2010 Symposium will be held on April 9, 10 and 11th, 2010 at the Bismarck State College Vo-Tech
building at 1200 College Drive, Bismarck, ND. Featured professional
woodturners are Stuart Batty, Rex Burningham and Cindy Drozda.
Information on each demonstrator follows. Photos from the symposium will
be posted below. Click on the following for photos from the symposium "Demonstrations"
and the "Instant Gallery". For
more information and details on the
symposium click on the following: "Registration
are requested to read the Symposium
Do's and Don'ts which addresses safety, procedures and etiquette. The
projects each of the demonstrators will be teaching and required materials
follows. Watch the April newsletter for further details. Stuart
Batty will be teaching the use of a spindle gouge for spindle turning.
You will need 2 pieces 3x3x5" and one piece 2x5x5". Cindy
Drozda will teach finial turning and will supply the materials. Rex
Burningham will teach platter turning and a 3x6x6" block will be
required. Basic tools will be all that is needed for all of the
demonstrations. Spindle gouges, roughing gouge, skew, parting tools,
etc. For the platter turning you might want to bring bowl gouges and a
scroll chuck and the screw center for your chuck if you have one.
up in the city of Newcastle in northeast England. He began woodturning
at age 10 and is a third generation woodturner. Under the expert
tutelage of his father, Allan Batty an internationally recognized
woodturner, Stuart learned to make spindles and a variety of other
production turning articles. These techniques have been used and passed
on through apprenticeships for centuries in Britain.
started working as a full-time production woodturner and teacher in his
father's woodturning studio at the age of sixteen. At nineteen he
started working for Craft Supplies Ltd. in England, which was the
largest woodturning supplier in the world.
the six years he worked for Craft Supplies, Stuart was the company's
in-house woodturning teacher and demonstrator. He also set up Craft
Supplies first sawmill, and was in charge of importing over 300 exotic
woods, which were sold around the world. Stuart also developed and
tested woodturning tools for Robert Sorby who at the time was Craft
Supplies Ltd. sister company.
the past twenty-seven years Stuart has taught over 3,000 amateur and
professional woodturners. He has demonstrated and taught in twelve
countries, including over 180 different American Association of
Woodturning clubs across the USA.
style of work is greatly influenced by his background as a spindle
turner with precise cuts and sharp detail. He uses very simple tools and
grinds to create his pieces. His work is "pure" lathe work,
with no carving or surface texturing. Stuart's artwork has been sold
through prestigious galleries across Europe and the USA. He also has
artwork displayed in the permanent White House collection.
believes we have only tapped the possibilities of what can be made on a
wood lathe and the only limiting factor for most woodturners is their
skill level and imagination. With production woodturning as his
background, Stuart's foundation in woodturning helped him develop the
push cut style and other techniques like negative rake scraping. These
techniques allowed him to produce very delicate high-end pieces for
This information was
copied from the following web site: http://www.djmarks.com/stuartbattybio.asp
Burningham was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and reared in
Bountiful, Utah. He worked as a carpenter for four years after
completing high school. He later attended Brigham Young University on an
athletics scholarship for football. While at BYU, working on a degree in
technology education, Rex was introduced to woodturning by Dale Nish.
During this time he also worked at Craft Supplies USA, a woodturning
supply catalog, as an assistant in the woodturning courses. Working
alongside some of the world's best-known woodturners, including Dale
Nish, Rude Osolnik, Richard Raffan and Ray Key, gave Rex the chance to
learn from the best.
completing his degree, Rex taught woodworking and drafting for three
years at East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. His work has been
published in several magazines and is co-author of the book Turning Pens
and Pencils. He is currently displaying work in several galleries and
participates in several exhibitions each year. Rex is a nationally
recognized woodturner, teaching and demonstrating throughout the United
States. He has given many national and several international
presentations at workshops, conferences, and symposia including the
American Association of Woodturners National Symposium, the Alan Batty
Woodturning Symposium (UK), the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium,
the Utah Woodturning Symposium, Craft Supplies USA, Georgia Woodturning
Symposium, and John Campbell Folk School of Arts and Crafts.
Rex is Vice President at Craft Supplies USA. While working for Craft
Supplies USA he has the opportunity to research and develop many of the
pen kits and woodturning accessories offered today. The combination of
his woodturning skills and his love of research and developing
woodturning products make him feel like a kid in the candy store!
preceding information is from Rex’s Web Site
- which you can visit for additional information.
You can also go the to following link to see a short video of Rex
in action turning a project which you may see at the April Symposium.
Drozda comes to us from Boulder, CO.
She started her woodworking career at age 19 working in a player
piano factory for five years and then working in cabinet shops until
1992 when she decided to go into business for herself.
Cindy first started turning in 1984 and it continued as a hobby
until 1998 when she made it her full-time occupation.
is noted for Finial Boxes and the tentative plan is for her to
demonstrate these at our symposium.
She notes on her web site she strives to “give 110% during her
demonstrations, providing techniques, tips, tricks and ideas”
interacting with all the participants.
Hand outs and sources of supply for her projects are also
provided to the participants.
of her stated philosophy is “
The more we are exposed to different methods and ideas, the more we
expand our own horizons.” This
has been a goal of the DWT’s in holding our symposiums, exposing our
members to various demonstrators and their unique prospective and
woodturning projects. Cindy’s
appearance will undoubtedly fulfill this goal promises to be one of our
best demonstrators ever.
above information was gathered from Cindy’s web site:
Take some time to visit this impressive web site for additional
information and a galley of her work.
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Burningham, Cindy Drozda, Stuart Batty accept an appreciation gift from
the Chapter. The pencil cups are made from ND Elm with painting of
the ND State bird, Meadowlark and the Prairie Rose, ND State Flower
President Ron Day with introductory remarks at the Saturday evening social
Lambert visiting with Cindy Drozda and Stuart Batty
Burningham visiting with members
participants and quests at the Saturday evening social
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