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I 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 in 1998.

Life 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

Lidded Vessel #271
Colorado Boxelder Burl and Cocobolo
with an Opal Cabuchon inside
9" diameter x 14.5" tall
Vessel #4241
Mexican Chechen Burl
5.6" diameter x 10.7" tall
Lidded Vessel #4265
Scandanavian Masur Birch and African Blackwood
with Black Akoya Pearl inside
7.5" diameter x 16" tall
"Goddess Series" Lidded Vessel #5293
Mexican Chechen Burl and African Blackwood
with Black Akoya Pearl inside
8.3" diameter x 7.8 " tall
"Goddess Series" Lidded Vessel #5300
Alaskan Yellow Cedar Burl and African Blackwood with faceted Emerald inside
1.5" diameter x 3.3" tall
"Goddess Series" Lidded Vessel #5329
Alaskan Yellow Cedar Burl and African Blackwood with 4pt Diamond inside
2.7" diameter x 4.1" tall
Triangular Box
Boxelder Burl and Bloodwood
with Garnet inside and 14K Gold Bead on top
3.5" diameter x 5" tall
Space Station Box
Banksia Seed Pod
Gilded inside with 23K Gold Leaf
3.5" diameter x 4.5" tall

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