Retiring after 35+ years as a computer and automotive engineer, Kurt now enjoys being a professional woodturner. With 20 years of turning experience, he enjoys the continuum of woodturning from making his own turning tools to photographing his finished turnings. As frequent demonstrator and instructor on all facets of woodturning, he particularly enjoys teaching tool sharpening, workholding, and advanced penmaking.
Kurt has had nearly 175 woodturning related articles internationally published since 2012. His regular column in Woodturning Magazine ran from 2012 until he retired it in 2018. It covered Workholding Aids and Chucking, Woodturning Know How, and What You Need to Know. His columns, The Journey from Penturning to Penmaking and Behind the Scenes, for Woodturning Design magazine ran from 2008 until WTD ceased publication in late 2014. Additional articles have been published in American Woodturner and More Woodturning. He is past President of the American Association of Woodturners, one of the three Council Members of the Pen Makers Guild, and past Chairman of the Rochester Woodworkers Society.
His work has been featured in the American Association of Woodturners "Rounding The Corners" Exhibit and published in Woodturning Design, Woodturning magazine, American Woodturner, Pen World, and Stylus magazines. You can see the range of his work on www.kurthertzog.com, and on www.penmakersguild.com.