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Stay plugged in to the worldwide woodturning community. A membership with the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is much more than jption to the American Woodturner journal. AAW is the world’s leading resource for woodturnust a subscriing information, inspiration, and instruction.


AAW members have access not only to the journal, but also to publications including Woodturning FUNdamentals, Safety for Woodturners, and mentoring publications, as well as a variety of complimentary services, website tools, grant opportunities, and specialty programming. We’d like to make you aware of some of these publications and services that will help you stay plugged in to the worldwide woodturning community. Member log in may be required for access to some publications and services. Printable pdf version of this page.





American Woodturner journal, six issues annually, each packed with feature articles, projects, photos, tips, techniques, and news. New for 2015, the AAW has introduced online videos to complement selected journal articles.

  • New for 2015: The AAW App, a downloadable tool used to read the journal on devices, including iPads and Android tablets. Download from the App Store or Play Store for your device.

Woodturning FUNdamentals, six digital issues annually loaded with projects, techniques, tips, videos, and information to build essential woodturning skills, as well as an online archive of past issues (non-member price is $26.94).


Special editions

Got Wood? Now What? Joseph M. Herrmann (Non-member price $9.95)

Setting Up Your Woodturning Workstation, Rob Wallace (Non-member price $9.95)

Safety for Woodturners, a 66-page digital book to help woodturners build strong skills while learning best practices and safety (non-member price $14.95 for the printed edition).

Sharpening Woodturning Tools: 72-page digital book full of useful articles on sharpening tools for woodturning (non-member price: $16.95 for the printed edition).

Sharpening online video, Fundamentals of Sharpening, 90 minutes of sharpening guidance featuring Bonnie Klein, Alan Lacer, John Jordan, and B. Johnston (non-member price $29.00 for the DVD).


New for 2015: Teacher’s Resource and Project Guide: A 76-page digital handbook to help educators develop programs to teach woodturning skills to students. Includes important safety guidelines, best practices, lesson plan tips, and 18 projects to build basic skills (non-member price is $29.95).


New for 2015: Pen Manufacture Enterprise: A 30-page digital teacher’s guide adapted from a manufacturing unit taught by Kip Christensen, Ph.D., to provide students with a brief or extensive pen manufacturing experience (non-member price is $29.95).


Let’s Go for a Spin: A digital sevenpart lesson plan series for instructors, designed to provide beginning and advanced students with a well-rounded set of turning skills (non-member price is $87.70 for the set).

Planning and Presenting a Successful Demonstration: A 23-page digital training manual and series of eight online videos, developed by Frank B. Penta and the Chattahoochee Woodturners, to help experienced woodturners build or improve their demonstration skills (not currently available to non-members).

Teaching Woodturning Basics: A 53-page digital reference to help intermediate and advanced turners learn to teach others (non-member price is $4.95 for the download).

  New for 2015: AAW Connects is a web-based tool that enables AAW members to search the globe for AAW chapters and woodturning symposia, demonstrations, exhibitions, events, organizations, and schools.

New for 2015: AAW’s Woodturning Marketspace is an online hub that allows AAW members to click-through to sponsor websites for information about woodturning products and services, as well
as exclusive deals.

Directories: AAW’s online directories provide contact information for members, local chapters, demonstrators, and other woodturning resources.

Events calendar: AAW’s Woodturning Calendar lists upcoming chapter anddemonstrator events, exhibitions, classes, symposia, and more. Chapters and members may submit woodturning-related items for inclusion in the calendar.

Video library: AAW’s expanding online video collection helps to make the learning process more engaging.

AAW Forum: This member moderated online community is ideal for sharing work and ideas, obtaining feedback and assistance, and connecting with other woodturning enthusiasts. Upload photos of your work to the “Gallery” for critique. See your piece selected for the “Turning of the Week.” Take part in discussions on topic areas such as tips, techniques, how-to, and more.

Prizes: Each month, AAW members are automatically entered into drawings for sponsored prizes, including lathes, woodturning supplies, jigs, DVDs, classes, gift certificates, etc. Annually, a name is drawn from AAW’s membership roster to receive a Powermatic 3520B lathe, and that winner names a local chapter to win either a JET 1642 or five JET mini-lathes.

EOG program: Members and chapters may apply for AAW’s Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) program, which offers funding to selected applicants for woodturning education projects.

POP fellowships: Members may apply for Professional Outreach Program (POP) fellowship grants, which offer funding to selected applicants for research and projects that encourage creative growth or provide inspiration for new directions in turned wood art.

Exhibition opportunities and calls for entry: AAW members may apply and enter work for member exhibitions at the annual international symposium, the Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, and other venues. (Some opportunities require an entry fee.)


Students: AAW’s Young/Student Turners and Turning to the Future programs offer information and resources especially for teachers and students aged 10 to 25.

Disabilities: AAW’s Woodturning Beyond Barriers offers techniques and adaptations to help people with disabilities and other obstacles turn safely.


Global outreach: AAW’s Turners Without Borders delivers woodturning information and services to the wider woodturning world.


  POPProfessionals: AAW’s Professional Outreach Program (POP) fosters and promotes high standards of professionalism in woodturning through a variety of activities.

Women: New for 2015, AAW’s Women in Turning brings together women worldwide who share a passion for woodturning to help further their skills and increase their participation in the field.



Resource books

Getting Started in Woodturning: 224 pages of shop-tested insights and detailed, practical advice for a great start in woodturning. Member price: $18.95

Lathes and Turning Tools: Learn how to select a lathe, what turning tools to buy, and what chucks and other accessories you’ll need to get started. Member price: $14.95

Learning at the Lathe: 65 pages of useful articles for beginning woodturners, featuring expert, shop-tested insights and advice. Member price: $14.95

Practical Woodturning Projects: 64 pages of woodturning projects that build skills with shop-tested instructions and illustrations. Member price: $14.95

Turning Holiday Ornaments: 19 fun holiday projects to help build turning skills and create great gifts. Member price: $14.95

Turning Bowls and Platters: Skill-building articles, safety tips, and step-by-step instructions for bowl turning, from blank to finish. Member Price: $14.95

Making and Using Turning Tools: Practical, technical articles for making tools. Member Price:$14.95


DVDs – Woodturning Masters Series

Learn about some of woodturning’s most visionary makers.


David Ellsworth, The Spirit of Woodturning: 55 minutes. Member price: $19

William Hunter, Innovator/Sculptor: 90 minutes. Member price: $19.

Dale Nish, The Woodturner’s Mentor: 55 minutes. Member price: $19

Rude Osolnik, Dean of American Woodturners: 55 minutes. Member price: $19

Ed Moulthrop, Woodturning Pioneer: 55 minutes. Member price: $19

Palmer Sharpless, The Johnny Appleseed of Woodturning: 55 minutes. Member price: $19

Ray Huskey, A Turning Tradition: 90 minutes. Member price: $19

Myron Curtis - Architectural Woodturner and Teacher: 90 minutes. Member price: $19

DVDs for skill-building

Expert advice and instruction to help build solid woodturning skills.

An Introduction to Bowl Turning by Rus Hurt: 84 minutes of informative bowl turning instruction and advice. Member price: $19

Turning Projects from Scrap with Bob Rosand: Learn to make a confetti oil lamp, ring holder, lidded box, birdhouse ornament, and holiday ornament in 93 minutes. Member price: $19 tiny.

Skill-Building Projects with Mark St. Leger: 90 minutes of popular skill-building projects. Member price: $19


Your interest in woodturning and membership in the AAW are key elements in promoting woodturning worldwide. The AAW board and staff are grateful for your continued commitment to preserving this wonderful art and craft for future generations and are eager to support you in your woodturning endeavors.


If you have questions or thoughts to share, please contact us at 651-484-9094, toll-free 877-595-9094, or by email at memberservices@woodturner.org.

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