In case you are wondering, this is what 30lb of "fluffed" up wood looks like after turning a 45lb blank to a 15lb rough turned bowl.
The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is considered one of the premier arts events in the Tampa Bay area and ranks among the leading juried arts festivals nationwide that feature both fine arts and crafts. The prize money awarded to artists has been increased to an all time high, with awards totaling $74,500 in cash prizes plus a generous patrons award program. Throughout its history, the Gasparilla Festival has been able to attract top artists from around the world. Many of the participating artists are award winners and have works that have been added to the permanent collections of major museums.