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2018 Demonstrators

2018 Demonstrators

We will be privileged at this year’s Symposium to see another “tag-team” demonstration. In 2017, our duo demonstration was done by Stuart Batty and Mike Mahoney. The demonstration filled the main hall, was elbow room only, and was a highlight presentation of the Symposium. With Mike Mahoney and another noted turner, it will prove to be a 2018 hit also. Watch for more details to come soon!

Benoît Averly at Turning 2011

Benoît Averly at Turning 2011


Benoit Averly lives and works in Burgandy (France). Born in 1980, he initiates himself to woodturning at age 22. A short training and several trips to Europe and America allow him to become professional in 2003 and quickly be recognized in his field. Recipient of several awards (“Young creators Contest” of Ateliers d’Art de France, “Purchase Award” from the Ameriica Association of Woodturners, USA, etc.), he still regularly shares his knowledge during demonstrations in a different countries. After a few years, his exploration of wood naturally extends to sculpture. Self-taught and instinctive, Benoit Averly creates in a minimalist style pieces of work with strong contrasts, playing with light, lines and textures. The rigor and sensitivity of his shapes are in harmony with the nobility of a living material. The contemporary spirit of his work allows him to find his place in various locations across the world, the “Art Chalet” in Courchevel, France for example, Dubai, Mexico, or Japan. His creations, free standing pieces or wall sculptures are also used by many interior designs and he is exhibited in art galleries in France or abroad.

Photograph-Eli Eli Avisera, born in 1960, grew up, studied and lives in Jerusalem. Between the years 1973-1977 Eli studied at the school of wood art in Jerusalem . Since then, Eli is a professional woodworker.

Eli is an international woodturning demonstrator and teacher. Eli was invited to many countries to show his unique variety of techniques. Eli uses a line of his own signature tools (manufactured by Ashley Iles Tools ). These unique tools have been developed based on over 30 years of experience in woodturning.

In 1988 Eli has established the “Wood Craft Center” where he teaches workshops for furniture building, wood turning and wood carving at all skill levels. To date, Eli has taught hundreds of students and has been instrumental in promoting this art in .

In 2003 Eli has been invited to Woodturning Center , Philadelphia, , as an ITE participant. ITE – International Turning Exchange is a prestigious International event, bringing together every year a small group of carefully selected Wood Masters to share their knowledge and create together.

Eli is one of the leading wood art masters in and his creations are exhibited in many exhibitions both locally and around the world.

Headshot 1Richard Findley is a production turner based in Leicestershire in the UK. His background is in woodworking, coming from a long line of professional woodworkers, going back at least 5 generations.

It is the variety of work that he enjoys, undertaking commissions from one off prototypes to large production runs, turning for furniture makers, restorers, architects, designers and joiners.

His work is mainly based in the UK, but his growing reputation for making the highest quality turned work has earned him commissions for items that have gone to the US, Canada and Australia.

Richard is a well known and popular demonstrator, having written more than 90 articles for the UK Woodturning Magazine over the last seven years and having demonstrated all over the UK, Ireland and at two AAW Symposiums in the USA.

Known best as a spindle production turner, the demos you will see at this year’s Utah Symposium will take you from the basics of spindle turning including how to properly use a skew and produce multiple copies of a spindle, through to more advanced techniques including cutting flutes, carving a twist, turning long thin work and box making.

Stuart Mortimer lives in Hampshire, England with his wife Linda who gives him inspiration and is his strongest critic. He is a retired Police Inspector who became a proficient amateur turner before his retirement in 1989.

Following his retirement he won several National competitions after which he started to demonstrate, judge and write for National and International magazines. His reputation grew at home and abroad. He is now well known and admired in international wood turning circles for his variety of work, fresh ideas and spiral work, he travels widely attending seminars and exhibitions as a sought after teacher and demonstrator .

He is very keen to encourage young turners and people into the Craft.

StuartStuart’s work often features some form of spiral work, an example is his popular twisted goblet first produced in 1969 and his twisted hollow form with a twisted finial, his work is collected throughout the world by private collectors and museums alike.

In 1992 he formed a private wood turning group in Chalfont St.Peter, Buckinghamshire, and in 1999 the group moved with Stuart to Grateley, Hampshire where he now lives, the club is now affiliated to the AWGB (Association of Wood turners Great Britain).

On 28th October 2014 Stuart was awarded the title of ‘Master Turner’ by the Worshipful Company of Turners. The certificate states ‘in recognition of a lifetime of contribution and outstanding achievement in the art and mystery of the craft of turning’. (Pic.1) Stuart is the second turner to be so honoured in present times, the other being Ray Key.

He was presented with the award by The Lord Mayor of London Dame Fiona Woolf accompanied by Col. John Bridgeman, Master of the Turners Company.

Stuart has a large well equipped workshop where his club meets monthly, within the group there are several well known forward thinking turners, to name a few Reg Hawthorn, Stuart King, Gary Rance, David Reeks and Les Thorn.

It was during a meeting of the group in 2000 they discussed their frustration at the lack of new and young people within the craft, it was agreed to scout for young people interested in wood turning, give them free tuition and develop their skills. Stuart’s workshop is an ideal venue.

Over the following years several free daily teaching sessions were held and it was obvious to the group that there were young people out there with considerable talent. It was during one of our meetings that Reg Hawthorn suggested that the AWGB should get involved. In 2006 the first free residential week-end at Hope Cottage, Grateley, sponsored by the AWGB, it was a great success.

In 2007 the Worshipful Company of Turners, London sponsored the week- end with the AWGB and from that point onwards the Program has developed and expanded to several venues throughout the country it is hoped the program will continue to develop. The program is very well supported by tool and other manufacturing companies; a sponsor list is available for viewing within this site.

Stuart is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Turners, London and a Freeman of the City of London; he is also on the Register of Professional Turners (RPT). He is a member of the Association of Wood Turners Great Britain (AWGB) and the Society of Ornamental Turners (SOT) London, he is also a member of the American Association of Wood Turners (AAW). He was recently commissioned to make 6 finials for the celebration thrones for her Majesty the Queen, as seen on television, the thrones are now in the Permanent Royal Collection.

He is the author of Techniques of Spiral Work’ and has produced a video/DVD entitled ‘Wet turning with a difference. A lot of his work is topped off and easily identified by a twisted finial that has become a distinctive feature or trade mark, in other words his signature work.

He is the holder of the World Record for the largest bowl turned out of one piece of wood in 1997 in the USA authenticated and certified by the Guinness book of records.

Pat BookeyPatrick Bookey was born in Seattle, Washington on May 3rd, 1949. When he was five, his family moved to a farm, where he can recall some of his fondest early childhood memories. In 1960, his father brought them to Anchorage, Alaska, then shortly afterwards they settled in the Kenai/Soldotna area. Moving to Fairbanks in 1967, he attended the University of Alaska, receiving a degree in Music Education. Pat taught music for the next 25 years at Ben Eielson Junior Senior High School and retired in 1997. During the summers, he and his wife operated a fishing charter out of Valdez, taking customers for halibut and salmon. Retirement from teaching gave him the opportunity to pursue woodturning, which he enjoyed as an elective in high school. Pat finds great pleasure in studying different forms, techniques and handling a myriad of woods from all over the world. He makes his home in North Pole, along with his wife, Peggy, who is also a retired teacher and piercing artist. They have two grown children and lots of cats and dogs that share their studio and home.

He and his wife entered a combined piece in the 2008 AAW contest, Four Corners, and won first place with two others pieces placing within the top ten juried selections.

His work has been on display as Alaska Artist of the Month (Fairbanks Arts Association), and he presently has work displayed and for sale at the Alaska House Gallery, the University of Alaska Museum, the AAW Gallery in Saint Paul, Martin & MacArthur Galleries (HI), and Aurora Fine Arts in Anchorage.

He has demonstrated in 2008 for the Dublin Wood Turners in Ireland. In 2009 demos for both the Alaska Wood Turning Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska and Utah Woodturning symposium in Provo, Utah. In 2014 for AAW in Phoenix, Arizona and for the North Dakota Wood turner’s in Bismarck. Since then he have made several presentations for local Fairbanks area groups.

Peggy BookeyPeggy Bookey was born on July 16th, 1952 and raised on Long Island, New York. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 1973, and taught elementary school in Tennessee and Kentucky for several years before moving to Alaska in 1978. For the next 20 years, she taught Language Arts at Ben Eielson Junior Senior High, where she met her husband, the band director, Pat. Since he retired one year before she did, he was already into the artistic scene before her. After watching Binh Pho’s demo at a woodturning symposium, she and Pat started collaborating and the rest is history. After researching different carving techniques, she settled on using a high-powered dentist tool which she uses to carve on wooden items, eggs, glass, and gun stocks.  Both she and Pat have a wonderful working comraderie relationship and enjoy discussing and critiquing each others’ pieces from start to finish. They share their North Pole home with 6 little dogs, 2 cats and 2 grandchildren. Besides carving, she also enjoys quilting, reading and traveling to new places. AAW sponsored a contest in 2008 entitled, Four Corners, where their combined piece won first place. She was a featured demonstrator for the March 2009 Alaska Wood Turner Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska; the Utah Wood Turner’s Symposium and Treeline Crafts and Supplies in Provo, Utah. In 2014, Peggy demonstrated at the AAW symposium in Phoenix and for the North Dakota Wood turners in Bismarck. They have had two magazine articles published on their work, one in the 2013 April issue of Woodturning and 2014 April issue of Woodturning Design. Since then she has been busy with grandchildren, quilting and special piercing orders for customers and galleries.

KellyKelly Dunn has been a full time turner since 1989. He works only in woods grown in Hawaii.

He has demonstrated at the Utah symposium a number of times. Along with the AAW and numerous clubs in the US and New Zealand. He is known for translucent bowls of Norfolk pine, the Hawaiian calabash and bowls with the repair butterfly or Pewa patch.

For a teaser, a five minute video of Kelly turning a calabash bowl with Pewas. The password is umeke.






TomTom Edwards was introduced to woodturning in high school where he turned a bowl and a gavel.  After 26 years in the United States Navy as a SEAL and 10 years teaching golf he was reintroduced to the pleasures of woodturning.  Since 2004 he has been honing his skills.  Tom prefers to challenge himself by dabbling in all styles of woodturning.  Embellishment, segmenting, hollow forms, bowls, boxes, platters and some “out of the box” projects. In 2009 he demonstrated at the Utah Woodturning Symposium where he taught wood repair and working with other than perfect wood. Tom has also demonstrated at various woodturning clubs around the United States.  In 2014 he was invited to demonstrate at the Irish Woodturning Symposium in Sligo.  In his own San Diego chapter, he is a board member and has taught classes in basic woodturning, resin work, tool making and finishing.

Tom has been showing and selling his work at Art in Wood in Balboa Park’s Spanish Village Art Center.

 BobRobert Fehlau has been professionally involved in woodworking for over 40 years, beginning at a cabinet shop in high school. After completing his BA in Wood Design and Art from California State University, Northridge, he started his first custom furniture and cabinet shop in Pasadena, California. He also enjoys designing and building homes, with a focus on energy efficiency. In 1996 he designed and built a passive solar custom home in Southern Utah. His other passions include fishing, river rafting and mushroom hunting.

Moving to Salt Lake City and attending the 2000 Utah Woodturning Symposium changed his life and concentration. After many more symposiums and mountains of shavings, he has been selling his work in Galleries and Juried Art Shows throughout the west for over 15 years. He has received “Best of show” in Carbondale, Co. and Ogden, Utah. His work was awarded Best of Show, for woodturning in the 2016 and 2017 “Idaho Artistry in Wood”, among other awards.

Robert now lives in Boise, Idaho where he selects and cuts from local reclaimed wood to turn solid wood bowls, vessels, hollow forms and sculpture. His varied work often incorporates carving, texture, burning, color, metal and other materials. He was a demonstrator at the 2006 Utah Woodturning Symposium and has demonstrated for several Woodturning clubs. He considers himself fortunate to have assisted in classes with Mike Mahoney and Dale Nish. He believes that it is very unique and special that the Woodturning World Family is so open to share techniques.

DennisDennis Paullus is a woodturner and carver. He started his woodturning in 1996 when he received a lathe for Christmas. He struggled trying to learn how to turn until he joined a local woodturning club in Memphis Tn. Since then he has been on a journey of learning and discovery of the woodturning world. Dennis is a product of the woodturning world, and has been taught and mentored by his fellow club members and has attended many national and regional symposiums.

Dennis turns functional and sculptural work. He has turned many, many bowls and hundreds of boxes, both lidded and threaded. Hollow vessels have become a favorite project of his. Carving, texturing and embellishing has also become a big part of his work today. The simple and even extraordinary embellishments can be accomplished with surprisingly simple tools and techniques. Dennis is a full time professional turner and has taught and demonstrated at local clubs, regional symposiums and at the national level too.

As he starts the 20th year of sharing the techniques that he has learned from the woodturning world to his students and fellow woodturners, he finds that his passions have not dimmed but burn ever brighter with every year.



schneiterDoug Schneiter is a transplanted Iowa farm boy, now living in Colorado, who grew up loving walking through the hardwood timberland.  He started turning in high school, and has been working at it, ever since.  He taught in public education for 26 years, and now teaches classes at his local Woodcraft store, as well as at club meetings and symposiums.  Doug likes the turning, but gets a lot of satisfaction from teaching others.

He has been a proud member of Rocky Mountain Woodturners since it began, and has been its President in three different decades. So far Doug turns different things, including hollow forms with natural voids, but for the past few years, he has been focusing on Basket Illusion pieces.  Doug’s pieces tend to have very detailed patterns, done in many colors.





DaveDave Best




RexRex 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.  While working for Craft Supplies USA he had the opportunity to research and develop many of the pen kits and woodturning accessories offered today.

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,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_deheerKirk DeHeer, a long time workshop assistant and now resident instructor, Kirk DeHeer has an extensive knowledge of woodturning tools, equipment and turning techniques that will enhance any woodturner’s ability level. A very popular and personable instructor, Kirk emphasizes fundamentals including sharpening and tool techniques giving students a firm foundation upon which to improve.


 KevinKevin Hicks was a Marketing Executive in his former corporate life, but 10 years ago he had the awesome privilege of receiving a new kidney giving him a renewed lease on life.  While recuperating a mentor/friend John Kartchner from Utah taught him to turn small pens in his shop,  that experience rekindled Kevin’s passion for wood and the wonderful things made by hand.  He loves taking discarded seemingly useless trees destined for mulch or a fireplace, and creating cherished heirlooms.  It reminds him of Generosity of People such as Nate who donated his kidney to Kevin so he could live like these trees with a second life and a new purpose.  He is Grateful!  Kevin’s domain is BigAshBowls and you can find him on Instagram, FB, and his webpage.  The art markets give him a different perspective on the artist’s life of creating and marketing, and he’s been invited to shows in Park City Utah, Bellview Washington, Tempe Arizona, Crested Butte Colorado, and many places in-between.  He also enjoys demonstrating and has taught a few willing Hostages along the way.  This community of Woodturners is remarkable and reminds him that LIFE is really about giving, people, family, friends, and COMMUNITY.  He thanks all who have been part of his journey…  Much of his passion for woodturning stems from three things, 1-The first time he saw John Kartchner working on a bowl, he knew immediately he wanted to make bowls.  2-The hundreds and hundreds of times he watched Mike Mahoney and Glen Lucas woodturning videos, he aspires to be half as good as they are.  3-His bowls are very personal and he has a kinship with the discarded trees he uses because he felt discarded from the business world.  Kevin  has found a new life in woodworking and knowing the pieces he creates find their way into clients homes and everyday life is very fulfilling to him. Most important to all he does is his wife, Heavenly, who not only lives up to but far surpasses her given name.  She is the most loving, patient, kind, hardworking partner he could have ever asked for.  She is the best.

MikeMike Mahoney has been a professional woodturner since 1992. He specializes in utilitarian items that he wholesales to American Crafts galleries across the U.S. Mike acquires most of his material from local urban sources (tree trimmers and city landfills). Mike has also taught his craft at woodturning symposiums in seven countries. Mike has diversified by creating instructional DVDs and a line of woodworking finishes with a walnut oil base.




jim_rodgers_05ssJim Rodgers    While Jim has learned woodturning from respected local and international artists, he is mostly self- taught.
He devotes full time to turning, demonstration and teaching. Jim is the wood turning instructor for the MT. Diablo Unified School District’s wood turning program where he teaches several semester-length turning courses. Jim also coaches wood turning at the high school level in the Acalanes School Districts and offers one-day courses at local woodworking dealers.
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 National Chapter, and member of Diablo Woodworkers, The American Craft Council, and The American Association of Woodturners.




megan-williamsMegan 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 the class.


Panelists:  Alan Stratton, Emily Woods, Eric Woods

stan-record Stan Record a long time workshop assistant and now resident instructor, has an extensive knowledge of woodturning tools, equipment and turning techniques along with the ability to share this knowledge with students in a clear, concise manner. Stan emphasizes fundamentals including sharpening and tool techniques giving students a firm foundation to build upon.


Marcus Marcus Reid first began turning when he was about 11 years old on an old Delta lathe of his grandfather’s. After high school wood-shop, he was lucky enough to get a job with master furniture-maker Chris Gochnour where heI learned all about high-end custom furniture. This led to another job in a high-end custom production furniture shop, where he shortly transitioned into being the shop’s production turner. He left that shop in 2015 to start his own production turning business, and currently split his time between working in his shop and a violin shop nearby.


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