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Georgia Association of Woodturners 

Turning Southern Style XVIII Symposium 

This event is SOLD OUT... Thanks for your Support!

Please plan on joining us next year, Sept. 20-22, 2013! 

Beaqutiful Georgia MountainsThe Georgia Association of Woodturners (GAW) presents its annual symposium, "Turning Southern Style XVIII".  This year's event will again be held at the Unicoi State Park and Lodge in the beautiful Georgia mountains near Helen, Georgia on September 14-16, 2012.
GAW is dedicated to providing education, information and organization to anyone interested in woodturning. Our symposium is designed for all levels of turners. Whether you want to be inspired by internationally famous demonstrators, or you're looking for demonstrations which showcase fundamental turning skills, you will find plenty to enjoy and learn at "Turning Southern Syle".


Friday September 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sunday September 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT

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All Unicoi rooms are booked!

Unicoi State Park &Lodge
1788 Highway 356
Helen, GA 30545

Telephone: (800) 573-9659                                       (706) 878-2201

If you plan to stay at Unicoi Lodge, please remember to reserve early. (half of our specially reserved and discounted rooms have already been reserved!)  For driving directions, Lodge information and details on Special Room Rates, Click HERE

Symposium Fees-

For Fee information, please Click HERE 


Jim Hardy - Chairman 

Visit our Vendor Area for a Great Selection of Equipment, Accessories and Wood

( click on the logo to access their website )

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Craft Supplies USA logo

  John Jordan Logo

Big Monk Lumber logo

Century Tree Turnings logo

Cool Hammers with Ron Brown logo 40%

Hardwood inc logo 


32 Degrees logo 


Peachtree Woodworking Supply logo 

Featured Demonstrators

Stuart BattyStuart Batty

Dale Larson


 Dale Larson


 Binh Pho      Binh Pho 

Also featuring these well-known demonstrators-

  • Nick Cook
  • John Jordan
  • Michael and Cynthia Gibson
  • Dave Barriger
  • Mark Sillay

 (Click Here for additional demonstrator information and links to their websites)


Fundamental Skills Hands-On AreaTurning Fundamentals area 

New this year! 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 Cocobolo, our Vendor Area will be stocked with tools, related equipment, supplies and beautiful wood during the entire show.Helen, Ga

For those looking for a piece of fudge, a beer stein, or just about anything else, the quaint town of Helen is just a few miles away!


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 syposium is encouraged to donate a turned piece (or anything you choose) to the auction to support our scholarship fund.

Also New this year!  A Hobby and Discussion Area for spouses & guests

We are setting aside one of the lounge areas at Unicoi Lodge as a meeting area where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, or just relax.   We will have a few tables where you can show, discuss or 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.




 This event is SOLD OUT... Thanks for your Support!


Enrollment has been closed to ensure our attendees' enjoyment