Ornamental Turners International symposia began as gatherings under various names including Society of Ornamental Turners Seminars, North American Center for Ornamental Turning Seminars, and Ornamental Turners of America Seminars. Currently called Ornamental Turning International, the OTI holds a symposium every two years, generally alternating between east coast, midwest and west coast locations. Past symposiums and related details for each are listed below.
It is sad to think that a group supposedly interested in the history of these fine machine tools would knowingly take part in artificially driving up the price to the point where even senior fellows in the field of O.T. can no longer afford to acquire the tools of their beloved calling, putting them in a terrible bind. Unfortunately narrow profit seekers, who know next to nothing of the history, traditions, and quality associated with Holtzapffel lathes, continue to menace the future of O.T.Warren Green Ogden, Jr., from "Notes on the History and Provenance of Holtzapffel Lathes" (1987)