I made the trek down to Provo (Utah) to the Utah Woodturning Syposium. I didn't attend the symposium but just went to see the Instant Gallery. Man, what a humbling experience. I was absolutely blown away by the work on display both by the artistic creativity and the incredible skills in turning and finishing. I've never attended the symposium even though it's only about 90 miles from home. But after this trip I just might consider signing up for one.
I also screwed up and left the fresh batteries for my camera on the kitchen counter (where I sat them so I wouldn't forget them) so after just 3 pictures the camera shut down and I was out of business. You can order a cd of the gallery so I might just do that.
I'm not sure about the ethics, copyright rules, and such so if I'm breaking the rules by posting these pictures Vaughn just zap this.
Also, I apologize for not knowing the names of the artists that created these. The first pic is about the most gnarly hollowform I've ever seen. It's about 18" diameter and 8" tall. The next is a view across the gallery from just one corner. The center piece is a bronze casting of a sagebrush root holding a hollowform that is being eaten and carried away by cast bronze ants. The base is a box with a burl in it where the ants are storing the pieces they've cut from the hollowform. I wish it were a better photo because it is amazing.
The last is another HF by the same person. It's a HF supported on another cast bronze sagebrush root. Where the root transitions into the form it's inlaid and polished.
If I wouldn't have forgotten my batteries this post would have gone on for volumes. This had to be the most inspiring and humbling experience I've had in my woodturning experience.