Utah Woodturning Symposium to be held at UVU

International, national, and local woodturning masters and guests come together in Utah Valley.

Provo, Utah – March 5, 2013 – The 34 th annual Utah Woodturning Symposium is proud to announce its 2013 event for May 16-18, 2013, at the UCCU Events Center in Orem. The event will feature 80 live demonstrations, special events, and a free public exhibition featuring the extensive Dale Nish Collection, among others. The highly acclaimed event, that boasts the title of the oldest symposium in the United States, will host dozens of highly-celebrated woodturning demonstrators including 8 international, 12 out-of-state, and several local artists.

“The Utah Woodturning Symposium is well known worldwide because of the caliber of presenters that we fly in every year,” said Susan Hendrix, coordinator of the Utah Woodturning Symposium. “The symposium is loaded with woodturning artists and masterpiece work that will leave you feeling inspired to try your hand at woodworking techniques as you walk out of the doors.”

Two of the favorite international demonstrators at the event will include Mark Baker, a popular presenter and celebrated author from the United Kingdom, and John Wessels, an inspiring South African pilot turned woodturning master, who pairs his experience with pewter work with woodturning. A local favorite demonstrating in the event is Dr. Dale Nish, founder of the Utah Woodturning Symposium over 30 years ago, a well-known international demonstrator, author of the first woodturning book (and many other books) in the United States and BYU professor. Dr. Kip Christensen, also a local favorite, is a BYU professor that has published dozens of books and is well-known for his work assisting students in the designing of award-winning furniture pieces that have received national recognition.

“One of the highlights of this year’s event to look for is the special exhibition of the Dale Nish Collection,” said Hendrix, coordinator of the Utah Woodturning Symposium. “It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to view this collection of spectacular woodturnings from around the world and hear the stories behind each piece, all under one roof.”

The Dale Nish Collection display and open gallery of work done by demonstrators and symposium participants is free to attend for the general public. The gallery will open on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 11 am and run until Saturday afternoon. The gallery hours are from 11am to 4pm each day. A ticket is not required to enter the gallery.

A kick-off event for this year’s Utah Woodturning Symposium events, which are expected to bring in more than 500 attendees, will be held at Craft Supply USA on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The event will include a full day of free demonstrations, new product demonstrations, sales, and a barbeque lunch.

“We are excited to welcome the leaders in woodturning to Utah Valley,” said Joel Racker, President and CEO of the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We hope attendees enjoy the breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountains, taste of authentic Utah Valley restaurants, and unique area attractions, during their stay.”

Tickets to attend the Utah Woodturning Symposiums events at UVU can be purchased online at utahwoodturning.com or on site on May 16 at the event.

For more information on the event, visit utahwoodturning.com. To find more information on area attractions and places to stay or eat in Utah Valley, visit utahvalley.com. The sponsoring hotels for this event are Provo Courtyard by Marriott, Springhill Suites, and Orem Towne Place Suites.