THE place to be this summer!
There's still time to make plans to attend AAW's 29th Annual International Symposium, June 25-28, 2015. If you're passionate about woodturning, AAW's symposium is "THE" place to be this summer! There will be something relevant and compelling for woodturners of wide-ranging expertise levels and the AAW offers the most exceptional presenters anywhere! AAW's broad array of exciting topics will enthuse and satisfy turners with diverse interest areas. Browse our symposium planning guide for the latest details. Register online today or call us at 877-595-9094 (toll-free) M-F between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST.
Auctions Support Education & Outreach
AAW's Annual Benefit Auctions are the world's premier exhibition and sale of contemporary sculptural and functional works in wood. What's more, the proceeds support vital woodturning education and outreach programs. We hope you'll join us to preview and bid on these exquisite works "live" in Pittsburgh, on June 26, from 7:30-9:15 p.m. (EST) and Saturday, June 27, from 3:15-5:00 p.m. (EST), or remotely online at
Preview the auction work today. You'll be amazed by the seemingly endless display of artistic expression generously donated to the auction. We encourage you to share this auction website with anyone you feel might appreciate art and woodturning.
June Issue of
Explore the globe for woodturning events and more!
We've launched a one-stop, web-based tool, called AAW Connects, 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.
Woodturning Links & Deals
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
AAW has partnered with the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) to introduce the Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibit
, to showcase woodturning projects of high school and postsecondary level students from across North America. The finalist's pieces will be on display at the AWFS Fair, July 22-25, 2015 in Las Vegas
, Nevada, adjacent to the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition. Cash and tool prizes are sponsored by Rikon, including
70-220VSR Rikon Midi Lathes
(pictured below) for the High School First Place and Post Secondary First Place awards.
Tops are awesome!
"Making tops for kids is a great day! Yup, there are few things in woodturning that I enjoy more. I had a little girl of maybe four years old and her mother come up. The little girl wouldn't talk to me, only whisper to her mother. I finally got a smile (which is a requirement for one of my tops) and when they were walking away, she looked up at her mother and said, 'Mommy, this is SO awesome!' It made my day!"
~ Steve Pritchard, Winston, Georgia
Clubs Collaborate for Community
Gifts for Needy Kids: The clubs make wooden toys as Christmas presents for underprivileged children in the Southern Tucson schools and the organizations that serve their families. The toys include cars, artist palettes with crayons, and keepsake boxes. In 2014, they delivered 1,916. Since 2002, they've made more than 23,800 toys for this important program. (Pictured above: Students from Laguna School in Tucson.)
The clubs turned a total of 3,420 pens in 2014 from kits supplied by Woodcraft in Tucson. In the last six years, the Tucson clubs have turned over 11,229 pens that have been sent to troops abroad
Turning Pens for Overseas Troops:
. (Pictured above are club members Chuck Margeson and Dan Williams.)
Beads of Courage
: The clubs turned 115 lidded boxes for children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses for the Beads of Courage program, which is headquartered in Tucson. (Pictured above are Southern Arizona Woodturners Association club member Paul Swane and Jean Baruch, PhD, RN, Executive Director and Founder, Beads of Courage.)
Bowls for Food: In 2014, the clubs turned 43 bowls which were donated to area food banks for their annual fundraiser.
Canes for Vets:
As a new project for 2014, the clubs turned sixteen canes which were delivered to the poly-trauma unit at the local VA hospital. (Pictured above are club members Paul Newell and Dave Hinkleman, Carey Reed, project chair, with VA staff.)
Twenty-Seven Years of the work of Irish Woodturner Emmet Kane at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
Craftsman or artist? Creator of work or manipulator of nature? Form over material, or material the master of the form? To walk among Emmet Kane's creations in the first retrospective exhibition of his life and work, such questions may occur later, once you have fully gathered the sheer scale and diversity of his work in wood. (Photo above: Cone of Color, burr elm with blue pearlescent ink and dyed blue spikes.)
The exhibition explores Kane's remarkable journey of development as an artist and woodturner from 1988 through to the present day and features a huge array of work, from functional vessels and bowls, to wall hangings, artistic pieces both large and small, and recent small-scale intimate works. The work will be displayed on the second floor of the south wing of the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, until December 2015.
"I was the lucky winner of the AAW monthly raffle, and my prize was a $100 gift certificate from Hunter Tools. I was delighted to be the winner of a prize, but even more so to have a great conversation with Mike Hunter, and by his generosity and expertise as he helped me decide on which of his many products would work best for my needs. They arrived quickly, and have made my hollow-vessel turning much smoother and easier. Thanks to Mike Hunter and AAW."
~ Paul DeHaan, Illinois
In the April issue of Keep Turning, we inaccurately spelled the name of Steve Loar in the photo description for Steve's advanced woodturning students, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. We extend our apologies to Steve.