The Southwest Association of Turners strives to provide the best in demonstrations and workshops for our annual symposium attendees.
We offer demonstrations by internationally renowned artists, regional woodturning experts, and hands on experiences by our supporting chapters and vendors.
You can learn how to do just about anything your heart desires (with a piece of wood) after spending the day in the company of the demonstrators at SWAT. Take a look at the information below for a complete listing of the experts providing demonstrations at the 2021 SWAT symposium.
Here are the Lead Demonstrators for SWAT 2022.
More to come...
Barry Gross started creating his fine writing instruments over 20 years ago working with exotic woods. Since then he has moved to working with resins to create his one-of-a-kind fine writing instruments. He is a published author of six books on turning and pen making and has published over 70 articles for several woodworking magazines including Fine Woodworking.
In 2010 he won a Readers’ Choice Award from Pen World Magazine for his Watch Parts Pen. In 2012 he was a double Niche Award finalist and was commissioned by the White House to make pens for foreign dignitaries by former Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2014 -2015 he was accepted as a member of Who’s Who for outstanding achievements in the field of woodturning. For the past 15 years he has been a featured demonstrator for The Woodworking Shows and has demonstrated for the National and Regional AAW sponsored events.
I've been a professional woodturner for thirty-five years. My production work was mainly salad bowls, burial urns, platters, plates, and other utility items. I am passionate about my craft and educating the public about woodturning. My work is designed to last a lifetime. I use wood that I harvest from urban sources that matches its utility.
I’m a Woodturner and Sculptor. I started this journey in 1996, a slow start but quickly learned the basic and fell in love with the process of producing Art from recycled trees.
I make Functional and sculptural work. It is very powerful to make functional work beautiful. I find invoking emotions with my work is very satisfying.
The simple and even extraordinary embellishments can be made with surprisingly basic tools and techniques.
As a professional Woodturner I have turned many, many bowls and vessels, many hundreds of Boxes. Boxes are the very first projects I turned on a lathe and one of my favorites.
As I continue to share my techniques through demonstrations and teaching students one on one, I find that my passions have not dimmed but burnever brighter.
After many years in the computer and software industry, Craig Timmerman has been a full-time artist and production wood turner since 2008. In addition to demonstrating and teaching at many AAW chapters, he has demonstrated at AAW Symposiums, numerous SWAT symposiums, the Utah Symposium, the North Dakota Symposium, and the Rocky Mountain Symposium. Craig has started the Armadillo Woodworks YouTube channel and is setup to do remote, interactive demos. He has been a member of the Central Texas Woodturners and the AAW since 2008.
He picked up woodturning over twenty years ago when he took a weekend class at a local store. After that weekend the wood working equipment in his shop ceased to be used for anything except woodturning. His specialties include non-round turnings, hollow forms, spheres, lamps, and production gift items. Many of his pieces combine multiple turnings and bent laminations. He works primarily with reclaimed timber accentuating the flaws by making them the focal point of the piece; often filling them with crushed stone.
Craig’s work is in several central Texas galleries and can also be found on his website, armadillowoodworks.com. He has been married to his wife Tina for over 38 years and they live just outside Austin, TX.
My career has been spent as a plant evolutionary biologist, but I have many interests beyond the work I do as a scientist. My science background has led me into an exploration of art - particularly in working with wood. I have also discovered the joys of painting, and the skills I’ve gained through the photography I use to document the plants I study have led to an exploration of many genres in photography. Two years ago, I began an exploration of glass and have incorporated glass into my woodturning practice.
The natural world offers many inspirations, especially when it is examined at high magnification. I am a botanist by day and a part time woodturner in whatever spare time I can glean from the week. My botanical training has served me well in my art practice.
In woodturning, my work has focused on the use of surface enhancements that employ botanical motifs. Some of the botanical inspirations are obvious. For example, I sometimes use a botanical print motif to illustrate various flowering stages of a particular plant, or I'll cover one of my turnings in maple or oak leaves. Other designs are less obviously botanical unless one is used to seeing plants at the microscopic level. I sometimes enhance a turning by carving a textural motif inspired from cellular structures of plants. For the past 15 years, I have been carving botanical designs into my turnings in 3D.
Experimentation is part of my design process. I view wood as a medium for exploration and not just a material that has a pretty grain pattern. I tend to use woods that are fine grained with subtle figuring so that my botanical designs become part of the whole vessel, complementary to the wood as opposed to a distraction to the eye. My goal is to enhance the surface so that the vessel becomes a three-dimensional canvas that entices the viewer to explore all aspects of the piece.