December 2014 - Volume 4, Number 21  

Don't Miss a Thing

Is your AAW membership current? If not, you'll want to renew today and continue to receive inspiration, education, and information about woodturning tools, techniques, projects, safety, and more.
With a $55 general membership, you’ll get more than $120 of educational resources. You’ll receive six issues of American Woodturner journal annually and six digital issues of Woodturning FUNdamentals, an educational series that offers information, projects, and videos to advance basic turning skills. You’ll get free digital content like Safety for Woodturners, Let’s Go for a Spin, and Sharpening Woodturning Tools. You’ll have members-only access to the largest collection of woodturning information and resources anywhere in the world, which includes AAW’s ever-expanding video library and other content to help maximize your overall woodturning experience. Plus, if you renew by December 31, 2014, you'll be eligible for a chance to win a Powermatic 3520B lathe!
Join today! Renew!
Questions? Call us at 877-595-9094 (toll free) or 651-484-9094.

Members Only: Year-End Drawing for 3520B Lathe

AAW members who have newly joined or have renewed by December 31, 2014, are eligible for a chance to win a Powermatic 3520B lathe. At the end of each year, the AAW draws the winner’s name from its current membership roster. The lathe winner also has the privilege of naming a local chapter to win either a JET 1642, or five JET mini-lathes, donated by Powermatic/JET. The prize includes free shipping in the continental USA or up to a $500 allowance for international winners. Thank you, Powermatic! Learn more.






Members Only: Printed Resource Directory

In addition to our online member directory, AAW’s printed 2015 Resource Directory enables AAW members to connect with others in the AAW community. The directory features contact information for current members and general business members, local chapters, demonstrators, key organization contacts, and more. Printed every two years, the Directory's next printing is scheduled for early 2015. The 2015 Resource Directory features:
  • Member contact information
  • Chapter contact information
  • Woodturning business resources
  • Woodturning demonstrator information
A printed copy of the directory is available exclusively to members with payment of $5 to cover shipping and handling. Members may order one or more copies in the online store for delivery in April 2015. Order today.






Final Reminder: 2015 AAW EOG Applications

This is a final reminder that December 31, 2014, is the deadline for Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) applications for 2015. Grants will be awarded to individuals (adults and youths), chapters, and other woodturning-related associations to cover expenses such as educational tuition, registration, demonstrators' fees, travel, lodging, and meals. EOG applications may also be submitted to attend the AAW’s 29th Annual International Symposium, June 25-28, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The AAW will award up to 10 certificates for symposium registration. More information.

Include the AAW in your Charitable Giving Plans

You are passionate about woodturning. Like the AAW, you want to support the art and craft of woodturning and to help it endure, evolve, and grow through increased opportunities for education, information, inspiration, community, and outreach programs.

We invite you to help advance AAW's educational mission while enriching your own woodturning experience. A gift to AAW in any amount reflects your support of our mission, your dedication to woodturning, and your investment in the future of the art form. 100% of your gift directly supports woodturning education and service programs for the AAW member community, and if you are a U.S. resident, your gift is tax-deductible.
Donate online. Learn about other giving options.





Tips for Woodturners

Have you noticed the new rotating woodturning tips on secondary website pages? A complete library of past tips can be found in the Tips for Woodturners library.If you have a tip you’d like to share with your woodturning colleagues, please send it along with any diagrams or photographs to [email protected].

Holiday Specials for AAW Members - Order Before December 15th!

The AAW Online Store has special prices and holiday deals for AAW members. We currently offer free shipping on AAW logo smocks, "Masters Series" DVDs, and AW journal sets for U.S. residents through December 15, 2014. Make sure to log in to get exclusive members-only prices. Order online or by calling 651-484-9094 or 877-595-9094 (toll free), M-F during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.
Shop AAW’s holiday specials. Visit the AAW Online Store.

Submit Your News to Keep Turning

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


Turning to the Future Program

Cedar Ridge High School students, Matthew Shiplett, Isaac Lutz, Hunter Thompson (pictured above), showed off their work at the county Career and Technical Education open house. The Chapel Hill Woodturners chapter, Chapel Hill, NC, partnered with Cedar Ridge to offer the school’s first woodturning program in connection with the AAW’s Turning to the Future program.




The Tennessee Association of Woodturners (TAW) chapter hosted a Turning to the Future pen class for the Narrow Gate Foundation (pictured above), instructed by the TAW’s own Jeff Brockett. Each participating student had a TAW member mentor during the class and each signed up for a free one-year AAW student membership through the Turning to the Future program. TAW has been working for the past 3 1/2 years with the Narrow Gate Foundation, a nonprofit that educates, inspires, and empowers young men, and has introduced woodturning to more than 100 students each year.


Learn more about the Turning to the Future program.






Turnin’ Tops for Kids

The Tidewater Turners of Virginia chapter participated in a Breakfast with Santa fundraising event at Founders Inn in Virginia Beach to benefit Children's Hospital of The King’s Daughters. They delivered more than 340 wooden toy tops for children at the event, completed a live demonstration, and made another 60 tops on site. The children continued to beg for more!

It’s a Small World


Carol Woodbury, York, PA, recently visited South Africa and attended a small craft show to benefit local charities in Knysna. Turned wooden tops, just like the ones we do for our shows, drew her to the table of Wally Rossini (pictured above), who explained that he is the longest-standing AAW member in South Africa – 17 years! They had a lovely conversation and Carol discovered that Wally also does advanced turning and thin pierced work in addition to tops!






AW Video-Accompanied Articles

American Woodturner’s December issue features an article by woodturner, sculptor, and furniture maker, Mark Sfirri, entitled, Building Blocks: Evolution of a Turned Sculpture. The story reveals Mark’s process for turning his massive spherical wedge sculpture and is accompanied by a five-minute online video that further illustrates his method for creating the huge form. You’ll want to check it out! Look forward to seeing more AW articles accompanied by value-added online video in 2015. Sign in and read the current issue.

2015 Symposium Registration is Now Open

The Pittsburgh symposium webpages are up and running and the “Early Bird” registration period is now open. Current information, including a preliminary list of demonstrators, is available on the AAW website. We’ll be adding supplemental details as they become available. More information.
Symposium Opportunities
  • Call for Entries: “Creativity in Construction: A Collaboration of Materials” ~ 9th annual Professional Outreach Program exhibition. The deadline for applications is January 12, 2015. More information.
  • Call for Entries: “Merging” ~ 2015 AAW member exhibition. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2015. More information.
  • Call for Symposium Videographers ~ The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015. More information.
  • Call for Symposium Volunteers ~ Demonstrator assistants, aids in the Youth Room, helpers in the Instant Gallery, and more. More information.
  • Build Team Spirit with C3 ~ Round up at least six local chapter members and create a collaborative work to be prominently displayed during the Pittsburgh symposium for the Chapter Collaborative Challenge (C3). Attendees will vote for their favorite pieces in Artistic, Mechanical/Technical, Fantasy, and Best in Show categories. Learn more.
Charitable Projects: ReTURN to the Community
  • Beads of Courage: Donate a handmade box to Beads of Courage, nonprofit that provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness.
ReTURN to the Community charitable project details.

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