Rex Burningham was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and reared in Bountiful, Utah. He worked as a carpenter for four years after completing high school. He later attended Brigham Young University on an athletics scholarship for football. While at BYU, working on a degree in technology education, Rex was introduced to woodturning by Dale Nish. During this time he also worked at Craft Supplies USA, a woodturning supply catalog, as an assistant in the woodturning courses. Working alongside some of the world's best-known woodturners, including Dale Nish, Rude Osolnik, Richard Raffan and Ray Key, gave Rex the chance to learn from the best.
After completing his degree, Rex taught woodworking and drafting for three years at East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. His work has been published in several magazines and is co-author of the book Turning Pens and Pencils. He is currently displaying work in several galleries and participates in several exhibitions each year. Rex is a nationally recognized woodturner, teaching and demonstrating throughout the United States. He has given many national and several international presentations at workshops, conferences, and symposia including the American Association of Woodturners National Symposium, the Alan Batty Woodturning Symposium (UK), the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium, the Utah Woodturning Symposium, Craft Supplies USA, Georgia Woodturning Symposium, and John Campbell Folk School of Arts and Crafts.
Currently, Rex is Vice President at Craft Supplies USA. While working for Craft Supplies USA he has the opportunity to research and develop many of the pen kits and woodturning accessories offered today. The combination of his woodturning skills and his love of research and developing woodturning products make him feel like a kid in the candy store!
Rex and his wife Laurie live in Highland, Utah, and are the parents of three children.
Kip W. Christensen, PhD, is a professor in the School of Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His primary teaching areas include furniture design and prototyping. He is also an accomplished and well-known woodturner. His work has been published in over 20 books* and in a variety of magazines and journals, and displayed in many galleries and international juried exhibitions. Kip's work is housed in numerous collections, both public and private. He has given over 150 national and several international presentations at workshops, conferences, and symposia including the American Association of Woodturners National Symposium, the Alan Batty Woodturning Symposium (UK), Desert Woodturner's Roundup, Pacific Northwest Woodturning Symposium, Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium, Utah Woodturning Symposium, Turn West Symposium (Canada), Craft Supplies USA, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. In 1999 Kip was appointed coordinator of the Utah Woodturning Symposium, the longest running woodturning symposium in the world. While Kip is best known for his lidded containers, he is also comfortable working with bowls, vessels, spindles, and production turning. He has pioneered the use of elk antler as a medium for artistic turning; his work is characterized by clean lines and fine detail. Gallery curator and author Kevin Wallace wrote "The work of Kip Christensen is always aesthetically pure and technically precise".
Kip co-authored the books Beneath The Bark: 25 Years of Woodturning, and Turning Pens and Pencils, and has authored several articles regarding woodworking and technology education. These have been published in: American Woodturner, American Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, Journal of Technology Studies, Tech Directions, The Technology Teacher, Wood, World of Wood, The Router (England), Woodturning (England), and Drechseln (Germany).
PHOTOS OF WORK PUBLISHED IN THE FOLLOWING BOOKS
|• ||"Polymer Clay: Creative Traditions", by Judy Belcher, scheduled 2006|
|• ||"Small and Miniature Turning", by Ron Hampton, 2006|
|• ||"500 Wood Bowls: Bold and Original Designs . . .", by Duncan Pfeffer, 2004|
|• ||"Beneath the Bark: 25 Years of Woodturning", by Kip Christensen & Dale L. Nish, 2004|
|• ||"400 Wood Boxes: The Fine Art of Containment and Concealment", by V. A. Gunter, 2004|
|• ||"400 Polymer Clay Designs: . . . Dynamic Contemporary Work", by Susan Tourtillott, 2004|
|• ||"Wood Art Today", by Dona Meilach, 2003|
|• ||"Put A Lid On It", American Association of Woodturners, 2003|
|• ||"Turned Boxes: 50 Designs" by Chris Stott, 2002|
|• ||"The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection", by Bonita Fike, 2000|
|• ||"Turning Pens and Pencils", by Kip Christensen & Rex Burningham, 1999|
|• ||"Contemporary Turned Wood: New Designs in a Rich Tradition", Leier, Peters, Wallace, '99|
|• ||"The Fine Art of Small Scale Turning" by William R. Duce, 1999|
|• ||"Turned Boxes" by Richard Raffan, 1998|
|• ||"Fine Woodworking - Design Book Seven", 1996|
|• ||"The Art of the Lathe" by Patrick Spielman, 1996|
|• ||"American Association of Woodturners Project Book", 1993|
|• ||"Best of Fine Woodworking on Small Projects" 1992|
|• ||"Fine Woodworking - Design Book Five", 1990|
|• ||"Fine Woodworking - Design Book Four", 1987|
|• ||"Banyan", Brigham Young University Annual, 1982|
|• ||"A Gallery of Turned Objects", edited by Albert LeCoff, 1981|
|• ||"Artistic Woodturning", by Dale L. Nish, 1980|
Kip and his wife Kim live in Springville, Utah, and are the parents of five children.