10 Reasons You’ll Want to Join Us
AAW’s 30th annual international symposium will be held at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Atlanta, Georgia, June 9–12, 2016. The connected Atlanta Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel will be our host hotel. Known for “Gone with the Wind,” Martin Luther King, Jr., The Carter Center, Ted Turner, Hank Aaron, and Coca-Cola, Atlanta is overflowing with southern charm. AAW’s symposium offers you an opportunity to enjoy the beauty and intrigue of Atlanta, while enhancing your woodturning experience and enjoying the company of others who share your enthusiasm.
AAW is Turning 30
You like to celebrate. The AAW has played a crucial role in the development of contemporary woodturning and wood art since 1986. We’ve led a dramatic transformation of the craft over the past three decades. Together at the AAW symposium, we’ll be able to celebrate this milestone and the dedicated people who got us started.
You appreciate an exceptional woodturning demonstration. The symposium offers three-and-a-half days of classroom-type demonstrations and panel discussions led by internationally known woodturners, veteran instructors, and top woodturning talent. No other event offers as many opportunities to learn from the world’s best. Learn more.
All Skill Levels Welcome
You’re a beginning woodturner—or a veteran. Whatever your skill level, the AAW symposium offers something for you. You’ll be able to select from the broad range of demonstrations and panel discussions to focus on sessions that will enhance your experience wherever you are on your woodturning journey. You’ll take away knowledge, tips, and techniques that will last a lifetime.
Broad Topic Area Appeal
You are interested in special topic areas and in connecting with affinity groups. AAW’s wide assortment of learning areas covers classic bowl turning, surface carving and embellishment, segmented turning, hollow vessels—and more! Plus, our growing number of affinity groups includes segmented turners, ornamental turners, pen turners, multi-axis turners, women turners, disabled turners, and youth turners.
You know a good value when you see one. AAW’s symposium packs in more high-quality learning opportunities for woodturners than any other event in the world. Sign up early for discounted registration and special hotel group rates. Receive a full-color handout book loaded with information, techniques, and insights from demonstrators. Our symposium Guidebook app for mobile devices will help you keep the rotations, demonstrators, floor plans, and messaging at your fingertips.
Huge Woodturning Tradeshow
You like to see the latest and greatest woodturning products up close and in action. AAW’s enormous tradeshow will be jam-packed with the newest woodturning products, tool and lathe manufacturers, and supplies. You’ll be able to observe a range of ongoing demonstrations, hold tools in your own hands, see tricks and techniques, and kick some tires.
You enjoy interacting with others who share your passion for woodturning. AAW’s symposium is an opportunity to step out of your shop and tap into the greater woodturning community. With a culture of cooperation, camaraderie, and sharing, you’ll be able to gain knowledge and relationships that will last a lifetime, socialize with friends, establish and renew connections, and schmooze.
You’re inspired by the turnings of others and value the opportunity to display your own work. Whatever your skill level, you can bring up to three pieces of your work to display in our huge instant gallery and participate in the largest show of turned-wood objects under one roof. Our themed exhibits, Turning 30 and Patterns, will draw collectors and galleries from around the country. You’ll be inspired by the broad selection of exhibition work and have an opportunity for your own work to get noticed.
World’s Largest Display Of Turned-Wood Objects
Give Back to Others
You are passionate about woodturning and like to “pay it forward.” AAW’s symposium offers you opportunities to support charitable causes, including Empty Bowls, Beads of Courage, AAW’s Tool Bank, as well as education and outreach programs. Donate or purchase a turned item to benefit a charitable cause. Bid high in our auctions to support woodturning education and outreach programs. It’s good karma. Learn more.
Affordable Family Activities
You want to bring family along for the ride. AAW’s Youth Program offers free, instructor-led, hands-on woodturning instruction for kids ages 10 to 18 (with a paid adult, preregistration required). Sow the seeds for a lifelong love of woodturning. Learn more about Youth Program. In addition to browsing our exhibitions, galleries, and tradeshow, your registered non-turner spouse, partner, or adult guest is invited to participate in a variety of creative activities and tours while you attend woodturning rotations through AAW’s Companion Program. Learn more about Companion Program. What’s more, Atlanta offers inexpensive fun for families, older adults, and everyone in between.