I turned my first bowl and joined the AAW in 2003. Now, I’m proud to be a board member for my club, the Nutmeg Woodturners League. This year, I initiated an innovative project involving AAW’s Turners Without Borders and the GreenWood organization, using a human-powered lathe to teach woodturning to artisans in Honduras.
For the past ten years, I’ve been able to use my talents as a writer and editor to help introduce people to woodturning and expand their skills. The books I’ve edited include The Frugal Woodturner, by Ernie Conover, and Turning Toys, by Richard Raffan. I’ve also edited and written a wide range of articles for American Woodturner.
For twenty-eight years, I was one of the top editors at Consumer Reports, managing day-todayoperations for one of the largest magazines in the U.S. I then moved to Fine Woodworking, where I was an associate editor for four years.
I am running for the AAW board for three reasons: One, to help the AAW cement its reputation as the primary source of information and advice on turning techniques, projects, safety, trends, and design. I believe my publishing background can help the AAW use its unsurpassed store of knowledge to benefit the widest possible audience and attract new members. Two, to give chapter information increased prominence online and in print, highlighting how innovative chapters handle demonstrations, regional symposia, and community outreach. I also want to help find ways to foster more and better community outreach from the chapters. Three, to continue my work with Turners Without Borders, so the AAW can continue to introduce woodturning to people worldwide.
The AAW’s current leaders have smart, ambitious plans for the future. I would like the opportunity to help bring those plans to life, and I respectfully request your vote.