Friday, June 16, 2006

Utah Woodturning Symposium 2006 - Part II

Today was the official first day of the symposium. I think there are around 450 attendees. We weren't in our usual room for the opening ceremony, so it was a bit tight in here.

The first rotation I attended was given by Bert Marsh (UK). I have one of Bert's bowls in my collection and I've admired his work for a long time, so it was great to have a chance to see him turn a bowl.

Doesn't this express the essence of what all demonstrators sometimes think when someone asks a particularly stupid question?

Here are some of Bert Marsh's bowls in the instant gallery.

I didn't get to stay in this demo by Nick Arnull, but did manage to snap a photo of him at work. Nick is also from the UK.

Here are some examples of Nick Arnull's work in the instant gallery.

I attended Sharon Doughtie's demo in the afternoon on Celtic knots. Sharon is from Hawaii and is here with her husband, Pat Kramer, who is also demonstrating.

Here's and example of Sharon's Celtic knot designs. She uses Norfolk Island pine and works the weave around the knots as part of the design.

Here's a new piece by Sharon. Hawaii had 40 days of rain in a row and she was influenced by that inspiration in the boxes of surprise. When you open the box you see the design on the outside worked into the inside as a surprise. I like these boxes.

Here's a crew for dinner. Starting at the head of the table nearest the camera and moving around clockwise: Nick Arnull, Kelly Dunn, Bill Luce, Mick O'Donnell, Andi Wolfe, Don McDougal, J. Paul Fennell, Carl Voss, Malcolm Tibbetts, Liz O'Donnell, Cliff Johns, and Stephen Hatcher.

Here are some images from the instant gallery:

David Nittmann is the master of the basket illusion. The large platter is 24 inches in diameter.

Malcolm Tibbetts does some very interesting sculptural pieces. Each one has a story to tell, but lately he's been concentrating on the cultural symbolism of numbers.

Bill Luce has perfected the bowl. These bowls are ultralight, but feel just right in the hand and have such a beautiful profile. The wall thickness is consistent throughout the vessel. Beautiful work!

Larry Stevenson. Larry took a hands on class with me last year and has made a splash here.

Fantastic work by Jim Christiansen. I love this piece. It is sooooo expressive.

Kelly Dunn (L) talking to Jim Christiansen (R) about his stunning work.

Stephen Hatcher's beautiful stone inlay vessels.

Gorst duPleissis brought dozens of his ornamental turnings. I was worried about where these were placed relative to the traffic flow, but I didn't hear of any breakage from people knocking a piece over. One of Stephen Hatcher's pieces took a tumble, but there wasn't a scratch afterwards - that was very, very lucky.

This palm vessel is by Bruce Hoover. Palm is notoriously wicked to turn, but Bruce seems to have this down pretty well.

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