Images Courtesy of  Binh Pho and Joshua Aaron Photography.

Meet Cynthia


Cynthia Carden Gibson is a pyrographic designer who works collaboratively with wood turners and sculptors. 

​"I am enchanted by the aesthetic of wearable Art and fashion design. Creating personality through adornment is so satisfying for me. In my mind beautifully turned and sculpted bare forms translate to bodies in need of embellishment."

Cynthia's unique style of pyrography has gained international recognition. Her collaborative work has been published in journals including American Craft magazine, Pyrography magazine, American Woodturner,Charleston magazine, Woodturning UK, British Woodworking, Kokeshi Trends, Woodworker West and Creative Wood New Zealand. Cynthia is honored to have conducted seminars and classes in Australia, Canada,New Zealand, England, Norway,Turkey,throughout the mainland of the United States and Hawaii. Cynthia's collaborative work is included in prestigious corporate and private collections.

Cynthia lives and works just outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA.



~ Showcase, Woodturning Design Magazine, Gibson/Gibson


~Invited Artist "A Walk in the Woods" Exhibition American Association of Woodturners International Symposium, Gibson/Gibson

~Members Gallery, American Woodturner Journal, Burns/Gibson 

~ Woodturning Design Magazine, Cover, Burns/Gibson

~ Presenter, Turning Southern Style Symposium

~ Woodturning UK, Reader's Showcase Gibson/Gibson

~  Profile, Feature Article, Creative Wood, New Zealand, Gibson/ Gibson


~ Presenter, Utah Woodturning Symposium

​~Invited Demonstrator, American Association of Woodturners International Symposium

~Invited Artist, "Harmony" Exhibition, American Association of Woodturners International Symposium, Gibson/Gibson

​~ Award of Excellence, American Association of Woodturners International Symposium

~Presenter, Ohio Valley Woodturning Symposium

*** Feature Article, American Woodturner Magazine, Ramsey/Gibson

*** Pyrography Article, American Woodturner Journal


~Presenter, Florida Woodturning Symposium

~ Invited Artist, "Ceremony" Exhibition, American association of Woodturners International Symposium, Gibson/Gibson

~"The Art of the Craft" Exhibition, Gibson/Gibson

*** British Woodworking magazine- Profile article, Gibson/Gibson

~ Presenter, Saskatoon Woodturning Symposium

~ Instructor, John Campbell Folk School

~ Presenter, Norwegian Woodturning Cruise

~ Presenter, Woodturning New Zealand

*** Feature article and Cover Photo, Pyrography Magazine, Gibson/Gibson


~ Instructor,Canyon Studios, Dallas Texas

~Instructor/ Presenter, World Wood Day, Eskisehir and Istanbul, Turkey 

~Hands on Instruction, the studio of Dr Terry Gerros, Salem, Oregon

*** American Woodturner Journal,Volume 30 no 3, June 2015, page 24 Gibson/Wager

~ American Association of Woodturners International Symposium, panel discussion, Pittsburgh, PA

*** Work Published in "Craftsman of the Kingdom" of King Arthur's Tools by Jasmine Spitler

~  Presenter,Association of Woodturners of Great Britain Seminar, Loughborough University, Leistershire, UK
~ Tutelage,Verktoy, AS, Stavanger, Norway

~ Tutelage and presentations in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina,Tennessee,and Pennsylvania.
Award of Excellence, Artists Guild of Spartanburg, South Carolina

~ Contemporary Wood Art: The Shock of the Timeless, Exhibition SOFA, Chicago, "Flames of Desire", Gerton/Gibson

~ Work shown at SOFA Chicago, 2013, 2014 and 2015 through The Thomas Riley Galleries

*** Work published in  "Pablo Nemzoff, Collaborations" 


~Presenter, Honolulu Woodturning Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii

~ Presenter, Turnfest, Brisbane Australia

~Instructor, John Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, North Carolina

*** Work published in "Charleston" Magazine ,Pho/Gibson,April 2016

~ " Masters of Turned Wood Sculpture" Exhibition, Charleston, South Carolina, Pho/Gibson, Drozda/Gibson, Gerton/Gibson

*** Work published in American Craft Magazine, Pho/Gibson, June 2016

~Invited presenter, American Association of Woodturners International Symposium, Atlanta, Georgia

~Echo Lake Collaboration, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

~Tutelage, Lee Valley Tools, Halifax, Nova Scotia

~ Frogwood Collaborative, Gresham Oregon

~ Tutelage, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, Indiana

​~"Turned and Sculpted Wood 2016" Exhibition


~Presenter,Tennessee Association of Woodturners Symposium

*** Feature Article, Kokeshi Trends Magazine, February 2017

~ Presenter, Oregon Woodturning Symposium 

~ Pyrography instruction, John C Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, N.C.

***Work Featured in Kokeshi Trends Magazine, June and August, 2017

***Work Featured in Woodturning UK Magazine, September 2017

~Presenter, Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium, Loveland, CO

~Hands on Tutelage, The studio of Cindy Drozda, Erie, CO

~Presenter, Mid Atlantic Woodturning Sympsoium, Lancaster, PA

~ Presenter,North Carolina Woodturning Symposium, Greensborough, NC

~ Dream Force, San Francisco, California

~ Tutelage, Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts, Ojai, California


August 20 ~ September 1, Norwegian Woodturning Cruise, Presenter, 


March 15~27~ Oregon Woodturning Symposium, Albany, Oregon





4~5~ Presenter~ North Carolina Woodturning Symposium, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

7~ Dream Force, Expo, Marriott Marquis, San Francisco,California

9~Hands on Tutelage, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, Ojai, California