SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) has announced the winners of the Turning to the Future student competition and juried exhibit, which promotes opportunities in woodturning and showcases student woodturning talent. On July 21, the following students were recognized with awards for their remarkable woodturning work at the 2017 AWFS Fair.
 
High School Division:
 
First Place, Open Category: Flaming Goblets by Judah Costello, North Salem High School, Oregon. Instructor: Andrew Chidwick
Second Place, Open Category: 777 by Justin Fiaschetti, Delaware Valley Regional High School, New Jersey. Instructor: Josh Paul
First Place, Functional Category: African Vase by Justin Fiaschetti, Delaware Regional Valley High School, New Jersey. Instructor: Josh Paul
Second Place, Functional Category: Curly Maple Platter by Todd Halleman, Newburg High School, Oregon. Instructor: Bailey Field
Best in Show, High School: African Vase by Justin Fiaschetti, Delaware Regional Valley High School, New Jersey. Instructor: Josh Paul
 
Post-Secondary Division:
 
First Place, Open Category: Nesting Instinct by Scott Davies, Brigham Young University. Instructor: Kip Christensen
Second Place, Open Category: Memory Urn by Ian Anderson, Brigham Young University. Instructor: Kip Christensen
First Place, Functional Category: Twisted by Tyler Gaston, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Instructor: B.A. Harrington
Second Place, Functional Category: Cloud Table by Emily MacCloud, Rhode Island School of Design. Instructor: Tyler Inman
Best in Show, Post-Secondary: Nesting Instinct by Scott Davies, Brigham Young University. Instructor: Kip Christensen.
 
People's Choice: Patience by Brandon Lucus, Western Piedmont Community College, North Carolina. Instructor: James Ellis
 
The winners were selected by professional woodturner, instructor, and practicing artist, Beth Ireland, of Beth Ireland Woodworking in Massachusetts.
 
The first place winners received $500, second place received $100, and best in show winners received a Jet 1221VS midi-lathe, generously donated by Jeri and Christian Brisepierre of the Woodworker's Emporium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each winner will also receive a complimentary registration for an AAW symposium, as well as a subscription to the American Woodturner journal.
 
The Turning to the Future competition was developed in partnership by the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, and 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.

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by offering opportunities for education, information, inspiration, and community to those interested in turning wood. Established in 1986, AAW currently has more than 15,000 members and a network of over 350 local chapters globally.