After a 39 year run of annual symposiums culminating in 2018, the executive board of the Utah Woodturning Symposium has decided to discontinue the symposium. A statement on the Symposium website says:
Dear Woodturning Friends,
The Executive Board for the Utah Woodturning Symposium has determined to discontinue the symposium. Although this was not an easy decision, a variety of factors have combined which make us question the continued financial viability of the symposium while still maintaining the level of quality we strive for and have enjoyed in past years.
We express sincere appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the Utah Woodturning Symposium a success over the past four decades. We also thank the many world-class presenters who openly shared their hard-earned expertise. Most of all, we thank the thousands of participants who supported the symposium by their attendance, many who returned year after year creating a family-reunion type atmosphere. We have made wonderful life-long friendships and have fond memories to last long into the future.
As you may know, the Utah Woodturning Symposium was initiated in 1978 by Dale Nish and became a groundbreaking model for many other woodturning symposiums. It continued for 39 years making it the longest running woodturning symposium in the world.
It has been a great run and we feel honored to have been part of it. Thank you again for your past support.
Utah Woodturning Symposium, Executive Board
Rex Burningham, Kip Christensen, Mike Mahoney