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Empty Bowls


Beads of Courage and Empty Bowls items must be shipped to arrive no earlier than May 1 and no later than June 7:

John W. Negus Co.
c/o Fred Kline
3005 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR  97232
503-234-8515 (Fred Kline's cell phone)

All boxes must be clearly marked as to contents, email Fred Kline to let him know it is coming.

AAW members create and donate woodturned bowls (and other turned items), which are sold in the Instant Gallery during the national symposium each year to raise money for a local nonprofit in the city hosting the symposium. Large or small, each bowl costs only $25.
100% of the 2018 proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels People, of Portland, OR. Since 1970, Meals on Wheels People has provided a nutritional and social lifeline for seniors through dozens of meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and Meals on Wheels delivery to homebound seniors. With the help of 5,500 volunteers, the nonprofit organization now serves 5,000 meals daily and 1.2 million meals each year. For more information, please visit mowp.org.

Beads of Courage

AAW members create and donate woodturned boxes to non-profit Beads of Courage. Through the Beads of Courage, children receive a unique bead to represent each procedure or treatment in a serious illness. 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. Each turned box will be used to hold a sick child's precious beads.

Woodturners: Donate a Woodturned Box

Make, bring along, and donate a handmade lidded box to hold the beads of a child coping with serious illness through Beads of Courage. You may also SHIP your lidded box(es) to: TBD

Size Guidelines/Order a Bead for Your Box
  • 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. 

AAW Tool Bank

The AAW Tool Bank grant program seeks to provide woodturning tools to selected chapters, educators, and nonprofit schools and organizations for the purpose of teaching the art and craft of woodturning to youth and underrepresented groups. Currently, bowl, spindle, and roughing gouges are most needed, but all other tools are welcome. If you've got a few tools you don't use, put them aside and bring them with you to the symposium. Donations will be accepted at the symposium registration desk. If you can't attend the symposium you can still contribute. Simply send your tool donations to the AAW office at 222 Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W., St. Paul, MN 55102.
Tools are made available to groups through a quarterly grant process.



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