Alaska Woodturners Association

2020 Symposium has been cancelled

April 4, 5

Featured turners are:
Sam Angelo, Stuart Batty, and local turners
Jeff Trotter, and Dave Staeheli.

our Symposium will also
feature a Instant Gallery
of our member's turnings

Join us for this event at:

Glass Sash and Door Supplies, Inc.

located at

500 E. Ship Creek Ave., Anchorage. 

from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

From our President:
With the rapidly changing guidelines and emergency declarations surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), it will come as no surprise that we have had to cancel the Alaska Woodturners Association 2020 Symposium, scheduled for the weekend of April 4th. The classes that were being offered before and after the symposium weekend are also cancelled. Your board of directors considered a postponement until October of this year, but felt it best to reschedule for April of 2021. Stuart Batty has already indicated he is willing to come to Alaska in 2021, but Sam Angelo's availablity is currently uncertain.

Refunds will be sent to everyone who paid for the symposium weekend, classes, or ordered a button. If you would like to donate all or a part of your fees to the club's facility fund, please let Jim Vick at know by the end of March. Otherwise, a refund check will be issued to your address of record in early April. Given the loss of the symposium this year, the board anticipates planning some type of event in the October time frame. One concept being discussed is holding five days of classes covering five different topics taught by five different local turners. Stay tuned for more information as this idea progresses.

There will by no AWA meeting in April. The May meeting and John Lane's platter class that follows that meeting are still scheduled, but are also subject to cancellation. The same goes for the June picnic. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this together. Be safe out there and happy turning.

AWA is monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and encourages you to do the same. Information can be obtained from: the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Please continue to monitor and watch for additional emails. In the meantime, update your general health practices to keep your distance from others (4-6’), wash your hands, avoid shaking hands, avoid touching your face, cough into your elbow, and stay home if you are sick.

Tom Dooley

Every year the AWA hosts a Woodturning Symposium where we present Master Turners with International or National status.  You do not have to be an experienced turner to gain education, tips, and skill building techniques from this event, nor do you have to be a member of our Association to enjoy this educational experience.

What to expect at the Symposium

Our Association charges $50 per day if paid in advance or $60 per day if paid at the door. This helps to cover the cost the Association incurs to host the event. You may purchase pre-paid admittance to the Symposium by visiting our Symposium Admittance web page.

There will be two woodturning demonstrations taking place simultaneously, one in each bay area of Glass Sash and Door Supply Inc. You may sit and watch one demonstration, or you may walk between them. Each demonstration period runs about one and a half hours, followed by a break for about fifteen minutes. There is about a forty-five minute lunch break between 12:15 and 1:30 PM, then there is one demonstration with a final drawing of door prizes (must be present to win door prize drawings). The event should be concluded around 4:00 pm on Sunday.

You should have enough time to go out for a quick bite of lunch during the lunch break. A food truck vendor might be available, please check back later. Coffee and donuts are served in the mornings.

Please see our Featured Demonstrators web page to learn more about our demonstrators.

In addition to the Symposium, we take advantage of having our master turners while they are in Alaska and hold hands-on classes. These classes are usually two or three days long. This provides excellent opportunities for turners to learn new techniques, or to hone their current techniques to improve their turning skills. The cost is $150 per day for the hands-on classes, which is an excellent price for the experience. The cost of a plane ticket, hotel and ground transportation would far exceed that price if you went to where they lived to take classes.

For information on hands-on woodturning classes with our next Master Turners, please see the Hands-On Classes web page.