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Sorry, registration for WIT Hands-On Room classes is closed.


Thank You Donors & Sponsors

Nova/Teknatool: lathes, stands, chucks


Packard Woodworks: turning tools


Crown Tools: Mini Revolution hollowing tools


David Ellsworth: bowl gouges, sharpening jigs


Robust Tools: toolrests and safety drive centers


Honeywell Safety Products: faceshields


Paula Nicks of Duste Bee Gone: earplugs


Carmen De La Paz: dust masks, blue tape


Two Tree Boyz: all green wood for the rotations


Steve Sinner/Advanced Lathe Tools: two midi boring bar set-ups with lasers and cutters


Craft Supplies: tool sets


Sorby: Turning Tools


Hardwood Inc.: kiln dried wood

Thompson Tools: sponsoring Barbara Dill


The Center for Art in Wood: sponsoring Kimberly Winkle


Geiger Solutions: use of wheel dressers


Jeff Brockett: buckets for tool storage


Rubber Chucky Products


Johnny Tolly: center markers and thickness gauges






The WIT Hands-On Room will provide a lively, entertaining and educational experience for attendees, managed by accomplished and recognizable women in the field of woodturning, focusing on skill building and community development. Learn about WIT.



The WIT Hands-On Room rotations will be offered to all registered symposium attendees. Below are the titles and descriptions for the rotations. If you are interested in participating in any of these sessions,you must complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page. Sorry, registration is now closed.


Your opportunity to pre-register for the chance of being awarded a spot will expire on April 1 at midnight (Central Daylight Time). Participation is limited to individuals who have submitted the online WIT Hands-On interest form and have paid their symposium registration fee by the April 1st deadline. AAW members will be given priority in the selection process. (See Selection Process below for more details.)


Click here to view/download WIT Hands-On Room schedule.

Descriptions of WIT Hands-On Room Rotations


Rotation 1   8:40a - 10:10a, Auxiliary Turning Equipment (30-minutes each, 21 spots)

  • Bandsaws: Bandsaws are extremely versatile but can also be dangerous – Learn the tips and tricks and stay safe.
  • Sharpening With Jigs: Jig systems can eliminate many problems and speed production; find out how to use them for a repeatable sharp edge.
  • Chucks & Faceplates: They don’t come with many instructions, but there are most certainly rules—what are jaws and which ones should I use? What kind of screws for faceplate holding and how many? Pros & Cons, Base cuts.

Rotation 2  11a - 12:30p, Make a Tool & Freehand Sharpening (10 spots)

  • Understanding how and why a tool cuts wood. Participants will make their own tool from an Allen wrench and learn how to sharpen it free hand and then use the tool to shape a spindle.

Rotation 3  2p - 3:30p, Endgrain Cutting (10 spots)

  • Scrapers, Gouges & Drills. The direction of the cut and the tool used impact success. Achieving a smooth surface without catches.  Skill building for box making, goblets and hollow forms.

Rotation 4  3:50p - 5:20p, Multi-Axis Turning (20 spots)

  • Working with a ghost. Tool presentation and planning is key to making interesting forms that puzzle convention.



Rotation 5  8a - 9:30p, Woodturning Joinery (10 spots)

  • Putting pieces together: boxes, scoops, mallets, and furniture. Cutting mortise & tenon joints require measuring, marking, trimming and fitting.  We’ll discuss the tips and tricks for success.

Rotation 6  10:30a - 2:00p, Green Wood Natural Edge Bowls (Double rotation, 10 spots)

  • How to identify a bowl in a log.  The basic cuts for success using this often-free material. Roughing, shaping, sheer scraping & finishing cuts from a few tools gets the job done quickly. Reverse Turning with a Jam Chuck to shape the foot. Drying without cracking.
  • Participants are expected to remain in the classroom after the class to assist with clean up and lathe disassembly.

Rotation 8  4p - 5:30p, Embellishing (30-minutes each, 21 spots)

  • Pyrography: Pyrography (burning) beautiful designs and images on wood transforms simple objects to the next level.  Have fun exploring planning, layout and creative use of various burning tips.
  • Texturing: Texturing wood with engravers, rotary bits and reciprocating carvers – understanding good design, finding opportunities and recognizing limitations.
  • Coloring: Coloring, whether with acrylic or milk paints, dyes, stains, pens, etc. can highlight textures, tell a story and fool the eye. Understanding the properties and uses of decorative media releases imagination.



WIT Hands-On Room registration is not required for Sunday panel discussions. The room is open to all and closes at capacity.

Rotation 9  8a - 9:30a, Panel, Personal Expression in Turned Artwork

  • Panelists will discuss the concepts of identity and personal story in their own artwork. As we mature as artists, we yearn to “find our own voice,” but what does “find our voice” actually mean? Explore with us how personal identity can change over time.

Rotation 10  11a - 12:30p, Panel, Ask an Expert/Become an Expert

  • Panelists will discuss questions like: How can I determine what constitutes an excellent demonstration? What are effective demonstration strategies? How can I get started demonstrating? Find out why it is empowering to share tips and techniques with fellow woodturners.




The selection process for assigning rotation preferences and the next steps are as follows:

  • Following the April 1 close of pre-registration, the AAW home office will confirm paid registration status of all potential students. Registration is now closed.
  • Then the AAW office will administer a random selection process from the entire pool of pre-registrants and for each WIT rotation. The AAW will notify you by April 24 of any classes you are confirmed in and of any wait lists you are on. That notification will include a release of liability waiver form required for all participants.
  • Individuals will be limited to attending no more than two rotations. This will ensure as many people as possible will benefit from this classroom experience. When a participant's name has been randomly selected twice, reaching the two rotation limit, their name will be removed from the process. But their names will be placed on a wait list for their remaining class preferences.
  • Interest in the Atlanta Hands-On classes has been extremely high! We cannot guarantee a class assignment to every person seeking one.
  • Wait lists will be generated for each rotation once a class is full. First in line on each wait list will be for people not awarded a lathe station in any of their preferred classes. All students must sign in at the WIT Hands-On Room ten minutes before the class begins. If there are lathe stations open after check-in expires the wait list will take effect.



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