for each and every turner. What is safe for one turner may be dangerous for another. Do not attempt any activity that is risky for you.
AAW is Turning Thirty
In the thirty weeks leading up to the symposium, we commemorated AAW's 30th anniversary by sharing the stories of members who joined in 1986 and are still members today. Click here to view their profiles online.
Check out the 30th Anniversary issue of American Woodturner (June 2016), which includes a beginner project entitled, "Turn a Shawl Ring and Pin" by Bob Rosand. View/download. The issue also includes "Multiaxis Tablet Stand" project by Larry Sefton.
Membership in the AAW is much more than just a subscription to the American Woodturner journal. We've developed a two-page list of publications and services available to you as an AAW member, intended to help you make the most of your membership and stay plugged in to the worldwide woodturning community. Check it out online.
- Links: Visit AAW's Woodturning Marketspace, an online hub of current advertisers, symposium exhibitors, and corporate sponsors.Click here.
See yourself and your club in Keep Turning!
Attend a great woodturning event? Receive recognition? Participate in an awesome project? Tell us how you and/or your club is spreading 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
Two TVs for Turning
As the birthplace of the AAW, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts has always held a special meaning for woodturners. The Tennessee Association of Woodturners (TAW), one of the first affiliated AAW chapters, has always supported the woodturning programs at Arrowmont. This year, when the TAW learned of Arrowmont's need for new TV's in the woodturning shop, they decided to help. The attached photo shows members of the TAW presenting a new 55" and 24" TV to shop supervisor Heather Ashworth. Also present but not pictured was Bill May, executive director of Arrowmont.
A Bevy of Beautiful Boxes
The 30 Beads of Courage boxes pictured above were made by members of the Peach State Woodturners over the last few months. About a dozen members were involved in the project. The boxes will be presented to Beads of Courage during the symposium for distribution to children coping with serious illness.
Sensational Silent Auction Treasures
During the 2016 Symposium in Atlanta, the AAW held a silent auction to support its ongoing educational and service programs. Below are two particularly unique auction donations.
Norm MacPhee, of Spokane, Washington, donated a set of 36 eggs (above) to the silent auction. Each egg is turned of a different Australian wood, and is numbered and cataloged with the local and scientific name for each wood. Norm received the eggs (turned by Vern Bunn who is known as Australia's "egg man") from the Sydney Woodturning Club. Thank you Norm!
Feast your eyes on the colorful, commemorative AAW t-shirt quilt (above) graciously donated to the silent auction by Linda Britt of Winston, Georgia. The top bidder will relive fond memories of past symposiums! Thank you Linda!
AAW 30 Year Profiles: Chapters
In 2015, the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild (OVWG) opened its Learning Center. The full time studio is equipped with 8 Jet midi-lathes, a Stubby, a One-Way, and a Powermatic 3520. Other equipment includes a bandsaw, table saw, chop saw, drill press, balder buffer, disc sander, and grinders for sharpening. Classes are being offered for members and the community. Read their profile here.
Giving back to the woodturning community has always been an important part of the Tennessee Association of Woodturners' (TAW) core activities. In addition to member scholarships the TAW also is a partner with Tennessee Crafts and the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home. Working closely with the Narrow Gate foundation members of the TAW helped build out a workshop and create a woodturning program that has touched the lives of over 100 students. Read their profile here.