Georgia Association of Woodturners

Join us for

Turning Southern Style 2020

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 25 year history.

Featured Demonstrators

John Beaver

Michael Hosaluk

Johannes Michelson

Guest Demonstrators

To be announced.


 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 menu TBA.

CASH bar available. No cost for attending the sessions.
Special Interest Night details below.

Symposium Dates and times to be announced
Symposium Details will be posted as available.

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

Cash bar

Friday evening Meal. Menu TBA.  (Tickets required)

Special interest sessions

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.
For additional information on things to see and do in Dalton, visit the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau.