Hello AAW:  
The AAW wishes you a wonderful new year filled with abundance. We're wishing you 12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8760 hours of joy, 525600 minutes of good luck, and 31536000 seconds of happiness. And, may a large part of that be found in you shop!
A shroud of ambiguity surrounds indigenous Hawaiian bowl-making due to the disruption of their culture in the 1800s when droves of missionaries and foreigners came to the islands. However, the fascination with traditional Hawaiian bowls has never waned since it began in the 1880s. In her article from the October 2017 issue of American Woodturner, entitled, "'Umeke Lā'au: A Rich Hawaiian Tradition," Sharon Doughtie explains the history, terminology, variations, and more about these magnificent bowls.

In this video, Reed Gray offers several tips to help you become a better turner.  
In this video, Rick Morris will show you how you can regrind the cutting tip of your parting tool to get cleaner part-off.
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Why not give the special woodturner in your life high quality woodturning apparel? AAW items may be ordered online through our website store, or you may contact the AAW home office at 877-595-9094 (toll free), Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m. CST to order.

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Exciting news! Today, the AAW launched AAW EXPLORE!, a new member resource that makes exploring the most extensive online woodturning library in the world, quick, easy, and user-customizable. More than 2,500 items currently make up the expanding EXPLORE! collection, including articles from thirty years of the American Woodturner journal and AAW's cumulative collection of complementary publications. We encourage you to take a look at EXPLORE! and share this exciting new AAW member benefit with others.  

EXPLORE! is easy to use.
  • Login into the AAW website at
  • Under the "Publications" tab, select "AAW EXPLORE!"
  • Select a Category from the dropdown menu.
  • Refine the category by Keyword from the dropdown menu.
  • Click the Search button.
  • A list of items (articles and other media) with hyperlinks that meet your search criteria will be displayed.
  • Click the "Globe" icon associated with any item listed to view it.
A huge thank you to AAW members Dave Mueller and John Kelsey for the dedication, generosity, and expertise needed to develop EXPLORE! 


AAW VIDEO SOURCE: Flick of the Week

Dixie Biggs is highlighted (on the cover and in a feature story) in the December issue of American Woodturner journal. You can see Dixie in action in this video on relief carving for woodturners (TRT 31:20).
See more fantastic woodturning videos like this one at AAW Video Source.

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Know of a great online woodturning video? Let us know. Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a link to the video. It will be reviewed for quality and safety, and if approved included in AAW Video Source.
Come learn. Leave inspired.

Registration is now open for AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri, June 22-25, 2017. The AAW International Symposium is an excellent opportunity to watch world-class demonstrators share their techniques, to find out about the latest innovations in tools and materials, and to be inspired by the instant gallery and other woodturning exhibits.
The topics for the demonstrations and panel discussions are tailored to appeal to wide variety of skill levels -- bowls, boxes, vessels, hollow forms, spheres, spindle turning, multiaxis turning, segmented turning, natural edge turning, ornament, jewelry, finishing techniques, surface design, texture and embellishment, and more. Here are three of the demonstrators you can see in action at the AAW Symposium:

Join us to experience in person the creative passion of woodturning while enjoying the company of others who share your interests.

Learn more.          Demonstrators          Registration          Hotel   
DEADLINE DECEMBER 31: Woodturning Education Grants
AAW's Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) program helps provide woodturning educational opportunities -- financial grants, grants for AAW Symposium registration, and lathe grants. Anyone can apply. To be eligible for a 2017 grant, applications must be received not later than December 31, 2016. Click here to learn more and to apply.
DEADLINE DECEMBER 15: Anderson Ranch, Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Scholarships
AAW will award 28 scholarships to selected AAW chapter members for 2017 woodturning classes at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and John C. Campbell Folk School. Consult with your local chapter to discuss details and eligibility. The deadline is December 15, 2016. More information.
Inspiring Documentary Series 

Below are the next three parts of the inspiring 18 part documentary series, Giles Gilson: The Maker, created by Kevin Wallace at Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts for the AAW. Videography by Phil Pratt. We will share additional parts of the series in the coming weeks.

Giles Gilson: The Maker
About Giles Gilson
Giles Gilson, was an iconic, influential figure in contemporary woodturning. He was a renegade, a truly creative spirit unafraid to blast through boundaries. Among woodturners, he became known for his impeccable technical execution, innovative use of graphics and automotive paint/lacquer, incorporation of metal, and an undeniable urge for playfulness and absurdity. Giles was awarded a POP Fellowship Award in 2006 and earned the distinction of Honorary Lifetime Member in 2009. Sadly, he died in January 2015 at his home in Schenectady, New York.
Holiday Specials in the AAW Store 
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Try AAW Explore!
Visit the AAW website, and click on the publications tab to follow three easy steps.
1. click on Category
2. click on Keyword
3. click on Search
Featured Video
This week's AAW Video Source featured video is Grain Direction - Curly & Burl Wood by Stuart Batty. It's short (just over three minutes) and informative. To watch the video, go to AAW Video Source and select:
  • Category: Techniques
  • Keyword: General

The Grain Direction - Curly & Burl Wood video will be among the search results.

Time is running out. Don't forget to cast your ballot. 
The following six candidates are running for the AAW Board of Directors. Members can vote for up to three candidates. (To learn more about each candidate, click the candidate name or photo below.)

There are two ways to vote:
  • Paper ballot: If you would like to cast your vote by paper ballot, please request a paper ballot be sent to you. Contact AAW at 877-595-9094 (toll free) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Note: You will need your member number to register your vote.
We encourage you to participate in the voting process and hope you will help make the election turnout significant. Your vote must be cast electronically or received in by our auditor not later than midnight CST October 21, 2016.

Renew your membership - and save!
Effective October 1, 2016, there are two changes which impact membership dues:*  
  • U.S. Members: Dues will increase by $5 for U.S. membership types, as follows: General $60, Family $65, Educator $60, Student $24, Student Plus $29,Online $50, Artist $86, and Business $86. Dues will remain at 2015 rates for all U.S. members who renew before October 1, 2016.
  • International Members: Dues for international memberships will be equivalent to U.S. membership rates and based in U.S. dollars before exchange rates are applied. This will eliminate the additional premium charged on international memberships in the past. International members who renew on or after October 1, 2016, will receive the new rate.
Membership dues support the long-term financial health of the AAW and fund all of our educational programs and services. They also enable us to deliver beneficial learning resources and value-added services through AAW's Vision 2020 strategic initiatives.

* Formally announced in the August 2016 issue of the American Woodturner journal.

Special Deal thru October 10, 2016