I have been turning wood since I was just a boy. I did it wrong for the first 35 years, and then I found a local chapter of the AAW. At the first meeting I attended I learned the ABCs of turning (anchor, bevel, cut).
I received my education in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Trepang, SSN 674, as a machinist’s mate and engineering lab technician. After the Navy I made my living at the nuclear power plant in Crystal River, Florida, coming up through the ranks to retire as a radiation protection specialist after 31 years.
After retiring I went into business with my son and along with our wives we run a large daycare facility and private school, employing over 50 teachers.
While making a living I didn’t have as much time to devote to woodturning as I would have liked to have. During those years I cherished the time I spent in my dad’s shop with him, watching him turning various projects while helping him with various aspects of his projects.
After finding a local chapter, I became vice president and then president of that chapter, then helped organize another chapter and progressed to president of that chapter. I helped start the Florida Woodturning Symposium, served as registrar, and am currently serving as chairman.
Recently I served with Rudolph Lopez as volunteer coordinator for the Tampa Symposium. Once again, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the Tampa Symposium a great success.
I would like to serve on the AAW Board to help with the current effort to make the AAW more responsive to its members. I would suggest that the best way to do that is to keep it simple.