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.