Tuesday, July 31, 2007

June 22 2007 - Utah Woodturning Seminar ...

And then the second day of the Utah Woodturning Symposium arrived.

Michael Werner demonstrating

An example of the fine work done by Michael Werner

Cindy Drozda and David Nittmann put on a great show - "Left Brain Right Brain"

I never remember which side iss responsible for which!

They really got into it

Technique versus design

Not really a successful woodturner needs excellent technique AND design

They dealt with copying or taking one's inspiration from the ideas of others

Essentially we all copy but we need to take the design beyond what we are taking our inspiration from and make it our own

... and "if you can't make it good, make it big" ...

... but "if you can't make it big, make it red!"

Of course !!!

Barbeque dinner at 5pm - and when the sun only sets at 10pm and you are having fun there is plenty of time to get real hungry all over again before bed time!

Gigi, John Wessels (eating the watermelon) and Paul Fennell (nearest facing)

David Nittmann in the green golf shirt with Vaughn Richmond, Ausstralia, in the red golf shirt to his right

And that evening was a great event.

A boot sale.

We really need to initiate this idea at our SA Symposium

These guys pitched up with bakkie loads of the most beautiful burls

Man! - how bad it was that we were traveling by air and so far from home

Just look at those burls!

Terry Scott of New Zealand, wearing the orange symposium T-shirt, admires a bakkie load of bowl blanks for sale

Gouge buckets for sale

These guys were huddled around someone selling bowl gouges as far as I can recall

Here is the well known segmented turner Curt Theobald selling his excellent videos and precision machined angle blocks

Here is Mike Mahoney selling his excellent non-toxic food-safe woodturning finish and excellent videos

I bought two of his videos - bowl-making and coring using the Kelton coring system

At least that was something I could carry by air

And then back into the gallery ...

Just look at all these gorgeous pieces by Cindy Drozda

This piece by Cindy in the foreground easily took 'best on show' in my personal opinion

Technique and design at their integrated best

The mask is by Jason Marlow.

Jason Marlow, Canada, studied sculpture, ceramics, and metalwork at Birmingham Collage of Art in England. In 1980 Jason emigrated to Canada and has become well recognized as a turner, particularly known for his Helmet series. Using indigenous woods, he produces objects inspired by Vancouver Island's forests, rivers, mountains, and wildlife.

A nested set of bowls by Mike Mahoney in Mormon (Lombardy) Poplar

Also a set of heirloom kitchen containers. I really admire the threaded lid knobs

Small vessels by Mike Mahoney in red boxelder

A wonderful selection of pieces by our 'bobby turner' Stuart Mortimer

Stuart is well known for his spiral work

Another piece by Cindy Drozda

and yet more small pieces by Cindy

A piece based on leaf cutter ants by Ron Gerton

The driftwood is cast bronze

Here is another fine piece by Michael Werner

... and here is one of his pieces in maple on seventeen centres

And another interesting piece by Michael - boats and waves

An attractive group

And two more pieces by Ron Gerton

and a bunch of smaller pieces by Stuart Mortimer

Twisted goblets by Stuart Mortimer

Thin stemmed pieces by Stuart Batty

Bill Ooms emulating the segmented ribbon technique of Malcolm Tibbetts

Two interesting bowls by Bill Neddow

Pieces by John Cobb

I'm not sure who turned this piece but it struck me a a great design for natural edge boards

And here is a beautiful little stool that Bonnie Klein turned for her granddaughter, Violet

John Wessels, Wilderness, South Africa arranging some of his own pieces

It was great having John along. He was great company and knew the ropes as he had been to the Utah Symposium in Provo previously

Below are a couple of general views of the gallery

Max Krimmel's alabaster turnings in the foreground

Those big burl platters are by Rex Burningham

Rex is is co-author of the book Turning Pens and Pencils with Kip Christensen

Vaughn Richmond's pieces

Rex Burningham's platters again

This is a quilt made for Kip Christensen by his wife Kim

The quilt is made from the Utah Symposium T-shirts collected through the years

Pieces by Richard Raffan

Richard, Australia, is author of Turning Wood, Turned Bowl Design, Turning Bowls and Turning Boxes, Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Turning and several DVDs. He is an excellent instructor with an encyclopedic knowledge of woodturning.

another view of Richard's work

How does he get that old brass patina?

Pieces by Kip Christensen

Kip is the accomplished Utah Woodturning Symposium Director

Kip, Provo, Utah, has published several articles and his work has been shown in numerous books and exhibitions. He is known for his lidded containers and has pioneered the use of antler for artistic turning as in this piece here

Some of Kip's lidded containers

Another piece by Terry Scott of Australia

and what about this wonderful piece by Terry

Here is some turned jewelry by Dick and Cindy Sing of Joliet, Illinois

Here are some of Dick's miniature bird houses

Dick has written a good couple of books - just google his name to find them

Pieces by Robert Fehlau

The large white piece is "Sea Biscuit" in box elder

'Stitches' by Robert Fehlau

'Split pod' series by Robert Fehlau

Another in the 'split pod' series by Robert Fehlau

"Ghost Dancer" by David Nittmann

Hunka Lowanpi by David Nittmann

You should be able to read the text if you click on the picture to enlarge it

and "Your Morning Smile" again clearly by David

I really enjoy the rich colours of this piece

Another 'basket illusion' by David Nittmann

Stu(art) Batty demonstrating late that evening.

Stu is an excellent demonstrator

Stu with his daughter Caitlin

Stu's dad Alan Batty, also a very well known turner was at Provo. Three generations together.

It is also worth visiting Andi Wolfe's posts of the 2007 Utah Woodturning Symposium Gallery and more about the symposium

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