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Experience premier exhibitions of contemporary sculptural and functional works in wood.
 ReTURN to the Community: Help give back to the local community.

International Exhibitions

Photo collage of woodturned works.

Exhibitions& Galleries

  • Thursday, June 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Welcome reception and exhibitions opening with light appetizers and cash bar
  • Friday, June 13 from 9:10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Ceremony: International Invitational Exhibition & Auction
The 8th annual international invitational exhibition of the Professional Outreach Program (POP) brings together works by forty-three established and emerging artists from five continents, each bringing an individual perspective to this universal theme. Works are available for purchase by auction. 

  • POP "Ceremony" Auction: Saturday, June 14 at 3:15 p.m.
Rising: Annual Juried Exhibition
The AAW member juried and invitational exhibition drew its 2014 theme, "Rising,”  from the story of the phoenix, the mythological bird that rises from the ashes of its predecessor.  As always the creative minds of the AAW membership have interpreted the theme in myriad ways.  Juried by Judith Chernoff, MD, President, Collectors of Wood Art; Heather Sealy Lineberry,  Senior Curator and Associate Director, Arizona State University Art Museum; and Hayley Smith, artist. Two exhibition awards will be given at the Symposium: Masters’ Choice ($300) and People’s Choice ($200).

  • Exhibition Works for Purchase Online: View and purchase contemporary sculpture in wood from our annual member exhibition "Rising" online. The Rising exhibition will open in Phoenix, Arizona June 12-15 before traveling to the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in Saint Paul. Learn more. 

2014 POP Merit Award: Clay Foster 
The texture-rich surfaces and timeless forms of Texan-born artist Clay Foster’s work evoke a sense of the sacred.  The evolution of his work between 1994 and today is shown in ten pieces, each reflecting Foster’s abiding respect and admiration for "Things that endure, things that last, ancient voices that speak to our hearts in modern times; these are the things that give us comfort and courage.”

Instant Gallery
The AAW Symposium’s Instant Gallery is the largest display of turned-wood objects under one roof! The unjuried, open show features more than 1,000 art works and crafts in wood by woodturners attending the AAW Symposium. Many of the works are for sale.

  • Friday, June 13 from 8:40 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

While there, vote for your favorite Chapter Collaborative Challenge (C3) entry, see EOG auction items, admire award winners, and participate in ReTurn to the Community.

Chapter Collaborative Challenge (C3)
In the Instant Gallery, the C3 show features chapter collaborative works vying for "Best in Show” and awards in Mechanical/Technical, Artistic and Fantasy categories. Each work was created by a group of at least six chapter members. The show is sponsored by the Chapters and Membership Committee. 


Youth Turning Program

Youth ages 10 to 18 are eligible to register for free hands-on instruction. Each registered youth must be accompanied by an adult who is registered for the symposium. Students will make a variety of projects.On Sunday, 25 young turners will win a complete turning package, including a lathe, tools, and face shield. Volunteer teachers are Joe Ruminski, Nick Cook, Kip Christensen, Al Hockenbery, and Bonnie Klein. Learn more.

Companion Program

Do you have a non-turner spouse, partner or adult guest who is interested in participating in activities while you attend Symposium rotations and demonstrations? They can register for AAW's Companion Program. By registering, your companion can receive information about all the non-turner activities AAW has to offer including tours and the craft room.


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Auction Fundraisers

Online Auctions
We are pleased to announce that the AAW’s 2014 live auctions are online! Now you have a chance at buying that beautiful bowl, platter or sculpture from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. You can preview the work, register for the online auction and even start bidding on pieces now at http://auction2014.woodturner.org/ Auction proceeds help support the AAW’s grant, outreach and educational programs.

POP Ceremony Auction
The works of forty-three established and emerging artists from five continents will be auctioned to benefit the Professional Outreach Program (POP) which fosters and promotes high standards of professionalism in woodturning through a broad range of initiatives.

  • POP Live Auction: Saturday, June 14 at 3:15 p.m.

EOG Auctions
Join in the excitement of live bidding on museum-quality work or the quieter pace of silent bidding. Funds raised support the Educational Opportunity Grant program, which provides individual turners, students, local chapters and educational organizations with funding for turning-related classes, equipment, and projects.

  • EOG Live Auction: Friday, June 13 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
  • EOG Silent Auction: Begins Friday, June 13 approximately 8:40 a.m.- Concludes Saturday, June 14 at 8:30 p.m. during Awards Ceremony

The public and non-member guests must register at the information desk prior to bidding.  

Charitable Initiatives & Fundraisers


Powermatic Lathe Raffle           

  • First prize is a 2014 Powermatic 3520B lathe, custom painted.
  • The winning ticket will be drawn at AAW's Phoenix symposium award ceremony.
  • Ticket holders need not be present to win.
  • Prize includes freight allowance.
  • Proceeds support activities of the AAW and Phoenix local chapters.
  • Tickets may be purchased on site at the symposium only.
  • You must be 18 or older to purchase tickets or win prizes.


Turners Without Borders Tool Bank
Last year at the Tampa symposium, members generously donated tools for use in countries where we are helping to develop a woodturning culture. Due to the ongoing success of this "taking turning to the world” program, we are now in need of more tools to be granted to turners in need worldwide.

If you have a tools you don’t use, please bring them to the Phoenix Symposium for deposit at the registration area.

Here are some of the needed items:

  • 3/4” roughing gouges
  • 3/8” and 1/2” bowl gouges
  • 3/4” skews and square-nose and round-nose scrapers
  • 1/8” and 1/16” parting tools
  • Sandpaper up to 350 grit

Any surplus items will stay in the Tool Bank for future aid programs.

Photo of woodturned bowls.ReTurn to the Community: Empty Bowls
AAW members donate bowls to raise money for a local non-profit. Large or small, each bowl costs $25, and 100% of the profit goes to a local charity. This year, the proceeds will go to Seeds for Autism.

Receiving & Ticket Sales
  • Thursday, June 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 13 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. & 9:10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Please Donate Bowls
  • Bowls may be any size and of any material.
  • Which chapter will donate the most bowls? Our host chapter invites all AAW chapters to create and donate bowls or turned items to help support SEEDs for Autism. Bowls will be displayed by chapter, so include your chapter name with your bowls so they can be displayed with the appropriately. (Shipping information is at the bottom of this page.)
  • The Tennessee Association of Woodturners has committed to donate 50+ bowls for the cause. How many will your chapter commit?

ReTurn to the Community is a rewarding project in all respects; from the making and the collection of bowls to the purchasing of a new-turned treasure. Twenty-five bucks will buy an amazing, hand-made item and benefit a wonderful cause.

Photo of child turning wood on lathe.

SEEDs for Autism (Seeds) is a nonprofit vocational arts program for young adults on the autism spectrum. The program is structured to teach real life skills, social skills, and job training. Young adults are mentored and work alongside professional artists who take care and time to educate our individuals according to the speed and need it takes to grasp the skills required. Seeds is not an arts and crafts program, but one that relies on structure to comprehend the usage of tools and safety in order to produce marketable and functional items. Each participant learns to work in metals, woodworking, woodturning, ceramics, sewing, jewelry and weaving fibers. Items created are then sold by participants to the community, in order to fulfill the program’s mission of taking the students from "learning to earning.” Learn more.


ReTurn to the Community: Beads of Courage


Read article from American Woodturner. Additionally this year, AAW will provide wood turned boxes to Beads of Courage, an Arizona-based nonprofit that provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs to transform the treatment experience for children coping with serious illness. Through the Beads of Courage, children receive a unique bead to represent each procedure or treatment. For example, a red bead for each blood transfusion, a yellow bead for each night in the hospital, a star bead for surgery, a white bead for chemotherapy. Their collection of beads becomes a tangible record of their journey. A wood turned box will be used to hold a child's precious beads.  

Donation guidelines:  
  • In order to sufficiently hold beads, turned boxes need to be no smaller than 6" (15cm) in diameter. Larger is okay.
  • If possible, engrave or burn Beads of Courage on the lid.
  • Make sure lids are easily removable.
  • Finials or knobs should be easy for a small child to grasp and not too elaborate or pointed.
  • Sign your name or write American Association of Woodturners on
  • the bottom.
  • If you would like to use an official Beads of Courage ceramic logo bead in your design, visit Beads of Courage to place an order. 
Learn more at the Beads of Courage website

View CBS video about Beads of Courage

Read article from American Woodturner

ReTURN to the Community Donations
For those not attending the symposium in Phoenix, bowl and box donations may be shipped to Carl Smith the Return to Community Committee chair. Please use the following information for your shipping label:

Carl Smith
3102 S. Golf Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85282

Carl Smith
3102 S. Golf Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85282

Symposium Contacts

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