2023 Symposium Details:
- The Alaska Woodturners Association’s 18th annual symposium will take place in person on Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd at Glass Sash and Door Supply at 500 E. Ship Creek Ave in Anchorage.
- The event will run from 8:15 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and 8:30 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday.
- Advanced purchase tickets are $50/day for members and $60/day for non-members. Ticket prices will be $10 higher if purchased at the door.
- There will be an instant gallery so please bring in items you’ve made over the past year to share with your fellow turners.
- Two and three day classes taught by our featured turners will be offered the week before and the week after the symposium. Classes cost $150/day and are an excellent value considering the quality of the internationally known turners that come to Alaska for our symposiums. The classes run from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm each day and are held at Glass Sash and Door Supply.
- You must be a member of AWA and have completed the beginning series of classes or have an equivalent amount of turning experience to take a class. The classes are appropriate for turners of all levels but those listed as intermediate/advanced will cover some more technical topics. All classes are an excellent way to build on your woodturning skills.
- If you have questions, please contact Brian Seitz at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following classes are now available for sign-up. Please visit the instructor’s individual websites for additional information about them and to see the type of work that they do. Emiliano Achaval and Pat Carroll are both very accomplished turners, excellent instructors, and a variety of topics have been selected with something that will hopefully appeal to everyone. Please note that the exact topics taught may change depending upon the speed and interest of class participants and the availability of material. The currently planned areas to be covered are:
- March 27-29: Beginning/Intermediate Skill Building with Emiliano Achaval. Emiliano will cover Hawaiian Calabash bowl making, including the history and different types of calabash bowls. Calabash form will be discussed, along with an emphasis on proper tool techniques using both the Ellsworth and Batty 40/40 grinds. The patching of bowls using pewe and poho patches as well as huini pegs will also be covered. As time permits, the turning of natural edge bowls using green birch will be covered on the final day of class.
- March 30-31: Intermediate/Advanced Master Class with Emiliano Achaval. Emiliano will cover Hawaiian Calabash bowl making, including the history and different types of calabash bowls. Calabash form will be discussed, along with an emphasis on proper tool techniques using both the Ellsworth and Batty 40/40 grinds.Participants will turn as many as three calabash bowl shapes as time allows. In the second part of this two day class, Emiliano will cover thread chasing and participants will spend much of the day practicing thread chasing with 16 TPI thread chasing tools. Threading inserts will also be covered.
- April 3-5: Intermediate/Advanced Master Class with Pat Carroll. Pat will cover a variety of bowl turning, spindle turning, and carving topics as class participants make a beaded trinket box with finial, a square box with finial, and a carved pot with legs. As time permits, texturing and coloring will also be included.
- April 6-7: Beginning/Intermediate Skill Building with Pat Carroll. Pat will cover both bowl turning and spindle turning topics as participants make a birch bowl with copper stitching and a lidded bowl with finial. As time permits, texturing and coloring will also be included.
Alaska Woodturners Association (AWA)
Symposium Live Demonstrations
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Saturday, April 1st Demonstrations,
7:45 am to 8:15 am: Symposium and Instant Gallery Exhibit Check-in
8:15 am to 8:30 am: Opening Remarks
8:30 am to 10:15 am – Square Platter w/ Textured Rim By Pat Carroll
10:30 am to 12:15 pm – Square Box w/ Final By Pat Carroll
1:15 pm to 3:00 pm – Water Droplet Illusion Bowl By John Lane
3:15 pm to 5:00 pm – Square Box w/ Pewter Inserts By Pat Carroll
8:30 am to 10:15 am – Hawaiian Calabash Bowls By Emiliano Achaval
10:30 am to 12:15 pm – Simple Bowl w/ One Tool By Emiliano Achaval
1:15 pm to 3:00 pm – Turning Minis on the Mini Lathe By Jeff Trotter
3:15 pm to 5:00 pm – Patches By Emiliano Achaval
Sunday, April 2nd Demonstrations,
8:30 am to 10:15 am – Multi axis Turning By Pat Carroll
10:30 am to 12:15 pm – Hollowing Tools & Techniques By Pat Carroll
1:15 pm to 3:00 pm – Texture Color By Pat Carroll
8:30 am to 10:15 am – Live Edge Bowl By Emilano Achaval
10:30 am to 12:15 pm – Bowl with Carved Feet By Emilano Achaval
1:15 pm to 3:00 pm – Box w/Hand Chased Threads By Emilano Achaval