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Mark your calendar for the 2021 TAW Symposium

January 29th & 30th, 2021
Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Franklin TN

Featured Demonstrators:

Kim Winkle, John Beaver, Glenn Lucas and Tom Wirsing

Kim Winkle, Demonstrator

Kim Winkle’s extraordinary woodturned objects(and her furniture) are created using hardwood, paint, and graphite. The forms are generally streamlined in order to better play the role of an empty canvas for color and line. Her work displays a unique balance of form, color and surface pattern. Kim has exhibited at prestigious national and international venues, and her work has been included in several popular woodworking magazines. She has been awarded four Niche awards, a State of Tennessee Individual Artist Award, and the Society of Arts and Crafts John D. Mineck furniture fellowship. Kim’s workshop teaching experience includes Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, AndersonRanch Art Center, The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, John C. Campbell Folk School and the Appalachian Center for Craft. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Ceramics, and Master of Fine Art in Furniture Design. Kim is an Associate Professor of Art at Tennessee Technological University, and lives with her cat Pickles in Smithville, TN. For more information visit Kim’s website

John Beaver - Demonstrator

After spending over 25 years in Hollywood, filming television commercials, I began experimenting with a lathe I had inherited.  Before I even mastered the technique, I could see that I wanted to find a way to give the pieces a little more life.  A bowl, or a vase, or a sculpture sits on a shelf and has a form, and there’s a certain beauty in that, but I wanted to add movement and energy to that form.
I have always lived near the ocean, and was inspired to bring the motion and rhythm of the waves to a round object.  The exploration of that concept led to the “wavy” design which is still the core element of my work today. I started by placing the design on bowls, because that’s kind of the obvious thing to make on a lathe, but as I developed new techniques I found that I could remove the restriction of the vessel and let the design stand alone as a sculptural form. 
By working with round forms I found this opportunity to create designs that have no beginning or end.  Even as they sit still, you can imagine the design wrapping around the piece and coming back into view, giving rhythm to the design.   By moving the shapes around on the piece I found the energy that hopefully gives a feeling of movement to an otherwise static form.
I live in Pacific Palisades, CA  with my wife Candy, and two wonderful daughters, Lauren and Rachel.  When I’m not in the studio, I enjoy Golf, Paddle Tennis, Skiing, Cycling, Kayaking, Hiking and Bocce. For more information please visit my website

Glenn Lucas - Demonstrator

Glenn Lucas is a well-established production turner specializing in utility ware. He started turning in 1990 at the age of sixteen. He has produced thousands of bowls and platters each year supplying shops in Europe and the USA. Many of Glenn’s pieces are in collections around the world. He has participated in events such as Sofa Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and in 2014 the Design Crafts Council of Ireland touring exhibition ‘Weathering’ which was seen at London Design Festival, Maison et Object Paris and Beijing’s Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art. Glenn has become a popular demonstrator and teacher in Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA and now spends over 3 months of each year travelling around the world. He balances his production of classic bowls turned from native Irish wood (set up in 1995), with an extensive teaching program run from his ‘Woodturning Study Centre’. Since 2011 he has released three highly successful DVDs on the techniques of turning. Glenn has a reputation for efficiency and having an in depth knowledge of the tools of the trade. In May 2013 a range of Glenn Lucas Signature Woodturning Tools was launched by Craft Supplies USA. For more information visit Glenn’s website:

Tom Wirsing - Demonstrator

I love wood. I love its beautiful colors, its various textures, and I particularly love wood with dramatic variations in grain patterns. I grew up in a home full of antiques, most of which were built in the American colonies, and I loved their graceful lines and curves, the beauty of their wood, the patina of their well-rubbed finishes, and the softly reflected light from their surfaces.

Turning bowls and platters on my wood lathes brings life to my love of wood. Imagine the pleasure I receive from mounting a piece of timber on the lathe and turning it into a form with flowing curves, beautiful color and figure, a satin finish, and an alluring feel. I particularly love turning large platters and bowls, which, like the antiques I grew up with, will become heirlooms enjoyed by many generations to come. For more information please visit my website


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