am fortunate in having discovered very early that my love
of working with wood could be cultivated into a way to
make a living. At age 19 I took a job at a player piano
factory, where the owner of the factory gave me a valuable
gift that changed my life's direction. The player piano
factory was the hobby of a California lawyer who loved
machinery. He had a large building full of 19th century
woodworking machines driven by a working steam engine
that he fired up once a year to put all of the antique
machines through their paces. There were modern machines
at the piano company as well, and I was encouraged to
learn about any and all of them that inspired me. The
owner of the factory was always available to answer my
questions, and to suggest new projects for me to explore.
During the 5 years that I worked there, I got a good basic
understanding of woodworking, metal machining, brazing,
plastics, adhesives, fasteners, engineering, and manufacturing.
Thanks to this man, I have been free to discover and pursue
my own passion. Working in small cabinet shops until 1992,
I then turned to full time self-employment. I explored
several options, including making hang gliding equipment
and building airplanes, before realizing that working
with wood was my true passion. My first experience with
turning wood was in 1984, when I made a pair of chairs
with turned spindles. Woodturning continued to be one
of my many hobbies until I made it my full time occupation
as a self-employed woodturner is not without difficulty.
On this journey I continue to experience my strengths
and weaknesses; the greatest struggle for me has been
with self-confidence. A tremendous source of strength
and inspiration has been my life-partner David Nittmann,
whose support and encouragement
has helped me to grow as an artist and as a person.
My work has been chosen for exhibitions around the country,
and has appeared in several magazines. I am an active
member of the American Association of Woodturners, and
demonstrate my woodturning techniques at national symposiums
and local clubs. My home and studio are in Boulder, Colorado.
To view more
of Cindy's work and her instruction schedule, visit: http://www.cindydrozda.com