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Keep Turning: April 2016
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 April 2016 

Early Bird Registration
Ends Soon...  
Registration is open for AAW's 30th Annual International Symposium at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Atlanta, Georgia, June 9-12, 2016.
Click here to register online or call AAW at 877-595-9094 (US toll-free) or 651-484-9094 M-F between 8am and 4:30 pm CST for registration by phone. For more information, click here to visit our symposium website.

2016 Symposium: Youth Woodturning Program
Hands-on instruction for kids ages 10-18. Space is limited. Free with an adult registered for the complete symposium. Preregistration required by May 1. Chance to win complete turning package. Registration forms and information

2016 Symposium: Companion Program Activities 
  • Shopping Experience at the Apparel Mart: Friday, June 10, 2016, 9am to 4pm. America's Mart building 3. Guidebook available in building 3, 2nd floor. Showrooms are on floors 6-13. Your AAW badge must be presented for entry.

AAW is Turning Thirty   
In the thirty weeks leading up to the symposium, we will be commemorating AAW's 30th anniversary by sharing the stories of members who joined in 1986 and are still members today.  Click here to view their profiles online. 
Not a member in 1986?
You can still be a member in 2016.

Opportunities Knock 

High School and College Woodturners: 2016 Turning To The Future Competition - Deadline May 1, 2016 
Includes two divisions, High School and Post-Secondary, with three categories each: Functional, Small Turnings, and Open. Five finalists in each division category will be chosen to have their work displayed at the AAW symposium. Expert judges in each category will select the winners. Work will be evaluated on craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, creativity and/or utility, and process documentation.
2016 POP Fellowship Grants Call for Applications - Deadline: May 1, 2016
The Professional Outreach Program (POP) is accepting applications for its 2016 Fellowship Grants. Applications will be accepted online through May 1, 2016. 

Call for Demonstrators AAW Symposium 2017 - Deadline: May 1, 2016 
The AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, June 22-25, 2017. Applications will be accepted between May 1 and August 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted online through May 1, 2016. 

AAW Board of Directors Call for Nominees - Deadline: May 1, 2016 
Be a part of moving the AAW forward-run for a position on the AAW board of directors. The AAW elects a volunteer nine member board to represent the membership and move the organization forward. If you have been a member in good standing for the past three years, you are eligible. More information and to apply.

Totally Turning Outtakes
Familiar faces turn out for the Totally Turning regional symposium, held April 2 and 3, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, New York. 
Pictured above left to right are Philip Hauser, former AAW board member; Phil McDonald, AAW Executive Director; and Botho von Hampeln, former AAW board member. 

Pictured above left to right are Binh Pho, former AAW board member; and Phil McDonald, AAW Executive Director.

Donation from Amazon Smile 
AAW recently received $19.16 from the Amazon Smile Foundation as a result of shopping activity between October and December 2015. While it's a small amount, every little bit helps our nonprofit. You can help. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to AAW. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.  

American Woodturner
Check out the American Woodturner April 2016 issue, which includes beginner project entitled, "Penturning Primer" by Kurt Hertzog. View/download. The issue also includes "Turn a Windsor-Style Footstool" (article) by Janet Collins.

Member Publications
& Services  
Membership in the AAW is much more than just a subscription to the American Woodturner journal. We've developed a two-page list of publications and services available to you as an AAW member, intended to help you make the most of your membership and stay plugged in to the worldwide woodturning community.  View/download pdf

Links & Deals 
Links: Visit AAW's Woodturning Marketspace, an online hub of current advertisers, symposium exhibitors, and corporate sponsors.Click here.  
for AAW members from our valued advertisers and supporters.

See yourself and your club in Keep Turning!
Attend a great woodturning event? Receive recognition? Participate in an awesome project? Tell us how you and/or your club is spreading the art, craft, and love of woodturning! If you have a story and/or photos you would like to share in the Keep Turning newsletter, please submit the information to

Charlie Levan was incorrectly identified as Jack Morse in the Beads of Courage photo from the February issue of Keep Turning. We apologize for the error, Charlie. 
2016 World Wood Day Event, Kathmandu, Nepal
"On behalf of [the] International Wood Culture Society, we would like to thank you genuinely for AAW's support... of the 2016 World Wood Day Event in Kathmandu, Nepal. Especially, I would like to express our sincere thanks to Andy Chen, Eli Avisera, and Joss Naigeon. With approximately 400 participants from 100 countries in attendance, we believe that the devotion and enthusiasm of Andy, Eli, and Joss [has] not only encouraged and yielded fruitful results for 2016 World Wood Day event, but also raised wide interests and deep love of woodturning to all participants and local citizens. Andy brought a biked-powered lathe. It [was the most fascinating attraction] during the event. People of all ages [were] eager to... [pedal] the lathe. Meanwhile, Eli and Joss on the other lathes [were] also crowded with audience. Their talents and great passion were passed to all [present]..." Best wishes, Su Jinling, Secretary-General, International Wood Culture Society

Traces, Kimberly Winkle Solo Exhibition, Purchase, New York
On January 20, American Woodturner Editor Joshua Friend participated in a gallery talk at the opening of Kimberly Winkle's solo exhibition, Traces. Jonathan Binzen, Senior Editor at Fine Woodworking, also participated. Kim recently completed her Windgate Artist in Residency at Purchase College in Purchase, New York, where the solo show was on view. Kim's recent work is related to the John D. Mineck Fellowship she was awarded through the Society of Arts and Crafts and includes furniture and turnings. Pictured above left to right are Kimberly Winkle, Joshua Friend, and Jonathan Binzen.

Video: Turning Fourth Street Trees into Bowls
The Lake Superior Woodturners are turning the felled maple trees from Fourth Street, Duluth, Minnesota, into bowls for an April Empty Bowls fundraiser. Click here to watch the video (total running time 2-minutes), which was part of a news article that appeared in the Duluth paper in March.

AAW 30 Year Profiles: Chapters
For years, the Central Oklahoma Woodturners, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, turned tops for the Choctaw Land Run, now known as the Frontier Days Festival. They now have the club's eight lathes going for the two days with thousands of kids enjoying the turning. Read their profile here.  
The Michigan Association of Woodturners, Holly, Michigan, developed a mentoring program, which meets one Saturday a month. What's more, they turn tops for the Detroit Children's Hospital and turn bowls for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Read their profile here.  
When the Minnesota Woodturners Association, Roseville, Minnesota, decided to provide hands-on sessions for their members, their membership grew greatly in a short period of time. With it, came lasting friendships and activities including demonstrations at shows, which gave the members an opportunity to display their work and generate additional interest in the club. Read their profile here. 

Challenge: Make 100 Pens by Veterans Day 
Based on the recommendation of Alan Erickson, the Dakota Woodturners, Bismarck, North Dakota, are taking part in the Freedom Pens Project, a program to provide custom, hand-crafted pens to American servicemen and women overseas. When a handmade writing instrument is used by a soldier to write a letter home, it is a symbol of support and physical evidence that the people of America care deeply about their safety. The pens also serve as a reminder that the soldiers are never alone and will have continued support until every one of them returns home.

In 2014, the chapter presented the National Guard with 78 pens. This year, the Dakota Woodturners has set a goal of making 100 pens to be delivered by Veterans Day in November 2016. Pictured above are left to right are President Alan Erickson; Colonel Scott Boesflug, Chief of Staff, National Guard; and Secretary Dolly Erickson. 

New Chapter Update: Eureka Woodturning Association
"The new Eureka Woodworking Association is starting out great. We have had two official, successful meetings. We have decided to take on one community project each month and are taking applications. We are also looking to do classes and demonstrations for groups of adults and kids, like The Women's Club or Rotary, a school, or a scout troop."
Patrick Murphy, Secretary, Eureka Woodworking Association

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