Since the AAW is holding its 2016 symposium in Atlanta, we will not be having the Turning Southern Style Synposium during 2016. We will return in 2017.
2015 Featured Demonstrators
|Nick Agar||Benoît Averly||Jimmy Clewes|
Friday September 18, 2015 at 11:30 AM EDT ( First Demo starts at 1:00 PM )
Sunday September 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center
2211 Dug Gap Battle Road
Dalton, GA 30720
Steve Mellott - Chairman
Spouse / Guest Lounge
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. A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the People's Choice.
Beads of Courage
Please consider making a box whch will be donated to Beads of Courage, a non-profit organization that provides innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs to transform the treatment experience for children coping with a serious illness. This Beads of Courage link provides more information about the program, as well as the box specifications. Symposium attendees will be given one ticket for each box they bring and five randomly drawn winners will be reimbursed for up to $50 spent at any of the vendors at the symposium. (Bringing multiple boxes improves your chances of winning but you can only win once.)
Fundamental Skills Hands-On Area
If you have turning related questions, please bring them to the symposium. We will have a mini-lathe and skilled turners available to provide one-on-one answers to your questions. Please see the Fundamental Skills Area Rotation Schedule below.
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.
For 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 served 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.
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. The Trade Center also has plenty of free parking!