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Shipping and Receiving

Convention Center Business Center located on the ground floor of Bartle Hall between Lobby 2200 and 2300.

Hours: Friday from 5pm to 6pm, Saturday from noon to 6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 2:30pm. (Note: The Business Center has size and weight restrictions. Must be 150 lbs. or under. Items must be 165 combined length and girth, or less. Girth is width multiplied by 2 plus height multiplied by 2.)


Symposium App for Mobile Devices

Download the free AAW Symposium app for mobile devices. With the free Guidebook app for mobile devices, you can have the rotations, demonstrators, trade show exhibitors, and floor plan at your fingertips. Install the app before arriving in Kansas City to save time.  View/download instructions.


AAW's super selection of demonstrations and panel discussions that will appeal to wide variety of skill levels—bowls, boxes, vessels, hollow forms, spheres, spindle turning, multiaxis turning, segmented turning, natural edge turning, ornament, jewelry, finishing techniques, surface design, texture and embellishment, and more. Classroom-style rotations will be led by internationally known woodturners, veteran instructors, and top woodturning talent. No other event offers as many opportunities to learn from the world’s best.

Demonstrators, Rotation Topics (# of sessions)

Sam Angelo
2 Chasing Threads

Bruce Berger
2 Segmenting

Dixie Biggs
2 Need Some Relief
1 Simple Surface Treatments
1 Adding Wodburning And Color

Trent Bosch
2 Revelations In Hollowing
2 Sunburst Platter
2 Vessels Of Illusion

Jason Clark
2 Saturn Bowl

Jimmy Clewes
2 Colored Lidded Bowl
1 Drinking Flask
1 Tri-Cornered Box

Janet Collins
2 Spindles/Inlay

Anthony Harris
2 Rocker Box

Kurt Hertzog
2 Pen Turning Tips&Tricks
1 Presentation Is Everything
1 After Turning Opportunities For Pen

Michael Hosaluk
2 Surface Design
2 Fun With Spindles
2 End Gain Bowl

Michael Kehs
2 Drinking Horn


Janice Levi
2 Spindle Turn-Purse

David Lindow
2 Curvilinear Utilizing A Mini Lathe
1 Guilliche Using Both Metal And Wood
1 History Of Ornamental Turning

Rudolph Lopez
2 NE Winged Bowl
1 Natural Edge Goblet
1 Square To Round

Glenn Lucas
2 Utility Bowl
2 Thin Wall Bowl
2 Irish Platter

Harvey Meyer
2 Basket Illusion

Andrew Potocnik
3 Pod Forms
3 Hollow Form

Tania Radda
2 Traveling Woodturner
2 Tea Time In Wonderland

Richard Raffan
2 Center Work Endgrain Hollowing
2 Endgrain Box
1 Lidded Bowl

Mark Sanger
2 Sculptural Form
2 Lidded Form
2 Offset Lidded Form

Merryll Saylan (Cancelled due to health)
2 Working With Milk Paint
2 Multiples And Series

Betty Scarpino
2 Embellished Wood Design
1 Turn Cut Carve
1 Journey- Bowls To Sculpture

Thomas Stegall
2 Thin Wall Bowls/HF

Al Stirt
2 Square Platter
1 Open Bowl
1 Sgrafitto Platter

Jason Swanson
2 Segment Peppermill

Derek Weidman
2 Drawing With The Lathe
1 Musings Of A Sculptor
1 Life Moves

John Wessels
2 Casting with Pewter
2 Using Silver Wire And Pewter
2 Working with Sheet Pewter


Panel Discussions

Instant Gallery Critique

Woodturning with Disabilities


POP Panels

Artist Showcase—Evolution of an Artist: Keith Holt, Jim Sannerud, David Ellsworth (moderator)

Collaboration—Demo and Discussion:
Nathaniel Chambers, Michael Hosaluk, Mark Sfirri (moderator)

Digital Photography:
Rudolph Lopez, Kurt Hertzog, John Beaver (moderator)

The Ego and the Soul: Why Makers Make:
Kristin LeVier, Sally Ault, Jennifer Shirley, David Ellsworth (moderator)

All About Craft Shows:
Willie Simmons, Chris Pytik, Keith Holt, John Beaver (moderator)

Plagiarism: Where is the Fine Line? Finding Your Own Voice
: Barbara Dill, Miriam Carpenter, Jennifer Shirley, David Ellsworth (moderator)

How to Become a Demonstrator—From Application Process Through Presenting an Effective Demonstration:
Andy Cole, Curt Theobald, Sally Ault, Jeff Brockett (moderator)

Gallery/Museum Curator’s Prospective:
Michael McMillan, Derek Weidman, David Ellsworth (moderator)

Marketing and Sales via the Internet:
Mike Mahoney, Cindy Drozda, Keith Holt, J. Paul Fennell (moderator)

Cultural Appropriation/Misappropriation?
Graeme Priddle, Derek Weidman, Sharon Doughtie, J. Paul Fennell (moderator)

Where to Buy and Sell Wood Art in the Current Market:
Jeffrey Bernstein, Stephen Weinroth, Joe Seltzer, John Beaver (moderator)

Understanding Tool Steels and Grinders – A Technology Update:
Tom Wirsing, Stuart Batty

Woodturning with Disabilities
: Andi Sullivan, Gil Malave, Alan Zenreich

Intimate Critique
: An opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your work through one-on-one discussion with an expert. Expect encouragement, tips, suggestions, and a positive experience. Judy Chernoff, Alan Stirt, Michael McMillan

Fresh Eyes on Furniture: Tradition and Innovation

Scott Grove

  • Demonstration: Alternative Inlay & Embellishment
  • Demonstration: Cold Metal Casting and Reproduction for Woodworking Embellishment

Mark Sfirri

  • Presentation: Turning in Furniture

Bart Niswonger

  • Demonstration: Four-Axis Computer-Controlled Routing

Kimberly Winkle, Moderator

  • Panel Discussion: Venn Diagram - Inclusion, Exclusion, & Intersection
    Nick Flaherty, Albert LeCoff, Betty Scarpino, Mark Sfirri


Youth Room/Topics (# of sessions)

Eli Avisera
1 Candlestick
1 Small Bowl

Rex Burningham
1 3 Types Of Spinning Tops
1 Turning Fundamentals / Garden Trowel

Kailee Bosch
1 Cupcakes


Steve Cook
1 Harry Potter Wand
1 Yoyo

Jim Rodgers
1 Onion Shaped Vase
1 Classic Vase


Specialty Sessions

Andi Sullivan
(Closed session) 1 Lighthouse Workshop


Special Interest Night (SIN) Sessions

  • Ornamental Turners
  • Principally Pens
  • Segmented Woodturners
  • Teachers and Educators
  • Women in Turning


Richard Raffan: “A Life of Turning and Teaching”

Internationally esteemed woodturner, author, and instructor, Richard Raffan will reflect on his path in life and in turning. Raffan holds a rare position among contemporary woodturners by maintaining the values of turning as a trade by producing high quality functional work. He is a recipient of the AAW’s Professional Outreach Program (POP) 2012 Merit Award for his extensive contributions to the turning field and as an acknowledgment that traditional turning should continue to be recognized and respected by the contemporary turning world.


Equipment Request

Demonstrators: Click here to request equipment to be used in demonstration rooms including lathes, chucks, faceplates, supplies, AV, and room set up.



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