October AAW Newsletter

AAW October 2015 Newsletter

Women in Turning (WIT) 

Women in Turning (WIT) is now an AAW committee and has the support of the AAW for programs and conducting fundraising activities. The committee's mission is, "dedicated to encouraging and assisting women in their pursuit of turning, to sharing ideas and processes to further members' skills and creativity, and to increasing participation of women in the field of woodturning." Board member Kathleen Duncan is the WIT committee chair, and committee members include Suzanne Kahn, Betty Scarpino, Jean LeGwin, Dixie Biggs, and Linda Ferber (ex officio). Women can join WIT by contacting Linda Ferber at linda@woodturner.org. Visit Facebook page. Visit AAW webpage. 

WIT Regional Ambassador Program (RAP): A new program aimed at gathering women together at regional symposiums is going strong. In August, Merryll Saylan hosted a group of women woodturners in her studio in California. Suzanne Kahn has a meeting planned in October for women from the Keystone Woodturners and Bucks County Woodturners in Pennsylvania. If you would you like to host a gathering in your area, please contact linda@woodturner.org.


American Woodturner
Check out the October issue, which includes these beginner projects: Turning Your First Segmented Bowl, by Jim Rodgers, (p. 18), and Turn a Magnetic Pencil Holder, by Art Scott, (p. 22). View/download

REMINDER: Vote for the 2016 Board of Directors

We encourage members to participate in the AAW voting process for the board of directors. Votes must be cast electronically or received in the Saint Paul home office by midnight CST October 20, 2015. The six candidates selected by the Nominating Committee (listed alphabetically) are: Allen Alexopulos, Joe Dickey, John Ellis, Wayne Furr, David Heim, and Ken Ledeen. Vote here

Member Publications & Services   

Membership in the AAW is much more than just a subscription to the American Woodturner journal. Members also have access to publications including Woodturning FUNdamentals, Safety for Woodturners, and mentoring publications, as well as a variety of complementary services, website tools, grant opportunities, and specialty programming. We've developed a three-page list of publications and services available to you as an AAW member intended to help you make the most of your membership and stay plugged in to the worldwide woodturning community. (This list was featured in the October 2015 issue of American Woodturner.) View/download


Opportunity Knocks! 

DEMONSTRATORS: 2016 AAW Symposium Demonstrators Deadline: October 15, 2015

AAW's 30th Annual International Symposium will be held in Atlanta, GA, June 9-12, 2016. Apply to be a demonstrator by October 15, 2015. Learn more/apply

SCHOLARSHIPS: 2016 Arrowmont & John C. Campbell Scholarships
Deadline: November 15, 2015 

The AAW is pleased to continue offering financial assistance for quality woodturning instruction. Scholarships will be awarded to selected AAW chapter members to attend classes at either John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina, or Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Under the program, the AAW Endowment Trust Fund, in combination with the two schools, will make available funds for the scholarships. Scholarship nominees must be AAW members and be chosen through a process authorized by their AAW chapter officers. Contact your chapter's leadership to apply.   

DEMO/EXHIBITION: AAW's 2016 POP Artist Showcase
Deadline: December 1, 2015

Each year the Professional Outreach Program (POP) of the AAW showcases two wood artists. They are either experienced artists who have made significant contributions to the woodturning field but have not received appropriate recognition or emerging artists who have the potential to make significant contributions to the field. The two selected artists each give two demonstrations and receive free symposium registration plus a small honorarium. Their work is displayed prominently in the Instant Gallery. Learn more/apply

GRANT: 2016 Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG)

Deadline: December 31, 2015

AAW's Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) fund continues to be strong, thanks to the wonderful generosity of donors and buyers at our annual symposium auction. Funds are available for worthy proposals. Learn more/apply  

EXHIBITION: AAW's 2016 POP Exhibition, Patterns

Deadline: December 31, 2015

For its 2016 exhibition at the AAW's international symposium in Atlanta, the Professional Outreach Program (POP) committee is once again opening its traditionally invitation only exhibition to a limited number of juried pieces. The title theme for the 2016 exhibition is

Patterns. Learn more/apply

EXHIBITION: AAW's 2016 Juried Member Exhibit, Turning 30  Deadline: February 1, 2016

The title theme for the 2016 AAW member exhibition isTurning 30, in celebration of our 30th anniversary. For three decades, the AAW annual exhibitions have encouraged members to present their finest work. As always, the theme is open to interpretation. Entries will be accepted on the AAW website from November 1, 2015, through February 1, 2016. Learn more/apply 

GRANT: 2016 POP Fellowship Grants

Deadline: May 1, 2016

POP is accepting applications for its 2016 fellowship grants. The purpose of these biennial grants is to encourage creative growth, research, or inspiration for new directions in turned wood art. Applicants could be interested in pushing their work creatively in a new direction, working in collaboration with another artist, or exploring the use of new materials. Learn more/apply  


Photo credit: Wade Rupard, Grand Forks Herald

102-Year-Old Woodturner

102-year-old Grand Forks, Minnesota, woodturner, Art Grabowski (above) will be a guest at the Fresh Cut Wood Turning Symposium October 30 to November 1 in Grand Marais, MN. See photos and learn Art's secrets to old age and more.

 Click here to learn more about the Fresh Cut Woodturning Symposium.


Photo credit: Barbara Raymond-LaPrease

State Fair Woodturning

Central New York Woodturners, Liverpool, NY, president, Douglas North (above), demonstrates woodturning at the 2015 Great New York State Fair.


VIDEO: Handling It: Tapping Into a Demand... featuring Mark Supik, Baltimore, Maryland, by MSNBC OPEN Forum. Click here to watch.   


VIDEO: Woodturners and Wheat Pots...  featuring Northwood Turners, St. Germain, Wisconsin, by Star Journal. Click here to watch.


VIDEO: Carving out Their Own Niche... featuring Gary Travis, Fort Wayne, Indiana, by The Journal Gazette.Click here to watch.



Beads of Courage

"Our regional symposium, Turning Southern Style XXI, is now in the books. We had 80 Beads of Courage boxes donated! They are now on their way to Children's Hospital of Atlanta. The volunteer we had speak for a few minutes on Friday night said that there were only five children at Children's Hospital with boxes. Guess that won't be true very long! I had hoped for 50 [boxes] and my wildest dream was 100.We came closer to wildest than hoped for!"

~ Steve Pritchard


 Georgia Association of Woodturners

AAW's Monthly Drawing

"I was the lucky winner of the AAW monthly raffle and my prize was a $100 gift certificate from Hunter Tools. I was delighted to be the winner of a prize, but even more so to have a great conversation with Mike Hunter. His generosity and expertise helped me decide on which of his many products would work best for my needs. They arrived quickly, and have made my hollow vessel turning much smoother and easier. Thanks to Mike Hunter and AAW."

~ Paul DeHaan

Crystal Lake, Illinois


See yourself and your club in Keep Turning!

Attend a great woodturning event? Receive recognition? Participate in an awesome project? Tell us how you and/or your club is spreading the art, craft, and love of woodturning! If you have a story and/or photos you would like to share in the Keep Turning newsletter, please submit the information to linda@woodturner.org 


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