Georgia Association of Woodturners 

Turning Southern Style XX Symposium

This event took place on September 19-21, 2014.  Registration is closed.

We had a terrific time!

Join us for our 2015 symposium,

Turning Southern Style XXI

which will be held September 18-20, 2015! Our Featured Demonstrators will be Nick Agar, Benoit Averly and Jimmy Clewes!

Our website will be published in early 2015... monitor our Club website ( and watch for the 2015 symposium link!


The Georgia Association of Woodturners (GAW) presents its annual symposium, "Turning Southern Style XX".  This year's event will again be held at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, in Dalton, GA.  With our impressive slate of demonstrators, a large group of Vendors, and a great facility, this promises to be the largest, most informative and enjoyable symposium in our 20 year history.

2014 Featured Demonstrators

Ray Key

Michael Hosaluk

Todd Hoyer
    Well-known Local Demonstrators


Frank Bowers

Nick Cook

James McClure
    And these great Vendor Demonstrators

                               Don Geiger           Lyle Jamieson           John Jordan          John Lucas

                               Tom Steyer          Doug Thompson        Arnold Ward           Vince Welch 


Friday September 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM EDT              ( First Demo starts at 1:00 PM )


Sunday September 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT


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


Driving Directions

Symposium links





Jim Hardy - Chairman 


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. 
Breaking News!

Saturday Spouse Outing- 

We will lead an informal spouse outing to visit some of Dalton's points of interest.  Let's meet in the Spouse Lounge at 9:30.  We will car pool from there, so bring your car keys! We'll visit the Blunt House (built 1848) in the morning and have lunch at the delightful Dalton Depot Restaurant in downtown Dalton. In the afternoon, we'll go to see the Dalton "Festival 2014" Arts and Crafts Fair.  Please print the flyer below.


Instant Gallery

Turning Southern Style Instant Gallery

Always a favorite, the instant gallery will be on display throughout the symposium. This large exhibit of woodturned art provides a unique opportunity for collectors to become acquainted with both new and well-known artists.  Many works will be available for sale.  For "Turners", the gallery is a great way to see what others have been up to.  We invite each participant to display up to four pieces of his/her work for all to enjoy. 



4th Demonstration Room Dedicated to Tool Vendors: 

This is your chance to watch respected woodturning tool makers and suppliers as they each work with their own products for a full 90 minute demonstration and explain the reasoning behind their design. You can see the tools in use before you decide which to buy. 

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.  Please print the Fundamental Skills Area Rotation Schedule below. 



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.

Location Northwest GA Convention Center

The Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center  is a terrific facility.  It allows us to offer four large, sound-controlled demonstration rooms with plenty of seating. And… the Trade Center has plenty of free parking!  This facility is perfect for our symposium.


Registration is closed.

Refund Policy- 

The refund period ended September 1, 2014.