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TAW 2023 Woodturning Symposium - Early Registration Now Open!

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The Tennessee Association of Woodturners presents their 34th Woodturning Symposium on January 27th and 28th, 2023. Our 2023 Woodturning Symposium will again be located at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center 700 Cool Springs Blvd Franklin, TN. Register early and save money! Featured demonstrators include Rebecca DeGroot, Stuart Batty, John Beaver, Nick Cook, and Tom Wirsing. Two days of jam packed demonstrations by some of the best demonstrators, an instant gallery, People's Choice, Saturday night auction and banquet are just a few of the many activities planned for 2023. Our vendor area will be stocked full of a wide variety of woodturning equipment, supplies and wood.


Tired of watching Zoom and IRD woodturning presentations? Register for the TAW 2023 Woodturning Symposium and have the opportunity to talk to the demonstrators and see their live woodturning presentations.

Registration Now Open! Beat the Price Increase
Register before December 31!
Registration is now open for the Tennessee Association of Woodturners 2023 Woodturning Symposium.  Register early and save money!  To register using our secure payment process please click on the box below.

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Marriott Hotel Reservations

The 2023 TAW Woodturning Symposium will once again be held at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center located at 700 Cool Springs Blvd in Franklin, TN. We have secured a special room rate of $130.00 per night for symposium attendees. There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate and we encourage symposium attendees to book their rooms early. To reserve a room at the Marriott on line please click on the


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Rebecca DeGroot Featured Demonstrator

Rebecca started woodturning with her father at a very young age. Dad’s rule was simple, if she could stand on the bucket and reach the lathe, he would teach her how to turn. That is exactly what he did, and at five years old Rebecca spent her evenings in the shop turning honey dippers with her father. Once she began school her efforts and energies were dedicated to her studies and woodworking took a back seat. Although she knew from a young age that art was her passion, it was during middle school that she realized that this fascination and enthusiasm could be pursued as a career in teaching.

After graduating high school Rebecca decided to go to college to turn her dream of teaching into a reality. While attending Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Rebecca found herself back in the school’s basement woodshop. Fifteen years had passed since she had spent any significant time in a woodshop, and she took back to it like reuniting with an old friend.

Since graduating in 2014 with two bachelor’s degrees in Art Education and Sculpture and Functional Art, Rebecca has spent the past seven years juggling her full-time career as an art educator and her passion for woodworking. The balance of real life and anyone’s true passion is always difficult and while Rebecca’s career in education is time consuming, she always finds time to make her way to the lathe. After a difficult day in the classroom she can’t think of a better way to relax and let off some steam. 

Rebecca finds her inspiration in various living things and objects that she interacts with regularly. Simple things like insects or even coffee cups can send her scrambling for her notepad to transform her imagination into possible projects. She’s never far from sketching strange creatures or making lists of ideas she is longing to try. Her days of teaching Art 1, Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewelry, and AP 3D Studio Art are fulfilling and the passion she shares with her students is the same fuel that keeps her in her shop late into the evenings letting her imagination run wild. 

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Stuart Batty Featured Demonstrator


Stuart Batty grew up in Newcastle, England and presently lives in Boulder, Colorado. He began turning at the age of 10 under the expert tutelage of his father Allan Batty, an internationally recognized turner and teacher. At the age of 16 Stuart joined the professional ranks as spindle turner and teacher in his father’s workshop. At age 18 he became the in-house teacher and woodturning demonstrator at Craft Supplies Ltd. in England and a tool tester for Robert Sorby Tools. While working for Craft Supplies Ltd. he helped set up their first sawmill, as well as being their buyer for exotic woods. Stuart then went on to set up six additional sawmills in five African countries, which included Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, and Madagascar.

 

Stuart’s style of woodturning is a development of an old orthodox British woodturning style. He uses very simple tools and grinds, these enable him to create his pieces and to teach to his students. Stuart has now been teaching woodturning for over 27 years to over 4,000 students in 12 different countries.

 

One does not see any carving or surface texturing in or on Stuart’s artwork. It is pure lathe made. He specializes in bowls with corners, deep thin tall bowls, very thin goblets and a variety of boxes. Stuart’s work has been depicted on the covers of many magazines and catalogs since 1980 and has some of his artwork in the White House permanent collection

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John Beaver Featured Demonstrator


After spending over 25 years in Hollywood, filming television commercials, I began experimenting with a lathe I had inherited. Before I even mastered the technique, I could see that I wanted to find a way to give the pieces a little more life. A bowl, or a vase, or a sculpture sits on a shelf and has a form, and there’s a certain beauty in that, but I wanted to add movement and energy to that form. 

I have always lived near the ocean, and was inspired to bring the motion and rhythm of the waves to a round object. The exploration of that concept led to the “wavy” design which is still the core element of my work today.

I started by placing the design on bowls, because that’s kind of the obvious thing to make on a lathe, but as I developed new techniques I found that I could remove the restriction of the vessel and let the design stand alone as a sculptural form. 

By working with round forms I found this opportunity to create designs that have no beginning or end. Even as they sit still, you can imagine the design wrapping around the piece and coming back into view, giving rhythm to the design.  By moving the shapes around on the piece I found the energy that hopefully gives a feeling of movement to an otherwise static form. 

I live in Pacific Palisades, CA. When I’m not in the studio, I enjoy Golf, Paddle Tennis, Skiing, Cycling, Kayaking, Hiking and Bocce. For more information visit John's website www.johnbeaver.net

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Nick Cook Featured Demonstrator


Nick Cook is a full time production turner producing a wide variety of gift items, one of a kind bowls & vessels as well as work for furniture makers and millwork contractors. He spends much of his time teaching both individuals and groups throughout the country. Nick has taught at Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch, John C. Campbell Folk School, The Kelly Mehler Woodworking School, Appalachian Craft Center, Peters Valley Craft Center and The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. He has done workshops for woodturning groups in Australia and has also participated in the national woodturning symposiums in Canada, New Zealand and in Great Britton. He is a founding member of the American Association of Woodturners and has served as vice president and conference coordinator. Nick was named the 12th honorary lifetime member of the AAW. He has written numerous articles for various woodturning publications including American Woodturner, Woodworkers Journal and American Woodworker.

Nick is also on the Board of Directors of the John C. Campbell Folk School.  His studio is in the Artisan Resource Center in Marietta where he also lives with his wife Cathy. For more information visit Nick's website: www.nickcookwoodturner.com

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Tom Wirsing Featured Demonstrator


Tom Wirsing grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, an historic center of woodturning and furniture making. Tom began turning wood in his father’s workshop as a young boy. After graduating from Roanoke College with a degree in Physics, Tom joined the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer and served in Vietnam and Germany. Tom has traveled extensively, has visited all 50 states, all seven of the world’s continents, and more than 80 countries.


Tom served two terms on the AAW board of directors, and two terms as AAW president. He also served as president of the Front Range Woodturners, the AAW’s Denver chapter. Tom has demonstrated at the AAW Symposium, Turnfest in Australia, the Utah Woodturning Symposium, the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium, the Dakota Woodturning Symposium, and at numerous AAW chapter events across the US and Canada.


Tom is best known for his platters turned from highly figured woods, with smooth simple lines, and hand-rubbed gallery quality finishes. Tom advocates using the two-step turning process in which he removes 99% of the wood with gouges, but before sanding, uses negative rake scrapers to remove all vestiges of tearout, fine-tunes all curves, and smooths the wood, thereby significantly reducing sanding. Tom is also known for his knowledge of tool steels and grinder technologies. For more information please visit Tom's website www.thomaswirsing.com


Tom lives with his wife Melinda on a ranch in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, where he grazes Angus cattle, builds furniture, and turns wood.

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Tee Shirts

Get your custom TAW Symposium Woodturning Swag! Pre-order your logo symposium long sleeve tee shirts when you register for the symposium. Long sleeve tee shirts are charcoal gray with the TAW logo on the left side and "2023 Symposium" printed down the right sleeve. Sizes small to XXL are $20.00 and XXXL sizes and up are $25.00 we encourage everyone to preorder as there will be limited supplies on site.


Things to Do Places to Go

The symposium location is directly across the interstate from the Cool Springs Galleria Mall and shopping area. Downtown Nashville is just a short drive up I-40. For a list of things to do and places to go in the immediate area click here.






Demonstration Descriptions

Demonstration descriptions can be found by clicking here.  Demonstration descriptions subject to change.

Symposium Schedule
The symposium schedule can be found by clicking here.  The symposium schedule is subject to change.

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Instant Gallery

We invite every Symposium participant to display up to four pieces of their work for all others to enjoy during the Symposium. Always a favorite, the instant gallery will be on display throughout the Symposium. This large exhibit of wood turned art provides a unique opportunity for collectors to become acquainted with both new and well-known artists. For "Turners", the gallery is a great way to see what others have been up to.

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People's Choice Award

Each year participants may enter one piece, which is entirely their own work, into the People's Choice Award. Vendors and demonstrators are not eligible for the People's Choice Award. No collaborative efforts please. All Symposium participants will be asked to vote and select the best piece for the People's Choice Award.

People's Choice Award Winner: $250.00 cash award, plaque and free registration to the TAW 2024 Woodturning Symposium

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Win A New Powermatic Lathe!

Win a brand new Powermatic 2014 lathe! All full 2 day and 1 day registrants are eligible to win. Lathe drawing will be held at the conclusion of the Saturday night banquet and auction. Winner must be present to win. Transportation of lathe is the responsibility of the winner.

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Symposium Auction

With Landon Norman as our 2023 auctioneer you are assured an enjoyable, laugh-filled evening. The auction will include donations of turned pieces, tools, supplies and wood donated by our attendees, Vendors and TAW members. In addition there will be demo pieces from each demonstrator in the auction. All proceeds from the auction support continuing education in woodturning through the TAW scholarship program and TAW outreach programs. Each attendee coming to the symposium is encouraged to donation a turned piece (or anything you chose) to the auction. Barry Buntin will be the auction caller.


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Women In Turning Meeting

Women In Turning (WIT) is a committee of the AAW, bringing together women worldwide who share a passion for woodturning. WIT is dedicated to encouraging and assisting women in their pursuit of turning, to share ideas and processes to further member's skills and creativity, and to increase participation of women in the field of woodturning. There will be a WIT luncheon meeting (bring your lunch) in the Arabian Room on Saturday, January 28th.


Symposium Contacts

Have question about the symposium? Please contact the following for help:

 

General symposium questions - David Sapp symposium@tnwoodturners.org

Vendor information - Grant Hitt tawvendorinfo@gmail.com

Registration Questions - Jeff Brockett tawturns@tnwoodturners.org