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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.