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AAW 1996 Honorary Lifetime Member: Palmer Sharpless
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AAW 1996 Honorary Lifetime Member: Palmer Sharpless (1922-2002)

 

                     
  
Palmer Sharpless taught woodworking and woodturning to countless students over a 40-year period at the George School, a Quaker high school in Newtown, PA. Through his woodturning workshops and demonstrations, he influenced hundreds more.
 
In addition to his teaching, Palmer ran a sideline woodworking business, providing architects and builders with furniture and turnings. He made commissioned pieces for Tiffany & Co. in New York and more than 100 mahogany replacement railing spindles for the restoration of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
 
Just for fun Palmer liked to make baby toys for friends, honey dippers, and bowls. He retired in 1984.
 
Besides his considerable skill as a craftsman and teacher, Palmer was a guiding force in the field of woodturning. In 1976 he helped establish a 10-year series of woodturning symposiums for educators at George School. He was a founding member of the American Association of Woodturners and served for many years on its Board of Directors. Under his direction, the AAW introduced the local chapter concept. Palmer also played a crucial role in the formation of the Wood Turning Center and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.
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