Highland Woodworking at the Southern States VII Woodturning Symposium

This past weekend Highland Woodworking had the opportunity to participate in the Southern States VII Woodturning Symposium at the Georgia Mountains Center in Gainesville, GA. The Symposium started on Friday, April 27 and continued through Sunday, April 29. The featured demonstrators were Bruce Bell from Australia, John Jordan from Tennessee, Mike Mahoney from Utah and Dale Nish, also from Utah.

Our own Phil Colson kept the crowd captivated with the amazing Elbo Tool. Its innovative design almost eliminates the drudgery and physical exertion of end grain vessel hollowing. One end clamps to your lathe's tailstock while the cutting arm slides over your tool rest. Three elbow-joint pivot points let you guide the cutter effortlessly. No more tense muscles or bone jolting rides as you hollow.

The Symposium's Instant Gallery featured beautiful work from registrants, who were also given the option to have their pieces critiqued. The gathering was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet our customers and spend time with them as fellow woodworkers, and is a valuable resource for turners of all levels.

Below are photos of Phil in action, as well as a few pieces from the Instant Gallery.


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