Monday 9 July 2018
The dates chosen for this year's Symposium were 16-18 May, and as always, it was a real treat to be able to be there and witness and interact with various elements of the event. I was last at the event in 2007 and since then, the venue has moved from Brigham Young University in Provo to Utah Valley the main University campus in Orem, which is just down the road from Provo. It took me a while to get used to the new location, which was new to me, despite the move having been a few years back, but in truth, I preferred it. There was just so much more space. It seemed that there was less time spent walking between demo areas and there was much more space for everything. There were more seats for people watching demonstrations and the audio and visual setup was super, meaning people could see and hear everything clearly.
The line-up of demonstrators was such that between them they covered nearly every conceivable area of turning and enhancement that could be demonstrated within the time slots allocated. The Instant Gallery was an absolute treat, but it was, as always, a dilemma for people to decide which rotations to see. The people staffing the Instant Gallery did an amazing job. There was a professional photographer taking photos of each piece of work on display so a souvenir DVD could be obtained. Everyone was so helpful and everything was done with a smile.
In addition to the demonstrators and attendees' work on display, there was a special exhibition of some of the work from Dale Nish's personal collection. This gave a wonderful historical perspective on turning and on who has done what at various stages in their turning careers. The banquet took place on the Saturday evening and this year, during the event, Vic Wood was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to turning. Everyone felt that this was a much-deserved award for someone who has spent a lifetime teaching and helping people.
As with any event, the ability to see various things and meet up with people in an environment where every element is specifically geared to allow people to learn and share is an absolute pleasure. Following are a few images of the things I saw there, which I hope will whet your appetite.
The date for next year's event has not yet been decided, but we will bring you all the details once they are made available to us.