OUR 2015 DEMONSTRATORS ARE:
Sam Angelo, Wyoming
Sam has been drawn to working with wood for 45 years. His experience includes furniture making and restoration, as well as custom cabinetry. Turning chair and table components set the foundation for a passion for working on the lathe. Retiring after 39 years in public education, Sam turns daily in his shop in north central Wyoming.
In 2007, he organized a woodturning group that has met monthly since. In 2010 the Worland Wyoming Woodturners became an AAW sanctioned chapter. Sam has written articles for Woodturning Design Magazine, been recognized as the featured artist in Woodturning magazine (issue 256-August 2013), and enjoys teaching and demonstrating. Known as the wyomingwoodturner on YouTube, Sam has produced 190 videos on many topics of woodturning.
With the help of British turner John Berkeley, author of All Screwed Up, Sam has developed his thread chasing skills. His four rotations will cover the mechanics of hand chased threads, incorporating threads into a project, and how design plays into boxes with hand-chased threads.
Sally Ault, CaliforniaSally is from San Diego and has been turning for about 8 years. Since her first visit to the Utah Woodturning Symposium in 2004, she’s been back for every symposium. Sally turns bowls, boxes, and hollow forms. Currently she is turning wooden elements to make into jewelry. She will be demonstrating how to make a variety of small jewelry elements. Sally will cover wood choices, design, efficient use of materials, and techniques for turning beads and rings. She will also present how to sand and finish the elements, choosing other materials to combine with the wood elements, and assembly of the final piece.
Mark Baker, EnglandMark is a well-known woodturner, author, and teacher. He has helped establish an industrial workshop for autistic adults, worked as editor of Woodturning magazine, and been product manager for a major manufacturer of woodturning tools in Sheffield. He loves the joy of ‘pure’ turning as well as using various decorative techniques to enhance his work.
Michael Blankenship, TexasI am a totally blind woodturner that started turning after I went blind. I went blind about 10 years ago. Finding woodturning saved my life and gave me a purpose. I plan to show you my techniques on turning an ornament, a loose lid box, and a crock style bowl.
Jason Breach, England
Born and lives in Devon, England. Jason was introduced to the woodturning lathe at the age of twelve, through schooling and with the support of his parents this interest developed. At the age of 15 he attended a woodturning course with Cecil Jordan held at Parnham House in Dorset; this week long course covered a wide range of items, but also introduced him to the simple art of the turned wooden box. On finishing at school he attended Buckingham College in High Wycombe, a town famous for Windsor chairs, here he studied Furniture Design and Management, obtaining a BA (Hons) by the age of 21. On returning home to Devon, he then worked for a number of years making bespoke kitchens and furniture allowing him to develop and hone these skills. As much as he enjoys making furniture, his real enjoyment and enthusiasm has always been working upon the wood lathe, even though like most turners Jason can turn his hand to most projects and disciplines. His flair for making and developing ideas for turned wooden boxes is his main interest.
His development of ideas for turned wooden boxes pushes his creative skills and has led him to create a number of boxes that have won competitions within the UK, including 1st prize in the Plain Box category of the Worshipful Company of Turners competition 2010. The “Orbital Arc Box “series is his main design focus at present, taking one idea and developing this into a number of different finished boxes.
Pushing these creative skills and developing new ideas is only limited within Jason eyes by the fact that wood, as the material, is unique. The natural colour and grain pattern should always play a part within this and not be hidden.
He has demonstrated throughout the UK, Australia, Alaska and Europe, having attended the Utah symposium before and being well received. These skills have also led to him being in demand as a tutor, his full time job in the UK being a tutor teaching woodturning at a UK based tool company, but he has also held classes in Utah, Alaska and Australia. Jason’s enthusiasm for turning is a major creative force in his demonstrations.
Currently Jason spends much of his time tutoring these hand skills and techniques. This has enabled him to develop his teaching skills, allowing him to explain and educate the learners within classes or at club demonstrations. A major aim of Jason’s demo’s is to try and explain exactly what he is doing and why, so that everyone can understand from new turners through the experienced turners within the group.
Jay Brown, UtahJay has been turning wood since he received a lathe as an unexpected Christmas gift over 25 years ago. After “muddling through” a few crude turnings, Jay took a class at Craft Supplies, and met Dale Nish. With Dale as a fast friend and mentor, he has enjoyed turning a huge variety of items, specializing in kitchen ware. Jay is a longtime member of the Utah Association of Wood Turners, and has served as President, Vice President, demonstrator and newsletter editor for that club. Jay has been a longtime supporter of the Utah Woodturning Symposium, and has served as a gallery worker, videographer, and general “grunt”. Jay is the founder and President of a telecommunications company called TriTel Networks based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The center of his life are a wonderful wife, 5 children and 7 grandchildren, all of whom get more exposure to wood and woodturning than they likely want!
Rex Burningham, Utah
Rex Burningham, Utah: Rex was introduced to woodturning by Dale Nish and worked as an assistant in woodturning courses while in college. Working alongside some of the world’s best-known woodturners, including Dale Nish, Rude Osolnik, Richard Raffan and Ray Key, gave Rex the chance to learn from the best.
Rex has co-produced 8 instructional woodturning DVDs and is co-author of “Turning Pen and Pencils”. He is a nationally recognized woodturner, teaching and demonstrating throughout the United States. He has given many national and several international presentations at workshops, conferences, and symposia.
Kip Christensen, UtahKip Christensen, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His primary teaching areas include furniture design, wood prototyping, manufacturing, and supervising student teachers in Technology and Engineering Education. Dozens of his students have received national recognition for having furniture they designed and built accepted into juried exhibitions and published in books featuring exceptional furniture designs. Kip is also a well-known woodturner. He has co-authored three books and co-produced eight instructional dvds about woodturning. His work has been published in over two dozen books. He has also authored several articles regarding woodworking and technology education. His turnings have been pictured in a variety of magazines and displayed in many galleries and international juried exhibitions. His work is also housed in numerous collections, both public and private. Kip has been invited to give over 250 national and international presentations at workshops and symposia. His work is characterized by clean lines and fine detail. Kip has a particular interest in woodturning education and is often involved in teaching turners about techniques and projects used in teaching others how to turn.
Kirk DeHeer, UtahKirk is Vice President of the Timpanogos Woodturners Club and sits as the Club Representative on the Board of Directors. He is a woodturning instructor for Craft Supplies and master at setting up the equipment for the Utah Symposium. Kirk is known for his craftsmanship and understanding of sharpening techniques. He enjoys teaching others solid foundational techniques and skills that aid in expanding the creativity and artistic abilities of his students. Kirk has assisted and taught at many local classes and club demonstrations, and has produced his first educational DVD; Sharpening Demystified.
Cindy Drozda, ColoradoCindy has worked with wood professionally since 1977. Cindy shares her knowledge and passion as an international demonstrator and teacher. She is known for precise techniques, fine details, analysis of form, and elements of successful design. Her elegant lidded vessels with delicate finials bring a contemporary flair to classic forms.
Ashley Harwood, South CarolinaAshley Harwood currently lives in Charleston, SC. She teaches woodturning at her studio in Charleston and has demonstrated in a number of professional venues throughout the US and abroad, as far away as Australia. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon with a focus in sculpture and installation, and her design aesthetic is heavily influenced by her background in glassblowing. Ashley’s works are completed entirely on the lathe, without carving, texturing, or burning. She uses simple, classic forms along with distinctive design elements that result in an approachable body of work with a high level of craftsmanship. Primarily, she makes utilitarian bowls, ornaments, and jewelry. Her teaching has a strong focus on tool control and sharpening. Find out more about Ashley by visiting her website: ashleyharwood.net
Kurt Hertzog, New York
A professional woodturner, demonstrator and teacher, Kurt Hertzog enjoys the continuum of woodturning from making his own turning tools to photographing his finished turnings.
Kurt is a regular feature columnist for both Woodturning Design and Woodturning Magazines, one of the five Council Members of the Pen Makers Guild, and the President of the American Association of Woodturners.
His work has been featured in the American Association of Woodturners “Rounding The Corners” Exhibit and published in Woodturning Design, American Woodturner, Woodturning, Pen World, and Stylus magazines. You can see his work at http://kurthertzog.com/
Mike Jackofsky, California
Mike is a professional woodturner who specializes in hollow vessels, most of which are natural edge pieces made from unique burls. He has been a demonstrator at many symposiums and has also participated a number of times in the Emma Lake Collaboration in Canada.
In 2011 Mike released his first tutorial DVD, a two disc set titled, “Woodturning With Mike Jackofsky: Making A Hollow Vessel”, and his signature “Hollow-Pro Tools” have become very popular with hollow vessel turners around the world.
Mike lives in the north county area of San Diego and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of San Diego School of Law. He conducts workshops, demonstrations and classes at many woodworking clubs and schools in the US and Canada, including his “Signature” 5 day classes at Craft Supplies USA School of Woodturning in Provo, Utah.
“My demos will focus on showing my process of making hollow vessels and having fun! ”
Eric Lofstrom, Washington
Elementary teacher by day and woodturner by night, Eric Lofstrom is a dynamic and passionate teacher. He empowers others with knowledge and understanding coupled with skill and tool control to expand their woodturning experiences. With a diverse repertoire of woodturning instruction, Eric’s specialties include facegrain and endgrain bowls, fitted lid boxes and containers, hollow forms, multi-axis sculptural pieces and surface embellishments.
As a professional woodturning demonstrator and instructor since 2006, Eric is increasingly conscious of the importance tool control plays in creating pieces. 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. Eric believes it is important to understand the “why” and “how” of technique, not just the “what”. As a passionate teacher and woodturner, Eric’s exuberance will inspire your world of woodturning with confidence to develop your artistic voice!
Art Liestman, CanadaArt recently retired from his day job as a university professor, so he is now a full time woodturner after making and selling turned objects for about 20 years as his second job. He particularly likes making whimsical objects and objects that do not appear to be made on the lathe. Art’s work has been featured in numerous shows and exhibitions and in various magazine articles. He has demonstrated at the AAW Woodturning symposium, the Utah Symposium, and other regional symposia. He regularly demonstrates and teaches for AAW chapters across North America. His demos will be: how to design and make teapots on the lathe, making non-round objects using the lost wood method,and making non-round objects by therming.
Guilio Marcolongo, Australia
Guilio Marcolongo has been turning since 1995. He lives in Australia at a place called Wonthaggi, which is Aboriginal for “wind and rain”. Guilio is known for his scalloped pieces, mainly boxes, but he can turn his hand at most forms of woodturning. Guilio met Dale Nish in New Zealand at the Ottamata Experience and with his help and the inspiration of his teacher and mentor, Vic Wood, his woodturning life changed forever.
Cindy Navarro, California
I have a very diverse background. I was a street artist in San Francisco, making and selling handcrafted leather items. I then built an RV from an old bread truck and traveled the US where I landed in Texas and attended a trade school to become an auto mechanic. I owned and operated an auto repair shop for 15 years, then moved to repairing office copy machines, and then hospital biomedical equipment. Having grown up with tools, I inherited both my father and grandfather’s love of tinkering and precision tool work. After working as a biomedical engineer I went back to school and became a register nurse, work that I still enjoy now.
I have always been interested in pens and took a class in pen making at my local Woodcraft Store to relieve stress. This was the beginning of my addiction to woodturning. I have been turning since 2006 and have developed my skills by taking classes, attending symposiums, watching videos and reading everything I can get my hands on regarding wood and woodturning. I turn everything from pens to bowls, even the knobs for our washing machine!
My demonstrations will combine my love of mechanics and wood. I look at everything functional and try to figure out how to combine the two. I deconstruct items and redesign them with wood to create beautiful, comfortable-to-hold functional objects that can be used in daily life.
Stan Record, UtahStan Record spends more than a significant amount of time turning wood. Good luck getting him to do anything else. He has been lucky to assist some of the greatest turners in the craft and is a frequent instructor at Craft Supplies USA. He believes simple and well done pieces can sometimes bring more satisfaction than complicated projects. Stan believes knowledge of the basic fundamentals and simplicity of design are the key to excellence.
Jim Rogers, California
While Jim has learned woodturning from respected local and international artists, he is mostly self- taught.
Jim directs the Wood Turning Center at Pleasant Hill, California for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District where he also teaches several semester-length turning courses. Jim coaches wood turning at the high school level in the Acalanes School District. Jim developed and co-instructs a 200-hour pre-apprentice program for the construction trades. Jim’s latest book, “A Lesson Plan in Woodturning” is being accepted as the introductory woodturning instructional standard.
Jim’s turning passion is polychromatic segmented wood turning, decorated platters, and hollow vessels.
Jim is a past President of the Bay Area Woodturners Association, President of the Segmented Woodturners International Chapter, and member of Diablo Woodworkers, The American Craft Council, and The American Association of Woodturners.
Jason Schneider, Colorado
I am interested in creating objects with subtle hints that will make someone want to explore, interact with and investigate further. The focus of my current work has been to explore the beauty of corrugated cardboard. At first glance the use of corrugated cardboard disguises itself as a solid wood material. Further investigation will display a rich undulating texture of stacked corrugated flutes.
My exploration into the use and function of this low-status and commonly overlooked material is what drives me. Creating furniture, sculpture and two-dimensional artwork with corrugated cardboard is an exciting challenge that often results in a surprisingly elegant, and sometimes whimsical, surface and form.
Bio – Jason received his BFA in Furniture Design from William Paterson University in NJ and his MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University in CA. He exhibits his work in art and furniture exhibitions throughout the country. He lectures and demonstrates in a number of universities and woodworking symposiums. Jason’s work can be found in furniture and woodturning publications including the recent book titled, “Mind and Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture”. Jason was the Studio Coordinator of the Furniture Design and Woodworking program at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO from 2005 to 2014. He is currently an Artist in Residence at SUNY Purchase College in Purchase NY.
Alan Trout, Texas
I grew up, at that time a rural community on the outskirts of San Antonio Texas. For the last 21 years I have lived, and have my Turning Studio on the North end of downtown San Antonio in a historic neighborhood called Tobin Hill.
Working with my hands has always been a part of my life. I could not imagine what life would be like If I could not do something creative with my hands. I got my start with my father who taught industrial arts in the public school system. In my adult life I’ve had a pretty varied background. I started college as an architecture major and then decided I would be better off as an entrepreneur and went on to own and operate a machine shop. I worked as a contract representative for several machine tool company’s and currently am self-employed as a private building inspector for the last 17 years.
Art was always something I dabbled in. In high school under my art teacher’s instruction, I worked in pastels and pen and ink, but never took it as seriously as I do my turning today. While I do not turn full time, I do consider myself as a professional as my production is intended for the gallery marketplace. I also produce limited production custom tooling for woodturning.
Today I say I have two jobs: my day job which which allows me the opportunity to explore my imagination in my night job. When I was given a book of fine-turned vessels in 2005, I knew turning was what I wanted to do. In 2007, I started turning. Coming from a machine tool background, wood turning was a natural way to express my creative side. It took a couple of years before I acquired a lathe and started on my journey. Being self-taught, I had to first gain enough tool skills to express what I saw in my mind. Over time, I have developed the techniques and skills advanced enough to attempt to express what I imagine.
The last few years I have focused my work on what I like to call my “Syntho Organic” forms. I blend brightly pigmented acrylic resins with wood and other organic materials. All are finished with a glass-smooth glossy finish. My daily environment is what influences my work more than anything else. My family, the places I go, the things I see, childhood memories all have a significant impact on the work I produce. Something as simple as the shape of a piece of art glass or the organic shapes I see along a nature trail have an impact on my creative process. I like to think I see the “abstract” in my environment. The simple, flowing lines I tend to use in my “Syntho-Organic” pieces never upstage the visual textures and contrast created by the blend of the colored resin and organic materials. These are striking on their own and, in my opinion, are best when incorporated into simple forms with good proportions.
Neil Turner, Australia
I started turning when I was about 19, on a homemade lathe in the wheat belt of Western Australia, 160 miles east of Perth. It wasn’t until I attended some workshops with Steven Hughes and Vic Wood that it opened my eyes to the potential of the wood lathe. It could be used to create pieces of art. I attended workshops wherever I could to develop my skills and knowledge. I left the farm in 2010 and studied at the Dwellingup School of Wood and achieved a diploma in fine furniture making. I was interested in trying some of my turning and sculptural ideas on furniture.
Over many years I have developed a range of embellishments, carving techniques and textures. I’m interested in using natural forms and creating other forms by turning and carving, then using combinations of fire forms, coral textures and embellishments to express ideas and thoughts.
I’ve demonstrated locally in Western Australia, Turnfest in Queensland and other states in Australia, AAW Tampa 2013 and local chapters around Philadelphia.
I trust that people who attend my demonstrations will take away something that they can use in there own work or they can use techniques learnt to express their own ideas.