Your Favorite Presenters (and not!)

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  1. Jamie Straw

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    I'm curious to hear people's opinions as to the best presenters (at your clubs, or symposia) -- who you would recommend to turners of various levels of expertise, and why. And......if there's someone you'd not recommend, you could message me* so as to keep your opinion out of the public eye.:D This is a serious inquiry, not idle curiosity.

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  2. robo hippy

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    Well, most favorite is hard to pick, kind of like which cookie, or which pie, I like just about all of them. Dr. Spault aka Sari Robinson who is down at Oregon State, was one of the most interesting, in part because every thing I knew about spaulting was wrong. I just got to see Eric Lofstrom, and he was good, he has an engineering mind 'if it ain't broke, take it apart and fix it anyway' plus he is an elementary school teacher. If you ever get a chance to see Mike and Stuart do their 2 ways to turn a bowl, that is entertaining, though their styles are not so much different, at least to me. I differ a lot on how I approach things though. Jimmy Clewes is good. One of my favorite You Tube turners is Mike Waldt from Whales. Nice simple approach, and easy to understand. Many that I haven't seen like Ellsworth, and Raffen. Oh, Ashley Harwood, master of 'the bevel should rub the wood but the wood shouldn't know it' as she turns her delicate sea urchin finials, maybe 6 inches long, and no finger support on the back side of the finial.... I would love to see John Lucas some time, and Glenn Lucas as well. I am sure there are others.

    I will be in Seattle, Husky country, next month. They are visiting my Ducks this weekend. I think it is gonna be ugly for the Ducks...

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  3. Bill Boehme

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    I don't think it is appropriate to publicly mention names of people that they would not recommend.
     
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    If I say x and Y are best, that will tend to upset others, so I opt out of this game Allyn
     
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    Kansas City (2017) , or Portland (2018)?
     
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    Thanks @Steve Worcester I've been watching too many calendar challenged candidates.
    KC is 2017 and Portland is 2018.
     
  7. Jamie Straw

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    Which is why I suggested (directed?) that any "not so good" opinions be sent to me in a Conversation instead of here.:)
     
  8. Jamie Straw

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    Oh, I so wish they were flipped.:p
     
  9. Jamie Straw

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    I told Nick about the "I think it is gonna be ugly" comment. He said "Hope so!" Interesting articles in the Seattle Times today about the upcoming game. Is your Seattle trip the same one you wrote about a couple weeks ago, or is it a follow-up?
     
  10. Jamie Straw

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    Not looking for best, just favorites. Participation not required.:cool: But if you want to message me, that's OK. As mentioned before, this is not idle curiosity on my part.
     
  11. Bill Boehme

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    Sorry. I missed that part. I think that generally it has more to do with experience and having everything organized to flow smoothly including what to do if something doesn't go right. Not everybody is a good demonstrator the first time out so we need to weigh the experience factor and also was the subject matter beneficial. Woodturning covers a wide range of interests so what I might find useful might be dreadfully boring to somebody else.
     
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    A lot of it comes down to the student and their level of knowledge and experience.
    A novice might feel an instructor is not explaining details, whereas an experienced turner might become
    bored with details that they learned decades ago. Most instructors that have years of teaching understand
    how to present information and keep an audience interested in the presentation. A good presenter will try
    to cover the materials of the lesson and then work with the audience to see which direction the instruction
    should go in depending on the students attending the presentation.
     
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    Well I don't mind telling you who I enjoy. Nick Agar, Stewart Batty, Jimmy Clewes, Nick Cook, Greame Priddle, Binh Pho, Lyle Jamieson, are just a few who come to mind and do outstanding demos. I'll probably think of many others once my brain comes alive. If I get out an AAW magazine and look I'll probably find many. Try to do that in the morning. Some of the newer demonstrators will hit me when I do that. The ones I listed are at the top of my list.
     
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    I attended an Ellsworth demonstration back in March of this year in Orange County, CA. I learned so much from him and I'm glad I took lots of notes.
     
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    Oops, I forgot Lyle.... I have seen him so many times.... Wish I could do a play date with all these turners in one big setting....

    robo hippy
     
  16. Jamie Straw

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    Was it a club function?
     
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    Well, let's see:
    • Charter jet to fly around and pick them all up
    • Jet fuel and pilot to, say, Spokane?
    • Room and board for a couple days
    • Fees :eek:
    • Flight back
    All offset by how many turners and their wallets? From whom can we borrow lathes? Ooooo, sounds like fun!
     
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    Thanks, Steve. My birthplace, Orange County. I still get down there every 2 or 3 years, will try to time next trip for a meeting.
     
  20. Steve Arnold

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    Jaime, I'm actually a member of the Glendale Woodturners Guild, but I'm sure the Orange County chapter would love to have you visit one of their meetings.
     

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