Kenneth H. Evans
My exposure to woodturning began in childhood as my father was a professional architectural woodturner. In my adult life woodturning became my preferred and experienced area of woodworking.
My professional career involved teaching chemistry at the high school level for 34 years. During this time I was a science department chairman and teacher’s union president for many years.
The Adirondack Woodturners Association (AWA), a special interest group of the 900-member Northeastern Woodworkers Association (NWA) and a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, started in my woodturning shop in 1995. I have been president of the AWA and chairman of its symposium, Totally Turning. I have been president of the NWA and I am currently general chairman of its woodworking show, Woodworkers Showcase, in Saratoga Springs, New York. I have held this position for about five years. I have been an NWA Board member and an AWA Board member for many years.
My membership in the American Association of Woodturners goes back many years. I have served on an AAW nominating committee, an AAW symposium demonstrator selection committee, and am currently a member of the AAW ethics committee. My woodturning experiences have benefited greatly from the American Association of Woodturners, and it is time to give something back!
The AAW represents organized woodturning to a very large and diverse base of hobbyists and professionals in a manner that needs the continuous support of competent, caring, and nurturing people looking to lead AAW into a secure and effective future. My desire is to simply use the leadership skills I might have to be a constructive part of this future.