Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
What a tremendous, inspiring, creative experience! David and I are just beginning to get back on track after the AAW symposium in Albuquerque. David was a major demonstrator – 6 rotations! And only one of them repeated. He worked very hard!
I worked hard, too, demonstrating my new “Cindy Drozda Signature Tools” at the Packard Woodworks booth in the Trade Show. My own line of tools! How cool is that???!! Thanks go out to Brad Packard, of Packard Woodworks, and Barry Surplice of Henry Taylor/Hamlet for excellent tools, and in time for the symposium.
Demonstrating at the Trade Show is really fun! There’s no time pressure, and no performance agenda. It was just like hanging out with my friends and turning all day at the same time! What could be better?! Brad Packard and Company are great to work with. The tools look great and perform even better than anticipated.
These are the tools that I use on my DVDs and in demonstrations, made to my exact specifications. The Drozda Tools are available only from Packard Woodworks (or from me at my demonstrations).
After spending the 3 days of the AAW Albuquerque Symposium, www.woodturner.org, using my new tools at the Trade Show, I’m very pleased with how they turned out (pun intended of course!). The quality and finishing are excellent, requiring less tuning up than is usually expected from “factory ground” tools. I was also impressed with how seldom I had to sharpen. Excellent quality! I couldn’t be happier! I wish these had been available when I started…. Would have saved me a lot of time at the grinder.
Take a look on my website www.cindydrozda.com (click on “Tools”), or www.packardwoodworks.com. Packard Woodworks has a reputation in the turning community for excellent customer service, something that is hard to find in today’s world. I have to say, my own experience shows their reputation to be well-deserved!
There’s nothing quite as much fun as new tools that work well! My thanks go out, also, to the many turners who have shared with me the tools that they use, and allowed me to copy them and modify them for my own use. I’m looking forward to sharing these tools with all of you in the turning community. The more we all share, the more we all grow! Now – out to the shop to make some chips!
David and I also released our new DVD “Left Brain/Right Brain – Developing Signature Artwork” at the Symposium. The demo’s performance has been well received, and the DVD just gives us a chance to share that with more folks out there in the turning and art world. I
Overall, the symposium was an experience not to be missed! See y’all next year!