We are working to fill the line-up for the 2019 symposium.

To give you an idea of the sort of program you can expect, here’s the demonstrations from 2018.

Mike Mahoney


I have been a professional bowlmaker since graduating from San Diego State in 1998. My main production items are salad bowls followed by burial urns, hollow forms, treenware, and any job that walks through the door. I have been lucky enough to travel the world teaching my craft.

I have taught in eight countries and across almost every state in our country. I am passionate about my craft and live and breathe for it. I never miss an opportunity to educate the public about what woodturning is and the wonderful people involved with the craft as a whole.

Quarter Sawn Oak Platter

I will make a finished 16″ platter. I will explain how I cut the wood from the tree, roughed, dried, returned and finished the platter.

Big green calabash bowl

I will core a large bowl blank using the Kelton Center saver. There will be a discussion on how the wood came out of the log, using the coring tool properly, tool technique, and jamb chucking the calabash bowl.

Burial Urns with Threaded Lids

I will make a finished pet urn while taking you through the steps of sizing, shaping, hollowing, and threading the lid to the vase to make a burial urn.

Dale Larson


I have been turning for over 40 years. My specialty is turning bowls from local hardwoods. I sell my bowls mostly through galleries. I have demonstrated bowl turning and spheres at five AAW Symposiums, at many regional symposiums and around the US, Canada and abroad. I have taught at the Campbell and Arrowmont schools. I have published articles about woodturning in four woodworking journals. I was a founding member and twice past president of the Cascade Woodturners in Portland, Oregon. I served on the Board of Directors of the AAW from 2009 thru 2014, the final three years as President.

Turning and drying roughed out bowls

This class will cover the ways to rough out and successfully dry bowl blanks. We will discuss air drying, kilns, soaking in soap, microwave, soaking in alcohol and boiling the wet bowl blanks. We will discuss how to get the bowl blank dry without cracking. I will then finish turn a roughed out dry bowl showing how to use gouges and scrapers, sanding and finishing.


Turning a sphere by eye

Members will see how to turn spheres on three axis all by eye. I will show how to make the cup chucks for the headstock and tailstock . I will turn three spheres during the class. Turners will learn how to use a jam chuck to hold the sphere so it can be hollowed or decorated.


Oval turning

I will show how to use the Vicmarc Oval chuck to turn ovals. This will include how to lay out the oval blank and how to mount it on the chuck. The attendees will see the special tool challenges related to turning ovals on a lathe. Riding the bevel may not work here.


Jason Breach


Born and lives in Devon, England. Jason was introduced to the woodturning lathe at the age of twelve, through schooling and with the support of his parents this interest developed. At the age of 15 he attended a woodturning course with Cecil Jordan held at Parnham House in Dorset; this week long course covered a wide range of items, but also introduced him to the simple art of the turned wooden box. On finishing school, he attended college studying Furniture Design and Management, obtaining a BA (Hons). He then worked for a number of years making bespoke kitchens and furniture allowing him to develop and hone his skills. As much as he enjoys making furniture, his real enjoyment and enthusiasm has always been working upon the wood lathe, even though like most turners Jason can turn his hand to most projects and disciplines, his flair for making and developing ideas for turned wooden boxes is his main interest.

His development of ideas for turned wooden boxes pushes his creative skills and has led him to create a number of boxes that have won competitions within the UK. The “Orbital Arc box” series is his main design focus at present.

Pushing these creative skills and develop new ideas is only limited within Jason eyes by the fact that wood as the material is unique, the natural colour and grain pattern should always play a part within this, and not be hidden.

He has demonstrated throughout the UK, Australia, Europe, and America, he enjoys demonstrating but is also in demand as a woodturning tutor passing on these skills. His enthusiasm for turning is a major creative force in his demonstrations and teaching.

Currently Jason spends much of his time tutoring these hand skills and techniques. This has enabled him to develop his teaching skills, allowing him to explain and educate the learners within classes or at club demonstrations with clear verbal descriptions explaining these skills, over the years he has realizes that there are a lot of hobby turners looking to learn and progress, and understands how important it is to be translate his skill with clear verbal description.

Box with flowing Curves

Learn the techniques and sequence of making a simple but elegant box from start to finish. This is the basis of my box making skills, allowing me to cover the design, wood selection, a range of tool techniques, reverse chucking, sanding and finishing the completed box. These aspects come together to create a simple looking box with flowing curves.

Pagoda Box

As much as the shape of this box is based on a box with flowing curves, and is similar to turn, this is a challenge to create as it pushes the skill level to turn this square edge box. An explanation of how to achieve a freestanding pagoda style box with raised four footed square base and lid. Starting with timber selection, and preparation of the materials, explaining the methods of mounting the timber, covering the safety aspects of turning of square edge materials. A wide range of tool techniques will be demonstrated from using gouges through to shear scraping, with the techniques described as required to shape and hollow to the finished box.

Orbital Arc, the beginning

This simple art deco style box was the start point of a series of boxes which I call Orbital Arc’s, this series of boxes growing in complexity started with this simple shape. Looking at where and how to start this style of box, explaining the making of templates, answering the puzzle of how to mount the work piece upon the lathe, explaining the methods used on how to measure and layout the profile shape, the selections of basic tools used to shape materials. An explanation of the assembly process and overall construction, which go into making this simple looking box.

Sally Ault


Sally Ault was born and raised in San Diego, California and graduated with a BA degree in Art with a Crafts emphasis from San Diego State. Her work there was focused on Weaving, Jewelry Design and Ceramics. During a furniture class, Sally discovered woodturning. After a break of a number of years, she resumed woodturning in 2001. Sally enjoys all types of wood turning but currently her focus is on lidded containers including the sea Urchin series, open bowls, embellished pieces and jewelry.

Sally’s work is shown at the gallery at Studio 38 in Spanish Village Art Center in San Diego, The Collectors Gallery at the Mingei International Folk Art Museum, San Diego and at the gift shop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. She has won a number of awards over the past years at the Design in Wood Show at the Del Mar Fair. In 2007 Sally was awarded a “Best in Class’ ribbon for a Myrtle Wood Platter and in 2011 her Maple Hollow Vessel was awarded the San Diego Woodturners Special Award. One of Sally’s Sea Urchin Box won a special purchase award at the 2012 Small Image Show at Spanish Village in San Diego and in the 2016 show a small Hollow vessel with Coral finial won the same award. Sally was a demonstrator at the 2012 and 2015 Utah Woodturning Symposia in Orem, Utah and the 2012 Wisconsin Symposium and at many woodturning clubs. In fall of 2013 she was accepted for a 10 week artist in residency program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She was a featured demonstrator at the National American Association of Woodturners symposium in 2016.

She is a member of the San Diego Woodturners Association, American Association of Woodturners, Point Loma Artists Association and Spanish Village Art Center in San Diego.


I discuss turning small shapes and the tricks for finishing both sides. I discuss design and show how to assemble a necklace using some jewelry techniques.


Sea Urchin Box

This teaches basic box making, how to stabilize the Sea Urchin shells, design and the tricks for working with a Sea Urchin with its less than symmetrical shape.


Merryll Saylan


Merryll Saylan has been a studio artist since the late 70’s and recently moved from Berkeley,CA to Louisville, CO. She has a BA in Design from UCLA and an MA in Art from California State University Northridge. Her work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries, including the Renwick Gallery, Museum of Art & Design, and the Yale University Art Gallery. She was President of AAW in 1995 and has served on the boards of the Center for Art in Wood and the Collector’s of Wood Art. A leader in the use of color and texture on wood and wood turning methods, Saylan’s writings on art, techniques, and the woodturning field have been published in numerous books and magazines.

Playing with Paint

Milk paint, dyes, acrylics, watercolors, oils & more. Mixing, matching and making choices. Techniques & properties


Little Plates

Turning little decorative plates: low tech mounting methods, rims and contours and bases. How sketching helps. Start a design and resource notebook.

More Playing with Paint

Making and using glazes & finishes to alter and enhance painted surfaces. Aging pieces.

Doug Schneiter

I was first introduced to woodturning nearly 50 years ago in high school. I continued pursuing it through college, which led to a teaching career. In 1993, I came to Loveland, and was soon a part of the Rocky Mountain Woodturners Club. I met a great group of turners who were mentors, and now are longtime friends.

Initially, I turned hollow forms with natural voids, which I still enjoy, but now I am focused on Basket Illusion pieces. I am taking them my own direction, while turning platters, bowls, and hollows, decorated with multiple colors in geometric patterns.

Hands On Workshop: Bowl Turning Simplified

In this demo, we will be turning a small bowl using some simple turning techniques. This will include mounting the blank to the lathe, rough turning the piece, reversing it into the chuck, and finish turning. We will be primarily using bowl gouges and negative rake scrapers in this workshop.

Shear Style Basket Illusion

In this demo, I will be turning a small basket illusion piece, using shear style beading tools. During this demo I will show all the steps necessary, from start to finish, to complete a basket illusion turning. This will include mounting the piece for turning, rough turning, finish turning, beading, indexing to draw radial lines, burning, and coloring.


Comparing Shearing and Scraping Basket Illusion

In this demo, I will be turning a small basket illusion piece, comparing the shearing style and scraping style beading tools. I will demonstrate the very different techniques that each of these style of tools requires. During this demo I will show all the steps needed, from start to finish, on how to complete a basket illusion turning. This will include mounting the wood to the lathe, turning techniques, beading using both styles of beading tools, indexing, burning and coloring.

Michael Roper


I am a third generation woodworker who fell in love with woodturning while studying at the Red Rocks Community College School of Fine Woodworking where I now teach. The environment I live in greatly influences my work. From my rough natural edge pieces representing our times of drought and fire to the simple curves of my bowls and hollow forms representing the curves of snow covered mountains, Colorado is not only the place I live but it is also my muse. Besides the natural beauty of the landscape, Colorado offers more than 100 different species of trees that grow along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. While many think of the Rockies as only yielding Pine, in fact the diversity of Elm, Maple, Walnut, Box Elder and dozens of other workable woods each offers their own challenges and intrinsic beauty. I create all my pieces in my cozy mountain studio that looks out at the Continental Divide.

Small Scale Hollow Vessels

In this demonstration I will go over the process I use to make small scale hollow vessels (3″x3″x3″). The demo will focus on proper techniques for mounting small work on the lathe, safe turning speeds and proper tool position and use for hollowing a vessel through a small opening. This demo is appropriate for all skill levels of woodturners.

Embellishing Your Work with the Robert Sorby Spiraling and Texturing Tool

In this demonstration I will show you how to embellish both spindle and bowl work with the Robert Sorby Spiraling and Texturing Tool. The demonstration will focus on creating spiral effects on the rim of a bowl and on the stem of a goblet as well as how to produce a herringbone pattern on your work. This demo is appropriate for all skill levels of woodturners. Learn how to embellish different textures on anything that you make.

Trent Bosch


Trent Bosch has been focused on woodturning professionally for more then 25 years. Over the years he has enjoyed many facets of this medium, from production woodturning to sculptural one of a kind pieces to demonstrating and teaching hands on classes. More recently he has devoted more time to developing, designing and manufacturing unique tools for woodturners, as well as fostering the growth of his artistic children. Trent has taught and demonstrated his techniques for turning and sculpting wood throughout the world. To learn more about Trent you can visit his website at trentbosch.com or trentboschtools.com.

Revelations In Hollowing

Over the past 25 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.

Larger than Life Bugs

In this demo we will use turning, sculpting, carving, coloring and texturing to create a unique one of a kind sculpture that resembles a bug. This is a great way to try out new techniques and have fun on the lathe and beyond.

Brian Gisi

I have been a pen designer, turner and collector for more than 20 years. I specialize in pushing the boundaries of the traditional pen kit to create pocket sized masterpieces. In partnership with my father, our work has been featured in both wood turning and pen publications and I have received recognition in both pen and jewelry competitions. My wife and I live in Monument Colorado with our 12 year old son and a cat. Outside the shop, I make my living as a Technical Manager for the IBM.

Theme Pen Design and Construction – Medieval

This session will cover design and construction techniques to create a medieval themed pen. Topics covered in the session include stone block designs, do it yourself overlays, castle motif tricks and decorative accent ideas. Techniques include overlapping tube construction, on lathe build process and general construction ideas. Items covered in the session can be applied to both kit and custom work.

Advanced Pen Design and Construction

This session will cover advanced techniques to take your pen turning to the next level. Topics covered in the session include breaking free from kit limitations, frame and shell construction, shaped and turned embellishments and general design considerations. Techniques discussed can be applied to differentiate your kit products from the mainstream or the construction of a completely custom writing instrument.

Joe Fleming

Airbrushing Wood

Woodworking provides me with an outlet for my creativity. I enjoy finding a piece of wood, envisioning what it can become, and then transforming it into a beautiful art or craft piece. I make both art pieces and functional pieces, but I always strive for beauty. My woodturning consists all types of turning disciplines including bowls, hollow forms, platters, vases, boxes and furniture components. I use a variety of wood species in my work including local urban forested woods like eucalyptus, and other reclaimed wood. I also use wood from certified forestry projects in the Pacific Northwest, Mexico and Australia.

I have been an amateur woodworker for over 40 years and an amateur woodturner for more than 15 years. My skills are primarily self-taught with assists from various class work, from woodworking publications, and through participation in various woodworking clubs. I have studied with many noted wood artists including, Allan Batty, Stuart Batty, Christian Burchard, Jimmy Clewes, Don Derry, Michael, Hosaluk, John Jordan, Binh Pho, Richard Raffan, Merryll Saylan, and Susan Working. My dad gets the credit for instilling in me a passion for hand-made wood items.

The Airbrush Demystified

New and intermediate airbrushers will learn how to select and use an airbrush including:

  • Equipment selection and maintenance: Types of brushes; Air sources; Accessories.
  • Paint and dye selection.
  • Basic painting skills needed for successful airbrush applications on wood: Different strokes; Masking; Freehand; Shading.
  • The effects of wood selection and wood preparation on airbrush results. This includes sanding and bleaching.
  • Transferring an image to your wooden project: Pre-printed friskit; Tracing paper; Cutting or burning the image; Painting the image with the airbrush; Painting sequences; Remasking
  • Cleaning the airbrush: Disassembly; Cleaning; Reassembly


Airbrush Art – How to Successfully Transfer Images

Transfer image selection, use of friskit and other masking techniques, airbrush transfer images to wood projects.

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Airbrushers will learn:

  • How to select appropriate images such as clip art, flat art or photos for application to their wood projects.
  • How to successfully transfer them to their project using an airbrush: Direct image application; Photo transfer using laser or inkjet printers; Freehand transfer/original art
  • The demonstration will include the completion of a small transfer project using an image of an original piece of art.

Turning a 3-Legged Stool

How to design, layout, and turn a 3-legged stool including construction tips for a well-built stool.

  • Learn the key attributes of a well-design 3-legged stool including seat height, leg flair, and stretcher height.
  • Learn what are appropriate woods to select for the seat, legs and stretchers.
  • Learn how to lay out all the leg and stretcher holes to be drilled.
  • Learn how to assemble the stool.