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. wyomingwoodturner.com
Sally Ault, California
Sally Ault was born and raised in San Diego, California and graduated with a BA degree in Art with a 3-dimensional emphasis from San Diego State. Sally enjoys all types of wood turning and creates lidded bowls and boxes, open bowls, embellished pieces and jewelry.
Sally started turning in 2002 and has attended every Utah symposium since 2004. She demonstrated at the symposium in 2011.
Sally was an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in 2013.
At the symposium she will demo Wooden Jewelry, Techniques for creating interesting lids for boxes or bowls and Making a Sea Urchin Box. Turning techniques, design and final assembly of the parts will be demonstrated in each of the demos.
She is a member of the San Diego Woodturners Association and American Association of Woodturners. sallyault.com
Mark Baker, England
Mark 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, Texas
I 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. turningblind.com
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 color 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. www.jasonbreach.co.uk
Jay Brown, Utah
Jay 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
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, 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. www.learningturning.com
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.
Cindy Drozda, Colorado
Cindy 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. cindydrozda.com
Mark Elmer, Utah
Mark Elmer is a member of The International Association of Penturners. He began turning in 2007. He is currently President of The Wasatch Penturners Club in Salt Lake City, Utah. The club’s mission is to help its members become better turners and pen makers. Mark is always on the lookout for new materials, techniques and tools to improve the quality and interest of the pens that he produces. The Pen Wizards Apprentice. Pen Turners Tool
Ashley Harwood, South Carolina
Ashley 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 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!” mikejackofsky.com
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! ericlofstrom.com
Handouts available at: ericlofstrom.com
Art Liestman, Canada
Art 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.
As a self-taught wood artist my first experience with a wood lathe was in 1990 when my wife gave me one as a gift along with an instructional book. Within 6 months I found myself at art & craft shows selling the items I had made. I currently make a wide variety of both functional and non-functional items. My market is the Art and Craft show circuit for which I travel to between 20 and 25 cities a year. sawdustman.com