AAW SYMPOSIUM NEWS: Artisans head to Downtown Pittsburgh for Woodturners Symposium
Thursday, July 2, 2015
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Artisans head to Downtown Pittsburgh for Woodturners Symposium (06/23/2015)
If woodwork conjures up memories of layman creations produced in middle-school tech-ed class, prepare to stretch your imagination.
The American Association of Woodturners' 29th annual symposium, which will run from June 25 to 28 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, will allow hundreds of artisans from around the world to display their artistic and intricate products.
Woodturning is a form of woodworking that is done by securing a small log of wood to a lathe, which spins the wood while the artisan shapes it by placing a tool at its edge.
While the craft's origins date to ancient Egypt, where it was used to make furniture for the affluent and equipment for war, it has evolved to produce more sophisticated artwork today.
The 29th annual symposium's instant gallery will allow the public to view, and in some cases purchase, more than 3,000 pierces of artwork ranging from traditional bowls and chair legs to more original, interpretive creations. It is believed that the woodturning gallery will be the largest in world history.
“There's so much life infused into the art,” says Kathleen Duncan, an association board member. “You look at these things and think, ‘How could they possibly do that with just a lathe and some tools?' ”