Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Woodturning in Atlanta

Woodturners in Atlanta are so fortunate. We have so many different AAW woodturning chapters in
the Atlanta metro area. As a result we get lots of big name turners visiting to demonstrate and conduct workshops. Two weeks ago I had the good fortune of being able to attend an all day hands on with Jimmy Clewes sponsored by the Georgia Association of Woodturners and held at Peachtree Woodworking Supply. 

Just this past week I attended an all day workshop with David Ellsworth followed a couple of days later by an all day demonstration at the local Woodcraft Store, again sponsored by the Georgia Association of Woodturners.  This coming week I will spend a day at a workshop with Cynthia Gibson to enhance by pyrography skills (also known as using a woodburner). Such great opportunities.

Now do these offset the horrendous traffic we have in the Atlanta area? Humm. I will have to get back to you on that.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Southern States Symposium

I had a great time at Southern States Symposium this past weekend in Cartersville, GA. It was a great opportunity to see woodturning friends and make new ones as well as watch some great demonstrators.  Trent Bosch has developed a very creative method to monitor to the location of the cutter during  using  a camera and monitor. It just blows your mind. Trent is a very smart turner who definitely thinks outside the box.

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to have two regional symposiums so close by. The bad news was there were fewer vendors this year than last and attendance appeared to be down as well. The instant gallery was pretty small compared to last year and compared to Turning Southern Style Symposium in Dalton last year. I do have to wonder about its future.

Dennis Liggett's demo on tangle Aspen was a great introduction to a new doodling art form called  Zentangle. It works very well on Christmas ornaments but I see how it could be used with pyrography on other pieces.