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Georgia Association of Woodturners 

Turning Southern Style XIX Symposium

This symposium took place in September 2013

Northwest GA Convention Center(Note: the following information applied to the 2013 event)

The Georgia Association of Woodturners (GAW) presents its annual symposium, "Turning Southern Style XIX".  This year's event will be held at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, in Dalton, GA. 
This facility allows us to offer you more of what you have asked for... more demonstrations, a much larger Vendor area (more vendors with larger booths) and plenty of parking.  This promises to be our largest, most informative and enjoyable symposium in our 19 year history.




Downtown Dalton, GaThe town of Dalton, Ga. is a delight... with easy access from I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga.  It has many reasonably priced hotels close to the Convention Center, and an active town center which has lots of restaurants, antique shops, galleries, etc... the perfect place to explore!  


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Friday September 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM EDT
Sunday September 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT


Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center
2211 Dug Gap Battle Road
Dalton, GA 30720

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Jim Hardy - Chairman 


Spouse Excursion- Antiques, Lunch and Wine!        (Saturday)
A morning and early afternoon fun-filled trip to one of the largest antique malls in the country- Gateway Antique Mall and the neighboring "Antiques by the Fountain". 
Then its on to a delicious, home-style meal at Richards Restaurant.  After lunch, we go Georgia Winery for a tasting of 8 wines and a chocolate fountain with desert items to be dipped
and enjoyed.  
Transportation, lunch, winery and all taxes, fees and gratuity are included in the $50.00 fee.
Max. of 24 participants. 


Returning this year-

Spouse / Guest Lounge Area
We are reserving a seating area at the Convention Center as a meeting area where spouses or guests can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, or just relax.   We will have a few tables where you can work at your favorite hobby.  If you have a favorite pastry or snack you want to share, bring that too!  Registration is not required to use this informal area, so it's a great place to pass the time if you're not going to the demos. 

Featured Demonstrators- 2013




New this Year!  A 4th Demonstration Room Dedicated to Tool Vendors: 

This is your chance to watch respected woodturning tool makers as they turn with their own tools and explain the reasoning behind their designs.  We believe this provides you a valuable opportunity that you won't find in any other symposium. (see the list of Vendor Demonstrators above)

Fundamental Skills Hands-On Area

Turning Fundamentals area

This area will have a mini-lathe and skilled turners available to provide one-on-one answers to your questions about fundamental skills. 

Instant Gallery

Turning Southern Style Instant GalleryAlways a favorite, the instant gallery will be on display throughout the symposium and we invite each participant to display up to four pieces of his/her work for all to enjoy.



Cocobolo turning blanksFor those of us who need "just one more tool" or some special pieces of wood, our Vendor Area will be stocked with tools, related equipment, supplies and beautiful wood during the entire show.


A delicious banquet dinner will be serverd Saturday evening.  The price of the Banquet is included in your registration fee.  Additional Banquet seating may also be ordered for spouses and/or friends not attending the symposium demonstrations.


With our long-time friend and Auctioneer, Tim Ryan, you are assured an enjoyable, laugh-filled, evening.  Our auction will include donations of turned pieces, tools, supplies and wood donated by our attendees, our Vendors and GAW members.  All proceeds from the auction support continuing education in woodturning through the GAW scholarship program.  Each turner coming to the symposium is encouraged to donate a turned piece (or anything you choose) to the auction to support our scholarship fund.



Enrollment is limited to ensure your enjoyment- Please register early!  
You may register using either of two methods:


- You may register On-line... this is the preferred method since your seat is immediately reserved, its easier...and you may pay your symposium fees with a personal check, credit card or PayPal.



 - You may register by mail... fill out the paper registration form and mail with your personal check. 

(inop) Click HERE to Print and Mail a Registration Form


Refund Policy- 

Should you find it necessary to cancel your registration, please email us at symposium@gawoodturner.org.  Full refunds will be given until September 1, 2013.