Alaska Woodturners Association at the Alaska State Fair
August 24 - September 4, 2017

A Day at the Fair

Every year at the Alaska State Fair, various turners in the Alaska Woodturners Association demonstrate the art of wood turning.  During this time,  the volunteer turners turn all sorts of items such as weed pots, bottle stoppers, small bowls, spinning tops and an assortment of other items.  Most of these items are then given away to fair goers from the small child to the Senior Citizen.

Thousands of people within our communities will enjoy the woodturning demonstrations we provide. This is an excellent opportunity to educate our community about the art of woodturning and inspire others.

From novice turner to professional turner, Alaska Woodturners Association needs members to sign up as volunteers for this year's event. It's a great way to practice and or/share your skills with others. This is a really fun event as our community absolutely loves to watch us turn. Volunteers must be a current member of the American Association of Woodturners in addition to being a member of AWA, in order for our insurance to cover you.


Wood will be available to turn bowl blanks for the Beans Cafe Empty Bowl Project, if you would like to turn bowl blanks while demonstrating.

Demonstrators are encouraged to turn whatever project they like, and to promote safe practices while turning.

Benefits to demonstrators:

  • Turn with other turners, ask for woodturning tips give them if you think they are helpful.
  • It's nice to draw a crowd, and when you do, you know your doing something that really interests them.
  • Free parking and fair entry for the demonstrator.
  • Get a pat on the back for being an involved club member.

You may give projects away to fairgoers or keep them, the choice is yours. (We do ask you do not give away the green bowl blanks.)