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Cindy Drozda All-Day Event Recap

As this is written, the final class is being taught by Cindy Drozda. Having had the opportunity to spend the past two days learning from Cindy has been a great experience. Due to circumstances, I was unable to attend the Thursday meeting, but sources tell me that I missed a great amount of fabulous information. Cindy gave a presentation on burl maximization. I knew it would be good, but from what I hear it was truly outstanding! Additionally, Cindy made the ceremonial “first cut” on the new Sweet Sixteen Robust lathe!

Anyone who missed the Saturday all day demo at the Anacortes First Baptist Church, missed another fantastic presentation. Cindy went through the steps on how she approaches her signature Star Finial Bowl. The detail and organization of this lady, not to mention the insights she presented, were extraordinary. As always, those that did not attend missed another fabulous meal! In addition to the aforementioned presentation, Cindy also demonstrated how she sharpens her tools. And as an encore, she made a mushroom from a Banksia pod!

On Friday, Cindy taught a finial class. Once again my angst ratchets to stratospheric levels, as I confess I was unable to attend that class due to afore mentioned circumstances. But nirvana was fortunately attained on Sunday when I reveled for eight hours with the other seven fortunate participants, in learning hands on how to emulate her awesome Star Finial Bowl. WOW! All good things do have to end however, and Monday is the final class (also a Star Finial Bowl, though I understand she is going to make the offer to allow folks to learn her Star Finial Box if they wish)!

As a club we are so fortunate to have people like Bob Doop and Juanita Caday who have given so freely of their time, treasures, and talents. Please add to the list of extraordinary folks Robbie and Dennis Shinn, George Way, Rick Anderson, Les Books, Rick Erb, and Laura Matthews! There are so many other folks that have done so much to make these events possible that this article would become an encyclopedic with all their names! All of those who helped deserve a heartfelt “thank you”.

Hopefully you were able to participate fully in this wonderful experience. The more we all become involved, the better our presentations can be, and the more we all gain! I urge you to volunteer for there are so many opportunities to become more involved in our club!

Hazel Thomas,
Vice President

If you would like to find copies of the handouts from the All-Day Demonstration and classes, Cindy has them and many more available at her website:

She also has a number of instructional videos on her youtube channel.

Cindy Drozda All-Day Event

Coming Saturday, March 22, 2014!

Cindy will spend the full day demonstrating the techniques she has perfected to create her signature FINIAL STAR LIDDED BOWLS:

  • Natural & Sculpted Edge Turning.
  • Elegant finials.
  • Multi‐Layers of color dyes to achieve stunning colors & patterns.
  • Slides & discussion of her Works & Designs.
  • Lots of time for questions & answers.

$45 advance registration
$50 at the door
Registration fee includes a hot lunch, beverages & snacks

Anacortes First Baptist Church
2717 J Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98221

See more of Cindy’s work at:

For more information, click here to download the event poster.

Click here to buy tickets online. Or see the poster for details on buying tickets by mail.

Woodturners of Olympia Symposium

The Woodturners of Olympia, a chapter of the AAW, is presenting its sixth annual symposium, “Creativity in Woodturning” featuring John Jordan, on July 27, 2013 from 7:50 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. It will be held at the Komachin Middle School in Lacey, Washington State. Price is $90 until May 31 after which it increases to $100. Price for youth under the age of 18 attending with an adult is $10. All prices include lunch and the chance to win several door prizes.

The day starts with Jack Wayne demonstrating his methods for turning thin. Jack is a popular Northwest woodturning instructor and demonstrator. He is followed for the rest of the day by John Jordan who will be conducting several demonstrations, including: aesthetics and properties of wood, turning & hollowing green wood and carving & texturing techniques. John was honored in 2011 with a lifetime membership to the AAW for his extraordinary contribution to the advancement of woodturning. More information on his technique and work can be seen at his web site: John will also lead four hands on workshops limited to 8 participants per day. Workshops schedule & topics are: Sunday, July 28, bowl turning; Monday, July 29, carving & texturing; Tuesday, July 30, Tea Pot; and Wednesday, July 31, student’s choice of either bowl turning or hollow forms. Cost for each of the workshops is $150.

For more information or to register for the symposium you can go to our web site: . You can also register by calling Al Price on 360-791-0396 or e-mail him at You can also contact Al to register for the classes.

Call For Volunteers – Education Outreach Program

Thanks to all for your generosity at our Holiday Party! We collected $730 for the Education Outreach Program – Woo Hoo!!! And a BIG hand to George Way for spearheading the effort to provide mentoring and equipment to Burlington-Edison and Sedro Woolley High Schools.

We would like to expand the program to additional High Schools, preferably in other counties, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!

  • Do you have a contact at a high school near you? Do they have a wood shop and a lathe (or 2) that are gathering dust? We can help with tools or sharpening equipment purchases… and providing mentoring for the instructors and students.
  • Would you like to work with the students but aren’t sure how? We will provide mentor training for those who want to participate in the outreach program!

We are also looking for volunteers to help outside of the classroom such as soliciting donations or discounts on tools, DVDs, kits, wood, etc.

Download the poster for details.