Alaska Woodturners Association

2018 Symposium

January 27, 28

Featured turners are:
Glenn Lucas, Nick Agar,
and local turners Bob Congdon, and Jeff Trotter

our Symposium will also
feature a Instant Gallery
of our member's turnings


Join us for this event at:

Hardware Specialties, Inc.

located at

424 W. 54th Ave, Anchorage. 

from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Every year the AWA hosts a Woodturning Symposium where we present Master Turners with International or National status.  You do not have to be an experienced turner to gain education, tips, and skill building techniques from this event, nor do you have to be a member of our Association to enjoy this educational experience.

What to expect at the Symposium

Our Association charges $50 per day if paid in advance or $60 per day if paid at the door. This helps to cover the cost the Association incurs to host the event. You may purchase pre-paid admittance to the Symposium by visiting our Symposium Admittance web page.

There will be two woodturning demonstrations taking place simultaneously, one in each bay area of Hardware Specialities, Inc. You may sit and watch one demonstration, or you may walk between them. Each demonstration period runs about one and a half hours, followed by a break for about fifteen minutes. There is about a forty-five minute lunch break between 12:15 and 1:30 PM, then there is one demonstration with a final drawing of door prizes (must be present to win door prize drawings). The event should be concluded around 4:00 pm on Sunday.

You should have enough time to go out for a quick bite of lunch during the lunch break. A food truck vendor might be available, please check back later. Coffee and donuts are served in the mornings.

Please see our Featured Demonstrators web page to learn more about our demonstrators.

In addition to the Symposium, we take advantage of having our master turners while they are in Alaska and hold hands-on classes. These classes are usually two or three days long. This provides excellent opportunities for turners to learn new techniques, or to hone their current techniques to improve their turning skills. The cost is $150 per day for the hands-on classes, which is an excellent price for the experience. The cost of a plane ticket, hotel and ground transportation would far exceed that price if you went to where they lived to take classes.

For information on hands-on woodturning classes with our next Master Turners, please see the Hands-On Classes web page.