News and Events - Turning to the Future highlights woodturning at AWFS Fair

Wednesday 18 November 2015

In July, the event brought together the home and commercial furnishings industry, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, lumber, plastics, construction materials and other suppliers to the furniture, cabinet manufacturers and custom woodworkers, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event featured more than 500 exhibitors and was host to the inaugural Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibit, a programme that endeavours to promote opportunities in woodturning and showcase student woodturning talent internationally. The Turning to the Future programme was developed by the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a nonprofit organisation dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, and Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS), the largest national trade association in the U.S. representing the interests of the broad array of companies that supply the home and commercial furnishings industry.


Turning to the Future recognised six students with awards for exceptional woodturning work during the AWFS Fair. For the High School Division, the first place award was presented to Michael Andersen, Chama, New Mexico, for Twisting Wings; second place went to Kailee Bosch, Fort Collins, Colorado, for Discovery; and Honorable Mention was awarded to Miguel Ingles, Hillsborough, North Carolina, for Triple Helix. For the Collegiate Division, the first place award was presented to Carrie Etherington, Lehi, Utah, for African Box; second place went to Taima Krayem, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Rings Bowl; and Honorable Mention was awarded to Danielle Heckman, Indiana, Pennsylvania, for Candlestick.

The winners

The first place award recipient in each division received $500 and a RIKON 7-220VSR midilathe, second place received $100, and honorable mention received $50. Each winner will also receive a complimentary registration for AAW's Annual International Symposium, as well as an AAW membership which includes a subscription to the American Woodturner journal, the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. The lathes and cash prizes were generously donated by RIKON Power Tools.

The Turning to the Future booth was humming for four days with nonstop activity, new ideas, and opportunities to share woodturning with the greater woodworking world, including E.W. Tinker, of My Dad's Garage, an online workshop puppet show geared toward kids aged 7 to 10 years old. In addition to showcasing the work of competition winners and finalists, the Turning to the Future exhibition booth offered live lathe-turning demonstrations throughout the event. Curious fair goers were invited to stop by, watch, and learn more about the dynamic and rewarding craft of woodturning. The featured demonstrator was Jimmy Clewes, an internationally-recognised instructor and woodturning expert who demonstrated innovative and exciting turning techniques, as well as discussed tools, cuts, design and ergonomics all while creating stunning pieces on the lathe, including a colour rimmed platter and bowl. Additional demonstrators included Christian Brisepierre, Bob Cranley, Eckhard Fadtke, Linda Ferber, and Brent Ross, who turned projects including a tea lights, weedpots, eggs and egg cups, French rolling pins, candleholders, lidded boxes, hollowed spheres, stylised figures, ornaments, and rings.

The 2016 Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibition will be held during the AAW's 30th Annual International Symposium, June 9-12, 2016, at the Atlanta Convention Center AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch for more details.


Contact: AWFS