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Bill Smith Biography


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Bill Smith has been involved in segmented woodturning since 1993 and open segmented turning since 1996. He is primarily self-taught having acquired an interest in turning as a hobby. He developed the system he is demonstrating after seeing a turning made by Yosh Sugiyama, the originator of the open segment concept.


He first demonstrated his system at the 1999 Tacoma AAW symposium. Since that time many turners, both beginners and experts, have successfully created open segmented turnings using his system. In 2002, he authored the book Segmented Woodturning published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd to make the system available to turners who missed his Tacoma demonstration. Bill regularly demonstrate at clubs, regional and national symposiums. His work can be seen at del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles and at the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia.


Bill resides in a rural area of SE Pennsylvania with Lynn, his wife of 35 years. He is a member of Lehigh Valley Woodturners and a board member of Bucks Woodturners. He is also on the steering committee for the Echo Lake Collaborative Conferences. Bill retired early in 2004 to spend more time on woodturning and pursing his other hobbies of hiking, photography and astronomy.


Examples of his work can be viewed at:


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