The International Turning Exchange (ITE) is an annual residency program for wood artists organized by the Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia. The ITE program brings together four woodturning artists, a furniture maker, a scholar, and a photojournalist from across the globe to explore, create, and collaborate for eight exciting weeks. The 2007 ITE took place June 8–August 5 and culminated in an exhibit, “allTURNatives: Form + Spirit,” that ran August 3–September 22 at the Wood Turning Center. As part of the exhibit, the residents held public demonstrations and shared with the public their personal and collective experiences during their time together.
The lathe artists for 2007 were Jean-François Delorme (France), Sean Ohrenich (USA), and Siegfried Schreiber (Germany), plus me. (Another lathe artist, Peter Oliver, was unable to attend that year.) Like many past ITE photojournalists, I participated as both a photojournalist and a lathe artist. The furniture maker was Peter Harrison (USA), and the scholar was museum curator Elisabeth Agro.
The book Connections: International Turning Exchange 1995–2005 provides an overview of the first ten years of the program. In addition, the Wood Turning Center site has a photo gallery of some of the work created during those years, as well as photos of work from last year’s program.