2021 AAW Virtual Symposium
July 17-18, 2021


Plan to join us!

You’ll have a front-row seat for the programs you’ve come to know and love –  and be able to enjoy them from the comfort and safety of your own home.

AAW will use an enhanced virtual event software platform to offer multiple concurrent live demonstration tracks, panel discussions, special interest topics, a trade show, Instant Gallery, live and silent auctions, drawings, and more. You’ll have opportunities to engage with other attendees face-to-face, plan your sessions, or skip around – you decide. The only thing missing will be the handshakes and hugs from old and new woodturning friends!

Featured Demonstrations

Learn from some of the world’s best! Featured woodturning demonstrations will include a variety of fascinating topics that appeal to a wide range of skill levels. AAW’s handpicked roster of internationally known woodturning talent includes:

  • Nick Agar, Turning Platters with Decorated Rims
  • Stuart Batty, Bowl Turning: The 40/40 Grind
  • Dixie Biggs, Need Some Relief?
  • Trent Bosch, Sienna Series Hollow Forms
  • Bruce Campbell, Managing Green Wood
  • Pat Carroll, Square Box with Pewter Inserts
  • Nick Cook, You Light Up My Life Table Lamp
  • Rebecca DeGroot, Mini Aquifer: A Wood/Resin Hybrid Droplet
  • Mark Dreyer, Standing Out in the World of Pen Making
  • Art Liestman, Flame Texturing of Highly Figured Hardwoods
  • JoHannes Michelsen, Full-Size Wearable Wood Hat
  • Al Miotke, Segmented Vase Construction


Panels, Special Interest Sessions, and Live Vendor Demonstrations

Get motivated and informed by the Artist Showcase presentation, Professional Outreach Program (POP) panel discussions, Special Interest Topics, Women in Turning (WIT), Vendor Demos, and Nonprofit Zone.

See live 30-minute demonstrations from these incredible vendors:

  • Axminster Tools: Axminster Woodturning Chucks with Colwin Way
  • Easy Wood Tools: Hollowing Made Easy as 1, 2, 3 Featuring Carl Jacobson
  • Peke Safety: Staying Safe From Sawdust, Hard/Exotic Woods, Lacquer + Head & Eye Protection
  • Stockroom Supply: Bandsaw Blade Drift Myths


Instant Gallery and Instant Gallery Critique

Gain insights, inspiration, and new ideas by perusing attendee work submitted for the AAW Instant Gallery and by attending the Instant Gallery Critique moderated by the Professional Outreach Program (POP).

Trade Show

Shop or browse the AAW’s Virtual Trade Show which showcases a wide variety of vendors who offer state-of-the-art woodturning lathes, accessories, tools, supplies, turning stock, and more. Browse and shop exhibitor booths, connect in person, and even interact with some vendors on camera. The exhibitor list includes:

  • Airbrushing Wood
  • Alumilite Corp
  • Axminster Tools
  • Carter Products Inc
  • Cindy Drozda Woodturning Tools
  • D-Way Tools, Easy Wood Tools
  • ExoticBlanks.com
  • HannesTool LLC
  • John Jordan Woodturning
  • JPW Industries
  • Klingspor's Woodworking Shop
  • Lyle Jamieson Woodturning LLC
  • MDI Woodcarvers Supply
  • Spiracraft LLC
  • Stockroom Supply
  • Trent Bosch Tools
  • Woodturners Wonders
  • Woodturning Tool Store
  • Woodturning with Tim Yoder

(Trade show list as of May 7, 2021. Additional exhibitors to be announced.)

Community Conversations

Join informal special interest chats both days and be able connect with like-minded woodturners to discuss your interests.


Add to your collection –  or just watch. AAW’s Benefit Auctions will be streamed live online. So, regardless of where you live, you’ll have a chance to buy that beautiful bowl, platter, or sculpture from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone – or simply observe the action.  

  • Live Benefit Auction will take place the evening of Friday, July 16.
  • Professional Outreach Program (POP) Live Benefit Auction will take place the evening of Saturday, July 17.
  • AAW Silent Benefit Auction will accept bids throughout the event and the bidding will end Sunday, July 18.



The cost of admission is $45 for AAW members and $60 for all others. With 12 feature demonstrations, that’s only $3.75 per demonstration. Wow, a great value! And, you get many other event elements included with the price of Virtual Symposium admission.


Even if you’re not able to participate in the complete two-day online experience, registered attendees will have access to recorded replays of featured demonstrations and panel discussions. You’ll be able to watch them on your own time.


More Coming Soon

This webpage will be updated regularly. Schedule, program details, and more are coming soon.