Cindy Drozda

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Cindy Drozda all day demo February 16th – 9:30am to 3:oopm

  • $25.00 Members
  • $35 Non-Members
  • All day demo
    • 9:30am – 3:00pm
    • Includes lunch

Buy ticket in advance here for all day demo.

Location:  Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ.

All-day demo: Fabulous Finials & Maximizing Burl Figure

Fabulous Finials: Learn all of my “secrets” to successful finials! A Finial adds a whole new dimension and personality to a vessel or box. This presentation covers my signature style of Finial turning, including the tools, how I use a gouge to make basic spindle cuts, my finial turning method, and design philosophy

Maximizing Burl Figure: Cutting into a burl is like cutting a gemstone. To make my vessel the best art piece possible, I want to cut the burl so that the figure is placed to advantage on the form. This presentation explains what I have learned about the anatomy of a burl, and how to cut it to show its best figure on your turnings. I will make a natural edged burl bowl, showing how I orient the piece on the lathe to get a balanced edge, turning and sanding the unsupported edge, and reverse chucking of a piece with an uneven rim.


The hands-on Class sign-up option will go out to Members first via email on January 13th.  It will be open to the public on January 20th if any openings left.

Hands-on Classes

February 17 – Woodturning Essentials info – here is the info if you come to the class

The subject of this workshop will be Woodturning Techniques, the building blocks of all woodturnings. We will practice the basic cuts used in spindle and bowl turning, and then we will put those techniques together to make a project.

This workshop is the lesson, not the final exam! Your performance in class will not be graded or judged. We all learn at our own level and our own rate. It is the nature of clubs and guilds that the workshop participants will be at different levels. It’s my job as instructor to challenge everyone at their level. All skill levels are welcome.  This workshop is designed for turners with a minimum of experience. It is also a great tune-up for more advanced turners. A review of the basics helps us to un-learn bad habits and improve our skills.

Get started in Woodturning! Learn basic techniques while making a vase, bowl, or other project. No woodturning experience is necessary but this class is an excellent “tune-up” for experienced turners!


February 18 – Finial Box info – here is the info if you come to the class

The subject of this workshop will be my signature “Finial Box”. It is a lidded container with an in-fitting lid and a Finial made from one piece of wood; my most popular demonstration and workshop subject.

In addition to the steps and processes involved in the project, participants will learn box making techniques, fitting parts together, jam-fitting techniques, and Finial turning.

Note: As a single day class, it is a very full day. Depending on skill level and working speed, some participants will probably not finish their project.


February 19 – Triangle Box info – info if you come to the class

The subject of this workshop will be my “Triangle Box”. It is a lidded container with an over-fitting lid. The outside is turned on 3 sets of centers, making it look like a triangular shape. Using multiple centers, a triangular shape is created on the lathe. This class covers the layout technique and some ways to use it to enhance turned projects.

In addition to the steps and processes involved in the project, participants will learn box making techniques, fitting parts together, jam-fitting techniques, and multi-axis turning.

Depending on the length of the class, we may decide to do an inlay in the top of the lid.

In a single day Triangle Box Workshop, we will all complete a Triangle Box.

Cindy’s Workshop Goals:

My main goal for all of my workshops is to help members of the Woodturning community to become better woodturners and artists. I do this through sharing the methods, techniques, and design philosophy that I use in my own work.

Another goal is to give participants the experience with me that they are looking for. For many, that is to learn the tool control that makes it possible to do fine work.

You are to be congratulated for your willingness to learn from me! It is through exposure to other turners that we all share and grow, as individuals and as a group. Your turning and artwork will improve as a result, no matter what your turning experience level at the moment. I attend other turners’ workshops whenever I can. I always benefit from learning different ideas and ways of doing things.

This is your opportunity to step into my shoes, and experience the ways that I do my work. Everyone does things differently, and you may or may not decide to incorporate my ideas and methods into your own work. Having exposed yourself to new methods, processes, and philosophies will make you a better turner. You will have more options and more “tools” available for doing your own work.

Class Structure:

My workshops consist of short demonstrations of each step in the project, followed by time for the participants to complete that step.

The focus will be on completing the process as a group, and learning some techniques along the way. I do not recommend spending a lot of time sanding and finishing.

We will have a morning session, a lunch break of about 1 hour, and an afternoon session. At the end of the day, we will leave the shop as clean as we found it. Hours of class will vary, depending on the facility that we are using. Usually, we spend a 6-7-hour day working at the lathe.

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