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The American Association of Woodturners
33rd Annual International Symposium
Raleigh, North Carolina
July 11-14, 2019


Lathe Raffle Winners

Powermatic 3520C: Steve Ellis, Huntington, WV 

Jet 1221 Mini-Lathe: Kim Muthersbough, Marietta, GA


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USDA Referenced Information:



Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Comfort Inn Raleigh Midtown
1001 Wake Towne Dr
Raleigh, NC, 27609
Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown
616 Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Raleigh Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC 27601


Youth Room & Lighthouse Donations

  • JPW Industries – 26 Jet Mini Lathes and stands 
  • Teknatool – 26 chucks and spur drives
  • Crown Tools - 26 sets of tools 
  • Woodcraft – 26 full faceshields 
  • Penn State – Project supplies 
  • Rockler – Project supplies 
  • Craft Supply – Project supplies 
  • Easy Wood Tools – 26 sets of tools 
  • Robust – 26 tool rests 
  • VincesWoodNWonders – Sandpaper 
  • Cousineau Products – Project supplies 
  • KC Wire Burners – Project supplies

Raffle Donations

  • JPW Industries – Powermatic 3520 lathe for raffle 
  • JPW Industries – Jet 1221VS lathe and stand for raffle

Loaner Equipment

  • JPW Industries – Powermatic 3520 C demonstration lathes 
  • JPW Industries – Tool room bandsaw 
  • Robust – Robust Scout lathe

Want to buy a new lathe?

This year, JET Powermatic (JPW Industries) will be selling floor model lathes, demonstrator lathes, and trade show equipment from their own booth, at 20% off retail price. Equipment will be sold on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in purchasing any of the equipment, please contact Kristie Schmitz at kschmitz@jpwindustries.com.

Order now to hold the lathe. Pay by credit card at the show and pick it up at the booth after the show is done.


To place an order to hold a machine, Kristie needs the following information: name, billing address, whether you are picking up at the show or shipping item, shipping address (if shipping).


Robust Scout demonstration lathe for sale. Contact Brent English at brent@turnrobust.com for details.

Planning Guide / Handout Book:

You'll be able to preview the handout book online for details of the AAW Symposium, including: Special Presentation, Special Interest Sessions, Convention Center floor plans, Trade Show list and floor plans, schedule, abstracts of rotations, Exhibitions & Auctions information, Youth Classes, and more! Click here.

There is a place for you!


Join us for the AAW's 33rd Annual International Symposium!

The conference will bring together more than more than 1,300 turners from around the globe to learn, share, and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning making it the largest woodturning event in the world. No other event offers as many opportunities to learn from the world’s best.


For registered attendees, the symposium features classroom-style educational demonstrations and panel discussions led by internationally known woodturners and top woodturning talent. Sessions appeal to a wide variety of skill levels and interest areas.


Additionally, many events are open to the public, including an enormous trade show jam-packed with the newest woodturning products, tool and lathe manufacturers, and supplies; an Instant Gallery and themed exhibitions; as well as benefit auctions and opportunities to support local charities.


Whether you're a new turner or a professional...

You'll find demonstrations targeted to your skill level and areas of interest. Over 3 1/2 days, you'll have 100+ compelling presentations to choose from to help you enrich your woodturning experience, including: bowls & platters, segmented work, pens, inspiration, creativity, narratives, spindles, finials, multiaxis work, embellishment, finishing, carving, tool making & tool handling, hollow forms & boxes, small treasures, useful panel topics. Click here for information about the demonstrations and panel discussions.


Wherever you are in your woodturning journey...

You'll find experts from around the globe who will share their techniques and insights to help you bring your woodturning abilities to the next level. Through knowledge, tips, and inspiration, you'll be able to tap into the expertise of world-class demonstrators. Plus, the AAW is proud to offer fresh talent, with many on the roster never having demonstrated at an AAW event. Click here for information about the demonstrators and panelists. 

Special Presentation:

From Industrial Trade to Art: Woodturning’s Remarkable Evolution, A Spirited Discussion with David Ellsworth and Betty J. Scarpino

Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (following the Opening Ceremonies)


Join two legendary woodturners who have both witnessed and influenced the remarkable evolution of modern woodturning from its inception in the 1970s to today. This special presentation with audience participation will take a look at contemporary woodturning’s unique path.

How did woodturning evolve from its industrial roots to where we are today? 

How does the craft of woodturning intersect with the art world? 

What is the importance of labels in defining our identity? 

Where do we go from here?


How do you define yourself as a woodturner? The labels we use, such as bowl turner, pen turner, ornamental, segmented, production, traditional, hobbyist, architectural, and multiaxis, developed gradually over time. But the notion of artistic work resides within all these categories. In fact, many turners today boldly proclaim their work as art, regardless of outside approval. When, how, and why did this happen? In a lively back-and-forth, David and Betty will offer their insights and opinions, as well as show images of some of the primary innovators’ artwork. Perhaps the most compelling question: Where does woodturning go from here?

AAW Symposium App (Guidebook)

Have the AAW Symposium rotations, demonstrators, Trade Show exhibitors, floor plan and more, at your fingertips with the AAW Symposium App (Guidebook) for mobile devices!

Get a link to the App sent to your device fast...
Simply enter your cell phone number and click the "send" button. Next, you'll receive a text message with a direct link!  

Click here to download.

Save time by downloading the app prior to your trip!


AAW Lathe Raffle

You might win a Powermatic 3520C or a Jet 1221 Mini-Lathe!


A Powermatic lathe like the one shown above, custom painted with a Raleigh theme, will be raffled off to a lucky winner at the 2019 AAW Symposium.

Raffle tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the raffle kiosk near the Registration area. The drawing will be at the AAW Symposium dinner on Saturday, July 13.


You do not need to be present to win.

Raffle proceeds support activities of the local North Carolina AAW supporting chapters.

Our thanks to JET/Powermatic for the generous lathe donations.



Want to be an exhibitor in our trade show? Want to learn about advertising opportunities?

Please contact Erica Nelson at erica@pierreproductions.com or 763-497-1778.





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