Alaska Woodturners Association Community Involvement

The Alaska Woodturners Association (AWA) and its members are involved in many community charitable events. This page highlights just a few.


AWA Sponsored (past and present)

Bowls for Beans

Bowls for the Bean’s Cafe Empty Bowl Project - 429 bowls donated in 2017. The Empty Bowl Project for Bean's Café has been a great success. Thank you to all of you who participated - it's a great representation of the Alaska Woodturners Association to be supporting Beans Café in this way. Contact Arnie Geiger (Phone: (907) 345-3077 or Email: atgeiger@me.com) if you want to help in next years event. We will be starting wood collection in the spring. More information about the Bean's Cafe empty Bowl Project can be found at their website here.


Member Involved (past and present)

Beads of Courage

The Beads of Courage Program provides Arts-in-Medicine for Children with Serious Illness. Members have turned Beads of Courage boxes to provide a container for the kids to store their beads. John Lane is the AWA Member contact. He can be reached at Email: dapawndodo@yahoo.com More information about the Beads of Courage Project can be found at their website here. Information specifically for woodturners can be found at their website here.

Boxes by John Lane Boxes by John Gruber

Church Charities

Members often use their woodturning expertise to support their church. Don Bladow has turned hundreds of bowls for sale at his church to raise funds. An article from the Anchorage Dispatch News website can be read here about his church support.

Education Outreach

Members often use their woodturning expertise to do turning demos at local schools. Jeff trotter, a retired career and technology teacher makes himself available to schools for demos each year. He also has students turn projects on their own including bowls, plates, and pens. An article from the American Association of Woodturners website can be read here about his education outreach.

Jeff and three students from a local high school; although retired, he still demonstrates at local schools.