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Virtual Symposium Sessions

Scroll down on this page to view descriptions of AAW Virtual Symposium live demonstrations, panel discussions, special interest sessions, and auctions.

Live Demonstrations

Glenn Lucas: Beaded Salad Bowl
In this demo, Glenn will demonstrate how to make a Beaded Salad Bowl inspired by the old beehive or skep. Creating beads on a bowl adds to how it feels in your hands and helps with its aesthetic appeal especially if the wood does not have an interesting grain pattern. Glenn will show two ways to create the beads, which makes it a great project for all skill levels.  

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 12:00-1:30 p.m. EDT


Rudolph Lopez: Thin-Stemmed Natural-Edge Goblet
Rudy will demonstrate how to turn a thin-stem natural-edge goblet from a green limb using mainly a side ground bowl gouge. He will also explain limb selection, pith orientation, techniques used for stabilizing thin stems, the use and sharpening of negative rake scrapers, and drying methods to help avoid cracking.

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT

Trent Bosch: Vessels and Surfaces
In this demo, participants will learn all the techniques that Trent goes through to create a hollow form, including ways to make the surface outstanding! From textures to colors to sandblasting and beyond – this will be much more than just a hollow form demonstration.

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 12:00-1:30 p.m. EDT

Mike Mahoney: 35 Years of Woodturning
During this interactive demonstration, Mike will discuss items he has made during his remarkable career. He will show techniques he has used to design his work, as well as share information about harvesting and drying these items to make them viable for the market.

  • Saturday July 11, 2020 2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT

Cindy Drozda: Finial Box
Cindy will demonstrate her signature style box with a finial, an in-fitting lid, and an inlayed decorative ring and foot made from contrasting wood. The finial box is an intricate and interesting project, and Cindy will share tips and techniques as well as design, material selection, and jam chucking.

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 12:00-1:30 p.m. EDT

Craig Timmerman: Turning an Arch Bowl
One of the more complex winged-bowl shapes is one where the wings become the feet of the bowl. To add to the complexity, you start with a rectangular blank. The result is an arch bowl. Craig’s demonstration will take you through all the steps from stock selection to removal of the tenon. He’ll also show you how to expand on the design by adding arch cutouts to each leg.

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT

Panel Discussions


Evolving a Body of Work – Inspiration and Iteration
A body of work indicates an artist’s signature style. By having a consistent body of work, you are drawing attention to your art and you as a maker. Evolving a recognizable body of work consistent with your distinctive aesthetic can be challenging. Where do you start? How can your personal experiences come to life in your work? What style of wood art excites and captivates your imagination? What turning technique do you favor more than anything else? Will creating the same object box you in? What do you do with the internal need to go a different direction? What are the risks? Panelists: Curt Theobald – Moderator, J. Paul Fennell, Michael Hosaluk, John Beaver, Michael Peterson

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 4:00-5:30 p.m. EDT


POP Instant Gallery Critique
Each year the Professional Outreach Program (POP) selects moderators to critique the work on exhibit in the Instant Gallery at the AAW Symposium. This year pieces were selected from online submissions. Attending the Instant Gallery Critique is a valuable learning experience that can help you to better understand how work can be improved through the critique process. The perceptions shared by the moderators – makers, curators, collectors, or gallery owners – is valid and pertinent to helping makers do better work. This will be your opportunity to gain a new way to look at woodturning and push your own work to the next level. Moderators: Suzanne Kahn, Kip Christensen, Kirsten Muenster

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 4:00-5:30 p.m. EDT


Turning for Profit and Marketing Through Social Media
This lively and informative panel will address a variety of issues facing turners wanting to gain financial benefits from their time spent in the workshop. You won't want to miss this session whether you have been doing this most of your life or are just getting started.  We will address online questions at the conclusion of the panel so get yours ready!  A sampling of topics to be covered include the following:

How and where to sell your work.
Finding your niche market.
How to set the appropriate prices.
Selling through galleries, craft shows, and the world wide web.
Exploring the various venues of social media.
Setting up and managing an Instagram account.
The sky's the limit, and how to get there.

Panelists: Kim Winkle – Moderator, Mike Mahoney, Nick Cook, Rebecca DeGroot

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 4:00-5:30 p.m. EDT



Special Interest Topics


Gizmos and Gadgets with Rob Wallace
This presentation will show a variety of different gadgets that woodturners have designed to enhance their woodturning activities, often using simple items that they have built, or items that have been repurposed for use in woodturning. There will also be a brief discussion on designing and building safe and efficient woodturning tool racks, as well as showing some practical, easy-to-make gizmos for improving one's turning productivity and enjoyment. A great session for both beginning and "seasoned" woodturners to get a few new ideas, add some gadgets to their turning arsenal, see what other woodturners have come up with to solve common problems, and get some tips to add to your chapter's newsletter.

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT


Best of the Best Woodturning Tips
Pre-Recorded Slide Show

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT


Beth Ireland: A Journey in Woodturning, Presented by WIT
Beth will describe her past and current work, her inspiration, and share some useful tips. She’ll also offer a tour of her Florida shop.

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT



The AAW’s live benefit auctions will also be online! Regardless of where you are located, now you have a chance to buy that beautiful bowl, platter, or sculpture from the comfort of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Benefit auction proceeds help support the AAW’s grant, outreach, and educational programs.


AAW Live Benefit Auction
Join in the excitement of live bidding on museum-quality work. Funds raised will be used to effectively develop and deliver woodturning education and service programs for our member community worldwide. Preview work beginning June 26, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Preview auction work, register to bid, and bid!

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. EDT


POP Live Benefit Auction
The works of established and emerging artists will be auctioned to benefit the Professional Outreach Program (POP) which fosters and promotes high standards of professionalism in the field of woodturning through a broad range of initiatives, including awards, fellowships, and panel presentations. Preview work beginning June 26, 5:00 p.m. EDT. Preview auction work, register to bid, and bid!

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. EDT


AAW Silent Auction
Participate in the slower pace of silent bidding on a variety of woodturned works and other items. Funds raised will be used by the AAW to continue to develop and deliver woodturning education and service programs for our member community worldwide. View items and bid beginning July 7, 5:00 p.m. EDT.

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 BIDDING CLOSES at 7:30 p.m. EDT


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