Like so many others, I became captivated with turning the minute I began my first bowl a dozen years ago. More recently, I’ve been able to combine my talents as an editor with my love of turning to help introduce new people to the craft and help others improve and expand their woodturning skills.
For 28 years, I was one of the top editors at Consumer Reports magazine. I then moved to Taunton’s Fine Woodworking, where I was an associate editor for four years. At present, I edit books on woodworking and turning (including The Frugal Woodturner, by Ernie Conover, and Turning Toys, by Richard Raffan). I have also had the pleasure of working with Betty Scarpino and Josh Friend at American Woodturner, editing a wide range of articles and writing others.
I am running for the AAW board for two reasons:
One, to help the organization cement its reputation as the primary source of information and advice on turning techniques, projects, safety, trends, and design. The AAW has an unsurpassed store of knowledge. I want to be sure it benefits the widest possible audience and helps bring new members to our organization.
Two, to give chapter information increased prominence, especially on the AAW web site. I’m hopeful that this will make it easy for others to emulate what innovative chapters are doing with demonstrations, regional symposiums, and community outreach. I also want to help find ways to foster more and better community outreach from the chapters.
The AAW’s current leaders have done a great deal to improve the organization’s web site and journal, and they have smart, ambitious plans for the future. I would like the opportunity to help bring those plans to life.