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I was born and raised here in Appalachia. Over the course of a long and multi-faceted business career, I was most fortunate to have lived in many parts of North America. Each of those locations helped shape and define my interests. As a youngster, I remember the shop in the basement of our house that, like so many others, sat idle. I didn’t realize until much later in life that I would learn to enjoy creating household objects with similar tools.

I began working with wood a number of years ago. Using simple tools, I created picture frames, boxes and yes, even made some furniture built-ins for the house. Then I got the woodturning bug. The availability of native hardwoods here in Eastern Tennessee furthered my interest in bringing the beauty of the grain to life on the lathe.

I began my education in woodturning at Arrowmont…

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  • Joined November 19, 2011

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Cherry, Sycamore, Walnut, Maple, Poplar

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About

I was born and raised here in Appalachia. Over the course of a long and multi-faceted business career, I was most fortunate to have lived in many parts of North America. Each of those locations helped shape and define my interests. As a youngster, I remember the shop in the basement of our house that, like so many others, sat idle. I didn’t realize until much later in life that I would learn to enjoy creating household objects with similar tools.

I began working with wood a number of years ago. Using simple tools, I created picture frames, boxes and yes, even made some furniture built-ins for the house. Then I got the woodturning bug. The availability of native hardwoods here in Eastern Tennessee furthered my interest in bringing the beauty of the grain to life on the lathe.

I began my education in woodturning at Arrowmont School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My instructor was Nick Cook, a professional wood turner from the Atlanta area. Nick took me as a novice turner and helped refine my ability to craft in wood using the lathe. I took classes in woodturning with Bob Klausen at Woodcraft in Knoxville. I attended an instructional wood turning class and demonstration with professional wood turner Keith Gotschall presented by the Arizona Woodturners Association. I returned to Arrowmont in 2013 for a course in bowl turning with Warren Carpenter. Most recently, I attended the AAW (American Association of Woodturners) Symposium in Tampa, Florida to further my woodturning education.

I enjoy the opportunity to further refine my skills and learn new techniques and designs.
Sourcing the wood that I use in my projects presents another wonderful part of my craft experience. Repurposing materials destined for the burn pile has proven to be rewarding. I use repurposed discarded fence posts (cherry) from one of our National Forests, discarded segmented oak from the hardwood flooring industry, fallen trees from the forests surrounding my home and carefully harvested wood from trees that are pulled from acres of private forest lands in Eastern Tennessee. I carefully stabilize any of the wood that has naturally checked (split) to add to the beauty of the final project.

I work from my craft shop in Sevier County, Eastern Tennessee.

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