Alaska Woodturners Association
2019 Woodturning Symposium Event


Hands-On Classes with Master Turners

We call this event "Hands-On Classes". This event occurs the week before our annual symposium and the week immediately following the symposium.

Hands-On classes are available for Intermediate and Advanced turners who are members of the Alaska Woodturners' Association.

The classes will be at Glass Sash and Door Supply on Ship Creek Ave. and individuals signed up will receive an email with directions and tools to bring to the classes.  

The classes will be 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM with a one hour break for lunch. Students may bring their own lunch, or go to one of the many restaurants in Anchorage.

All beginning turners need to have completed the five woodturning classes given by Alaska Woodturners Association, prior to signing up for the Hands-On Classes. This allows the members to obtain a better experience at the Hands-On Classes and not have to struggle to learn.

Class enrollment is handled on a first-come, first-served basis starting at the General Membership Meeting on October 13th. Class tuition is $150.00 per day. Classes are for two days and three days, per master turner. Please remember that your reservation is not confirmed until Jessie has received full payment for the class(s). Contact Jessie Doherty at to receive a emailed invoice. Once you process the invoice, you will then receive a conformation email message. Reservations canceled more than 14 days in advance of the class will be refunded in full. No refunds will be made with less than 14 days notice, unless a replacement is found. Jessie will work with anyone needing help in finding a replacement.

If you do not sign up for a class before it fills up, you may contact Jessie and ask to be put on the alternates list. A tuition deposit is not required to be put on this list.

Usually someone will not be able to attend the class they have signed up for. When this happens and an opening becomes available, Jessie will be happy to contact you and let you know. Keep in mind, you may receive a notice only a day or so before the classes.

John Beaver

Intermediate Class: January 28 - January 29, 2019

Projects will include a Basic Wave Bowl, a Protruding Wave Bowl, and a Round Bottom Bowl.

Advanced Class: January 30 - February 1, 2019

Projects will include a Basic Wave Bowl, a Protruding Wave Bowl, a Round Bottom Bowl, and a Flying Rib Vase.

Rudy Lopez

Intermediate Class: January 21 - January 23, 2019

Projects will include the ABCs and XYZ's of Bowl Turning, a Thin Natural Edge Goblet from a limb, and a Square to Round Bowl.

Advanced Class: January 24 - January 25, 2019

Projects will include a Natural Edge Wing Bowl from a Half Log or Crotch Section, a Twice Turned Bowl with a decorated Rim Detail from a log, and a Square to Round Bowl or Vase.