For regular readers of Woodturning Design, it comes as no surprise that the Utah Woodturning Symposium holds a special place in my heart. The first symposium that I ever attended was back in the mid-1980s, and Dale Nish taught the very first turning class that I had taken about a year before. I was extremely saddened by Dale’s passing shortly after this year’s symposium, and I’m particularly happy that the coming one is dedicated to Dale’s memory. This year’s symposium will be held May 15 to 17, 2014, on the Utah Valley University campus in the UCCU Events Center in Orem, Utah.
According to the news release that I received, “This year’s theme will be ‘A Tribute to Dale Nish.’ Dale started the Utah Woodturning Symposium in 1979. We are bringing back many demonstrators from some of those earlier symposiums to help us pay tribute to Dale. Dale Nish passed away one week after our 2013 Symposium. He was so happy that week, visiting with many of his old friends and meeting new ones. He wasn’t one to show much emotion, but at times the twinkle in his eyes and his big happy grin couldn’t be suppressed. We all miss him so much and want to share what he contributed to the woodturning world.
“2014 Demonstrators include: Kip Christensen, Hans Weissflog, Jakob Weissflog, Art Majerus, Ray Key, Mike Mahoney, Steve Gray, Stuart Mortimer, Bonnie Klein, Kirk DeHeer, Bill Ooms, Nelson Cassinger, Al Stirt, David Ellsworth, Kurt Hertzog, Jerry Kermode, Glenn Lucas, Don Russell, Tom Sorenson, Keith Tompkins, Richard Raffan, Rex Burningham, Joe Wagner and many more.”
I’ve experienced some major computer problems that culminated in having to purchase a new computer. With that came another learning curve to navigate and the loss of some important pieces of information because of the crash. If anyone has sent anything to me by e-mail in the last six months, it is most likely irretrievably lost in cyberspace, so please contact me to see if replacement is necessary.
I’ve had several readers ask about articles on hand-chased threads. It is a difficult subject to cover because so much of the process is visual—you actually have to watch someone do it to learn how. Sam Angelo tackles that task in his article on thread chasing by offering directions, as well as videos on chasing threads. I’m sure you will find this two-pronged approach worthwhile.
This issue has plenty of projects to keep you busy along with our regular features from Kurt Hertzog (Behind the Scenes and Penmaking) and Robert Gulley (Beginner’s Corner). There are seven projects that can be made in a weekend. Since this is the Holiday issue, we have three ornaments to make for your tree: David Reed Smith continues his exploration of spheres and offers his Sphere Ornament; Kurt Hertzog explains how to make a Sea Urchin Ornament; and Malcolm Tibbetts discusses making a red, white, and green ornament using a production-run method to do so. There are also projects for the toolmakers among you: Charles Mak leads you in making a scratch awl that has been embellished with decorative metals, and I explain how to make an oak mallet with aluminium ferrules. Jim Duxbury uses those tiny bits of wood that we all squirrel away to embellish small jars that can be filled with Christmas goodies, and John D. Williams shows how to make a felt-lined presentation box for that special pen gift.
Finally, we bid farewell to the “Ask Dale” column. We have decided to give the topic a rest for the time being, but could possibly resurrect the idea sometime down the road in a different format. Thanks, Dale, for all the questions that you’ve answered for us these many years. The columns can be found in their entirety here.
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