2015 Tennessee Association of Woodturners

27th Annual Woodturning Symposium

January 30th and 31st, 2015

                                                 Featured Demonstrators


   Nick Cook                         J. Paul Fennell                       Ashley Harwood                     Dennis Paullus


Friday January 30, 2015 at 7:00 AM CST
Saturday January 31, 2015 at 9:30 PM CST

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Marriott Hotel and Convention Center 
700 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067

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      Franklin Marriott Hotel                 The Franklin Marriott Hotel located at 700 Cool Springs Blvd in Franklin, TN is the location of the 2015 TAW Woodturning Symposium.  

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The Franklin Marriott Hotel is sold out for the weekend of January 29-31, 2015. There is a Marriott Courtyard and Drury Inn that are both close to the Marriott.


Jeff Brockett 
Tennessee Association of Woodturners 

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 Printable Materials        Demonstration Schedule            Demonstration Rotations          Schedule and Rotation information subject to change.

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The event location is directly across the interstate from the Cools Springs Galleria Mall and shopping area.  Downtown Nashville is just a short drive up   I-40.  Click here for a list of area attractions. 

More Information - Critique Session Attendees will be offered the opportunity to have their work critiqued on Friday evening by one of the symposium demonstrators.  Critique sign up times will be available during registration.

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Purpose: To provide an environment that fosters the art and craft of woodturning. Our members share techniques on turning wood, finishing wood, safe woodworking practices, proper tool and equipment use. We strive to increase awareness and appreciation of design for wood turned objects having functional or artistic objectives.

Who We Are: The Tennessee Association of Woodturners is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Member’s skill levels range from novice to skilled professional. Some make all or part of their living from the craft. Interests cover the entire range of woodturning. The TAW places a strong emphasis on both personal and environmental safety.

Visit the TAW website - www.tnwoodturners.org

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The Tennessee Association of Woodturners (TAW) presents its annual woodturning symposium.  The 2015 Woodturning Symposium will be held at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Franklin, TN.  With our impressive slate of demonstrators, a large group of vendors, and a great facility the 2015 Woodturning Symposium promises to be the largest, most informative and enjoyable symposium in our 27 year history.

Demonstrator Update - Todd Hoyer has cancelled his appearance at the TAW Woodturning Symposium due to a back injury.  Ashley Harwood will now be doing four rotations each day and Dennis Paullus will also be doing four rotations each day.  Todd Hoyer apologizes for not being able to attend.  The updated schedules and demonstration schedules can be found below.

Symposium Schedule – a demonstration schedule for the two days of the Symposium can be found by clicking here.  Demonstration schedule is subject to change.

Demonstration Descriptions – a detailed description of each of the demonstrations can be found by clicking here.  Demonstration Descriptions are subject to change.

Instant Gallery - We invite every Symposium participant to display up to four pieces of their work for all others to enjoy during the Symposium.  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.  For "Turners", the gallery is a great way to see what others have been up to. 

People’s Choice Award - Each year participants may enter up to one piece, which is entirely their own work, into the People’s Choice Award.  Vendors and demonstrators are not eligible for the People’s Choice Award.  No collaborative efforts please.  All participants at the Symposium will be asked to vote and select the best piece for an award.  The Peoples' Choice winner will be awarded $100, a custom plaque and also receive a free two day registration and one nights lodging at the Marriott Hotel in Franklin, TN for the TAW 2016 Woodturning Symposium.

Critique Session - We will again offer a critique session on Friday night from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  Pieces will be critiqued by the symposium demonstrators.  Those attendees who are interested in having their work critiqued should sign in at the registration desk on Thursday evening or Friday morning.  This was a popular activity last year.

 Banquet - Prior to our auction on Saturday evening there will be a banquet at the Marriott Hotel, which is included in the price of the registration.  Door prizes will be given away.  All attendees who purchase a two day registration will be eligible to win the grand prize which will be a brand new Jet 1221 lathe and stand.  Must be present to win the lathe.  Winner is responsible for transportation of the lathe. 

Auction - Jay Erlbacher returns as our Auctioneer and you are assured an enjoyable, laugh-filled, evening.  The auction will include donations of turned pieces, tools, supplies and wood donated by our attendees, our Vendors and TAW members.  All proceeds from the auction support continuing education in woodturning through the TAW scholarship program and the TAW outreach program.  Each turner coming to the symposium is encouraged to donate a turned piece (or anything you choose) to the auction.   At the conclusion of the auction we will give away a brand new Jet Mini Lathe and stand.  Must be present to win, transportation expenses are not included.  Prize has no cash value and can't be exchanged for anything else.



 Registration is now open!  

Registration is limited and we encourage you to register early!  You may register On-line with your credit card and your registration is immediately reserved, it is easier and you may pay your symposium fees through the TAW secure PayPal process.  To register and pay by credit card online please click the Red "Register Now!" button below.

OR- You may register by mail - fill out the paper registration form and mail with your personal check.  Click the Red "Print and Mail a Registration Form" box below.

Walk-In Registration:  2-day is $200 and 1-day is $120.00

Cancellation Policy:  After December 31, 2014 a $50 processing fee will be deducted if registration is cancelled.  After January 14, 2015 the registration fee is not refundable.  There are no refunds due to issues outside of the Tennessee Association of Woodturners control.  This includes last minute schedule changes, demonstrator changes and/or weather.

Problems with Registration?:  Contact Jeff Brockett - secretary@tnwoodturners.org or 615-973-3336


Event Location Information                                         The Marriott Hotel and Convention Center are conventiently located with easy access to I-40 between Franklin, TN and Nashville, TN.  The convention center is an outstanding facility that offers four large demonstration rooms, a 5000 square foot vendor area and a separate area for the Instant Gallery and People's Choice wood turnings.  There is plenty of free parking for attendees.

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                             New for 2015 - Beads of Courage!

The Tennessee Association of Woodturners have partnered with the Monroe Carell Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN to provide lidded boxes for the Beads of Courage program.  Symposium attendees are encouraged to turn and donate a lidded box that will be donated to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Beads of Courage Program.  Boxes should be at least 6” in diameter, three inches deep with a loose fitting top.  The finial or lid knob should be a size that a child can easy open.  You are encouraged to included the wording “Beads of Courage” on the top of the lid.  Symposium attendees who donate a box for the Beads of Courage Program will be entered into a drawing for a $100.00 gift certificate to Woodcraft Stores.  For more information about the Beads of Courage program go to www.beadsofcourage.org.