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AAW’s 31st Annual International Symposium
June 22, 2017 - June 25, 2017
Come learn. Leave inspired.
The conference will bring together more than more than 1,500 turners from around the globe to learn, share, and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning making it the largest woodturning event in the world.
For registered attendees, the Symposium features classroom-style demonstrations led by internationally known woodturners and top woodturning talent, as well as topics that appeal to wide variety of skill levels — bowls, boxes, vessels, hollow forms, spheres, spindle turning, multiaxis turning, segmented turning, natural edge turning, ornament, jewelry, finishing techniques, surface design, texture and embellishment, to name a few.
Many events are open to the public, including an enormous trade show jam-packed with the newest woodturning products, tool and lathe manufacturers, and supplies; an Instant Gallery and themed exhibitions; as well as benefit auctions and opportunities to support local charities.
Special Interest Night, June 22
The action begins on Thursday evening, June 22, with sessions for focused disciplines, including Ornamental Turners, Principally Pens, and Segmented Woodturners. Small group meetings, such as Women in Turning, woodturning teachers, and young turners, will take place along with forums on other relevant woodturning subjects.
Richard Raffan: “A Life of Turning and Teaching”
Also on Thursday night, internationally esteemed woodturner, author, and instructor, Richard Raffan will reflect on his path in life and in turning. Raffan holds a rare position among contemporary woodturners by maintaining the values of turning as a trade by producing high quality functional work. He is a recipient of the AAW’s Professional Outreach Program (POP) 2012 Merit Award for his extensive contributions to the turning field and as an acknowledgment that traditional turning should continue to be recognized and respected by the contemporary turning world.
Rotations and Events, June 23-25
The agenda continues Friday – Sunday, June 23-25, with a super selection of demonstrations and panel discussions that will appeal to wide variety of skill levels—bowls, boxes, vessels, hollow forms, spheres, spindle turning, multiaxis turning, segmented turning, natural edge turning, ornament, jewelry, finishing techniques, surface design, texture and embellishment, and more. Classroom-style rotations will be led by internationally known woodturners, veteran instructors, and top woodturning talent. No other event offers as many opportunities to learn from the world’s best.