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CALLING YOUNG TURNERS: 2016 Turning to the Future Competition

The AAW is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Turning to the Future competition, an opportunity for woodturning students and schools to show off what they can do.

There are 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 symposium, where expert judges in each category will select the winners. Work will be evaluated on craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, creativity and/or utility, and process documentation.

Grand Prize

A Rikon 70-220VSR midi-lathe will be awarded to the top piece in the High School and Post-Secondary divisions. Additional cash prizes will be awarded to winners in each category. Cash prize sponsors: AAW's Professional Outreach Program  (POP) and AAW Women in Turning (WIT). Catalog ad and posters: Penn State Industries.


Contest Rules and Information

  • Application period opens March 1, 2016
  • Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2016
  • Category definitions are: Open: creative or conceptual pieces not primarily meant for use, Small Turnings: e.g. pens, small treen items, toys, small boxes, Functional: work created for use.
  • All forms of woodturning are eligible: traditional, multi-axis, segmented, rose engine/ornamental, sculptural, etc., and materials other than wood are acceptable.
  • Work must be no larger than 20” in diameter
  • All work must be at least partially created on the lathe
  • All high school students are eligible. Post-secondary students are required to be enrolled full-time in a design, woodworking or art programs.
  • Work must have been completed between 1/2015 and 4/31/2016
  • Process and materials must be documented in accompanying material: use at least three in-process images, a description of the project and goal, and a list of materials, techniques and tools used.


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