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American Association of Woodturners

29th Annual International Symposium
June 25-28, 2015
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is delighted to convene its 29th Annual International Symposium in Pittsburgh. A mid-sized city with a small-town feel, Pittsburgh is a vibrant city wrapped in three rivers, alive with natural beauty, compelling history, and a thriving cultural district. We encourage you to set aside some time to explore the wonderful things the city has to offer.

The AAW symposium will have something for everyone. It will be an exceptional opportunity for the Pittsburghers to learn about the art and craft of woodturning by visiting the extraordinary exhibitions and galleries of art in wood, and observing the fascinating demonstrations in the tradeshow. For registered woodturners, the symposium offers three and a half days of classroom-type demonstrations and panel discussions led by internationally known woodturners, as well as opportunities to exhibit work and network with others who share a passion for woodturning. The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by providing opportunities for education, information, inspiration, and community. Visit us at



Historical Activities & Museums

You can go back in time and experience five billion years of the Earth's history and 250+ years of Pittsburgh's history at such locations as Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Fort Pitt Museum and the Senator John Heinz History Center. From the museum with the world's third largest dinosaur repository to the first shots fired during the French & Indian War, the region's history museums bring the past to life. Or, ride the 137-year-old Duquesne incline up to its Observation Deck to see what USA Today Weekend Magazine calls one of the "10 most beautiful views in America". Historical exhibits in the waiting room entertain between rides.

Tours & Sightseeing

However you like to roll, Pittsburgh is sure to have the sightseeing option for you. By land or water, on four wheels or two, walk or Segway, tour and enjoy the sights of the city. Tag along with knowledgeable guides for free architectural walking tours of Downtown, or take one the many culinary tours of Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods

Go on a sightseeing trip by trolley, by sternwheeler or by WWII amphibious vehicle with Just Ducky Tours! Take a trip back in time and see how the steel industry played a major role in shaping the economy and the culture of Pittsburgh's "Steel Valley." Don't miss the new movie location tour and find out why Pittsburgh is called "Hollywood of the East."

Perfoming and Visual Arts

Whether your passion is visual or performing arts (or both!) you will be overwhelmed by the choices in theaters, galleries, public art installations and the museum dedicated to the Prince of Pop, The Andy Warhol Museum.

An oasis in the heart of Downtown, the 14-square-block Cultural District demonstrates the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's commitment to the arts. The world class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall performs classical, Pops and children's concerts.The Benedum Center stages performances by Pittsburgh CLO, PNC Broadway Across America, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera and more. The Pittsburgh Public Theatre produces 200+ performances in the intimate O'Reilly Theater. The Harris Theater features the best in indenpendent, foreign and classical films.

The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh's Museum of Contemporary Art, presents site-specific installations that are not to be missed! And, why not try your hand at making art at The Pittsburgh Glass Center which offers glass art classes for beginners, experts and everyone in between. Also, be sure to check out all the public art spaces around the city.