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AAW 2007 Honorary Lifetime Member: Jerry Glaser
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 AAW 1992 Honorary Lifetime Member: Jerry Glaser (1919-2013)

                     
  

Jerry Glaser studied engineering in the early 1940's at Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduation in 1943 he went to work at the NACA Engine Research Laboratory in Cleveland, OH, where he worked as a research engineer.


After the war, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as assistant chief test engineer for The Turbodyne Co. and later as a manager of a design group for AiResearch Manufacturing Co. After some 44 years of engineering work, he retired to focus on developing further the high-speed steel (HSS) tools he had made for Bob Stocksdale in the early 1960's.


Jerry had learned to turn in junior high school and his work of the late 1950's and early 1960's was influenced by examples of Swedish woodturning he saw in an exhibition as a teenager. The sculpted rims, textured surfaces, and carved feet favored in his turnings earned them appearances in major California shows.
In the late 1960's, while still working at his engineering job, Jerry saw the need for an American manufacturer of turning tools, and with a partner began to make the Turn-master line. Upon his retirement in 1987, Jerry formed Glaser Engineering Co. to make woodturning tools out of special alloy steels, chucks, and sharpening fixtures, including the wonderful Glaser Hitec tools.

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