Retiring after 35+ years as a computer and automotive engineer, Kurt now enjoys being a professional woodturner. Woodturning since 2000, 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 more than 220 woodturning related articles internationally published since 2008. His regular columns in Woodturning Magazine began in 2012. It has included Workholding Aids and Chucking, Woodturning Know How, What You Need to Know and continues today with his Question & Answer Column titled Kurt's Clinic. 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, More Woodturning and Woodturning FUNdamentals. 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.