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2016 Board Candidate: Allen Alexopulos
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Allen Alexopulos
Maryland

My interest in woodturning began just over a dozen years ago when I purchased a very inexpensive lathe and some turning tools at a parking lot tent sale. After several marginal attempts to turn some simple objects it became very clear to me that I needed some guidance and direction from people who knew the ins and outs of woodturning. This idea led me to attend a meeting of the AAW’s local chapter in my home town. From that meeting on I was hooked on the craftsmanship and artistic aspects of woodturning and the wonderful camaraderie of the woodturning community. I joined the Chesapeake Woodturners and the AAW shortly thereafter and have actively participated in chapter events ever since.

During my 40+ year career as an electrical engineer I’ve worked as an R&D engineer for the Navy and as a systems engineer operating out of Hewlett Packard sales offices and its spinoff companies Agilent and Keysight Technologies. Most of my career has been spent working side-by-side with customers solving complex test and measurement problems. The technical, communication and presentation skills that I developed during my work in the public and private sectors have served me well in my journey through the woodturning world.

I have had the great privilege of serving as the president of the Chesapeake Woodturners. During my tenure our chapter produced dozens of belaying pins and finials that were used in the restoration of the historic USS Constellation. We also turned pieces for the Annapolis City and State of Maryland archives out of downed historic trees.

I’ve taught adult education woodturning classes at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and done demonstrations for sister AAW chapters in the central Maryland and Virginia areas. Other venues that I have demonstrated at include the Renwick Art Gallery in Washington, the American Craft Council exhibition in Baltimore and Woodworking Shows in Towson, MD.

It is a special honor to get a chance to serve on the Board of Directors of the AAW and to be in a position to contribute to the woodturning community at large. As a board member I will work hard to support the AAW’s mission statement in any way that I can in collaboration with the organization’s leadership team. It is important to every AAW member that the central organization continues to be responsive to our needs and provides the resources and support necessary for us to safely enjoy our adventures through the world of woodturning. This will be the guiding principle that I will follow as a member of the board. Thank you for your support!


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