*The Tennessee Association of Woodturners - 21st Annual Symposium Information*

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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 10-14-2008 08:52 PM 1468 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Tennessee Association of Woodturners - 21st Annual Symposium Information

When: January 23-24, 2009

Where: Radisson Opryland Hotel in Nashville

Google map directions:

Registration form:

For more information: TAW web site

The Symposium will also include the following events: Instant Gallery, People’s Choice Award, Dinner and Auction, Vendors, and Round table discussion with the demonstrators. For more information: Send an email to or call 615-300-0363.

Jimmy Clewes Jimmy Clewes – Woodturning with…
Jimmy is not your ordinary woodturner. Upon a first meeting one would think of him as a renegade, a free thinker and not within the stereotypical image of a woodturner His charming British style, unending wit, creative mind and magnetic personality are only some of the attributes that make him popular in the woodturning demonstration circuit.

Jimmy is on the Register of Professional Woodturners in the United Kingdom and has over 21 years of experience in woodturning and woodworking. The demand for his services as a freelance demonstrator takes him all across the United Kingdom, Europe , New Zealand , as far as the Falkland Islands and now the United States and Canada.

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. He received a 2:1 Honours Degree with special emphasis on learning 3-Dimensional Design.He Studied Wood Metal Ceramics and Glass. With that focus, he began to specialize in designing and making furniture which was influenced by Japanese tools and design. He now lives in the US.
Cindy Drozda Cindy Drozda – The Fine Art of Woodturning

Cindy Drozda, Boulder Colorado, has worked with wood professionally since her first “real” job at age 19, where she taught herself to work with wood. The need to make a pair of chairs brought her to woodturning, but it was the pictures of bowls, vessels, and boxes in the back of Dale Nish’s book that really got her hooked. Before settling on woodturning as a career Cindy worked as a cabinet maker, rebuilt airplanes, machined metal, and made hang gliding equipment.

Today, her pieces are exhibited at the finest art shows and galleries. Her elegant lidded vessels and boxes with delicate finials bring a contemporary flair to classic forms. A jewel hidden under the lid symbolizes the treasure that life reveals when we make the effort to look deeper. Her trademarks are precise techniques, fine details, and pleasing forms.

Cindy shares her knowledge and passion as an international demonstrator and teacher, as well as through her instructional DVD/videos. A member of the American Association of Woodturners and 4 chapters, she sees the sharing of ideas in the woodturning community as vital to the health and growth of individuals, the community, and “Wood Art” in today’s world. She has written several articles for the AAW Journal, including a recent one on “Finial Design”. Cindy will coach you to new levels of excellence in your woodturning!

In 1988, Cindy participated in the first successful west-to-east crossing of the US by non-powered hang glider, and in 1998 she flew an experimental airplane to Oshkosh for the world’s largest airshow. Woodturning is her latest exciting adventure!
Mike Mahoney Mike Mahoney – Bowl maker

Mike Mahoney has been a professional wood turner since 1994. His bowls are featured in galleries across the United States. Mike’s work is sought after by collectors all over the world. Mike is often requested to demonstrate and teach for wood turning clubs, craft schools and symposium. He has traveled around the world to discuss and demonstrate his craft. He is considered an authority in woodturning.

For more information on attending Mike’s classes, see the workshop information sheet.

Artist Statement: “I am passionate about my craft and the American Craft movement. I am dedicated to producing quality craft and educating the public about woodturning. My wood comes from urban sources (tree trimmers and local cities). I produce all my work on the lathe without any embellishments after the fact, creating a very traditional feel with contemporary ideas. I want my work to be attractive as well as useful. For my work to be admired is one thing, but for my work to be used fulfills my purpose as a craftsman.”
Bob Rosand Bob Rosand – A Lifetime of Woodturning and Woodworking
Robert Rosand began working with wood as a child and now, for well over twenty years has been woodturner, teacher, demonstrator, and writer on the subject of his craft. Most of his articles can be found in past issues of the American Woodturner. Bob has served as vice president and member of the board of directors for the American Association of Woodturners.

Accomplishments and Appearances – Bob has demonstrated for numerous local American Association of Woodturners chapters and has demonstrated at several national AAW symposiums. In 2005 he was the featured demonstrator at the 20th Annual National Symposium in Overland Park, Kansas.

His works are in private collections throughout the United States , Europe and Japan. A Christmas tree ornament turned by Robert and painted by his wife was selected to be placed on one of the White House Christmas trees. His turnings have been accepted in exhibitions such as “Woodturning: Vision and Concept II”, Gatlinburg, TN, “Turned for Use”, “Put A Lid On It”, and “Re-Turn to Oz” sponsored by the AAW.

Lifelong Partners – Robert has been married to his wife, Susan for over thirty years. Susan is a talented artist, and they occasionally combine their talents on collaborative pieces. They live in the woods of Pennsylvania in a home that they built.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 10-14-2008 09:10 PM

Thanks, JeffTWW, good info and a lot of valuable people to read up on.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 10-14-2008 11:43 PM

I will be there with bells on !

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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