Our February Demo will be Sam McDowell. He retired with 20 years with the US AirForce and 25 with US Airways. His first turning was two walnut chalices for his church in 1994…the church still use his pieces for Lent. He has been hooked ever since. He does several shows a year in Blowing Rock and Louisville, Kentucky. He has been doing demos for years locally and at the NC Symposium.
Our March demo will be Jerry Bartusch. Jerry retired in 2005 from the sheet metal industry in Chicago. That will play into his wood turning journey! He bought a used lathe in 2012 and learned by watching YouTube videos. He bought his first purchased lathe at Klingspor’s in 2014 and upgraded to a much bigger lathe a year later. He has been a member of NCW since 2014. He says that he has learned much from Bob Hodges and from all of the demonstrations at the club. The metalworking background plays in with him making a number of tools for specialty uses in his shop. When he runs into a challenge that traditional tools can’t help, he just makes a tool! He sells his work through shows and consignment, but most of what he does are given as gifts. He loves woodturning and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon! This is his first demo, ever, so let’s show him lots of love!
Our demonstration for April will be Louise Butler, a woodturner out of Reidsville, NC. Louise is past president of the Piedmont Triad Woodturners in Greensboro. She has a unique way of turning platters that combines her love of stained glass with her love of woodturning. I look forward to her demonstration!
Our May demonstration is Cynthia Carden. Cynthia creates from her home studio in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Her pyrographic work is elegant and distinctive, combining coloring in unusual and beautiful ways. Along with her line of dolls, Cynthia has collaborated with noted Internationally recognized woodworking artisans. ”I am enchanted by the aesthetic of wearable art and fashion design.” Cynthia says. “The arts of Asia strongly influence my work. Creating personality and expression through embellishment brings great satisfaction.”
Cynthia affectionately acknowledges the help and support of dear friends, notably Dale Larson, Binh Pho, Cindy Drozda, Sandy and Tom Davis, Madelyn Molina and Mark Hancock throughout her journey creating The Amazing Dolls Collection. Her website may be found at: https://www.cynthiacardenpyrography.com/page.html