Demonstrators for 2017

Graeme Priddle & Melissa Engler
Graeme Priddle 

Ammonite Bowl:

This demonstration will cover design and influences, how to personalize your turnings. Wood selection, preparation and drying. Basic bowl turning techniques, tool selection, sharpening and safety. Surface embellishment with rotary carving tools and wood burners, acrylic and milk paint application.


Surface, Surface:

Presents a myriad of surface treatments and embellishment possibilities. Covers design and influences, personalizing your work. Tool selection, sharpening and safety. Wood selection. Rotary/hand carving and texturing techniques. Woodburning. Colouring and finishing techniques.


Vessels of the South Pacific:

Presents a unique approach to carving and embellishment on turned hollow vessels.Covers design and influences. Wood selection, tool selection and sharpening, basic turning/hollowing techniques and safety.Rotary/hand carving techniques. Surface embellishment, woodburning, inlaying and use of multi-media elements. Colouring and finishing techniques.



Kip Christensen  
Kip Cristensen 

Ten Projects Fast and Fun (twice): 

This demonstration is the furious five, times two. Kip will demonstrate how to turn ten projects that are fast to turn and fun to make. In the process he will show how to work with a variety of materials, chucking techniques, and tools. Particularly recommended for woodturning teachers, youth, and beginning-to- intermediate turners.


Principles and Techniques of Clean Cutting (twice); 

Kip will demonstrate several principles involved in producing a clean cut while turning wood. He will also show simple yet effective techniques for developing muscle memory for making basic turning cuts.  This session will help beginning turners jump-start their skills and assist intermediate turners move to the next level more efficiently.


Bracelet, Earring, and Earring Stand (once); 

Bracelets and earrings can be simple to turn with the use of good methods to secure the work while turning. Kip will show how to quickly turn earrings using a unique mounting system developed by himself, and how to easily turn bracelets using a home-made chuck developed by Nelson Cassinger. He will also show how to make a modified version of the classic earring stand introduced by the late Keith Rowley in his book Keith Rowley’s Woodturning Projects.

Beth Ireland

Making Stringed Instruments on The Lathe:

Teaching the basic elements of scale and how to utilize the lathe to create stringed instruments. Covering use of segmenting and demoing off set turning to create Mandolin and guitar necks.


Turning Outside The Box:  

A demo combining the bandsaw and the lathe to create boxes and platters with the look of inlay.

Tricks of Architectural Turning:

Reproducing, split and, offset, spindle techniques.

The Barley Twist And Beyond:

This demoing is about mapping and graphing spindles, vessels and bowls to create hand carved patterns in your work.

Rudolph Lopez
Rudolph Lopez 

Thin Stem Natural Edge Goblet from a Limb: 

We will be turning a thin stem natural edge goblet from a green limb approximately 1½” - 2”dia. I will show attendees the simple techniques I use to easily turn a thin stem natural edge goblet from a green limb using mostly a 1/2" or 5/8" side ground bowl gouge. I will explain limb selection, pith orientation, different techniques used for stabilizing thin stems, the use and sharpening of Negative Rake scrapers and drying to help avoid cracking. 


Natural Edge Wing Bowl from a Half log or crotch section: 

I will be turning a thin natural edge wing bowl from a green log or crotch section. Design and layout considerations regarding limb orientation, crotch figure, keeping or eliminating features or flaws in the wood will be covered. The basics of bevel-supported cuts along with two of the most important fundamentals of turning - sharp tools and good tool control will be emphasized. Turning thin allows the wood to warp and move which influences the final piece and helps avoid cracking. I will explain using and sharpening Negative Rake scrapers their benefits and how safe they are to use. Sanding wet wood both on and off of the lathe along with different finishing techniques will also be covered.


Twice Turned Vase or Bowl with Decorated Rim Detail from a Log: 

This is a somewhat challenging project which requires everything from basic spindle work to good tool control on interrupted cuts.

I will turn a vase from a log, which is first turned long grain (spindle orientation) to put beads or cove decoration around the log. The log will then be repositioned to side grain orientation to shape the vase or bowl form. The bead/cove decoration now becomes a rim detail around the rim of the vase.

Square to Round Bowls, Vases and Hollow Forms;
I will explain and demonstrate the process I use to create a vase, which is square on top and tapers to round at the bottom. Starting with a rectangular blank that has been prepared on a bandsaw to taper the sides, the remaining exterior corners will be turned leaving the four tapered sides previously cut on the band saw.

Jason Schneider  
Jason Schneider 

Corrugated Cardboard Bowl: 

Jason will demonstrate how to turn a corrugated cardboard bowl. He will first discuss the laminating process and how to prepare the blank to create desired patterns with the corrugations. He then goes into the tools and techniques of turning a finished cardboard bowl.


Functional Cardboard Furniture:

Large blanks of corrugated cardboard are necessary for making cardboard furniture. Jason will reveal the best way to laminate the cardboard to maximize its structural integrity and will review grain direction and efficient ways to support the work while turning. He will share creative ways of gluing and clamping your turned forms together.


Segmented Cardboard Turning:

Jason will demonstrate how to laminate, cut and reassemble segmented pieces of cardboard for turning. He will discuss the best orientation of grain for cutting cardboard on the lathe. He will also explain the design process for creating visually striking segmented forms in cardboard.

Derek Weidman
Derek Weidman 

Animal Head Turning:


Turning the Human Form:


Open conversation about how Derek ended up in this very specialized niche of woodturning : 

Cynthia Gibson

Embellish your world! Pyrography 101: 

Cynthia will share the basics of her style of Pyroengraving.  Attendees will take away information on the wood choices best suited for pyrography, preparation of turnings, preferred tools, the use of those tools and finishing your work. You are sure to leave this demo armed with the tools needed to begin your journey into pyrography.


Inspiration and Embellishment: 

How do you come up with signature designs? What gives your work a unique quality or voice? In this slide show, Cynthia hopes to encourage self-discovery and show how a look inside can bring out unique qualities in your work as she tells her stories and those of others through her collaborative path in woodturning.


Translating embellishment to a 3D surface and adding color to your work: 

Cynthia will discuss and demonstrate her approach to implementing designs on a 3D surface, designing turnings for embellishment, choosing the best design for the shape of your artwork and adding color to your work.

Harvey Meyer 
Harvey Meyer 

Basket Illusion:  

I’m best known for my basket illusion work. I will do this demo as a  two part demo in order to have enough time to fully explain all of the steps and procedures.


Basket Illusion Part 1: 

In part 1 of the demo, I’ll start out by explaining the overall process.  Then I’ll show how I design the “woven” pattern using polar graph paper.  We’ll go over some examples and photos and also talk about where to find inspiration for patterns.  Next,  I’ll  turn a small dish/platter, about 6” diameter.  While turning the small dish, I cover both sides with 1/8” beads from rim to center.  I’ll explain the beading tool and how it can be used to get perfect beads every time.  Then I’ll show 2 ways to quickly burn the valleys between the beads.  After that is complete, we’ll reverse the piece to remove most of the tenon, and add a few more beads to the back of the dish.


Basket Illusion Part 2: 

We‘ll begin part 2 using the dish turned in part 1.  I will show how to index the piece using my segment wheel in order to divide the platter into as many segments needed for the pattern I’m using. In this demo, 48, 60, or 72 segments are required.  Then I’ll start burning the radial lines over each bead.  Normally this takes many hours, but I’ll only do a small portion to show the technique.  I’ll then switch to the rim of the dish and demonstrate how I burn a herringbone weave around the rim.  We’ll only do a small portion of the rim.  Then I’ll switch to a prepared piece that has all of the burning finished and I’ll show how I dye the “woven” pattern into the wood.  The dying/coloring phase will only be partly completed as it also takes many hours for completion.  Finally, I’ll discuss how to finish the piece and fix the colors.


Lidded Boxes: 

In this demo, I’ll turn a lidded box. Beginning with a 3” square blank, I’ll show how to divide the blank into 2 parts for the lid and body of the box.  I’ll being with the lid first, explaining how I prepare it to fit the body of the box.  At this time, I finish the inside of the lid.   Attention will then shift to the body of the box where I will fit and temporarily attach the lid in order to finish the top portion.  The lid will be fitted to the body with a “turner’s” fit (“pop” when lid is removed) and then eased slightly for every day use.  Then I will shape the body of the box and hollow out the inside to match the shape of the outside.   The body of the box will then be reversed so that I can finish the bottom.  Finishing techniques will also be discussed. Time permitting, I may also demonstrate decorative texturing on the top of the lid. 


Hollow Globe Ornament demo: 

In this demo, I’ll turn a hollow globe ornament with a small finial on top and a thin delicate icicle for the bottom.  I’ll start with a small 2x2x2 cube and attach it to a waste block.  I’ll partially shape the globe; drill a hole to establish depth, and then hollow out the inside to reduce the weight.  After hollowing, I’ll finish shaping the globe and continue drilling the hole until it comes through the other end of the globe.  Then I’ll begin turning the icicle.  This will be turned from ebony and will be thin and delicate.  It will have a tenon that will be glued into one of the holes in the globe.  From the remainder of the ebony, I’ll turn a small finial for the opposite end of the globe.  The finial will have a small hole drilled into it to receive a small hook.  After it’s all glued together, I’ll discuss how I finish these.

Mark Gardner

Turn a Bowl with Handles:

In making a handled bowl one can utilize a relatively small diameter log and yet create a piece of larger scale by taking advantage of the length of the log.  It is also a great way to introduce you to a little bit of work off the lathe once the piece is turned.  In this rotation I'll demonstrate the techniques I use to turn a bowl with an extra rim and then carve handles out of it.  This technique also lends itself to making spoons and I'll discuss ways of dealing with the out-of-balance nature of a spoon handle flying around on the lathe.


Turn Hollow Forms without the Hollowing:

Hollow forms turned through a small opening were always a challenge for me to turn.  In this demo I'll show how I make hollow forms, using green wood, much like you make lidded boxes only I'll glue the lid back on.  Not only is there less risk of turning through the side of your vessel it is also easier to gauge the wall thickness as well as remove the shavings from the inside.  I'll focus on techniques for making a precise joint to help insure that the piece stays together as it dries.  Time will be spent demonstrating various ways to then hide the seam in your vessel.


Surface Embellishment for your Turnings:

I will demonstrate all the various techniques and methods I use for embellishing my work.  I’ll start by showing how I layout geometric patterns on my turned vessels.  Some of the techniques I’ll cover include, carving with hand and power tools, engraving, branding and even some textures done on the lathe.  I’ll show how I use milk paints and dyes to enhance the carved patterns and lastly how I sharpen my carving tools using a simple homemade MDF strop.

Mark St. Leger
Mark St.Leger 

The "Rock-A-Bye" Box: 
This unique box is turned on the bias and is a sound box for the loose fitting lid to create a tick tock sound for which it is titled. The lid is a two piece lid with an eccentric finial. All steps will be covered along with making all the wooden chucks needed to complete this box. Proper and safe tool use will be discussed thru the presentation.

"Bias Rocker" Box:
A fun box to create with many shape options. While being turned on the bias you can decide its shape as you turn. It has a two piece lid and lends itself to adding embellishments of your choice. Proper and safe tool use will be discussed thru the presentation.

Have a Ball:
It's ok to screw this one up!! This lidded box will be threaded by hand chasing threads (16 TPI), hollowed and then remounted to create a 2" sphere. Upon completion we will burn stitches in to create a 2" baseball lidded box. A few minutes will be spent on a practice piece to explain the threading techniques that will be used. Proper and safe tool use will be discussed thru the presentation.
Scarlette Rouse 
Scarlette Rouse 

Three Winged Box: 


Woodturning Therapy with a Twist
Dennis Belcher
Dennis Belcher

Turning a Multi-Axis Vertical Flower Vase: 

In this session I will share the path that I have been following in recent times. That path started with a simple horizontal disk used as a Ikebana vessel, and has morphed into multi-axis vertical forms that range in size from 6 inches to 2 feet in diameter. Key take-ways from this session will be the importance of focusing on a single form, increasing the complexity of the form, the critical importance of determining the sequence of operations before you turn on the lathe, and using multiple axis in your turnings.

A multi-axis vertical flower vase will be created in the demonstration. This form is an excellent canvas for exploring the texturing and finishing techniques you will be seeing in other demonstrations at the Symposium. Time permitting, there will be discussion and demonstration of a variety of embellishment that can be used on the canvas.

Bob Schasse
Bob Schasse
A Segmented Bowl, start to finish: finish: 
Bob will demonstrate all of the steps from beginning to end needed to make and assemble the 7" x 3" segmented bowl. A portion of the procedures will be presented in video form. Following the video he will turn the bowl explaining the peculiarities of segmented turning and the appliccation of the tools he uses. The fabrication dimensions and details will be provided.
John Walsh 
John Walsh 

FauxCigar Pen: 

 In this demonstration, John will make a wood pen that looks like a real cigar. Using a variety of tools and methods John will create a unique fountain pen or rollerball pen.  


Segmented Pen: 
In this demo, John will show various methods for creating segmented pens from a varieth of woods, acrylics, Corian and other materials. Time permitting, John will also turn a complete, complex segmented pen.