Georgia Association of Woodturners

Join us for

Turning Southern Style 2019

The Georgia Association of Woodturners (GAW) presents its annual “Turning Southern Style” symposium. This year’s event will again be held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, GA. With our slate of all-star demonstrators, a large group of vendors, and a great facility, this promises to be one of the largest, most informative and enjoyable symposiums in our 24 year history.

Featured Demonstrators

Stuart Batty

David Ellsworth

Hans Weissflog

Guest Demonstrators

Dan Douthart

Steve Mellott

Bill Lynch


 After the rotations end on Friday, you are invited to avoid the Friday night restaurant crowds by staying at the Convention Center for dinner, socializing, and your choice of several 90 minute special interest sessions. Dinner will be an Italian Buffet including entree, vegetarian entree, bread, salad, tea, & water.

Dinner tickets are $17.50 each. CASH bar available. No cost for attending the sessions.
Special Interest Night details below.

Starts: Friday September 20, 2019
  • Registration opens at 10:00 am
  • Vendor Area opens at 11:00 am
  • First demo starts at 12:30 pm
Ends: Sunday September 22, 2019
  • Last demo ends at 12:00 noon

Dalton Convention Center
2211 Dug Gap Battle Road
Dalton, GA 30720 

Symposium links
Vendors Contact:​

Elisabeth Ross – Chairman 

Four Demonstration Rooms

Each demonstration room is walled off and insulated to eliminate “sound bleed” from the surrounding rooms. Three of the rooms are reserved for the featured and guest demonstrators. The 4th room is reserved for our vendor demonstrators who take the time to demonstrate and explain their tools before you make a purchase.

Instant Gallery

Always a favorite, the Instant Gallery will be open 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. Many works will be available for sale. For “turners,” the gallery is a great way to see what others have been up to. We invite each participant to display up to four pieces of his/her work for all to enjoy. Symposium attendees will vote on a People’s Choice winner who will be reimbursed up to $100 spent at any of the vendors during the symposium.

Vendor Trade Area

For those of you who need “just one more tool,” a special piece of wood, or need to replenish your shop supplies, we have plenty of vendors who can help you out. The Vendor Trade Area will be open during the entire symposium.


A delicious banquet dinner will be served Saturday evening. The price of the banquet is included in your registration fee. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased for spouses or guests who are not registered to attend the demos. Immediately following the banquet, we will begin the auction, which will include turned pieces, tools, supplies and wood donated by our vendors, attendees and GAW members. All proceeds from the auction support continuing wood turning education through the GAW scholarship program. Each turner attending the symposium is encouraged to bring a turned piece (or anything you choose) to support the scholarship fund.

Youth Are Free

Each registered attendee can bring a youth (under the age of 18) free of charge. We will even buy them dinner at the Banquet.

Friday Night Activities

4:30-5:30 P.M. Break after last demo – ****Vendors open during this time.

5:00-8:00 P.M. Cash bar open

5:30-6:30 P.M. Italian buffet (Tickets required)

7:00-8:30 P.M. Special interest sessions

Session 1: Newbie’s Corner – Are you a new or novice turner? Bring your questions to this session with some of our local woodturning experts.

Session 2: Finishing the Finish! – In this session, Vendor/Woodturning Instructor Jeff Hornung will demonstrate the proper use of many popular finishing products. You’ll learn the differences, pros and cons, of surface and penetrating finishes. This will be a practical demo, and he will apply many of these finishes in real time. Key points will include “gloss vs satin vs matt”, “to buff or not to buff” and “foodsafe”.

Session 3:  Pen-turner’s Share & Swap – Have a special tip, trick or jig that saves time or money and produces consistent results? We’d love to have you share it with your fellow pen-turners in this session. The session will conclude with a pen swap! (More info to on our website.)

Session 4: Q&A with the featured demonstrators Stuart Batty, David Ellsworth and Hans Weissflog.

Spouse/Guest Lounge

We have a reserved seating area at the Convention Center where spouses and guests can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. There is no charge to use this area. We will also have a craft room where spouses and guests can work on their favorite hobbies or participate in several scheduled activities. 

For those that quilt or sew, and want to participate, here is an idea. Make a Beads of Courage bag. Here is a link to the instructions. Just make a bag, or two, or three and bring them to the symposium. We’ll put them on display and get them to kids that can use them.

Other Activities
The DaltonTrolley services hotels at exit 333 (the exit for the Convention Center) free of charge for guests that would like to explore downtown Dalton Thursday-Saturday, 5 pm -midnight. Guests can get more information by calling 706-270-9960. Other activities are listed below. Click on the activity for more information.
Saturday – Downtown Dalton Farmers Market 8-2, FREE
Friday or Saturday – Tunnel Hill Heritage Center & Museum, 9-5,  Tour Fee
For additional information on things to see and do in Dalton, visit the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Registration Information

Due to Corvid-19, the opening of registration is still to be determined.