Stuart is a third-generation woodturner, being a full-time production turner and teacher in his father’s studio at age 16. At 19, he started working for Craft Supplies in England, at the time the world’s largest supplier to woodturners. During his 6 years at Craft Supplies, he was the in-house woodturning teacher and demonstrator. He set up Craft Supplies’ first sawmill and oversaw their import business that sold more than 300 exotic woods from around the world.
Stuart has been a professional turner for 36 years and has taught more than 5,000 amateur and professional woodturners.
Stuart’s style of work is greatly influenced by his background as a spindle turner with precise cuts and sharp detail. He uses very simple tools to create his pieces. His work is pure lathe work, with no carving or surface texturing.
Stuart’s artwork has been sold through galleries across Europe and the US. He also has artwork displayed in the permanent White House collection.
Stuart believes we have only skimmed the surface of the potential of a wood lathe. With production woodturning as his background, his foundation in woodturning helped him perfect the push cut style and other useful techniques, such as negative rake scraping.
Bowl Turning with the 40/40 Grind & The Bottom Bowl Gouge Grinds
The bowl gouge with its 40 degree bevel and 40 degree straight wings is capable of large volume cuts directly to finish without any torn grain. In this demonstration, I’ll be showing how to create both the 40/40 bowl gouge and the bottom bowl gouge grinds freehand on a platform. I will show how both gouges are controlled to form the desired shape with little physical effort and repeatability.
Off Center Square/Winged Bowl Turning
In this demonstration, I’ll be showing how to minimize off balance problem while turning. This demo will include both gouge work and negative rake scraping. I will be demonstrating how to easily finish the wings of the bowl with no torn grain or damage to the edges of the piece and how to mate to the wing surface to the bowl shape, leaving a very clean sharp corner.
Perfecting the Art of Cutting
In this demonstration, I’ll be covering the 7 Fundamentals Setups to eliminate most of the variables in woodturning. I’ll will be demonstrating and explaining how I cut the wood to avoid any torn grain on any species of wood, using a maximum of two pounds of pressure. I’ll also be explaining that knowing grain direct is essential to good cutting and that the techniques for spindle and bowl turning are vertically identical.
Cindy Drozda, Boulder Colorado, has worked wood professionally since her first “real” job at age 19, where she taught herself to work with wood. The need to make a pair of chairs brought her to woodturning, but it was the pictures of bowls, vessels, and boxes in the back of Dale Nish’s book that really got her hooked. Before settling on woodturning as a career Cindy worked as a cabinet maker, rebuilt airplanes, machined metal, and made hang gliding equipment.
Today, her pieces are exhibited at the finest art shows and galleries. Her elegant lidded vessels and boxes with delicate finials bring a contemporary flair to classic forms. A jewel hidden under the lid symbolizes the treasure that life reveals when we make the effort to look deeper. Her trademarks are precise techniques, fine details, and pleasing forms. Cindy will coach you to new levels of excellence in your woodturning!
My signature style of Box with a finial, an in-fitting lid, and an inlayed decorative ring and foot made from contrasting wood. The Finial Box is an intricate and interesting project, with a lot of tips and techniques. This presentation includes: boxmaking, turning a finial, design, material selection, and jam chucking.
Inlay Lidded Box
In this demo, the box has an over-fitting lid with a wood inlay. This box has straight sides and a flat bottom, and a friction fit lid. Basic boxmaking techniques are covered, as well as design and material selection.
I have been an amateur woodworker for over 40 years and an amateur woodturner for more than 18 years. My skills are primarily self-taught with assists from various class work, from woodworking publications, and through participation in various woodworking clubs. I have studied with many noted wood artists including, Allan Batty, Stuart Batty, Christian Burchard, Jimmy Clewes, Don Derry, Michael, Hosaluk, John Jordan, Binh Pho, Richard Raffan, Merryll Saylan, and Susan Working. My dad gets the credit for instilling in me a passion for hand-made wood items.
I like to explore different forms and techniques in my work. It would difficult to pin me to a style. In my club, I’m considered the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to woodturning. I’m best known for airbrushing and coloring.
Vendor Demo: Airbrushing Basics
Joe will be showing airbrushing basics to the uninitiated. The demo will include an explanation of what a person needs to get started airbrushing. Joe will cover:
Equipment choices (how to choose your equipment and why);
Airbrush operation (how and why it works);
Airbrush maintenance (disassembly and cleaning);
Basic airbrush skills, uses and techniques.
Participants should come away with a clear understanding of what they can do with an airbrush and how to get started.
Cynthia Carden Gibson - Pyrography
Cynthia discovered pyrography in 2008 and, with study, has developed her own unique style of Pyro-engraving. Cynthia’s love for fashion and design proves the perfect inspiration for her work. She is in high demand as a teacher and her pyro-engraving techniques are taught to students from around the world. Her collaborative work has been published in many journals nationally and internationally. The artwork created by Cynthia Carden Gibson and her highly acclaimed collaborators has garnered the attention of collectors and has been included in corporate and private collections worldwide.
Embellish your world! Pyrography 101
Cynthia will share the basics of her style of Pyroengraving. Attendees will take away information on the wood choices best suited for pyrography, preparation of turnings, preferred tools, the use of those tools and finishing your work. You are sure to leave this demo armed with the tools needed to begin your journey into pyrography.
Inspiration and Embellishment
How do you come up with signature designs? What gives your work a unique quality or voice? In this slide show, Cynthia hopes to encourage self-discovery and show how a look inside can bring out unique qualities in your work as she tells her stories and those of others through her collaborative path in woodturning.
Translating embellishment to a 3D surface and adding color to your work
Cynthia will discuss and demonstrate her approach to implementing designs on a 3D surface, designing turnings for embellishment, choosing the best design for the shape of your artwork and adding color to your work.
Born in Chicago, Ill. in 1962, Keith lived in the midwest until 1980. In 1981 he moved to Boulder Co. and began a career in wood working. After an informal apprenticeship in several different wood shops Keith started his own design and fabrication studio in 1989. Building furniture mostly on a commission basis, Keith also stretched his talents by doing the occasional speculative piece that would be shown in art galleries or in fine art shows. He has won numerous awards around Colorado.
Keith is also a sculptor of stone. Using marble and alabaster from the area Keith has also won many awards for his sculpture. His work tends to be of a figurative nature, often abstracting the human form.
In 1998 Keith visited with a local wood turning friend who let him play around with some of his tools and showed him some of the more modern theory behind wood turning. Remembering that the lathe was the reason he became interested in woodworking in the first place, Keith was keen to pursue wood turning from that moment on.
He now lives in the small mountain community of Salida,in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. His home and studio are at the base of the continental divide and he shares them with his wife Catherine. An avid rock climber, hiker, and hunter, Keith is often found outdoors enjoying Colorados rugged beauty.
A bowl and matching lid will be made in this demo, a lot of ground to cover in an hour and a half. The uses of the scroll chuck will be gone over for both expansion and contracting modes. Tool use and design potential will be addressed. Great for the novice or intermediate turner.
Secret Salt Shaker
This project is a fun reversal on the classic salt shaker. It’s design puts the opening on the bottom, yet no salt is spilled. It is a unique but simple mechanism that allows it to work, but can be a puzzle to figure out. Covered in this demo are basic spindle cuts, as well as aspects of box making. Hollowing end grain with various techniques is shown, and the “back cut” will be demonstrated. Other design options will be discussed and explored. A very fun project that you will want to try out at home.
A professional woodturner, Kurt enjoys everything from making turning tools to photographing his finished turnings. He particularly enjoys teaching tool sharpening, workholding, and advanced penmaking.
Kurt wrote two regular columns for Woodturning Design magazine from 2008 until they ceased publication in 2014. His regular column in Woodturning magazine began in 2012 and continues today.
Kurt is past President of the American Association of Woodturners, one of the four Council Members of the Pen Makers Guild, and past Chairman of the Rochester Woodworkers Society. You can find out more about Kurt, his work, and past articles at: http://kurthertzog.com.
Penmaking - Ground to Advanced
For both the beginning to experience penmakers. We'll cover tips and tricks, tools and techniques, and fits and finishes. There is plenty for penmakers, new and advanced, along with the turners in general.
Penmaking - Going the extremes
We'll cover everything from making your own blanks, your own components, unique surface treatments, and some of the more exotic presentation ideas. Penmakers or not will get ideas to set their work apart from the masses.
Make your ornaments stand out. We'll cover design, esthetics, creative turning and assembly techniques. If you already make ornaments, we'll give you new directions. If you don't turn ornaments, come and get inspired to expand your horizons.
Elementary teacher by day, woodturning artist by night, Eric Lofstrom is a dynamic and passionate instructor. Conscious of the importance tool control plays in the process of creating, Eric’s unique expertise in biomechanics and understanding of tool design permeates his teaching with a constant focus on technique. As a seasoned teacher, Eric communicates complex concepts in easily understood language. He believes it is important to understand the “why” and “how” of technique, not just the “what”. Eric’s passion and exuberance will inspire your world of woodturning with confidence to develop your own artistic voice!
Skew Skills: Making The Cuts!
Description: During this demonstration, I will share how to "make the cuts" using only a skew! Learning this foundational tool will make cutting with ALL tools easier. In addition to reviewing basic spindle turning techniques, I will emphasize simple sharpening methods used to create a razor’s edge and key "dance moves" to help you finesse ultra-clean cuts with control! My demonstration will showcase a foundational progression of skew cuts and will end with my favorite skill-honing projects; eggs and my version of elegantly-embellished finger-tip spinning tops.
Description: During this demonstration, I will create a bowl with an outward flowing rim using a square-cornered blank. My techniques will showcase the fingernail bowl gouge, negative-rake scraper, and methods of mounting a facegrain blank to the lathe for turning. I will emphasize tool control and efficient biomechanics to create a graceful form. I will demonstrate how to get an ultra clean cut from the tools and will complete the piece with simple, yet elegant embellishments!
Fitted-Lid Boxes: Finessing Form & Function!
Description: During this demonstration I will share the process I use to create functional and artistic fitted-lid boxes using small endgrain pieces of wood. In addition to demonstrating spindle and endgrain turning techniques using the skew, parting tool, fingernail grind bowl gouge and negative rake scraper, I plan to show the power of using jam chucking techniques. To complete the project, I will share the techniques I use to obtain a mesmerizing pneumatic "fitted-lid" and one of my favorite dynamic texturing techniques used to give each box a unique embellishment!
My name is Jonathan Medina. I began my professional arborist career in 2000. At the same time I began my journey as a wood hunter and sawyer. I was immediately fascinated by the look of the wood in the trees I was trimming and removing. As time went on I dissected more and more trees, curious what each portion of the tree looked like as finished wood. Here I am seventeen years later still curious, perhaps closer to being an expert, but always learning always searching for knowledge of the trees and everything they can become.
Chainsaw sharpening and basic maintenance
In this demo I will be covering the particular points of chain sharpening and saw maintenance as they relate to cut quality.
Trouble shooting a "bad" cut;
Identifying when to sharpen;
Resurrecting damaged chains;
An overview of chain anatomy;
Sharpening tools and options;
Basic saw "hygiene;
Identifying Wood grain and structure from the tree to the lathe
In this demo I will be demonstrating how to "read" and infer grain patterns and structure in trees and raw logs.
Interpret the clues of bark and log shape;
Discussions of desirable figure;
Discussions of negative characteristics and methods of dealing with them.
How to measure, cut, and trim your blanks from a log.
Safety protocols, tips for dealing with heavy materials on site.
Tools I use on site and in the shop
Rick Orr is a member of AAW, a member of the RMWT (Rocky Mountain Woodturners), and past President of the FRW (Front Range Woodturners) based in Denver, CO. He is recognized for both his Rainsticks and his bamboo Fly Rod Tubes, demonstrating both of those items at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium. He has demonstrated for the RMWT (Loveland, CO), FRW (Denver, CO), Pueblo Woodturners (Pueblo, CO), and the Yellowstone Woodturners (Billings, MT). This will be Rick’s third visit as a demonstrator to the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium. Rick is a retired Montana State University Chemical Engineer, having worked most of his adult career for General Electric. Rick resides in the Denver, CO metro area. He can be contacted at email@example.com. Rick’s bamboo Fly Rod Tubes are featured at www.fishtailflyrodtubes.com.
Threaded Elk Antler and Corian Box
In this demo, Rick will turn a threaded box utilizing elk antler for the main body, with Corian pieces for the base and threaded lid. The threads will be made utilizing a “threading jig” and will NOT be hand chased. Rick will walk you through the use of the threading jig for both male and female threads. In this demo, the female threads will be made in the elk antler and the male threads in the Corian lid.
While this demo is geared towards the use of a mechanical threading jig, it will also implore the use of basic jam chucks plus threaded jam chucks.
A quick review will be made of elk antler as a turning media, the choice of antler pieces, where to get the antler, and it’s relative price. Rick will also cover the use of Corian as a turning media, it’s preparation, glue up, and acquisition. Finish techniques are simply sanding up to 12000 grit using Micro-Mesh products for all the pieces, with no other finish applied.
The demo is geared towards the beginner to intermediate turning audience, but will provide some useful information to all.
Curt Theobald, an artist based in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, has been a full-time studio woodturner since 2002. His background as a cabinetmaker and his knowledge of wood movement and precise joinery are apparent in his work and his teaching. Much of Curt’s work is directly related to his life experiences as a stay-at-home dad, interactions with his daughters, life’s challenges, and daily events. His work resides in public and private collections worldwide including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, The Peabody Essex Museum, the American Association of Woodturners, and Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Segmenting: Where do you start?
There is more to segmented turning than gluing pieces of wood together and then going to the lathe to turn a segmented bowl. This demonstration, geared to all skill levels, will help you learn where to begin or how to refine your current skills. We will discuss wood choices, wood movement, planning, design considerations and material preparation to help you better understand how to create successful segmented projects.
Segmented Bowl Construction
Don’t let the apparent complexity of a segmented pattern intimidate you. By participating in this presentation and watching the methods conveyed, attendees will learn how to accurately plan their own projects and begin to foresee any potential problems before any wood is cut. I will show how to create patterns that can be used to enhance segmented woodturnings. Many methods will be shared to help attendees more easily and accurately perform segmented pattern glue-ups in their own workshop, in addition to learning multiple timesaving techniques.
Thinking Outside of the Box
Sometimes it can be difficult to make segmented turnings that stand out from other segmented works. This session, which is beneficial to both segmented and non-segmented turners, will challenge attendees to think differently about the creation of their work. We will take a step-by-step look at a sculptural piece I created and discuss the steps I pursued to make my vision a reality. Some of the topics presented will be inspiration, evolution of design, problem solving, prototyping, and creation of the piece.
Open Segmented Turning
Open segmented turning is gluing multiple pieces of wood together, leaving gaps between each segment to create interesting effects, designs and illusions that highlight qualities of a variety of woods. In this demonstration, attendees will learn technique and theory, explore design concepts, and have a have a better understanding of the adventure known as open segmented turning.
In this presentation we will discuss the techniques necessary to successfully glue and turn stone. There is an endless variety of stone that can be used to create interesting segmented turnings. We will discuss techniques necessary to work with Alabaster, Soapstone, Pyrophyllite, and Calcite. Come to this session to learn where to begin.
Pushing Your Work to the Next Level
This power point presentation will show fifteen years of my segmented works. I will critique my segmented works and explain positive and negative aspects of each piece. We will discuss the thought process of how to make your work more creative and push your skills to the next level. Attendees will be challenged to improve their own turnings through the process of seeing how my work has evolved with each successive piece in a series and as an overall body of turnings.
Tom Wirsing was born in Roanoke, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, an historic center of American woodturning.
Tom began turning wood as a young boy. After graduating from Roanoke College with a degree in Physics, Tom began traveling extensively. He lived in Europe, Asia, and 9 US States. The lathe in his dad’s workshop became distant memory.
About 20 years ago Tom found himself working for the Hewlett-Packard Company in Chicago, and living in a house with a spacious basement. He bought a lathe, and began turning wood again. At first he made mostly furniture, but almost by chance, he attended a demonstration by Richard Raffan, a very well-known Australian woodturner, who specializes in turning beautiful wooden bowls. Richard took a rough piece of American black cherry timber and turned it into a wonderful bowl. Tom was hooked.
Thus began Tom’s interest in creating art pieces on the lathe. He now turns primarily bowls and platters from a variety of woods. His favorite is figured maple.
Tom is a member of the American Association of Woodturners. Tom has served as two-term president of the Denver chapter of the AAW, and has served two terms as president of the AAW.
Tom resides with his wife Melinda on a small ranch in north Boulder County, Colorado where he grazes Angus cattle and turns wood in his studio overlooking the Colorado Front Range.