The American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, will launch its first-ever three-day online 'Virtual Symposium' from 10-12 July 2020. Registration is open until 3 July. The all-online event will feature live educational woodturning demonstrations, panel discussions, special interest sessions, live auctions, a gallery of woodturning work, a trade show, and more.
The Virtual Symposium is suitable for almost anyone, from experienced woodworkers to those just curious about the craft. The cost for all three days of programming is $20.20 (£16.13) - non-refundable - which includes access to a replay of Virtual Symposium content for up to two weeks following the event. The schedule, session descriptions, registration, and more are available here.
Live demonstrations

  • Beaded Salad Bowl with Glenn Lucas
  • Thin-Stemmed Natural-Edge Goblet with Rudy Lopez
  • Vessels and Surfaces with Trent Bosch
  • 35 Years of Woodturning with Mike Mahoney
  • Finial Box with Cindy Drozda
  • Turning an Arch Bowl with Craig Timmerman

Panel discussions

  • Evolving a Body of Work: Inspiration and Iteration, featuring Curt Theobald, J. Paul Fennell, Michael Hosaluk, John Beaver, and Michael Peterson
  • Virtual Instant Gallery Critique, featuring Suzanne Kahn, Kip Christensen, and Kirsten Muenster
  • Turning for Profit and Marketing Through Social Media, featuring Kimberly Winkle, Mike Mahoney, Nick Cook, and Rebecca DeGroot

Special interest sessions

  • Gizmos & gadgets presented by Rob Wallace
  • Best of Woodturning Tips showcases prerecorded tips by pros
  • Beth Ireland: A Journey in Woodturning, features Beth Ireland. Presented by AAW’s Women in Turning Committee (WIT).

There will be three online auctions open to the public. Proceeds support AAW’s grant, outreach, and educational programs. Bidders may register online and preview auction work here.
AAW’s Executive Director, Phil McDonald, stated: “We’re excited to present an AAW Symposium in a format that makes it available to as many people as possible. The virtual format enables our members and others to enjoy an affordable learning experience from the comfort and safety of their own homes. It’s a perfect opportunity for people interested in woodturning to get a feel for the craft at a low cost.”
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