Arnie Geiger
Bob Congdon -
President of AWA

Welcome to the
Alaska Woodturners Association

Our woodturning organization is committed to the advancement of woodturning, by helping all who wish to learn to create items by the use of a wood lathe.


New! Check out our Calendar

On this page:

Demonstrate Woodturning at the Alaska State Fair
All Alaska Biennial Exhibition
Next Alaska Woodturners Association Club Meeting
Beginning Classes - Enrollment Opened
Northwest Woodworkers Gallery
36th Annual Box & Container Show


Demonstrators still needed at the AWA exhibit!

Alaska State Fair

August 27 - September 7, 2015

Benefits to demonstrators:

  • Turn with other turners, ask for woodturning tips give them if you think they are helpful.
  • Learn how to make projects that other turners are making.
  • Get help with tool control or sharpening.
  • Get a pat on the back for being an involved club member.

Need Ideas on Projects to Demonstrate?

Here's some of the items that have been demonstrated at the fair within the last few years.

Scoops, Christmas Trees, Bird House Ornaments, Spatulas, Vases, Tops (kids love to get these for free!), Goblets, Goblets with Captured-Rings, Bowls, Plates, Triangle Candle Holders, Pens, Wands (or Spurtles), Salt & Pepper Shakers, Inside-Outside Turnings, Off-Center Turnings, and Drunken Beer Bottles.

Of course, you could always come up with something else!

See you at the fair!

New! Get info on Demonstration Area in the Irwin Building!

to demonstrate woodturning



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Opportunities to Show Case Your Work!

All Alaska Biennial


Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
City: Anchorage
State: Alaska
Fee: $25.00
Entry Deadline: 9/6/15
Days remaining to deadline: 33

Deadline for entries: September 6, 2015

The Anchorage Museum invites entries to the first All-Alaska Biennial, celebrating four decades of work by Alaskan artists. The Museum’s juried exhibitions (All-Alaska Juried Exhibition and Earth, Fire & Fibre) began more than 30 years ago to encourage the creation of new works by Alaska artists in all media.

This exhibition will open to the public January 29, 2016 in the 3rd floor galleries of the Anchorage Museum, as part of the Museum’s Polar Lab year.

With Polar Lab, the Museum is exploring contemporary views of the North and Arctic in all new and traditional media. The All-Alaska Biennial will celebrate the contemporary work of Alaskan artists and works are encouraged to explore the authentic North, its people, materials and landscapes, through a variety of interpretations. 

The All-Alaska Biennial will travel to other venues in Alaska after it closes in Anchorage April 10, 2016.


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The next Alaska Woodturners Association Meeting

September 12, 2015

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (approximate)

location map of Hardware Specialities, Inc.  
(Click on map for larger version)

Meetings are held at

Hardware Specialties, Inc.

located at

424 W. 54th Avenue
Anchorage Alaska

There will be a short business meeting will be followed by a woodturning demonstration by Billy Poole on turning green bowls from logs.

Join Us!

Join us, see if our club is as of interest or benefit to you.

(Attend up to two meetings without being a member.)


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Now Enrolling

Beginning Woodturning Classes (Set of 4)

Tuition: $100.00

Classes to be held on Thursday evenings, October 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Class size is limited to 10 students. Sign up today to ensure you are in the class.

  Turning 101 Woodturning Basics, Safety Overview, Spindle Turning
  Turning 102 Green Bowl Turning
  Turning 201 Spindle Candlestick and possibly mallets
  Turning 202 Sanding and Finishing a bowl on the lathe



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2111 First Ave 
Seattle, WA 98121


 Northwest Woodworkers Gallery is  still accepting submissions for our 36th Annual Box & Container Show.  This  holiday event runs from November 1st through December 31st and is open to woodworkers both local and nationwide. For many this is the best way to get your furniture and art presented to the Northwest region's clientele and at the great gift buying time of the year.  

2014's First Place winner, "Arctic Sun" by Stephan Hatcher

Tuesday, September 15th

The NWG Jury awards cash prizes for First, Second and Third Place and the public votes for the People's Choice Award Prize Winner by voting at the gallery.  We will not have online voting, but will present all submissions on the website.  For this reason we ask each artist to provide professional looking images of their designs when registering.  


To get started with our online registration, click HERE.  From there you will create a log-in identity (unless you already have one), and upload your images and info.    If you have any questions about the show or how to navigate the website, do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.  

2014 submission "Claro Walnut &
Quilted Maple Live Edge Box"
by Rick Dragovich

2014 submission"V Box "
by Jonathan Combs

Contact:   (206) 625-0524 or 
Location:   2111 First Ave (just north of Lenora) Seattle, WA 98121
Gallery hours:   Tuesday-Friday 10am - 6pm
   Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
   Second Friday Belltown Artwalk Noon-8pm
   Monday by appt. 



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