Fall Symposiums: Segmented Woodturners and Ornamental Turners International

The Segmented Woodturners and the Ornamental Turners International are both holding Thursday to Sunday symposiums this fall.
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The 13th Ornamental Turners International Symposium will take place Oct 2nd - 5th, at the Hyatt Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The 4th Segmenting Symposium will take place October 16th - 19th, at the Drury Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Ornamental turning has been around for hundreds of years. All of the work is produced by making precision cuts on machines such as the Rose Engine lathe and the Holzapfel lathe. Many ornamental turners use lathes which are over 200 years old.

Collectors of Wood Art members who do ornamental turning include Dewey Garrett, Bill Ooms, Josh Salesin, and Jon Sauer.

Segmented turning has become popular with turners in the past fifteen years. The process involves cutting up hundreds of pieces of wood, then gluing those pieces back together in whatever shape or pattern the maker can imagine.

Well-known segmenters in CWA include board-of-directors member John Beaver, Jerry Bennett, and Curt Theobald.

Each organization will have an instant gallery open to the public. In these free venues, patrons may wander the aisles looking at the best examples of the work from around the world. Many of the pieces will be for sale.

The segmented instant gallery will be open all day Friday and Saturday, October 17th - 18th. The ornament gallery will be open Saturday, October 4th from 1-6 p.m. This gallery will feature work from several European artists which is rarely seen or available fur purchase in the United States.

Individuals may register for the full weekend at each symposium. This will include two full days of demonstrations, meals and a banquet.

Information for the 13th Ornamental Turners International Symposium can be found at: www.ornamentalturners.org

Information for the 4th Segmenting Symposium is available at: www.segmentedwoodturners.org

Article by Dave Long