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2016 Demonstrators


For 2016 we had a great roster of Demonstrators including:  Richard Raffan, Rex Burningham, Kip Christensen, Kirk DeHeer, Michael Hosaluk, Keith Gotschall, Jimmy Clewes, Michael Mocho, Carmen DeLaPaz, Lane Phillips, Linda Ferber, Mike Mahoney, Pat & Karen Miller, Vernon Liebrant, Megan Williams,  Chris Pytlik, Janice Levi,  Sarah Robinson, Avelino Samuel, Doug Schnider and Pat Johnson, among others!

A full listing with details is shown below!


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.

About Rex Burningham

Kip Christensen, Utah

Kip 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.

Kip’s handout for presentation on “Clean Cutting”
About Kip Christensen

Kirk DeHeer, Utah

Kirk 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

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


Keith Gotschall, Colorado

My background is in woodworking, having been in the furniture making business since the early 1980s. I ended up at a firm that specialized in unique furniture designs, eventually becoming shop foreman. The furniture was wacky, and a real challenge to build. Eventually, myself and another employee pooled our resources and opened our own shop. That was in 1989, and for the next ten years I built and designed my own furniture, for public and private clients, in and out of Colorado.

During an Open Studio gallery tour I was re-introduced to the world of woodturning. Not only was the old fire rekindled from way back in high school, I immediately saw that woodturning had taken on a whole new place in the world. I was hooked immediately and bought a lathe, chuck, tools by the end of the month. Within a years time I had turned my focus to production wood turning. I made salad bowls for the wholesale market, craft type items for weekend art and craft shows, and hollow vessels etc. for the gallery market. In 2002 I moved to Salida Colorado, a small town of 5,000 or so. I now work on production and architectural projects, some art work as well as the occasional furniture commission.

In my demos I like to reflect on the confusion and difficulty that I experienced when I started. Though I had a head start with my furniture work, knowing about wood, and edge tools, and sanding /finishing; it took a little while to really understand what was going on with the turning. I was lucky to have some very good teachers, some of the best in the world! I try to bring the enthusiasm of a beginner to my demos, and also clear up and address some of the problems that we all face in our turning. I often have people come up to me afterwards and thank me for going over “the basics”. Many have never mastered the basic cuts in woodturning and get frustrated when trying them. I really enjoy when I see confusion turn to enlightenment of the faces of attendees, even advanced turners often learn something in the most basic of demonstrations.

Handout for Keith’s presentation


Carmen De La Paz, California

With years in design & construction as Designer, Carpenter & Decorative Painter, Carmen De La Paz fell in LOVE with woodturning!

Currently seen on Emmy Award Winning TV show, Home Made Simple on The Oprah Winfrey Network, Carmen is probably most recognized for her work on 10 shows for HGTV and several shows airing in 17 countries via FOXLife.

Proud of her work with Turners Without Borders (a sub Committee for the AAW), Carmen is bringing woodturning to Spanish speaking countries lacking access to instruction and tools. After 4 trips to Puerto Rico, Carmen has taught 220 new turners!

Handout for Carmen’s presentation


Chris Pytlick, Utah

Chris was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1965. As a young boy growing up in Mississippi, Chris helped his grandfather cut trees for firewood. During that time, he developed a love for the natural beauty of wood. He was especially intrigued by its infinite variety of grains and patterns. When Chris was 17 he apprenticed with his Uncle who was in the painting business, where he learned staining and finishing. He also learned faux painting, including marbling and wood graining, as well as how to tint stains and glazes. In 2002 he was introduced to wood turning and became fascinated with its form and technique, and set out to learn the art. His painting and finishing background helped him in the creative process as he started to experiment with colors in his work. This enabled him to be more creative and develop his own signature style. This style can best be described as ”Trans-formative Glazed Wood”, and has been gaining widening acceptance by discriminating art galleries and collectors. Chris’s inspiration comes from nature, music, art and history, each of which he has a fascination with. He strives to capture and interpret his visions of these in his work. In 2010 he started using resin in his work. This enables him to add more magic to his art. Many of these new pieces are resin mixed with mica powders, dyes, pigments and are solid cast.and turned, hollowed on the lathe and polished to resemble glass. His latest work is a wood and resin hybrid. With over 50 different mica powder colors, the varieties that can be achieved are endless. He is also using a polyester resin wood finish that is superior to any of the lacquers he used in the past. Chris lives Sandy Utah with his wife Alison and three children Tyler, Emily, and Joshua.

Chris Pytlick’s work


Janice Levi, Texas

As a child, I was blessed with parents and brothers who constantly challenged me to try new things, to experiment, to explore, to analyze, to create. As an adult, I entered the field of secondary education, and have taught journalism, photography, and drama. I then became a counselor, working with at risk and discipline problem students in alternative school settings.

A few years from retirement, I revived an old interest from my childhood—my father’s old Sears lathe and those times that he would let me hold a turning tool to a scrap of wood. I wanted to do that again, so in 2001, my husband gave me a lathe for my birthday. I immediately joined the local Houston area woodturner’s organization and found that I had just entered a man’s world. But the men were gracious and two who lived nearby became my mentors, insisting that I learn toolmanship and safety.

I was fortunate to serve as president of the Houston area club, the Waco club and SWAT 2012. Although I was honored to serve those organizations, it has always been the turning, the teaching and the demonstrating that I have really loved. In recent years, I have begun turning purses and jewelry, a great way to wear those wonderful pieces of turned art out in public. Today, woodturning has become more than a hobby—it has become my passion. After fourteen years, it is as new and as challenging as it was when I first started.

Handout 1 for Janice’s presentation on “Jewelry Made Easy”
Handout 2 for Janice’s presentation on “Turning a Barrel Shaped Purse”


Linda Ferber, Minnesota

Linda Ferber has been turning for over twelve years and enjoys the creative possibilities and personal challenges woodturning provides. The opportunity to try woodturning presented itself back in 1999 when her dad had an auction including his shop equipment. Linda choose to purchase the lathe thinking with this one piece of equipment she could continue working with wood. With no previous experience with a lathe she took a bowl turning class and found the local chapter of the AAW. Looking back that one impulse purchase at an auction has made a big impact on her life.

Linda is a member of the Minnesota Woodturning Association and the American Association of Woodturners.

Woodturnings made by Linda Ferber can be found at the Gallery of Wood Art gift shop in the Landmark Center.

Some of Linda’s work

Mike Mahoney, California

Mike Mahoney, enough said! Everybody knows Mike!

Woodturnings by Mike can be found at the Smithsonian Gallery and private collections and kitchens worldwide.


Megan Williams, Utah

Megan Williams is a talented, self-taught woodburning artist and her work rivals that of any recognized professional. She has a talent for teaching in a clear, concise manner while making students feel comfortable and at ease. Megan’s friendly, outgoing personality and love for woodburning is sure to help students have a great experience during her demonstrations

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Michael Mocho, New Mexico

Michael Mocho – has been a full-time craftsman since 1976 with extensive experience in furniture design, woodturning, architectural millwork, pattern making, and stringed musical instruments. He has completed residencies at Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the International Turning Exchange. Michael is an acclaimed and enthusiastic instructor at the top craft schools across the USA, international and regional woodturning symposia, and has demonstrated for over 50 AAW chapters. He is known for his intricate containers that often combine bent wood with turned, carved, textured, and kinetic forms, which have won numerous awards and are in many private and public collections.

Vernon Leibrant, Washington

Vernon began turning wood at 14 years of age. He was always interested in local woods and developed techniques for drying and finishing raw wood. We use only rescued wood. Through the years as a hobby, he turned bowls for gifts. Karen helped with the design and finishing. For the past 30 years, we have been selling all over the United States. We are trying unsuccessfully to retire.

Richard Raffin

Richard Raffan, Australia

Richard Raffan is a well-known woodturner, author, and instructor who has helped popularize the craft of woodturning since the 1970s. He was a part of the “art turning” movement that saw turned objects move into galleries where they are presented as works of art.[1] Although he has created large and valuable works of exotic woods, in his books he has also championed simple utilitarian works created for daily use. He finishes much of this work simply, using vegetable oil and beeswax, and has written admiringly of the patina of well used wooden items. “An indescribable surface that begs for a caress of the hand–that’s what I think wood should provide.”

He was born at Zeal Monachorum in Devon in the UK, lived in Sydney, Australia from 1947 to 1950, and returned to Devon where he was raised. He emigrated to Australia in 1982.


Jimmy Clewes, Nevada, formerly the UK

Jimmy is not your ordinary woodturner. Upon a first meeting one would think of him as a renegade, a free thinker and not within the stereotypical image of a woodturner. His charming British style, unending wit, creative mind and magnetic personality are only some of the attributes that make him popular in the woodturning demonstration circuit.

Jimmy is on the Register of Professional Woodturners in the United Kingdom and a member of the American Association of Woodturners. He has over 22 years of experience in woodturning and woodworking. The demand for his services as a freelance demonstrator and teacher takes him all over the world including his homeland of the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, Belgium, Australia.

Pat and Karen

Pat and Karen Miller, Washington

Karen and I have always been makers. Our folks passed down skills and the love of creating something with our hands. Although neither of us has ever made a living from it making always been a big part of who we are and what we do. Karen took her degree in Fine Arts and went off to be a nurse while I took my degree in Geology and went off to be a salesman. Our individual making skills seem to have crossed paths when I bought a wood lathe 5 years ago. Quickly wood turning became one of the most satisfying creative processes I’d ever found and Karen just as quickly started using and honing all the sculpture and color skills she learned in college. We’ve been happily married for 26 years have become quite the team producing turned wood art pieces. The question of inspiration seems to always come up. Our answer? “We opened our eyes this morning.”

Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson, Australia

Art, Physical Education and Woodwork were my favorite subjects during my school days and now, reflecting back on the jobs I have been employed in, the ones I enjoyed most had something to do with these subjects. I was introduced to woodturning by my father in-law whilst serving in the Royal Australian Air Force in the early 1990’s. As my interest for turning grew, I became intrigued by how I could be totally absorbed in an activity that not only produced an item that could be used in every day life, but the activity itself could take me away from the pressures of everyday life.

Lane Phillips

Lane Phillips, Utah

Lane is a longtime fixture in the wood turning community, and is well known for his “seemingly impossible” hollow forms that sometimes appear to have more void than wood. Lane has taught and demonstrated turning for many years, and is a fun and enjoyable presenter.


Sara Robinson, Oregon

Sara Robinson is a professor at Oregon State University, in the department of Wood Science & Engineering. She researches spalting and its various uses, from historic intarsias to modern clothing dyes. She currently teaches courses on wood anatomy, wood identification, spalting, wood aesthetics, and art/science synthesis. Robinson regularly participates in art shows around the world with her spalted turnings. Her new book: Spalted Wood: The History, Science, and Art of a Unique Material, will be released in April 2016 from Schiffer Publishing. She will be presenting demos on DIY wood spalting and turning spalted wood.


Avelino Samuel, US Virgin Islands

Avelino Samuel was born and raised in Coral Bay, St. John in an environment that laid the basis for his development as an accomplished wood turner. In this lush, tropical setting he became acquainted with native trees and learned first-hand to appreciate their beauty and usefulness to humankind. Being in an environment that supported and nurtured industriousness, Avelino learned from an early age to handle tools and, with his keenness for form and function, he began to make objects such as bows and arrows, afro picks and other hair implements and small ornamental pieces.

Avelino’s decision to pursue a career that involved woodworking came early; by the end of high school he knew he would seek higher education. He began at the then College of the Virgin Islands and later transferred to North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts.

Later, he earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Education from Eastern Michigan University and returned home where he has been teaching for the past 22 years.Avelino has used his summers to continue his woodturning education and has attended numerous symposia from which he has acquired new techniques and perfected old ones. His job as a teacher has facilitated his full engagement in his craft and active interest in passing it on to others.

Handout for Avelino’s presentation
Some of Avelino’s work


Doug Schneider, Colorado

Doug is a highly accomplished turner who does a lot of hollow forms using hand held tools. He likes the natural colors and figures of the wood and is an expert at bringing out the beauty of a piece of wood. Ninety-five percent of his work on the outside of his turnings is done with a one-half inch gouge. He is a sought after teacher and demonstrator.


Michael Hosaluk

My love of woodworking is not only for the beauty and mystery of the material, but in the inventing of new techniques and processes to create objects.

The materials I use relate to the objects I make. At times a piece of salvaged wood will become a starting point of design. Other times, a design will call for a piece of wood with incredible grain. Using plain wood like birch allows me to approach the objects as a three dimensional canvas. Here, I can apply a variety of surface design techniques to express an idea.

My work tells stories from my life, places I’ve been. people I’ve met, architecture, our environment. These stories are interwoven into the objects I create. Craft goes beyond the pleasure of our senses and deals not only with aesthetics, but social and ideological lives.

Michael Hosaluk is recognized internationally and in Canada as one of the world’s most creative wood “turners”. Born in 1954, in Invernay, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk is self-taught.

Hosaluk’s work covers a wide range of objects and materials including functional vessels, furniture and sculptural pieces. His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character and gesture and is full of reference to architecture, nature and culture. Hosaluk’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada, in Europe, China, Japan, Australia and the United States.

Hosaluk’s pieces can be found in the permanent collections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace; Zhao Xiu, Governor of Jilin Province, China; Idemitsu Corporation, Tokyo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Yale University Art Gallery; Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum.

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