The original totem poles at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN were erected on October 25, 1990. All 36 chapters of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) were invited to participate in a design by 'Turning Unity Totem' project in anticipation of the 4th AAW symposium to be hosted by Arrowmont that year.
Twenty-four of the 36 chapters of the AAW contributed segments. Two galvanized pipes support the structures comprised of 40 to 50 separate turnings. Most of the segments were shipped to Arrowmont in crates. The AAW officers spent several days before the symposium making necessary adjustments and final assembly. The upper pole was topped by the logo of the AAW , and lower pole topped by the Tennessee host chapter's coonskin cap with spinning propeller. The mission and membership of the AAW has since grown and remained strong.
Nutmeg Totem Top
In 1990 the Nutmeg Woodturners created the AAW logo for the top of the upper pole.
Over time Mother Nature took her toll. The Totem Poles deteriorated due to weather. In 2003 a decision was made to restore or replace each section. In 2003 the Nutmeg Woodturners decided to restore the orginal Nutmeg section.
The Jan-Feb 1991 issue of American Woodworker magazine also has more information on page 80 in there Turned Totems article.
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