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Women in Turning – Atlanta Turning Room

Women in Turning sessions at the Atlanta Symposium are
NOT limited to Women!!
All are welcomed!

Women in Turning (WIT) is the newest committee of the AAW, bringing together women worldwide who share a passion for woodturning.

It is dedicated to encouraging and assisting women in their pursuit of turning, to sharing ideas and processes to further members’ skills and creativity, and to increasing participation of women in the field of woodturning.

Women in Turning is on the web with a public link to Facebook page.And a private group for women who turn or are interested in turning!

The WIT HANDS ON ROOM link is an aaw log in site:


The classroom events must be registered with your Atlanta Registration, and you will be notified if you are in a presentation as early registration is better!


The WIT Hands-On Room will provide a lively, entertaining and educational experience for attendees, managed by accomplished and recognizable women in the field of woodturning, focusing on skill building and community development. Learn about WIT.   

The WIT Hands-On Room rotations will be offered to all registered symposium attendees. Below are the titles and descriptions for the rotations. If you are interested in participating in any of these sessions,you must complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page.Once the symposium schedule is finalized, you will receive an email inviting you to officially register for specific rotations. Space is very limited and registrations will be determined on a first come, first served basis.

Descriptions of Proposed WIT Hands-On Room Rotations

Making A Tool & Free-Hand Sharpening (10 spots): Understanding how and why a tool cuts wood.  Participants will make their own tool from an Allen wrench and learn how to sharpen it free hand and then use the tool to shape a spindle.

End Grain Cutting (10 spots): Scrapers, Gouges & Drills.  The direction of the cut and the tool used impact success.  Achieving a smooth surface without catches.  Skill building for box making, goblets and hollow forms.

Multi-Axis/Offset Turning (20 spots): Working with a ghost.  Tool presentation and planning is key to making interesting forms that puzzle convention.

Green Wood Natural Edge Bowls (Double rotation, 10 spots): How to identify a bowl in a log.  The basic cuts for success using this often-free material.  Roughing, shaping, sheer scraping & finishing cuts from a few tools gets the job done quickly. Reverse Turning with a Jam Chuck to shape the foot. Drying without cracking.

Woodturning Joinery (10 spots): Putting pieces together: boxes, scoops, mallets, and furniture.  Cutting mortise & tenon joints require measuring, marking, trimming and fitting.  We’ll discuss the tips and tricks for success.

Equipment (30-minutes each, 21 spots):

A) Bandsaws: Bandsaws are extremely versatile but can also be dangerous – Learn the tips and tricks and stay safe.

B) Sharpening With Jigs: Jig systems can eliminate many problems and speed production; find out how to use them for a repeatable sharp edge.

C) Chucks & Faceplates: They don’t come with many instructions, but there are most certainly rules—what are jaws and which ones should I use? What kind of screws for faceplate holding and how many? Pros & Cons, Base cuts.

Embellishing (30-minutes each, 21 spots):

A) Pyrography: Pyrography (burning) beautiful designs and images on wood transforms simple objects to the next level.  Have fun exploring planning, layout and creative use of various burning tips.

B) Texturing: Texturing wood with engravers, rotary bits and reciprocating carvers – understanding good design, finding opportunities and recognizing limitations.

C) Coloring: Coloring, whether with acrylic or milk paints, dyes, stains, pens, etc. can highlight textures, tell a story and fool the eye. Understanding the properties and uses of decorative media releases imagination.

Panel Discussion: Ask an Expert/Become an Expert! (Limited to room occupancy): Panelists will discuss questions like: How can I determine what constitutes an excellent demonstration? What are effective demonstration strategies? How can I get started demonstrating? Find out why it is empowering to share tips and techniques with fellow woodturners.

Panel Discussion: Identity and Personal Expression in Turned Artwork (Limited to room occupancy): Panelists will discuss the concepts of identity and personal story in their own artwork. As we mature as artists, we yearn to “find our own voice,” but what does “find our voice” actually mean? Explore with us how personal identity can change over time.

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