AAW 37th International Symposium Louisville, Kentucky – 1-4 June, 2023


AAW 37th International Symposium Louisville, Kentucky – 1-4 June, 2023:
Alan Goodsell’s highlights of the American Association of Woodturners show, from our Woodturning magazine stand and beyond.

The Woodturning magazine stand with Alan Goodsell

The AAW Symposium is always a great event – the demonstrations, galleries and friendly ambiance are legendary and it is where woodturners of the world unite to learn, display and catch up with old friends. This year was no exception, but sadly there were some old friends who are no longer with us. Our own Mark Baker was an amazing ambassador, not only for Woodturning magazine but for woodturning as a whole, and he left a hole that is impossible to fill. Many people came to our booth to share their stories of time spent with him, as did the many friends of John Jordan. They are both sadly missed, but their enthusiasm, skills and personalities live with us and will always inspire us.

Venue map – so much to see

Instant Gallery
This passion for woodturning was obvious to see in the Instant Gallery where the quality of woodturnings on display was exceptional, and there was something for everyone’s taste. I am more of a traditional woodturner and tend to be drawn to bowls, boxes and spindles, but I have photographed a selection of everything so you can see examples of the many types of turning that the AAW exhibitors excel at.

John Jordan memorial exhibition

John Jordan memorial exhibition

Instant Gallery exhibition hall

Silent Auction table

Bob Rotche exhibits – Dragonfly Dance, Dragonfly Summer and Feels like fall

Bob Summers – Wave bowl with turquoise tips, Glass in Wood and Why Not

So many bowls, so little time – ReTurn to the Community sale

Cody Jones – Instant Gallery exhibits

Larry Weese Jr. – Instant Gallery exhibit

Steve Miller – Asian Vessel, Coral Vessel and Coral Reef Vase

Ron Thomas – maple/ash dyed exhibits

Marvin Ewing – Instant Gallery table

Charles Jordan – Red Bowl in ash

Demonstrations and Learn to Turn
The demonstrations at the symposium were as informative and entertaining as ever and I managed to sneak off the booth and gain a few tips and tricks from these experts. In the ever-popular trade show hall, there were also learn-to-turn areas which proved popular, with many people signing up to gain new woodturning skills.

Make your own souvenir pen

Learn to Turn schedule

Hands-on learning

Helen Bailey demo turning a three-piece natural-edge chalice

Jacques Vesery demo

Learn to Turn hall

Jim Echter demonstration

The AAW Symposium is where woodturners from all walks of life go to share their passion for this extremely creative segment of woodworking and will always be on my go-to list. Hopefully I’ll see you at the AAW Symposium in Portland, Oregon next year.


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