Alaska Woodturners Association – Woodturning Symposium

The AWA 2014 Symposium will be held at Hardware Specialties, Inc

located at 424 W. 54th Ave, in Anchorage on

January 25th and 26th, 2014

Featured Turners are:

Dixie Biggs – see her work at here

Jason Breach – see his work here

Local Turners include Del LaRue and Bill Poole

Every year the AWA hosts an annual woodturning symposium where we present Master Turners with International or National status.  You do not have to be an experienced turner to gain education, tips, and skill building techniques from this event.

What to expect at the Symposium:  Our club charges $50 per day if paid in advance or $60 per day if paid at the door. This helps to cover the cost the club incurs to have the event. The Symposium is held on Saturday and on Sunday. You may purchase pre-paid admittance to the Symposium at Hardware Specialties or by visiting our Symposium Admittance web page at

Symposium days  start at 8:30 am. There will be two woodturning demonstrations taking place simultaneously, one in each bay area of Hardware Specialities, Inc. You may sit and watch one demonstration, or you may walk between them. There is about a forty-five minute lunch break between 12:15 and 1:30 PM, then there are two more sessions of demonstrations. Demonstrations are usually over by 5:15-5:30 PM. You should have enough time to go out for a quick bite of lunch during the lunch break, or you can bring your lunch with you. Coffee and donuts are served in the mornings.

In addition to the Symposium, we take advantage of having our master turners while they are in Alaska and hold hands-on classes. These classes are usually two or three days long. This provides excellent opportunities for turners to learn new techniques, or to hone their current techniques to improve their turning skills. The cost is $150 per day for the hands-on classes, which is an excellent price for the experience. The cost of a plane ticket, hotel and ground transportation would far exceed that price if you went to where they lived to take classes. For information on hands-on woodturning classes with our next Master Turners, please see the Hands-On Classes web page at  Club membership not required to attend the Symposium. Membership is required to take Master Classes.

Wood carvers should take special notice to Dixie’s demo’s and her Master Classes as there will be little or no turning involved. Her emphasis will be on carving and surface embellishment. Dixie likes to use the high speed mini carving tools in her work. Please contact John Lane at 907-854-5600 or email at for more info on Master Classes

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