2020 Woodturning Symposium Guide – USA and International

2020 Woodturning Symposium Guide

The 2020 Woodturning Symposium Guide is a directory of all this year’s woodturning major gathering events throughout the United States and internationally as well.

You might be asking, “What is a woodturning symposium?

Last year, in the 2019 symposium directory, I detailed many aspects of what makes woodturning symposiums so special and valuable for anyone wanting to improve their woodturning skills.

If you’re not sure what a woodturning symposium really is, check out that post for more details.

2020 Woodturning Symposiums Schedule

2020 Woodturning Symposiums – U.S.A.
Event Date Dates Location Website
Tennessee Association of Woodturners Annual Woodturning Symposium January 24-25 Franklin, Tennessee www.tnwoodturners.org 
Florida Woodturning Symposium February 7-9 Leesburg, Florida http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com/
Gulf Coast Woodturners AssociationMarch14-15Houston, Texashttps://www.gulfcoastwoodturners.org/
The Adirondack Woodturners Association Totally Turning Symposium March 28-29
Saratoga Springs, NY http://www.totallyturning.com/
Alaska Woodturners Association Symposium April 4-5
Anchorage, Alaska https://www.akwoodturners.org/Symposium.php
Dakota Woodturners Hands-on Woodturning Symposium April 17-19
Bismarck, North Dakota http://dakotawoodturners.com/symposium-specifics/
AAW American Association of Woodturners International Symposium July 4-7
10-12 Online Register by July 3
Louisville, Kentucky
Southwest Association of Turners Symposium (usually in August) August 28-30
Waco, Texas http://www.swaturners.org/
Turn-On! Chicago Woodturning Symposium July 23-26
Northbrook, Illinois http://turnonchicago.com/
 Georgia Association of Woodturners Turning Southern Style Symposium September 18-20
Dalton, Georgia https://gawoodturner.org/symposium/
Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium September 18-20
Loveland, Colorado http://www.rmwoodturningsymposium.com/
Mid Atlantic Woodturning Symposium September 25-27
Lancaster, Pennsylvannia http://www.mawts.com/
Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild Symposium 2021
TBA https://www.ovwg.org/
North Carolina Woodturning Symposium TBA
Greensboro, North Carolina http://ncwts.com/
Oregon Woodturning Symposium (not held in 2020) 2021
Albany, Oregon http://oregonwoodturningsymposium.com/
New England Woodturning Symposium (every three years)

Derry, New Hampshire https://www.gnhw.org/symposium/2018/about
Utah Woodturning Symposium (discontinued)

Provo, UT https://utahwoodturning.com/
2019 Woodturning Symposiums – International
Event Date Dates Location Website
TurnFestMarch27-29Gold Coast, Australiahttp://www.turnfest.com.au/
Les Petites Journées d’Aiguilles France Woodturning Symposium May21-22Aiguines, France http://escoulen.com/en/congres-2019/
The Australian Woodturning Exhibition TBA
Victoria, Australia http://awtex.com.au/
Saskatchewan Woodturners Symposium TBA
Saskatoon, Canada http://newsite.hubcityturners.ca/
The Association of Woodturners of South Africa TBA
Wilderness, South Africa http://awsa.org.za/
UK & Ireland Woodturning Symposium (Postponed in 2019)

Coventry, United Kingdom https://www.ukiws.co.uk/

If you know of other woodturning symposiums or if you notice changes in any of the above posting, please leave a comment below and I will update accordingly. Thank you.

Woodturning Symposium Conclusion

It doesn’t really matter which symposium you attend. Find the closest one to you or perhaps you’re up for a trip to a symposium far away.

Just get to one of these symposiums and you will see your turning skills improve almost overnight.

Which woodturning symposium are you planning to attend? Maybe I’ll see you there!

Enjoy the Symposiums!

Happy Turning,

6 Responses

  1. I’m searching for this kind of article on woodturning symposium guide for improving my woodturning skill & knowledge. Thanks for this one.
    Would like to share it with my friends!

  2. We had to cancel our ND symposium for this spring. I’m sure that there is a market for burls. We have about 40 folks that attend on a regular basis. Please keep us in mind for next spring.
    John Warren, Past president, Dakota Woodturners

    1. John,

      Thank you for writing and sharing your symposium info. I’ll be sure to include you for next year.

      All the best to you and your symposium!

      Happy Turning,

  3. Hi Kent. My brother in law is a woodsman. He has lots of burls and is thinking of selling them at the ND show in April 2020. Is that a good place to sell them? Any info would be appreciated. He has maple, birch, aspen, oak, spruce. Thank you. Frank

    1. Hello, Frank,

      I can’t tell you for sure if that is a good show. If he has beautiful wood burls and decent prices, he probably just needs to get in front of a few turners and he’ll make sales.

      Let me know how he does.

      All the best,

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