Arnie Geiger
Bob Congdon -
President of AWA

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Alaska Woodturners Association

Our woodturning organization is committed to the advancement of woodturning, by helping all who wish to learn to create items by the use of a wood lathe.


American Associaiton of Woodturners 2016 Symposium

> AWA Memebers Turn 95 Bowl Blanks
> Utah Woodturners 2016 Symposium
> Check out the Classifieds! New items for sale!
> Amazon Smile - Supporting Alaska Woodturners Association
> Safety First!


AmericanAssociation of Woodtunners

AAW’s 30th annual international symposium will be held at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart, Atlanta, Georgia, June 9–12, 2016. The connected Atlanta Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel will be the host hotel. 

The symposium offers three-and-a-half days of classroom-type demonstrations and panel discussions 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. 


AWA Members turn 95 bowl blanks!


On May 3, 2016, we started with a wheelbarrow full of bowl blanks.

Then we started playing.......

In less than 4 hours, we had 95 bowls rough turned on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. And that included our lunch break, anchor sealing the blanks, taking pictures, and cleaning up!

But let's not forget the rest of the work that involved prior to that:

  • Getting the tree
  • Cutting said tree into logs
  • Splitting the logs
  • Cutting out rounds from the split logs
  • Pre-drilling the blanks for the screw center

It was a lot of fun!

A big thank you to all that helped with the entire process!



Utah Woodturning Symposium

Utah Woodturning Symposium 

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The Utah Woodturners held their annual symposia on May 12-14th. There was over 80 demonstrations to choose from, a swap meet, pen turners rendezvous, student learning area, a banquet (it was delicious), silent auction, live auction, and plenty of very friendly people. If you have never attended this one, you are really missing out.

Sara Robinson is a professor at Oregon State University, and gave a wonderful presentation on spalting. Here is a link to a past presentation she gave, which I found on her website.

Sara has written a book titled "Spalted Wood: The History, Science, and Art of a Unique Material", which is to be published within a few days, and is available for order through Amazon.

The spalting spores are not harmful to humans, however, wood dust is. So be sure to wear a mask when you turn any woods.

This year’s demonstrators included: Michael Mocho, Carmen DeLaPaz, Lane Phillips, Linda Ferber, Mike Mahoney, Pat & Karen Miller, Vernon Liebrant, Rex Burningham, Kip Christensen, Kirk DeHeer, Kurt Hertzog, Mike Hosaluk, Jimmy Clewes, Ray Key, Mike Mahoney, and many more.

Mike Mahoney, Jimmy Clewes, and Mike Hosaluk send their greetings to everyone.



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     Safety First!

Keep your tools sharp! Blunt tools are dangerous as they require more pressure and can be unpredictable.

As always, be sure to wear a good dust mask as wood dust is harmful to your body.