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HomeTurning 2015

Turning 2015
This is history. Photos here: 2015-10 Symposium 
October 9-11, 2015
Higher Ground Conference Center

You can register online here:    Register for 2015 Turning Symposium 
Turning 2015 is our biennial Symposium. It has grown into one of the best regional symposiums in the USA. It is unique from other regional symposiums in that it is held in a rural setting away from the usual hassle of a city hotel or conference center. Our location in eastern Indiana at the Higher Ground Conference Center fosters an intimacy not found at other symposiums. There is an on-site lodge, dorm facilities, RV park and campground as well as national chain hotels within a few minutes drive. Attendees enjoy tasty meals in a spacious dining hall where they can discuss the events of the day, get to know the demonstrators and fellow turners and sometimes see local wildlife just outside the windows, all while enjoying their meals.
We have an excellent line-up of Featured Demonstrators as well a some very talented Guest Demonstrators to entertain and educate you. There will also be a goodly number of vendors to ply you with their goodies and tempt you with tools and wood that you just can't do without. The icing on the cake is the Instant Gallery stocked with your very own creations in every imaginable configuration. You won't want to miss the Saturday night Banquet and Auction. They are great fun and a good way to stock up on all things woodturning. It's a chance for fellow turners to collect artwork and items that are otherwise not easily acquired. You may want to donate something to the auction as all the proceeds help the OVWG provide this symposium as well as our other programs throughout the year.
Don't forget to bring your non-turning significant other. As in past years the craft room will be available for use by those who need a place to pursue other interests including sewing, quilting, knitting and other crafts of their choice. Tables, chairs and power are available. Bring your own equipment and supplies. If you can bring a presentation and share a project or technique that you particularly like I'm sure it would be enjoyed and appreciated. The craft room is for sharing fun and fellowship with no agenda. A visit to one or more quilt/craft shops is likely to happen. (See below.)
You won't be disappointed if you choose to join us for this fabulous 3 day event. Our symposium is small enough to be intimate and large enough to have the cream of the crop for demonstrators and vendors. Click the "Register Now" button and begin the journey to a great weekend. We hope to see you there.

Dear “Crafters”!

I have been asked to let you know that, as in other years, there will be a ‘craft’ room set aside for knitters, quilters, needle workers, and visitors too!   Craft or no craft please feel free to join us at the craft room anytime during the Symposium.  Tables and chairs will be available for our use, conversation will be interesting and fun and projects will be worked on!


There are some good quilt shops in the Indiana/Ohio region.  If you are interested in a bit of ‘shopping’ or you simply want to get away to look at fabrics, yarn, etc., we are planning a road trip to a shop or shops in the area.  Decisions on where to travel to be made by the crafters from a list of shops at the symposium!

Any questions, or suggestions for this year’s symposium ‘craft room’, feel free to call or e-mail me.  I may or may not have your answers!

Phone  #  513-290-9609; or e-mail at

Current Vendor List (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Best Wood Tools
Big Monk Lumber

Pete Kekel

big monk lumber compaNY

Big Monk Lumber


Lyle Jamieson
John Jordan Woodturning
Oneway Manufacturing
Carter Products (Keith Burns)
Woodturners Wonders (Ken Rizza)
Hunter Tools (Mike)
Chefware (Craig Lapiana)
(Cancelled, personnel shortage, No Vending this time)
Frank Kobilsek

Jason Swanson

Doug Thompson
Chucks Plus
Rubber Chucky (Don Doyle)
North Woods
Joe Fleming (Airbrush)

Johannes Michelsen
Gordon Eisenberg
Earth's Watch Wooden Watches
Vince's Wood N Wonders
Current Demonstrators & Topics (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
Malcolm Tibbetts (Feature) Segmented Woodturning 101,Checkerboard Vessel, Ribbons, Segmented Sculpture
Mike Jackofsky (Feature) using hollowing tools, basic hollow vessels, hollow vessel form design, natural edge hollow form
Derek Weidman (Feature) human face, animal face, creating visual language
Mark St. Leger (Feature) Rock-a-Bye Box, Lidded Box with hand chased threads, Square Lidded Box
Neil Scobie (Feature) developing a concept, adding texture to your work, offset triangular vase with aluminum legs
Chris Ramsey (Feature) outback hat, mini hats, natural edge bowl (open and closed)
Jason Swanson (vendor) Peppermill Pulverizor,
Staved Segmented Blanks,
Vacuum Chucking Demystified
Frank Kobilsek Jewelry, Bottle Stoppers, Paper and Milk Paint Texturing
Doug Thompson (vendor) Sharpening
Don Doyle (vendor) Rubber Chuckies
John Albachten (member) sanding and finishing artistic and functional pieces
reverse bowl turning methods

Dale Miner (member) Beehive Box
Keith Bundy (member) ornament
Mary Carol Meinken Pyrography
Lyle Jamieson (vendor) thin stemmed goblet
Gary Brackett Log to Lathe
Jamie Donaldson (member) square forms and photography
David Shombert (member) segmenting glue up technique, mosaic segmentation
Mark Sillay Slicing Cut Techniques, Offset Turning, No Sand CA Finish, Toothpick Joinery
Dick Gerard Turning Spheres / Decorating Spheres
Terry Elfers/Tom Cummings (members) fixtures/jigs
John Jordan (Vendor) really good natural edge bowls and wood aesthetics
Linda Ferber pendants
Keith Burns (Vendor) Finials and Lids
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