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Board of Directors


Dale Nish served as the Utah Woodturning Symposium Director from its inception in 1979 through 1998. Upon Dale’s retirement from teaching at Brigham Young University, he appointed former student, Kip Christensen as the new director.

Kip’s role as director was supported by many years of involvement with the symposium as a student and BYU faculty member. Kip served as Director of the Utah Woodturning Symposium from 1999 through 2007. Following the 2007 symposium, Dale and Kip appointed long-time friend and symposium supporter, Mike Mahoney to the position of Director.

Mike Mahoney served as Director of the symposium from 2008 to 2011, gracefully maintaining the traditions established by his predecessors, while managing the challenges associated with a larger venue, new technologies, and greater attendance. His congenial nature and hospitable personality continues to draw more and more woodturners to the symposium each year. Susan Hendrix served as Symposium Coordinator from 2011 to 2015, and added greatly to the quality of the events.

Today, the Utah Woodturning Symposium is run by an army of dedicated volunteers, consisting of a Board of Directors, a Symposium Coordinator and numerous other supporters.  Jay and Vernita Brown are currently serving as Symposium Coordinators. The Utah Woodturning Symposium expresses its great appreciation to all of those who donate their time, means, resources and abilities to make this great event happen each year.


Kip Christensen

Kip Christensen , Utah, is a well-known turner and teacher...
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Mike Mahoney

Mike Mahoney, California, splits his time creating functional salad bowls...
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Rex Burningham

Rex Burningham, Utah, was introduced to woodturning by Dale Nish...
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Kirk DeHeer

Kirk DeHeer is a well-known local woodturner known for his...
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Jay Brown

Jay Brown has been turning wood since he received a...
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      Utah Woodturning Symposium
      P.O. Box 415
      Provo, UT 84601

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