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.



News: (Quick Links
VolunteerWoodturning Demonstrations Needed at the Alaska State Fair
Next Alaska Woodturners Associatiion Meeting
Demonstrators for September-May meetings needed
Valley Fiber Arts Guild Show in November
Show/Sell at Hugi Lewis Studio in December
AWA Takes 3rd Place in Website Challenge - help us win 1st Place next year!
Call to Artists - Fall Furniture Jury

State Fair Event

A Day at the Fair

The Alaska State Fair will be held from August 21 through September 1, 2014. Demonstrators will be needed and a sign up sheet is now available.

This event is a lot of fun. You can make any project you wish and give them away or keep them. Volunteers need to be a current member of the American Association of Woodturners along with being a member of AWA to participate for insurance coverage purposes. The upside of that is that their publication is a great resource and a wonderful way to get inspired.

From beginning turners to advanced turners, all are welcome. This opportunity to help others with their skills, or hone your skills with help from others, is one that should not be passed up.

Five demonstrations per day need to be covered. Your help with this event is appreciated.


to demonstrate woodturning at the Alaska State Fair

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The Next Alaska Woodturners Association Meeting

will be held on

September 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM
You are invited to attend your first two meetings as our guest.

Annual Membership Dues
Individual $30.00
Family $40.00

Membership renewals are due by October's club meeting.

AWA meetings are held at Hardware Specialties, Inc.
which is located at 424 W. 54th Ave, Anchorage. 

Hardware Specialties, Inc.
Your local dealer for quality woodworking tools, including lathes, lathe supplies, turning tools, project supplies, books, videos and a wide variety exotic and domestic lumber.

Click on map to
enlarge or get directions

location map of Hardware Specialities, Inc.


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Demonstrators for September-May meetings needed

Are you willing to give a demonstration at one of our monthly meetings? Please email Kristine Chase at if you are willing.

September 13th meeting - Bill Poole - Intro to woodturning

October meeting - John Lane/Arnie Geiger - Use and safety of Chainsaw and Bandsaw

November meeting -

December meeting -

January meeting -

February meeting -

March meeting - Bill Bowers - using left and right handed techniques in bowl turning

April meeting -

May meeting/picnic -

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Hugi-Lewis Gallery

Last December, the Alaska Woodturners Association and the Alaska Creative Woodworkers were invited to show our creations at the the Hugi-Lewis Gallery for a spectacular First Friday event and the entire month of December. The event went well and we are invited back for another show this December!

Ready, set, get turning! Let's show Anchorage what woodturning is all about!


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Valley Fiber Arts Guild

The Valley Fiber Arts Guild has a show and sale the first weekend in November which will be held on Saturday and Sunday,  at the Palmer Depot.   We have been invited to participate in this event as the Fiber Arts Guild has decided to add other arts into the show. They ask a commission 15% of your sales. If you are interested in a booth for yourself, please contact Cindy Woodings at

Kristine and Trudy are thinking of perhaps having club booth, whereas several members get together and share booth space, and perhaps create shifts to cover the sales. If you are interested in this, please contact either Trudy or Kristine.


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Alaska Woodturners Association
wins Third Place in the
American Association of Woodturners
2014 National
Chapter Website Competition


New Sections to be added to website: Tips & Hints and Projects


We took 3rd place in the website challenge again this year. Near as I can tell, the only thing we are missing is Tips & Hints and Projects. If our site had these items of interest, perhaps we will win 1st place next year.

This is where your help is needed so we have a shot at 1st Place!

Please send any tips or hints that you can think of to Kristine to share with other club members.

Also, if you can possibly share a project or two that you are fond of, with directions and pictures, we can start a project section.


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Northwest Woodworkers' Gallery

Website    Our Designs    Artists    Exhibits    

Call to Artists - Fall Furniture Jury

Application Deadline: September 7th

Online Jury: September 7th-10th

In-Gallery Review from Jury Selections: September 15th

Northwest Woodworkers' Gallery is now reviewing submissions for furniture makers in the Northwest interested in showing designs at our gallery.  The in-person review date of selected works will be September 15th, 2014

Makers can present up to 3 furniture designs for jury review through our website.

To submit work, log-in to your existing account or register for a new account. Upload content of the submitted piece in your portfolio and to the Event -Fall Furniture Jury. 
Please read the requirements to guide your application choices. Any additional questions can be emailed to

Northwest Woodworkers' Gallery features the contemporary custom furniture of makers based in the Pacific Northwest.  As we are unable to store any furniture or crates, all artists are required to deliver their work in person for review or make arrangements for pieces to be delivered (with packing materials removed) that same day.

Specific information regarding the final physical jury review on September 15th will be provided to accepted parties via email on September 10th

Please only submit designs that can attend the review
 on Monday September 15th, 2014


35th Annual Box Competition on the horizon!  

 Attention Woodworkers:

There's still time enough time to bring your clever box design to life and submit it to our 35th Annual Box Competition before the September 1st deadline...but not much, so don't procrastinate any longer!  

Makers can present up to 5 designs for the $35 registration fee , with all works being considered for cash prize awards by our jury panel as well as the coveted "People's Choice" selection based upon gallery visitor votes.  Go the our website Exhibits tab and follow the prompts to register your work!

"Each craftsman employs time honored techniques, precise execution and the finest quality materials to deliver furniture that will bring beauty and satisfaction for generations"

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