Featured Demonstrators

Our 2017 Totally Turning Presenters are:

Jimmy Clewes, Curt Theobald, David Ellsworth, Trent Bosch, Chris Pytlik, Kurt Hertzog, Rick Angus, Lynda Zibbideo, Willie Simmons, and Lionel Bedard




David Ellsworth

 

Over the past forty years, David Ellsworth has become known as one of the premier designers of turned wooden vessel forms. His work is included in the permanent collections of forty-four museums and numerous private collections. He is a Fellow and former Trustee of the American Craft Council and has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the PEW Fellowship for the Arts. In 2009 he was elected by the James A. Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to receive the prestigious "Master of the Medium" award in wood. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art and the Lifetime Membership Award from the American Association of Woodturners. He runs his own private school of woodturning at his home and studio in Buck's County, Pennsylvania.


Ellsworth Studios website

Demonstrations by David Ellsworth

Cut Rim Open Bowl from a Half Log - A fun demo for those interested in working from a tree to a finished cut green bowl with just one tool, the Ellsworth Signature gouge. I will pay particular attention to finishing the surface with a backward shear-scraping cut, plus how to enter the rim without tearing it out using a combination of roughing and finishing cuts.

Natural Edge Open Bowl from a Half Log - Another fun demo that involves orienting the grain between centers, plus roughing, slicing, scraping and shear-scraping cuts all with the Ellsworth Signature gouge. As well, how to cut a consistent wall thickness and enter the wings without tearing them out.

Classic Hollowing Demo - It begins with a whole log with the entire exterior cut with my Signature gouge, plus the interior cut with my straight and bent hollowing tools. Wall thickness will be explained using my wire caliper, and all three demos will show finishing the base with my home-made jam chucks.


 






Trent Bosch

 

Trent Bosch has been woodturning professionally for more then 20 years. He began exploring the art of woodturning while pursuing a Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University. After graduating, he fully devoted his efforts into creating one of a kind sculptural woodturnings. Over the years he has also enjoyed demonstrating and teaching hands on classes, sharing the knowledge and techniques he has developed freely with others. More recently he has devoted more time to developing, designing and manufacturing unique tools for woodturners. His work is displayed in numerous fine art galleries, permanent collections of museums and craft centers as well as in many private collections worldwide. Trent has taught and demonstrated his techniques for turning and sculpting wood throughout the United States and abroad. To learn more about Trent you can visit his website at trentbosch.com.



Trent Bosch website

Demonstrations by Trent Bosch

Revelations In Hollowing - Over the past 20 years I have been pursuing the art of the hollow form. Throughout this time I have used and developed some very unique techniques and equipment. In this demo I will go through all the techniques that I use in the creation of a hollow form with an emphasis on the latest technologies I have developed for hollowing making this much more than just a hollow form demo.

Decorative Bowls and Platters - In this session I turn a bowl and a platter from green wood, discuss drying techniques including kiln drying and building your own kiln as well as very simple and basic techniques. During the process, I show and use specially ground tools to get as clean a cut as possible to cut down on sanding. I will then take those objects and discuss and use lots of different decorative techniques including: carving techniques, bleaching, dying, painting, sand blasting, and surface textures. All in all, the participant will learn everything they need to know to turn their own decorative bowls and platters. They’ll also walk away with numerous decoration ideas.

Vessels and Surfaces- In this demo participants will not only learn all the techniques that I go through in the creation of a hollow form but ways to make the surface outstanding! From textures to colors to sandblasting and beyond - making this much more than just a hollow form demo. Participants will walk away from this session with a lot of good solid technical information on turning and carving, as well as how to come up with your own ideas and where to look for inspiration.


 

 

 






Jimmy Clewes

 

Jimmy is on the Register of Professional Woodturners in the United Kingdom and a member of the American Association of Woodturners. He has over 22 years of experience in woodturning and woodworking. The demand for his services as a freelance demonstrator and teacher takes him all over the world including his homeland of the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, Belgium, Australia.It was not long after leaving school at the age of 16, Jimmy attained an apprenticeship in engineering and decided to further his studies by attending Manchester Polytechnic in Manchester, England. He received a 2:1 Honours Degrees with special emphasis on learning 3-Dimensional Design. With that focus, he began to specialize in designing and making furniture which was influenced by Japanese tools and design. It was during his time in college that his interest in woodturning was rekindled. The combination of his college education, his limitless imagination and his professional skills was a perfect fit for Jimmy to pursue his creative abilities as a woodturner and to take that ability to the next level. When asked what drives him, he shares, "My energy comes from those around me. When I can stir the creativity of one's mind, that for me is very satisfying. As with any artform, expression is only limited as one's mind and I want to 'raise the bar' and create an awareness of the artform that has been virtually unknown to most people." As an avid sportsman and adventurer, when he is not busy teaching and demonstrating, you will find him expanding his creativity by exploring nature and enjoying the beauty of the desert. Or you might find Jimmy in his new workshop in Las Vegas creating innovative woodturning designs.



Jimmy Clewes website

Demonstrations by Jimmy Clewes

Back to Basics Bowl Turning - I explain and show you how I turn a bowl emphasizing the tool and process technique. I will show you a very simple way of how to get a curve every time! Remember, it’s hard to refine a cure unless you have a curve in the first place! My method of hollowing seems logical to me but very few people use it. All will be explained in the demo, but I am sure you will learn something for even the seasoned bowl turners.

Lidded Box with exotic insert - A turned lidded box with an insert of a brass ring as a detail. I will explain how I fit a box lid, a tried and trusted method which makes it easy for any ability. Showing a really neat box scraper you will want to grind yourself! We will discuss hollowing end grain, shape and form, aesthetics of the piece, and how to use brass powder.

Turned Water Flask - A great project, functional, aesthetic, and multi-mounting to complete.

Clewes Handouts - Coloring Wood, Bowl Curve, Simplfied Ogee, Detailed Simplified Ogee





Curt Theobald

 

Curt Theobald, an artist based in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, has been a full-time studio woodturner since 2002. His background as a cabinetmaker and his knowledge of wood movement and precise joinery are apparent in his work and his teaching. His work resides in public and private collections worldwide including the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, The Peabody Essex Museum, the American Association of Woodturners, and Ivinson Memorial Hospital.



Curt Theobald website

Demonstrations by Curt Theobald

Segmented Bowl Construction - Don't let the apparent complexity of a segmented pattern intimidate you. By participating in this presentation and watching the methods conveyed, attendees will learn how to accurately plan their own projects and begin to foresee any potential problems before any wood is cut. I will show how to create patterns that can be used to enhance segmented woodturnings. Many methods will be shared to help attendees more easily and accurately perform segmented pattern glue-ups in their own workshop, in addition to learning multiple timesaving techniques.

Thinking Outside of the Box - Sometimes it can be difficult to make segmented turnings that stand out from other segmented works. This session, which is beneficial to both segmented and non-segmented turners, will challenge attendees to think differently about the creation of their work. We will take a step-by-step look at a sculptural piece I created and discuss the steps I pursued to make my vision a reality. Some of the topics presented will be inspiration, evolution of design, problem solving, prototyping, and creation of the piece.

Open Segmented Turning - Open segmented turning is gluing multiple pieces of wood together, leaving gaps between each segment to create interesting effects, designs and illusions that highlight qualities of a variety of woods. In this demonstration, attendees will learn technique and theory, explore design concepts, and have a have a better understanding of the adventure known as open segmented turning.

 

 

 






Chris Pytlik

 

Chris was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1965. As a young boy growing up in Mississippi, Chris helped his grandfather cut trees for firewood. During that time, he developed a love for the natural beauty of wood. He was especially intrigued by its infinite variety of grains and patterns. When Chris was 17 he apprenticed with his Uncle who was in the painting business, where he learned staining and finishing. He also learned faux painting, including marbling and wood graining, as well as how to tint stains and glazes. In 2002 he was introduced to wood turning and became fascinated with its form and technique, and set out to learn the art. His painting and finishing background helped him in the creative process as he started to experiment with colors in his work. This enabled him to be more creative and develop his own signature style. This style can best be described as "Trans-formative Glazed Wood", and has been gaining widening acceptance by discriminating art galleries and collectors. Chris's inspiration comes from nature, music, art and history, each of which he has a fascination with. He strives to capture and interpret his visions of these in his work. In 2010 he started using resin in his work. This enables him to add more magic to his art. Many of these new pieces are resin mixed with mica powders, dyes, pigments and are solid cast.and turned, hollowed on the lathe and polished to resemble glass. His latest work is a wood and resin hybrid. With over 50 different mica powder colors, the varieties that can be achieved are endless. He is also using a polyester resin wood finish that is superior to any of the lacquers he used in the past. Chris lives Sandy Utah with his wife Alison and three children Tyler, Emily, and Joshua.

Demonstrations by Chris Pytlik

Signature Dye Stain Demo - Chris will dye stain a hollow form and platter. Learn the best woods for dyeing, the preparation for dyeing and bleaching, and the best wood grain orientation for different effects. He will cover finishing techniques for lacquer and polyester finishes. Plenty of tips and tricks.

UV Cured Resin Inlays - Learn wood blank preparation and using defects to your advantage. Chris will cover polyesters, epoxies, UV additives, mica powders, dyes, pigment additives, UV lights, and natural sunlight curing. See how other crafts are using inlays and learn how to cast in the flat, round, and convex.

Casting and Turning Solid Resin - Learn the tricks of casting using glass molds, resin catalyzation, additives, pressure pots, mixing techniques, and more. Chris will cover jaws for resin tenons, negative rake scrapers, and hollowing tools. You'll also learn the sanding and polishing techniques including fixing air bubbles when finishing.


 

 

 






Rick Angus

 

Rick Angus enjoys turning wood and understanding the details of efficient tool handling. (A sharp tool can be a wonderful dance partner if properly led.) Acquiring skillful technique with sharp tools improved his joy of woodturning immensely and allowed him to focus on design and shape of the objects being created. His work is mostly cross-grain open bowl form produced from half log segments and lidded end-grain boxes. The grain patterns are chosen for symmetry—or not! Recent work includes incorporating lids to these vessels has allowed the expression of a much taller hollow form. Smooth graceful shapes with sharp detail are his hallmark.



Demonstrations by Rick Angus

Natural-Edge Goblet - In this demonstration, I will turn a waney-edged goblet from a fresh green limb section and sand it to final finish in one session. Each piece will be unique due to the shape of the bark on the section of limb used. By placing the pith in very thin sections of the bowl and foot, the wood will dry with little likelihood of checking. To be translucent, the bowl thickness must be about 1/8" thick or less; to add to the challenge, the stem is about 1/8". The goblet is fragile and to turn one successfully, you will learn to work in sections, finishing portions of the piece before moving to the next section.

How Knife-Edge Tools Cut (as Applied to Woodturning) - We will look at how edge tools cut with-the-grain, across-the-grain, across endgrain and agianst-the-grain (and see the consequences to the wood). Join me to take an uncommon look at the cutting edge of woodturning tools and how to control any tool (as long as it is being used in an appropriate situation).







Lynda Zibbideo

 

I did not find the passion of woodturning until 2004. After taking a few classes, I joined Central CT Woodturners (CCW) and expanded my views on woodturning. I did a lot of hands on learning and had some great mentors along the way. In 2012, I started to add carving & colors to my turnings and still continue to try new medias. I am an advocate of being supportive of the organizations that promote the craft. I continue to be a member of CCW having served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Newsletter Editor. I am also a founding member of Western Mass Woodturners. I've demonstrated woodturning using both power and pedal power (1860's Millers Falls treadle lathes) at various venues. I also assist in teaching basic woodturning at CT Valley School of Woodworking. I primarily use native Connecticut woods in my turnings although you may find some exotic species as well. Over the years I have donated pieces to Project Amistad, Colchester Land Trust, Windham hospital, American Association of Woodturners, Women in Turning and various other charities for fundraising initiatives. While I may have several years of turning and carving experience, my tag line is "forever green" because I'm forever green - always learning new things.



Demonstrations by Lynda Zibbideo

101 Things to do with a Pen Blank - that doesn't involve a pen kit. Many of us start wood turning by making pens. But through time you move on other aspects of woodturning....but that doesn't stop you from buying yet another pen blank. This demo will show you how to reduce your pen blank stash without burning them.

Turn a Yarn Bowl - This is a simple bowl with a slit to thread the yarn through to keep the yarn ball contained. This demo will show how the bowl is made, placement of the slit and possible embellishing.


 

 

 




Kurt Hertzog

 

A professional woodturner, Kurt enjoys the continuum of woodturning from making his own turning tools to photographing his finished turnings. He keeps his turnings diverse in an effort to explore fully the craft and the medium. As frequent demonstrator and instructor on all facets of woodturning, he particularly enjoys teaching tool sharpening, workholding, and advanced penmaking.

Beginning in 2012, various series, Workholding Aids and Chucking, Woodturning Know How, and What You Need to Know, have been a regular feature column for Woodturning Magazine. His columns, The Journey from Penturning to Penmaking and Behind the Scenes, for Woodturning Design magazine ran from 2008 until WTD ceased publication in 2014. He is past President of the American Association of Woodturners, one of the four Council Members of the Pen Makers Guild, and past Chairman of the Rochester Woodworkers Society.

His work has been featured in the American Association of Woodturners "Rounding The Corners" Exhibit and published in Woodturning Design, Woodturning magazine, American Woodturner, Pen World, and Stylus magazines. You can see the range of his work on www.kurthertzog.com, and on www.penmakersguild.com.

Kurt Hertzog website

Demonstrations by Kurt Hertzog

Photographing your work - Most turners either don't photograph their work or they do a far less ideal job than possible. Learn the simple, no cost or low cost, things you can do to improve the quality of your turnings photos regardless of your camera or current photographic skills. The emphasis will be on what you already have to use or can purchase inexpensively.




Lionel Bedard

 

I am a local artist, born and raised in Ottawa and have always been intrigued by wood. I began turning 18 years ago starting on a 12" second hand lathe and progressed to a 24" Vicmarc Longbed. I am always searching for unique features in a variety of wood, domestic and exotic to turn functional as well as artistic pieces.

Demonstrations by Lionel Bedard

Two-piece hollow form - Lionel will be demonstrating the creation of a two-piece hollow form. In the design, he'll be using the "golden rule" and will be turning the form with a 3/8" bowl gouge.

Twice turned bowl - This demo will cover the returning of a dried green turned bowl. Included will be proper mounting, truing of the based, sharing the scrap between the interior and exterior, and more. It will be turned and finished with a 5/8" bowl gouge or a 5/8" bottom bowl gouge


 




Willie Simmons

 

Willie is a second generation woodworker. He worked with is father refinishing repairing and building furniture starting in 1980. He taught school for a while and returned to woodworking. He began turning to repair chairs, tables and whatever else was needed. Now he focuses on turned items to sell at craft shows.



Demonstrations by Willie Simmons

Quick and easy spindle turned projects - Willie will demo a variety of spindle turned projects including bottle stoppers, handles for kitchen tools, ornaments, and techniques to replicate turnings.