Utah Woodturning Symposium 2003

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The Utah Woodturning Symposium is held every June in Provo, Utah at Brigham Young University. This year, the symposium was held in May because of scheduled construction at the facilities used for the symposium. The symposium runs for 3 days. There are 10 different areas with unique presentations or demonstrations that run for 10 rotations plus the after dinner sessions. With so many opportunities to see world renouned turners, it is difficult to select. I have tried to capture the gist of the sessions that I did attend as well as the overall flavor of the symposium.

What a difference a day makes with the weather being nice on Wednesday ...

and it clouding over with rain and chill on Thursday for the opening of the symposium

Early Thursday morning, we set up the Yahoo Penturners Group pen display in the Instant Gallery

Kip Christiansen, Symposium Director, had arranged prime space at the entrance next to the checkout

The display is layed out with the ballot box for voting on the pens by the symposium attendees

The symposium always opens in the Varsity Theater

With the usual 400 symposium attendees, the theater fills quickly

The presenters do a short slide show on their sessions and the ground rules are covered

After the short meeting, we head to the first rotation under gloomy skies

For the first rotation, I attended Cindy Drozda's session on Finial Boxes

Cindy is a professional turner located in Boulder Colorado

Some examples of Cindy's work that was on display in the demonstration area

I was very interested in seeing Cindy's session but decided to move on early in the session

The know-it-alls in the audience, whining and complaining about the video system, made it unbearable

I moved down the hall to see Ray Huskey, a production turner from Tennessee

Ray, a professional turner for over 40 years, uses mainly scraping techniques in his turning

Ray's home-made tools operate like a mechanical pencil, with more steel being pushed forward as needed

Some of Ray's bread and butter items are bottle stoppers ...

and chain pulls

He uses a router motor with home built cutters to decorate his turnings

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Photos by Kurt Hertzog