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REGIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT) Symposium - Waco, TX
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8/23/2019 to 8/25/2019
When: 08/23/2019 to 08/25/2019
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Waco Convention Center
100 Washington Ave
Waco, Texas  76701
United States
Contact: Tom Beatty

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  • Lead demonstrators: Sam Angelo, Eli Avisera, Donna Banfield, Andy Chen, Kurt Hertzog, Carl Jacobson and Malcolm Tibbetts, plus 18 regional demonstrators.
  • Three-day event had over 1000 attendees in 2018 making it one of the largest and most successful in the US.
  • There will be a gallery, hands-on area, banquet, 3 for 1 raffle, live auction, Beads of Courage boxes, spouse activities and over 50 vendors.
  • Lunches are provided.
  • Online registration from March 15 to August 1.
  • Cost: $140 until Aug 1, then $175
  • For more information, visit http://www.swaturners.org/

Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT), formed in October 1992, celebrates its 28th anniversary in August 2019 and is the second-largest woodturning symposium after the AAW International Symposium. SWAT is composed of 28 supporting AAW chapters from four states, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma and draws woodturners from all over the world. The symposium lasts for 2½ days of exciting woodturning demonstrations featuring both world-class demonstrators and excellent regional demonstrators selected from the supporting chapters.

SWAT has many attributes that make it appealing to attendees. Along with world class demonstrations, there is an excellent spouse program with numerous classes, workshops and field trips. There are also over 50 vendors displaying the latest in tools, technology, wood and excellent demonstrations at several vendor booths. There is a Gallery, a large collection of Beads of Courage boxes, a Friday night special attraction, a Friday night dinner, and a Saturday night banquet (650 attendees in 2018). In addition, lunches are included in our registration fees.

SWAT also has a three-for-one raffle, which offers a chance to win in three drawings. First drawing at Friday morning opening session for a midi lathe and an Arrowmont scholarship. Second drawing at Saturday night banquet for gallery quality turnings donated by selected turners. Last drawing at Sunday luncheon for tools, wood, three midi lathes and one Robust lathe. The uniqueness of these drawings is that winning tickets for first two drawings are also eligible for subsequent drawings. This year, during the Saturday night banquet, we will have a live auction for several collectible turnings including one donated by Women in Turning, who are active SWAT participants.

The 2019 Symposium will be held at the Waco Convention Center on August 23-25. Join us this August for some great woodturning demonstrations, excellent vendor booths and an opportunity to interact with some of the world’s best and friendliest woodturners.

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