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Charitable Initiatives

Open to the public, free admission

Return to the Community

Buy a handcrafted woodturned bowl for only $25 to raise money for Variety the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh through the AAW’s Empty Bowls project. See the display of wooden boxes made by AAW members for children coping with serious illness through the nonprofit Beads of Courage program. Learn more.

  • Friday, June 26 - 8:40 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27 - 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Instant Gallery

Open to the public, free admission

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

  • Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:40 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Woodturning Trade Show

Open to the public, free admission

Observe ongoing woodturning demonstrations. Survey state-of-the-art woodturning products, supplies, and more up close and in action.

  • Friday, June 26 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27 - 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Open to the public, free admission

Discover the art and craft of woodturning. Celebrate contemporary sculptural and functional works in wood. Learn more.

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Show Opening
  • Friday, June 26, 2015 - 9:10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  – 3rd Floor Ballroom
  • Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Rooms 301-303

Creativity in Construction: A Collaboration of Materials

For the ninth annual Professional Outreach Program (POP) exhibition, forty studio artists from ten countries created small-scale works with a focus on material, either combining wood with other media or creating the illusion of multiple materials through surface manipulation. All pieces will be offered in a simultaneous live and benefit online auction scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at 3:15 p.m. in rooms 301-303


Member exhibition showcases the diversity of ideas, techniques, and approaches being developed by both our amateur and professional members. This year’s theme reflects the merging rivers that shaped our host city of Pittsburgh, as well as the merging of ideas or materials to form a new, greater whole.

2015 POP Merit Award: Jacques Vesery

The exquisitely carved and painted trompe l’oeil work of Jacques Vesery is unmistakable, despite subject matter as disparate as baseballs and nautilus shells. The small scale and rich detail draw the viewer into a world inspired by nature, but entirely the artist’s own invention. The POP Merit Award recognizes Jacques’ contributions as a teacher, mentor, and leader in the woodturning field.

Steve Loar: Then and Now

Educator, author, and artist Steve Loar uses themes and narratives—often drawn from popular rock songs—to guide him in creating evocative, layered compositions. “Then and Now” includes early and very fresh works, all reflecting Steve’s impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship. His collaboration with cast-off components from noted artists in the field will bring an added dimension to the informed woodworker.

Benefit Auctions Live/Online and Silent

Open to the public, free admission

Add to your collection. Join in the excitement of online and live bidding or the quieter pace of silent bidding of museum quality work. Auction proceeds support the AAW’s grant, outreach and educational programs.

Live & Online

  • Friday, June 26, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. - Benefits the Educational Opportunity Grant*  program - 3rd Floor Ballroom
  • Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Benefits the Professional Outreach Program – Rooms 301-303
  • Simultaneous Online Auctions: An auction website to preview, register, and bid will be coming soon.

*Supports the Educational Opportunity Grant program (EOG) that provides individual turners, students, local chapters and educational organizations with funding for turning-related classes, equipment and projects.


Silent Auction

  • Friday, June 26, 2015 - Opens 8:40 a.m. - Instant Gallery
  • Saturday, June 27, 2015 - Closes 8:30 p.m. - 3rd Floor Ballroom


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