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The family that is the American Association of Woodturners is saddened to lose our woodturning friends and colleagues. If you know of an announcement to be posted here, please contact the Kim Rymer at kim@woodturner.org.





John Edwin Anderson (10/11/2016)

John Edwin Anderson, 77, of Springfield, died at 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center. John was born in Emporia, Kansas on May 24, 1939, the son of John G. and Alice Hogue Anderson. He married Penelope Brooks on December 21, 1968 in Springfield, IL. John graduated from Illinois College and obtained a master's degree in Mathematics at Sangamon State University. He served our country in the U.S. Army. He taught at Pleasant Plains High School and later worked for the State of Illinois. John was a kind and gentle person who loved to learn and teach. He enjoyed jazz, opera, reading, golfing, and being with family and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Penny; daughter, Kristina M. (Craig) Bottomley; sons, Robert E. (Linda Johansson) Anderson, John E. (Jeanne) Anderson, and Joseph C. (Tabitha Spires) Anderson; and siblings, Karen Specht and Signe James. Memorial Gathering: Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th Street, Springfield. Private graveside ceremonies will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.



Gaëtan Paul Gosselin (09/13/2016)

Gaëtan Gosselin, L'Ange Gardien, Quebec, died following a brief but courageous battle against cancer. He was the son of the late Julien Gosselin and Jeannette Pelchat. Besides his wife Ghislaine Landry he leaves a great sadness, it also leaves to mourn her family and her in-laws. According to the last will of Gaëtan no ceremony will mark his death. Disposal of ashes will be held in the strictest intimacy at a later date. All of sympathy can mean a donation to the Papineau Health Foundation Hospital. Warm and sincere thanks to the staff of the 3rd floor of the Papineau Hospital for exceptional care and empathy testified.




Bill Rubenstein (08/12/2016)


Bill Rubenstein, long time member and past officer of Woodturners of St. Louis passed away on August 12. Per Bill's wishes there will not be visitation or a funeral. Thoughts and prayers for the family at 3435 Hilltop Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301-0615.


"Bill Rubenstein: Composer, computer scientist, woodworker, inventor, builder, artist, world traveler, Bach lover, Trump hater, Laphroaig drinker, and my amazing Papa." ~ Eliza, daughter






Al Gruntwagin (08/09/2016)


"It is my sad duty to report that Al Gruntwagin, founder of the Palm Beach County Woodturners, and close friend and mentor to many of its members passed away August 9.  Al was a founding member of two chapters of the AAW, first in Long Island New York and later our own. He was also a member of the Phoenix Arizona guild for a time. Al served as President of the PBCW, and was an active board member until a few years ago. He was a driving force in the upgrading of the club's equipment and the invitation of many world famous woodturners to demonstrate for our club.  Al loved wood working and turning in particular. He especially believed in preserving the craft of woodturning by passing on the knowledge and skills of current turners to as many people as possible. He enjoyed the camaraderie of other turners and was a frequent attendee at symposia in Florida and around the USA. He was well known to many of the world's leading turners. Al constantly encouraged new turners to do more and better work. He appreciated all woodturning, even those "Art" pieces that weren't his style and some he didn't really like. Once, in my early days as a club member, I brought a particularly ugly unfinished piece to the gallery. A member commented, when he didn't know I could hear, that he didn't know why anyone would bring such a piece to the gallery. I mentioned this during my presentation of the piece as I explained that I had brought it to get feedback on how to handle the problems I encountered making the piece. After the meeting Al sought me out and told me not to worry about the comment and then taking the piece in hand explained what I could do to overcome all of the issues I had mentioned. He then invited me to come to his shop so that he could help me with them. A few years ago I made a group of goblets and brought them to the gallery. Among them was a little piece put together from found objects, some branches for a stem, a feather, with a turned bowl all held together with some white string. I remember Al picking it up and saying "Brian you take shlock and make gelt!" Such words of praise from Al was a great incentive to me. I know there are many others in our club with similar stories.  Al was best known for his sets of nested bowls, both natural and finished edge. He was a master of he McNaughton Bowl Saver and must have produced hundreds of sets of these bowls. But he also did hollow forms and boxes. Mostly he produced pieces with flawlessly smooth interior and exterior finishes. A few years ago he took up fluting, producing bowls and boxes with tools he modified himself to do the work. I, for one, was surprised when Al brought the first one to a meeting to show. I thought Al was too set in his ways to make anything so radically different from the work I was familiar with. But I was wrong, All of the hallmarks of Al's previous work were there too, flawless finishes and a dogged determination to produce the best work of which he was capable. I'm sure that is why Mary Lacer chose one of Al's fluted pieces for the AAW Museum.  Al was a collector as well and in his home had a magnificent display of turnings by some of the world"s most famous turners. I have never been prouder of my work than when on a recent visit I saw two of my own pieces in that collection. The fact that they could be there is a testament to what Al passed on to me, not just how to turn well, but an appreciation for doing the best work possible on even the smallest and simplest of turnings. I and many others will miss Al deeply, but his spirit lives on in the Palm Beach County Woodturners. Let us continue to do honor to his vision by sharing our skills and knowledge, by providing a high quality learning experience, and encouraging new turners to grow and express themselves through their work. Thank you, Al." ~  Brian Rosencrantz


Marsdin "Buster" K. Shaw (07/22/016)

Buster was the son of Marsdin and Marion Shaw of Bethel. He is survived by Christa, his wife of 51 years. He was the father of Sandra,and her husband Steve Frey, of Chelmsford MA. Andrea, and her husband Mark Grosner, of Brookfield CT. and Marsdin III (Chip), and his wife Kathy, of Bethel CT. Buster was the proud PopPop of Ryan, Heather, Timothy, Brandon, Matthew, Nicholas, Max and Trevor. Caroline Dickinson of Naples FL and Peter Shaw of Bethel CT are his surviving siblings. He served on active duty in the US Air Force for 21 years and went on to work as Manufacturing Engineer in Micro Lithography for another 22 years. He stayed active in his retirement as a bus driver for the Brookfield School system. Buster was an avid fisherman and wood turner. He taught basic and intermediate woodturning at Brookfield Craft Center and the Norwalk Woodcraft. He traveled extensively throughout the Northeast and across the U.S. to demonstrate advanced woodturning techniques and share his knowledge. He was recently involved with teaching woodturning to the children of the inner city with the Waterbury Youth Services. There will be a celebration of Buster's life at a location and date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Brookfield Craft Center to establish the Buster Shaw Woodturning Scholarship. View source. 



When a tree falls in the forest, does it make a noise? Who knows. When a beloved and talented woodturner passes, does it matter? YES. Today we lost one such turner, Buster Shaw. Buster was always there to lend a helping hand, teach a new technique and inspire others to be their best. I and others will miss you dearly. Peace be with you my friend. ~ Lynda Zibbedo 


Arthur Carl Annucci (07/13/2016)



Arthur Carl Annucci, 72, died July 13 at Specialty Hospital in Jacksonville after a long and courageous fight with cardiovascular disease and pneumonia. He was born August 4, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to Sylvia and Carl Annucci. He grew up in Saugerties, NY where he married Heike Groepler and had two sons. At the age of 19 he went to work for the F.L. Russell Corporation, a paper and school supply manufacturer, eventually becoming production manager. In 1983 he had the opportunity to move to St. Augustine to work for Vinyl Industrial Products (VIP) as plant manager. He retired from the company in 1997. In 2003 he married Jean Carver in a garden wedding at their home. Art had many talents and interests including oil painting, candle making and cooking. He enjoyed making and refinishing furniture, and was an accomplished woodturner. He was a current member of the Northeast Florida Woodturners’ Association, as well as Altrusa International of St. Augustine, Inc. He was a charter member of the Harley Owners Group of St. Augustine (HOGS) and served as club director for several years. Surviving family members include his wife Jean; sister Theresa (Phil) Adamonis of Island Pond, VT, and stepbrother John (Lana) Sulkey, Cedaredge, CO; sons Gregory (Tina), St. Augustine, and Michael, Land O’Lakes; stepson Francisco (Kelly) Garcia, Portland, OR and stepdaughter Daniele (Bill) Hilliker, St. Augustine. Together, the Annucci’s have six grandchildren: Erik (Lacey), Nicole, Octavia, Francesca, Ryan (Samantha), and August Rayne; and two great-grandchildren: O’Ryon and Leyna. Art loved nothing more than having his blended family together to share holidays, special events and good food. Craig Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends will be notified at a later time of a memorial service to be held in October. Contributions in Art’s memory may be made to either of two of his favorite charities: St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325-0300; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.





Allan Batty (07/10/2016)


We received the sad news from Stuart Batty, that his father Allan Batty, legendary artist and woodturner, has passed away. Our hearts go out to Stuart, and Allan's family and friends.


Here are words from Stuart:


"My dad Allan Batty died today peacefully in his sleep. It's hard for me to put it into words my gratitude for the knowledge my dad taught me when I was just a boy. We have all missed his entertaining woodturning demonstrations over the recent years. The last time we both demonstrated together was in Oregon all most five years ago. My dad has not demonstrated since due to illness. I'm boarding a plane right now and will post more later about my incredible dad."


Allan Batty was a true gentleman, a great woodturner and an all around good storyteller. He demonstrated for Cascade Woodturners several times. He always put on a great show and kept the crowd laughing. Allan started turning for a living at age 14. He spent a few years in the merchant marine and the Royal Navy, then the rest of his life making a living at woodturning. He bragged that he had never been fired from a job. Allan first came over to the United States for the 1996 AAW Symposium in Greensboro, NC. He had a hard time believing that people turned wood for fun. For him it was a job, six days a week all his life. He introduced turners here to negative rake scrapers. They came out of the blackwood and ivory turning business. He made woodturning look so easy. His threaded mushroom box out of boxwood is one of my prize pieces. One day at my place after he'd finished demonstrating and teaching for the day, we were floating in the pool and having a beer. Allan looked at me and said,"I wish I could talk to my dad (a career woodturner). I would say, "Dad, they're paying me for this." Allan was a proud, talented turner who will be missed greatly. ~ Dale Larson




Lyle P. Reigel (07/08/2016)

Lyle P. Reigel, age 76, of Stephensville, WI and Jacksonville Beach, FL, spent much of his life uttering the phrase, "Leave it better than you found it." He did just that when he was called home to his Heavenly Father on July 8th, 2016, following a motorcycle accident. Lyle was born in Bakerville, WI, near Marshfield, on April 21st, 1940, to William and Marcella Reigel. One of a dozen children, "seventh from the top, sixth from the bottom," he adopted the simple values of a large Catholic farm family: strong family bonds, deep Christian faith and a solid work ethic. Lyle loved God, his wife, and his gigantic family which included eleven siblings, five children, four step-children, spouses, ten grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many others who found peace, acceptance and kindness in Lyle and Victoria's home. He simply beamed when he spent time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren. He leaves behind a beautiful family and many friends who are all better people for having been a part of his life. Throughout his life, Lyle was a huge supporter of the Catholic Church, the Appleton West Rotary Club, the Fox Valley Community Foundation, and many, many charities. A humble man who preferred to stay out of the limelight, Lyle was eager to work hard and "get his hands dirty" for any project that he felt worthwhile. Lyle was a man of integrity. He gave generously of his time, talents and resources to build the communities in which he lived, encouraging others to do the same. He leaves behind a legacy of generosity that he hoped would inspire others. Lyle's work ethic defined his professional career. After serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, he served an electrical apprenticeship and eventually became a master electrician and State of Wisconsin Electrical Designer. He founded Reigel Electrical Corporation. In true entrepreneurial fashion, Lyle also started the Green Bay Blizzard Football team. In 1983, Lyle founded US Paper Converters, which thrives today as a major employer and industry leader. Lyle respected and cared deeply about the welfare of his employees. He leaves behind a bolstered economy and industrial infrastructure. Recent years allowed Lyle to focus on developing his artistic passion: wood turning. He spent countless hours in his workshop turning gorgeous bowls of every size and shape. He delighted in experimenting with different types of wood and finishes to create hundreds of art pieces in which he took tremendous pride. Lyle enjoyed the presence of God by working outdoors, feeding the birds and critters or simply watching nature. He loved piloting his tractor in the yard, navigating the Wolf River with his pontoon boat or his kayak, and pedaling his beach cruiser on the Florida sand. He spent much time in peaceful, prayerful reflection, pipe in hand, at his hunting land near Birnamwood. He loved his country. He appreciated freedom. He held a strong conviction for the sanctity of human life. Lyle will be remembered for his big smile, his hefty laugh, his loving eyes and his giant heart. He gave love unconditionally to family and friends. He gave his time, talent and resources to those around him in need. He focused his labor and industry on building the local community. He lived by his own words, "Leave it better than you found it." Lyle is survived by his best friend and devoted wife, Victoria; his children Daniel Reigel, David (Kathryn) Reigel, Lisa (Paul) Hoerning, Steven Reigel and Christopher (Catherine) Reigel and their mother, Irene Reigel; his step-children Leo (Wendy) Van Asten, Anthony (Adria) Van Asten, Kate (Zak) Kiernan and Phillip Van Asten; and grandchildren Shane, Tyler, Benjamin (Katie), Lauren, Anna, Zachary, Hailey, Levi, Elliot and Simon. He is further survived by his siblings LaVern Reigel, Clifford Reigel, Clara (Roger) Hartl, William (Pat) Reigel, Carol (Edwin) Becker, Richard (Tess) Reigel, Shirley (Clifford) Hirsch and James (Diane) Reigel, as well as sisters-in-law Doris Reigel, Kathleen Reigel and Kris Reigel. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Marcella Reigel and his brothers Eugene Reigel, Robert Reigel and Gerald Reigel.



Craig S. Kirks, Sr. (07/03/2016)

Craig S. Kirks, Sr., age 68 of Andover passed away July 3rd at home surrounded by his family. 36 year employee of D.S. Brown Company. Internationally recognized wood turner and instructor. Survived by loving wife Kathy of 48 years; children Heather Kirks-Reyes, Shelly Bohn (Doug), Craig Kirks, Jr. (Kabuki); 4 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter, sisters Anita Zimmerman; Sandra Dercole (Sam); oldest and dearest friends Sandy and Norman Palinkas; nieces, nephews and many more dear friends. Preceded in death by parents and brother Marc Kirks. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society. Funeral service 11:00 AM Thursday, July 7 with visitation one hour prior to service all at: Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd.




James Lee Hoechstetter (06/07/2016)

James Lee Hoechstetter, 75, of Indian Land, SC passed away Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at CMC Pineville.

He was a Manager at IBM and Microsoft, was a general contractor, a real estate broker and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a talented wood worker and a member of the Charlotte Woodturners.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00pm Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Palmetto Funeral Home, 2049 Carolina Place Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29708. Mr. Hoechstetter is survived by his wife of 48 years Sharon; his son Brian; his daughters Diana, Debra and Denise; his grandchildren Emma, Cutter, Eva and Teagan and his nephews Larry and Bob. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of your choice or American Lung Association . Online condolences to the family may be made at www.palmettofh.com. The family is being served by Palmetto Funeral Home and Crematory of Fort Mill, SC.


Theodore "Ted" H. Wenzel (06/06/2016)

Theodore "Ted" H. Wenzel, 74 years, passed away at his home in Menasha, WI, June 6, 2016 surrounded with the love of his family. He was born on April 6, 1942 in Delavan, WI to Harold and Emoline (Heth) Wenzel. Ted graduated from Delavan/Darien High School in 1960. He also graduated from Carroll College obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1964. He attended the University of Minnesota Graduate School in Chemistry until 1968 when he moved to California to work with Kaiser Aluminum. In 1974 he returned to Wisconsin working at Schlitz in Milwaukee as a Quality Control Manager. In his later years he worked at Stroh, PPG, and Dexter. He was most recently employed with Precision Metrology in Milwaukee, WI from 1999 until 2010 when he retired to be close to his family in the Fox Valley. Ted was meticulous in his home life also. He was an accomplished woodworker, toiling in his wood shop turning exacting pieces like vases, furniture, goblets for his children's wedding gifts, and tap handles for his son's brewery. He was a member of the American Association of Woodturners in Green Bay, WI. Ted was a general handyman who family and friends counted on to help. He enjoyed golfing with his partner Phillip Endter. His yard was manicured to hold perfect lines in the lawn and a garden producing his favorite tomatoes. Ted also obtained a broker license completing the Series 7, working with Blunt, Ellis and Lowe. Most of all Ted was a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed simply being at home with his loved ones. While Ted was in CA, he went on a blind date which eventually turned into a romance culminating in the marriage of Carolyn (Koressel) and Theodore Wenzel on May 8, 1971 in CA. He is survived also by his children Heather (Fred) Ueckert, Alex (Kristin) Wenzel and their children Ben and Julia, and Sally (Eric) Wenzel. Ted was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Diana (Jerry) Ladwig. A Memorial Service for Ted will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 5 PM at Wichmann-Fargo Tri-County Chapel, 1592 Oneida St., Menasha. Family and friends may call on Sunday, June 12 at the Wichmann-Fargo Tri-County Chapel from 3 PM until time of Service. In lieu of flowers memorials to Thedacare at Home Hospice in Ted's name appreciated. View source.



Herbert Green (05/09/2017)

On the evening of May 9, Herbert J. Green, age 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Herb was part of the first wave of engineers who moved to Silicon Valley in the early 1970s. For the next 30 years, he worked at several companies in the Valley. After retiring, he devoted himself to woodturning. He also loved to fish, spend time with his grandchildren, and take online classes. He is survived by his loving wife Connie, children Suzanne Epstein (Joe), Julie, and Joe (Jamie), and seven grandchildren.




 Stephen J. DeJong (05/21/2016)

Stephen DeJong (b.1933), mentor and friend to woodturners throughout Colorado, passed away in Colorado Springs on May 10th while in hospice care for pancreatic cancer. His funeral on May 21st brought together his extended family, neighbors, friends, and a large contingent of woodturners in a celebration of his life and work. Steve’s friend, Charles R. Coon, wrote this poem for the service:

I am a Turner
This is the name
he proudly savored...
Coaxing new pattern from
places hidden in wood...
His singing lathe
persuading the grain
to reveal what
has never been seen.
If the forest might speak
it would say of
this good man:
by his gentle turning
he has transfigured
our branches and scraps
into beauty and love.

Steve taught woodturning in the Colorado prison system, coached mentors for the Front Range Woodturners, volunteered tirelessly for Pikes Peak Woodturners, and was loved by customers of fine craft shows.  One of his goblets was selected by the Smithsonian Institute. He is pictured in December 2014 at a PPW holiday party with his partner, Beverly Howes-Corbin.

A full obituary is listed on Legacy.com for  Dr. Stephen J. DeJong.



Linda Joy Kiesgen (05/09/2016)

Linda Joy Kiesgen, 67, Fifield, Wisocnsin, died peacefully at her home of natural causes on Monday, May 9, 2016. She was born on July 28, 1948. She was a Registered Nurse employed by the University of Wisconsin Hospital system in Madison for a great part of her working career. She and her husband Thomas made Fifield their permanent home at the time of their retirement. At Linda’s request, no funeral services will be held. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.heindlfuneralhome.com/



(Vale) Neil Scobie (05/03/2016)

On Tuesday 3rd of May, Australia and the world lost one of the most talented wood artists, Neil Scobie. There is no one in Australia that has such a huge repertoire of skills, woodturner, designer, furniture maker, carver, writer, and teacher. Neil was generous. He would impart his skills freely during demonstrations nationally and internationally, writing articles in many publications and home workshops. He has touched and influenced many lives both locally, nationally, and internationally. His positive and infectious nature made him a favorite with all who met him. I will miss our chats. He was a good friend and mentor. When asked a question, his response was always measured and honest. Our condolences to Liz and family. RIP. ~ Neil Turner


When my profile of Neil Scobie was published in the last issue of American Woodturner (link), only a few of the readers knew that Neil was suffering from terminal cancer. Neil had asked me not to mention it because he did not want to be defined as a man in decline, and I respected that as much as everything else I respected about him. However, if you read between the lines you will find what I could not openly write. We also knew that any announcement would mean hundreds of calls, and he did not want his family to be disturbed any more than could be avoided. As always, Neil thought of others first. Neil’s last few months were spent in the warm embrace of his family’s love and the teams of close friends who visited their home, cutting the grass, finishing commissions, or just sitting quietly and talking.Neil approached his passing with as much dignity as he did with everything else in his life, selflessly and with courage. Family and friends will gather next week to farewell this good man, but he will live on in our memories as a strong example to us all of how to live a good life. We will never have another friend like him and he will be sorely missed. ~ Terry Martin

Douglas Corrigal

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Corrigal, age 66, beloved husband of Debbi Gola. Doug passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday April 27, 2016 at the Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK. He was born on May 3, 1949 in Prince Albert, to Anne (Corrigal) Deschner and Ross Corrigal. Doug grew up in Prince Albert, SK. He graduated from Prince Albert Technical High School with top honors in Drafting. After high school he worked for Webb Surveys in Saskatoon, SK. Doug's love of architecture and building led him to pursue his interest in carpentry and over a period of years he obtained his Journeyman's Certificate in Carpentry. He also continued to develop his drafting skills and over the years had drawn the blueprints for many new homes in the Prince Albert area. At the age of 20 he began his employment with the Government of Saskatchewan working for the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as a draftsman. As his career continued, he became a contract administrator with DNS. When DNS transformed into the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, Doug became a building inspector and travelled throughout Northern Saskatchewan. In 1999 Doug took early retirement after 32 years of service. Before Doug retired he developed an interest in wood turning so he built his own lathe and taught himself how to turn. He carried on his interest in wood by learning to carve. Doug was a founding member of the Prince Albert Wood Turner's Guild and a member of the Hub City Turners in Saskatoon. By following his passion to create works of art in wood he not only gained many lifelong friends, he was also privileged to receive many awards for his work. Doug's works of art are housed in collections not only in Prince Albert, but internationally. He was a very artistic, creative and highly talented man who was always willing to share his knowledge, workshop and tools with others. Along with his passion for wood turning, Doug also enjoyed restoring old cars and trucks. He loved spending time with his family and was always willing to help friends or family when needed. Douglas is survived by his wife, Debbi Gola; his daughter, Susan (Michael) Klassen; his brothers, Brian (Shirley) Corrigal and Terry (Janet) Corrigal; his sisters Wendy Corrigal, Brenda Corrigal and Bev Corrigal; mother-in-law, Mary Gola; sisters-in-law: Valerie MacDougall, Michelle Gola (Darren Breckenridge) and his faithful pet companions, Molly and Zoe. More.




Jorge Salinas (04/21/2016)

Jorge Salinas of Annandale, VA, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Loving father of Sebastian and Jess, he is survived by his wife, Patricia; his mother, Gladys; his brothers, José and Juan; and a large community of friends and family. He was a member of the Capitol Area Woodturners Association. His woodturnings can be viewed at www.jorgesalinaswood.com. He was a Mercedes-Benz auto technician, and he worked at Euro Motor Cars, in Bethesda, MD and American Service Center in Arlington, VA. A Mass in his memory will be celebrated for family and friends on Wednesday, April 27 at noon, at Christ the King Catholic Church on Colston Dr. in Silver Spring, MD. Learn more.


Jack J. Kniaz (04/09/2016)

John Joseph Kniaz “Jack”, 69, of Belvidere, IL passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016, at his home. He was born March 24, 1947 in Chicago, IL. The son of John Joseph Kniaz Sr. He graduated from Gainesville Florida High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He attended the University of Florida, received his Bachelors in Business from McHenry County College, and his Masters in Business from Webster University, MO. He was a computer specialist for IBM. He married Barbara June Foreman July 4, 1985 in Raleigh, NC. He was a member of the Woodturners Association, enjoyed reading, writing, gardening, woodworking, computer programing and playing with his cats, Koko, Sheba, and Pepper. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara June Kniaz “BJ”; step-son, Jeffrey Tomas; the daughter he never had Lisa Lilly; 9 grandchildren; brother, Bill (Miharu) Pittman; brother-in-law, Chuck Foreman; sister-in-law Deborah (Mike) Fox; 2 nieces. He is preceded in death by his father and grandparents Edward Polivka & Ethel Pease.



Todd Solomon (04/09/2016)

82, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane; and his daughter, Amy. Services and internment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Thursday, April 14, 10:45 am. There will be a Celebration of his life at University Village, date and time to be announced. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Jewish War Veterans or Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon. Todd was a gentleman in every sense. He loved and cared deeply for his daughter and wife. He served in the Army as a Pfc. His hobby in New Jersey where he lived for 30 years, was old cars. After his retirement in 1989 from AT&T, he became an avid golfer. During a sojourn living in South Carolina, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of learning how to turn wood. He leaves a legacy of beautiful bowls, platters, and decorative items. Todd enjoyed collecting and drinking wine, and imbibing a small glass of Johnnie Walker Blue. His brilliant mind maintained a storehouse of knowledge. As an avid childhood reader he read the encyclopedia, and his element was the internet where he spent hours a day reading news, studying wine, and keeping informed about every subject. Todd is genuinely missed by his relatives and many friends. All who knew him were enriched by his friendship. Learn more.



Phyllis Selnick (04/04/2016)

We extend our condolences to Al Selnick, whose wife Phyllis passed away suddenly on April 4th. The Selnicks shared a love of art, and developed warm relationships with many of the artists whose work they collected. Phyllis was a social worker for many years, and a discerning collector of folk art. She followed her passion, earned a degree in Folk Art, and volunteered as a docent at the American Museum of Folk Art. She and Al were married for 46 years. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 8th at 11:30am: Campbell Funeral Home located at 1076 Madison Ave in New York City, NY (81st St). In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations in memory of Phyllis be made to the Holocaust Museum, Ronald McDonald House or to the American Museum of Folk Art. Learn more.


Hansi Brenninger (04/02/2016)

A beloved Aspen man died Saturday morning after a skiing accident at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. Hansi Brenninger was on a ski trip with his son, according to local friends. The Park City Police Department released a statement Sunday that said a 48-year-old Aspen man was skiing on an advanced trail with family when he collided with a tree. Police, fire and Life Flight responded about 10:20 a.m., where the ski patrol was already on the scene providing emergency medical care, “but the man ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was not transported to a hospital,” the statement said. Brenninger was a full-time ski instructor at Aspen Mountain. Andy Docken, Aspen Mountain’s ski school manager, said Sunday that the news of his death has already resonated loudly. People have been reaching out to the school from all over the world to express their grief and condolences, he said. “Hansi was just a good person,” Docken said. “He treated everyone with respect.” Docken said there’s a saying in the ski industry that some people teach others how to ski, but people like Hansi taught people how to be skiers. He taught skiing in Europe and back in Australia, where he was from. “How to appreciate the mountain, the pace of the lifestyle, look at the view, enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the day — he understood that whole part of it,” Docken said. Christophe Rech knew Brenninger for 18 years. They worked in the ski school together and developed an unbreakable friendship. Rech remembered his friend Sunday as someone who always enjoyed life. “He was a great man. I loved him — he was a brother to me,” Rech said. “We spent so much time together just enjoying life. He touched so many people. He helped so many people. Everybody liked him. I’m pretty sure he didn’t have any enemy.” Rech said Brenninger never seemed to get mad. He always wanted to help people, whether it was pushing a friend to go faster when they used to ski race together or helping someone solve a problem. He was a man of many passions, too. From being a true family man, always there for his wife and children, to taking welding classes and learning woodworking, Rech said his friend was able to find joy in many things. Brenninger also worked in real estate for Joshua & Co., where he described himself in his online biography as an artist and an avid photographer. That’s how many community members, especially fellow parents, remember him, too. He was the father that you often saw wherever his kids were, often with his camera, said family friend Kari Kiker. Brenninger was always encouraging his children — Emily, a freshman at Aspen High School, and Max, a seventh-grader at Aspen Middle School — from the sidelines at their soccer games, Kiker said. “He’s just always present with the kids, always around — just a soft-spoken man, a very gentle soul,” Kiker said. “He’s so interested in everyone else’s kids, too. He’s always the guy on the sidelines taking photographs and asking about all the kids. … He’s that dad. He enjoys it; he soaks it up.” Kiker said Brenninger’s cause of death is all the more tragic because of what a strong — and safe — skier he was. “I think people would think of Hansi as one of the best skiers around,” she said. Brenninger also was a beautiful skier with a unique style. Docken said he had a very distinguishable style, so much so that he had silhouette drawings of himself made into stickers that he would sport around on his gear. “You could see that silhouette coming down the mountain, and you would know that’s Hansi,” Docken said. “His hands out wide, feet close together.” Brenninger’s wife, Kelley, posted a video Sunday on Facebook of her husband skiing, and that style was immediately noticeable. Another photo she posted of the two of them on a chairlift had the caption, “I love him.” Rech called Brenninger a legend in the ski school — for his skiing, yes, but also for who he was as a person. He’s irreplaceable, Rech said. “It was like when he was skiing, he was enjoying it and it was free,” Rech said. “Just like flying — so smooth and enjoying life when he was skiing. And just smiling, always smiling.”



Robert "Bob" Way (03/27/2016)
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Wally Dickerman (03/23/2016)

For Wally Dickerman, woodturning was a wonderful lifelong journey. A self-taught turner, he bought his first lathe in 1936 at the tender age of 15, after figuring out how to turn a bowl on the Oliver lathe in his high school shop. Wally served in the Navy before beginning a career in the wholesale sporting goods business, and raising a family. Throughout those busy years he continued to turn, but it wasn't until he retired in 1986 that he was able to give the lathe his full attention. Shortly thereafter, Wally became a full-time woodturner and started teaching, demonstrating, and regularly selling his work through galleries. He taught more than 500 students, mostly beginners, and believed in the value of quality in-person turning instruction. Over the years he attended many symposiums, learning a great deal plus making many lasting friendships, and seeing other parts of the country. He belonged to Cascade Woodturners Association in Portland, Oregon, and Southern Arizona Woodturners in Tuscon, Arizona. Wally was married to his wife Jane for more than 70 years. hey lived in Portland, Oregon. Read Wally's 30th Anniversary Profile.




Ralph J. Kubal Jr. (03/18/2016)

Ralph J. Kubal Jr., 85, of Medina, Ohio, passed away March 18, 2016. He was born March 2, 1931. Ralph proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He enjoyed golfing, music and was a renowned woodturner. Ralph will be missed by his beloved wife, Marilyn (nee Will); children, Linda (Joseph) Palmer, Mickey (Robert) Crandall, Jenney (Dave) Pumpa, Kathryn (Terry) Green, Theresa (Robert) Mizerik, Teri (Louie) Tsamous, Kathy (Philip) Hussey, Amy (Don) Stangler and David (Shelley) Tippett; 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Louise. View source.




Marion Bentley Dunham (03/09/2016)


Marion Bentley Dunham, 102, died March 9, 2016 in Naples Florida. Born in Delhi, Louisiana, Marion Dunham was the oldest of six children. His grandmother led him to become a Christian at age 8 and this formed the rest of his life. He became an ordained Southern Baptist minister at age 18 in 1932. He pastored 11 churches, with the longest tenures being in Ketchikan, Alaska, and Salina, Oklahoma. A special opportunity in Ketchikan came with his recording and broadcasting a fifteen-minute radio program six nights a week for almost eighteen years. He reached the remote logging camps as well as the local residents in Ketchikan. The other unique development in Ketchikan came with establishment of Orton Ranch, a well run, well furnished encampment, located twenty-five miles away from town, for the purpose of holding church camps. Many support teams from Georgia and Oklahoma participated in the building and improving of the property, as well as mission outreach. At age 91 he became a wood turner as he began turning pens and bowls on a lathe with the instructions from his friend in Rome, Georgia and his son in law in Florida. He has turned hundreds of pens and the proceeds from any that he sold have gone to mission fields. He continued making pens through age 101 and loved every minute he spent doing this. He made beautiful clocks for each of his eight great grandchildren. He is survived by his two daughters, Marianne Hunter and Dottie Jackson, as well as four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and niece Lynn Todino and nephew Jim Captain, both of Rome. He had many titles and they all represented a loving relationship: Daddy, Papaw, Papaw 2, Old Uncle, Mr. D., Mr. Marion, and Pastor. Mr. D. lived in Rome, Georgia from 1991 to 2010, where was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He moved to Naples, Florida in 2010 and formed many new friendships. Becoming a member at First Baptist Church was so important to him. He was loved and will be greatly missed. View source.



Everett M. Friese (03/07/2016)

Everett M. Friese died unexpectedly Monday afternoon at the Backus Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was last employed as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring. He was married to Christine (Sachonchik) Friese who survives him. Funeral services and burial will be private. Learn more. 


Paul Martin (03/07/2016)

Paul Roger Martin, 75, born in Churchville, VA, on August 19, 1940 to Della Elizabeth and Elmer Clarence Martin, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2016 at Covenant Hospice. Paul served proudly in the US Air Force as a Civil Engineer and was a respected local business owner. Paul and Mary operated several successful businesses including, A Comfort Maker AC and New England Seafood. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of over 40 years, Mary Elizabeth Martin, his sister, Paulette "Bonnie" Yvonne Lamb, and several Nephews and Nieces. "Buddy" as he was known by his family was always eager to lend a helping hand. Neighbors will sorely miss his lawn expertise. Learn more.



Alfred Donald "Don" Hoskins (02/17/2016)


With deepest sadness, we announce that Don Hoskins passed away peacefully, at the age of 89, after a long struggle with ill health. Don was predeceased by parents, Alfred and Pauline; sister, Ruth; brother, Glenn; and wife of 58 years, Dawn. Don is truly missed and loved always by his children, Katherine (Rex), Greg (Donna), Karen (Marty), and Beth (Brian), as well as his grandchildren, Sarah, Katie, Matthew, Carly, Amy, and Curtis. Don is deeply missed and forever loved as well by his wife, Daphne, and her children, Kelly (Mike), Patty (Tom), and Kevin (Paula), and her grandchildren, Brennan, Jesse, Tessa, and Julianna, as well as many family members and friends across Canada and beyond. Don was a man of character, commitment and strong family values. His ready smile, hearty greeting, and calm, supportive caring in all his relationships won him many friends and much respect. He had a great storehouse of knowledge, which he enjoyed sharing at any opportunity! Don was born in Chilliwack, BC, and participated in basketball and mountain climbing as a young man. His educational career included a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sciences, and Master of Science with a focus on Chemical Engineering. His early ambition was to be a teacher, and he was a teacher by nature, but Chemical Engineering became his direction, resulting in a 30 year career in the oil industry. He began at IOCO Refinery in Port Moody, and later was an executive with Shell Oil in many diverse positions and locations across Canada, and briefly, Texas. Upon retirement in 1983, Don and Dawn relocated to beautiful Belcarra, where he resided for the rest of his days, loving the life "between forest and sea." Sadly, his wife Dawn died in 2005 after a long illness, during which Don faithfully cared for her at home. Don wrote a new and unexpected chapter in his life when he was introduced to Daphne, and they married in 2008! So many happy times were shared with family and friends both at home and travelling far and wide. Don's favourite place to be was always at home in Belcarra. He had many interests such as wood turning, gardening, community service, travel, great music and art, reading, red wine, and socializing! Don was an active community member, serving as Councillor in Belcarra for 11 years and making many significant contributions. He was deservedly granted the "Freedom of the Municipality" in 1997. Don's passion and skill for wood turning is well known, and he was a founding member of the Greater Vancouver Wood Turners Guild, attending many meetings, conferences and workshops, giving demos and selling his beautiful wares across the lower mainland. He was well known in the Port Moody and Coquitlam Arts Community. Through these involvements, Don made lifelong friendships, and was awarded a lifetime membership in GVWG, and an Outstanding Contributions Award in 2015. Truly, this was a very special gentleman - accomplished, intelligent, thoughtful, and kind. His keen wit and sense of humour were uniquely "Don," but he will be remembered most of all for his way of making everyone he met, from three to ninety-three, feel valued and cared for. Don will be missed and fondly remembered, always. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Old Orchard Hall, 646 Bentley Road (off Ioco Rd), Port Moody. Donations in Don's memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Lung Association, or Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Special gratitude goes to the caring and capable staff of C2B at Eagle Ridge Hospital, and his several doctors. "Rest now, dear one, and know you are loved." 

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Richard J. Oudt (01/25/2016)


Richard J. Oudt passed away on January 25, 2016 at his home. Richard is survived by his love, Bernadette Mauro; and his loving parents, Bruce and Janice Oudt. Richard graduated from Shenendehowa School and the College of St. Rose. He was the owner of Talon Studios and was an Illustrator for GE for several years, and a talented artist. He will be missed by his family every day. Words cannot express the sadness of his passing. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to area charities of the individual's choice. Learn more.





Baxter E. Luther (01/02/2016)

Having lost my battle with pancreatic cancer, I died quietly on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Community Hospice Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring. My loving wife of 66 wonderful years, Rosia, my two daughters, Gwendolyn Branch (Jimmy), Phyllis Arnold (Craig Buchanan) and precious granddaughter, Alicia Stewart (newly wed to Ricky) were all with me, as I joined many family members and dear friends that passed on before me. I was born January 28, 1930 in Randolph County, North Carolina. I joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952. While stationed in Germany for several years, Rosia and I were fortunate to travel the beautifully scenic Rhine Countries extensively. We were also blessed with the birth of our first daughter, Gwendolyn. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1956, we settled in Jacksonville where I began my life long career in finance with The American Discount Company and we joyfully celebrated the birth of our second daughter, Phyllis. In 1966 I became employed by the Florida National Banks until my retirement in May, 1985 as Senior Vice President of the Retail Banking Division. During my working career, I met and worked with some wonderful people. In 1966 I began my relationship with the Optimist Club and then in 1979 I joined the Arlington Rotary Club. Having lived all of my Jacksonville years in Arlington, I had seen the economic challenges the residents of Arlington were facing; especially the children. The Boys and Girls Club of Woodland Acres was an excellent opportunity to make a true difference in these young lives. These children are eager to follow the right path; they only need help finding the correct way. I was extremely fortunate to have had a career doing what I loved; helping others. All of these things I did for me. I am indebted to those who allowed me to mentor their successes and challenges. I have been blessed with a beautiful family and many good friends. Thanks to all of you who helped me along my journey. I have truly been a blessed man in every way. Life has been good to me. Please don't be upset with me, but there will not be a service in Jacksonville. I've requested a private family gathering in North Carolina at the church I attended with my parents as a young boy. And last, a touch of humor I'll leave with you. . . No matter how rich or powerful you think you are; the size of your funeral will be determined by the weather! In lieu of flowers, please make donations, in memory of Baxter Luther, to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida,555 W 25th Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32206 or Northeast Florida Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257. View source.




Gerald "Jerry" Markowitz (01/02/2016)


Gerald "Jerry" Markowitz, died January 2, 2016, at the age of 61 in his home in Bush LA. Jerry attended grade school and high school in Queens, NY. He graduated from Queens College with a BS in Geology and from the University of Kentucky with an MS in Geology. Upon graduation, he began work in the oil industry as a Petroleum Geologist for Texaco and later with Chevron upon their merger with Texaco. He was planning on retiring in the Summer of 2016 but leaves his work early with 36 1/2 years of service. Jerry 's favorite hobbies were rock and mineral collecting and wood working-- especially wood turning. He was a founding and lifetime member of the Bayou Wood Turners Club. He was the club's photographer and newsletter editor. He was also very active in the St. Tammany Woodworkers Guild, being the club's secretary, photographer, and newsletter editor. Jerry leaves behind his wife and best friend, Lila Salvatore. They were married for over 31 years. He also leaves his mother Sylvia Markowitz of Bayside, Queens, NY; a brother Mark Markowitz of NJ (Linda); a nephew, Michael Markowitz; his dear Aunt Rose Tanchefsky; his Aunt Edith Mark of Plymouth, Mass.; and many cousins. Private graveside services will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Watertown, Ct., There is no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Watertown, CT. In lieu of flowers, plants, or food, please send donations in his memory to any of these charities that Jerry had chosen: University of Kentucky Geofund, supporting general department needs including undergrad and graduate scholarships; University of Kentucky Haynes Field Trip Scholarship Fund; Walter S. Newman Memorial Scholarship fund at Queens College of the City of New York; AAPG Foundation L. Austin Weeks Undergrad fund; or the AAW Educational Opportunity Grant, to provide funding for woodturning related classes, and equipment for individual woodturners and students. 




William "Bill" Lewis Earls (12/29/2015)

William “Bill” Lewis Earls, 44, died peacefully at home in the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. He was born in Lebanon on Aug. 10, 1971. Raised primarily in Brownsville, Bill attended the Brownsville Elementary School. Upon completing his sophomore year at Central Linn High School, he joined the Job Corps. Two years later, Bill obtained a full scholarship to Washington State University located in Pullman, Washington. He would go on to earn a bachelor's degree in physics, math and computer science. Bill did two tours in the Army, 1989-1994, in Desert Strom and Mogadishu and 1997-2000, with the Army Special Forces. He began a career as a stock broker and financial advisor for a firm located in Portland. Life was interrupted by a stroke at the age of 36. What followed over the course of the next eight years, would be a series of medical problems and various diseases, lived out in Corvallis. In spite of it all, William built rockets and launched them at Black Rock, Nevada (The "Rocket Man" in the GT). When he no longer was physically able to continue that, he learned online to roll cigars and started a cigar business. He went to school online and earned a master's degree in theology at U.C. Berkeley. He started in a doctoral program at Grand Canyon University in Arizona, which was well along, but not yet finished. Recently William had opened an online jewelry store on Shopify. He is survived by his partner and caregiver, Chet Earls, his mother and stepfather Brenda and Larry White, a stepsister, three nieces, and five siblings: Barbara, Janis, Daniel, Melburn and Michael.




Peter Grimm (12/14/2015)


Peter Alden Grimm, 74, of Brecksville, Ohio passed away on December 14, 2015. Pete was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin to Phillip and Viola Grimm on June 3, 1941. He enjoyed a long career as a Sales Engineer for automated machine tools. He was an avid golfer, loved camping in the National Parks and was an active participant in the North Coast Wood Turners Club. Pete is survived by his children, Paul Grimm (Maria), Jennifer Carroll (Richard) of Stow, Ohio; brother, Noel (Mary) Grimm of Monroeville, PA; and 5 much loved grandchildren, Katherine, David, Aimee, Amanda and Audrey. Friends are invited to Redmon Funeral Home in Stow, Ohio where calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the National Park Foundation http://www.nationalparks.org.  Learn more.

Ted Bartholomew (12/10/2015)

How do you describe someone like Ted? The best way is to use his own words as published in the Winter 2003 edition of American Woodturner.

“Wally (Dickerman) and I belonged to the Seattle Woodturners at the same time and I learned a lot of good things from him. I started my turning in 1931 and will be 84 in November (2003). I received my first lathe for my 11th birthday and I’ve never been without one since then. My dad built that lathe and powered it with my mother’s washing machine (gas) motor, as we didn’t have electricity. On Mondays, the motor went back on the washing machine so Mother could do the weekly wash. Over the many years of turning our own things, Dad and I built 322 spinning wheels together. He was my woodturning buddy until his 90th birthday, when he gave up turning. I started going to craft shows and now I can be selective about which ones I want to take part in. That led into teaching woodturning. Like Wally, I teach and am in good health and feel that I am in my prime of turning.”

Those of you who knew Ted know that he was a humble man, always willing to share his vast knowledge with others. He has taught literally hundreds of people how to use a lathe. He built his own line of tools and most of them are still in use. What you may not have known was that he built 64 lathes. Some of those are still in use.

Ted was a long time member of the Seattle chapter and of the AAW. He was also one of the founding members of the South Puget Sound chapter and one of its first presidents. Ted never saw a can of Deft that he didn’t like nor a four jaw chuck that he did like. In all the years that I have known Ted, I have never heard him say a bad word about another individual. He was one of the most likeable and knowledgeable people I have ever known. My favorite memory of Ted was watching him prove that it is the presentation not the tool as he turned a rutabaga with an ax.

Good bye old friend, you will certainly be missed,
Bill Wood


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Russ Holmes (12/03/2015)


Born in Michigan on September 14, 1939, Russ died peacefully on December 3, 2015 after a short battle with pancreatic and liver cancer

Russ met and married Doris Ann Dodge, also from Detroit. While they grew up in houses just eight blocks away from one another, they didn't meet until a fateful blind date on New Year's Eve. Married on August 26, 1961, Russ and Doris enjoyed a 54-year partnership.

Russell had countless hobbies. From fly-fishing to boat racing and wood turning, Russ didn't just pursue hobbies; he joined and often led so many organizations in support of them. His life-long love of Michigan lakes and rivers, and the fish that lived within them, provided many hours of joy to Russ, who served as a Commodore at Crescent Sail Yacht Club and member of Trout Unlimited. He also served as President of a Detroit Area Woodturners Club for several years. Almost since the beginning of the Detroit Area Woodturners, Russ served in many roles, including; elected officer, committee head, and board consultant. He was very progressive in trying to advance the woodturners’ skills and knowledge.

~ Roger Meeker, Detroit Area Woodturners



Russ (with his wife Doris) after receiving a platter honoring him for years of dedicated service as president of Detroit Area Woodturners.









John Gorski (11/26/2015)

John Joseph Gorski, Jr., age 71, of Westminster, Maryland, died peacefully on Thursday, November 26, 2015 surrounded by family at his home. Born September 27, 1944 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he was the son of the late John Joseph Gorski, Sr. and Adele J. (Misewich) Gorski. He was predeceased by his wife, Christina Joene (Prevratil) Gorski. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War. He was retired after 41 years of service with N.S.A. as a site installation engineer. He was an avid fly fisherman, nature enthusiast, and creative woodworker. He also enjoyed bird watching and photography. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Westminster, the Audubon Society and Trout Unlimited. Surviving him are children, Deborah Gorski and husband Joe Russell of Baltimore, Paul Gorski and wife Cheryl of Fairfield, PA, and Rebecca Gallagher and husband Joe of Baltimore; step-children, Ted Soltas and wife Monte of Finksburg, Terri Rill and husband Tim of Hampstead, and Lynn Luesse and husband Mark of Westminster; grandchildren, Lauren and Christopher Gorski, Jennifer Armstrong and Brandon Sours, Anastasia Gallagher, Jared and Logan Soltas, Danielle and Desiree Rill, Nick and Erika Luesse; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Adele Justice of Virginia Beach, VA and Barbara Hayward of Panama City, FL. John is also remembered by former spouse, Dolores Drumheller. A Prayer Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, from the MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME, 91 Willis St, Westminster, MD. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park in Sykesville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, PO Box 660, Mount Airy, MD 21771 or at Audubon.org.




Bernhard Uwe Voss (11/12/2015)


St. Louis, Missouri. Beloved husband of Margaret Peggy Cohen Voss; dear father of Bernhard James Voss and Jeremy Cohen Voss; loving grandfather. Mr. Voss was a lifelong student and teacher, artist and craftsman.


Sigi Angerer (11/8/2015)



Siegfried "Sigi" Angerer, Lucerne, Switzerland, passed away on November 8, 2015. No other details are available at this time.


Dietmar Hans Holzer (October 2015)


Dietmar Hans Holzer, aged 75 from Austria, passed away in October 2015 after a short illness, surrounded by his wife Denise and their daughter Fleur.  He was a member of the AAW since June 2014 and before that he was involved in Woodturners’ exhibitions in the US and Europe. Dietmar was the Managing Director of Optigrind Limited in England and Holzer Hartstofftechnik in Austria. He was famous for the development of high quality European made CBN wheels. His love of America arose when he moved with his family to live in Michigan in 1980. There he ran a machine tool business on behalf of German company. His success in the woodturning industry came in later life in his retirement, when he worked hard to build a business for his daughter to run in England. He made many life-long friends and acquaintances in Michigan and throughout America. America was Dietmar’s spiritual home and he loved nothing more than touring the country to meet new people, hear their tales, and discover all the beautiful places. He would always return with cowboy hats and boots, and was particularly fond of anything handmade, including strummers, belt buckles, and moccasins. He will be deeply missed and always remembered by his friends and family.


~ Fleur Walton (Daughter)




Max Edward Heinly  (10/20/2015)


Max Edward Heinly, 86, of Manhattan, passed away on, Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Max was born in Little River, Kansas on June 14, 1929, the son of the late Helen (Brayton) Heinly and Clarence O. Heinly. He graduated from Little River High School in 1947, with the first 8 grades in a country school. On August 17, 1952, he was united in marriage to Freda KayAnn Montieth in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a SSG during the Korean Conflict. Max was a farmer, between 1954-1968. Max and KayAnn then moved to Manhattan, where he took the position as a Kansas State University swine herdsman for 6 years. He then worked as a truck driver for the State and Federal Highways until 1992 when he retired. After his retirement, Max became interested in turning wood on a lathe. He became a member of the American Association of Woodturners in 1992. Max will be placed in a cremation urn that he made. ~ Bob Holcombe





Richard Giery (10/04/2015)


Richard “Rick” Vincent Giery of St. Simons Island, Ga., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. He was the devoted husband to Katharine “Kit” Giery, and son of Daisy Astrid Giery and the late Edward Gerard Giery Jr.

Rick was born on Long Island, grew up in Milwaukee, attended Marquette High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He had lived on St. Simons Island, Ga., since 1985. Rick made his living as a CPA for more than 30 years, but made his life as a loving, dedicated and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was a Southern gentleman adored by everyone who knew him. Rick led by example a life of honesty, integrity, kindness and loyalty that will be remembered by all who loved him. He was an avid hunter and gifted woodworker who loved to travel, experiment in the kitchen, and read on a wide variety of subjects. He was the rock, the steady, the true north to so many, and he will be missed forever.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his children, Katharine Lehtila Giery (Inaki Gorostidi) and Michael Gerard Giery; his siblings, Patricia Spillman (Frank), Edward Giery III, John Giery (Kimberly), Mary Smith (Richard), Elizabeth Schuppie (Scott), Kathleen Giery and Margaret Dwyer (Brendan); his mother- and father-in-law, Katharine and Paul O’Connor; sisters-in-law, Marianna Menkol (Joe), Danny O’Connor and Sarah Steenrod (Wright); 17 nieces and nephews, numerous cousins and innumerable friends.


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John Beall (9/24/2015)


John Evans Beall passed away in his home in Paso Robles, Calif., surrounded by family on September 24, 2015. He was 72. John was born to Opal Violet and John G. Beall, MD in Ann Arbor, Mich. He married his best friend, Sandra Smith, in 1964. He graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and worked for PG&E for 22 years before retiring in 2005. He was active at his church, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in PR, Knights of Columbus, and the Wood Turning Club. John was an avid wood worker, golfer, and loved playing video games with his grandkids and godson. He completely built the family's log home in Montana. Most of all, he loved being a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He went to as many of his kids and grandkids sports and activities as possible, was a patient teacher, and generous giver. John is survived by his wife, Sandy; his brother, Bob (Annie) of Kalispell, Mont.; daughters, Chris (Jason) Hartford of Fair Oaks, Calif., and Barbara (Ren‚) Oliver of Paso Robles; grandchildren: Rebekah, Natasha, and Mikayla Hartford, and Johnathan (Jono), Benjamin, and Joshua Oliver; great-grandson Noah Hartford, and numerous other extended family members. His parents and his sister, Betty Kelsch, and nephews, John and Michael Kelsch, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Paso Robles. Sign his guestbook.




Ray Leier (09/6/2015)

We are sad to share the news that Ray Leier, 68, founder of DelMano Gallery and an early and persistent proponent of woodturning and wood art, died suddenly of a heart attack on Sunday, September 6. A member and supporter of the AAW since its very beginning, Ray had a big personality and a keen eye for talent, and he was instrumental in the development of the field of studio turning. We wish his beloved Mikki well during this difficult time and in days to come. 
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Clay Gardner Crowder (08/06/2015)

Clay Gardner Crowder, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 78 years of age following an extended illness. He left this world peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife and children. A third-generation doctor in Blount County, he was a Pediatrician in Blount County for 40 years. He was known as a kind and caring doctor, a brilliant diagnostician, a child behavioral health specialist and a driving force for the betterment of community healthcare services.

He graduated from Maryville High School in 1955. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as an undergraduate and then the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. After medical school, he joined the Air Force, in which he served as a General Medical Practitioner at Orlando Air Force Base. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1966. He completed his residency as a Pediatrician at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and then went into private practice in Maryville.

Throughout his career, Dr. Crowder was dedicated to serving the underserved and the underinsured. In the last years of his career, he was a leader for the Blount County Good Samaritan Clinic, which offers free and discounted medications, services, and other resources to those who need them. He served in various leadership and teaching capacities at Blount Memorial Hospital, Children's Hospital, and the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Upon retirement, he was honored by the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Blount Memorial Foundation, and by Joint Resolution in the Tennessee State Legislature.

Outside of Pediatrics, Dr.Crowder's principal avocation was woodworking, specifically woodturning and clock-making. Primarily self-taught, he learned a great deal from other woodturners across the Southeast, and he both took and assisted in teaching classes at the Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg. Woodturners' Resource reported, "The pieces that he has created on the lathe are simply incredible." Dr. Crowder was a juried member of the East Tennessee Woodturners' Guild in Knoxville. His pieces are prized for their natural beauty and artistic qualities. 


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Dale Gay (07/28/2015)


Dale Gay, former member of the Azalea Woodturners, Mobile, AL, passed July 28, 2015.  He will be missed by family and friends. ~ Bradley Swiger



Robert Mach (06/13/2015)


It is with much sadness to inform you that Bob Mach passed away last Saturday, June 13, 2015.  He was working in his yard when he suffered a heart attack.  Bob has been an active member of Northwest Woodturners for at least 10 years, and has served on the Board of Directors six out of the last seven years.  He was also a member of Cascade Woodturners.  Bob will be missed by all who knew him.  Details about his service will be passed on when they become available.   ~ Jim Schoeffel



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Joe Gettys (4/16/2015)


Joe Cornwell Gettys, 79, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., died April 16, 2015. He was born and raised in Shelby, NC. He graduated from NC State with a degree in mechanical engineering and was a test engineer at Pratt & Whitney. He is survived by wife, Nancy; daughter, Lyn (Jody); son, Tod (Kay); grandchildren, Myke, Nick and Katie; sister, Anne DuBois of St. Petersburg, Fla.; niece, Donna Hord; nephews, David and Steve Bettis of Shelby. He is preceded in death by his parents, Claude an Mattie Gettys; brother, Carl; and sister, Jean Bettis.





Robert A. (Bob) Pastel (04/02/2015)


Bob died Thursday, April 2, surrounded by his loving family.  He was predeceased by his wife of sixty-eight years, Bernice Lawrence (Bea) Pastel.  Bob was born in Coulterville, IL, on October 27, 1925, and has been an area resident for over sixty years. 


He is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY.  Bob did his internship in Indianapolis, IN, and his residency in Rockford, IL, specializing in pediatrics.  Bob served in the US Navy while in medical school and served in the US Air Force after residency, stationed in Japan and Guam.  He served as chief of pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and as an adjunct professor at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.  He retired from practice in 1997. 


Bob is survived by his thirteen children: Chris (Judy) of Ithaca, NY; Clif (Elissa Weiss) of Glenshaw, PA; Katy of Bloomington, IN; Michael “Smokey” (Ellie) of Highland Mills, NY; Mary of Rockville, MD; Sally (Dick) Keyel of Sun Prairie, WI; Robert (Nettye Lamkay) of Albany, NY; Paul (Leah) of Essex Junction, VT; Margaret (Steve Hoover) of New Canaan, CT; Beth of Syracuse, NY; Joseph “Tigger” (Barb) of Silver Spring, MD; Charlie (Linda NeCastro) of Rockville, MD; and David (Michelle) of Horseheads, NY.  In addition, he leaves thirty grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Bob is also survived by his sister Marjorie Martin (Ralph) of Sleepy Hollow, NY, and his brother Dr. Harvey Pastel (Jane) of Vernon, CT. 


Bob used his medical skills in service to people worldwide with SS Hope in Tunisia; CARE/MEDICO in Indonesia, Honduras, and Peru; Indian Medical Service in New Mexico; and personally in the Gambia.  Bob was an accomplished woodturner; he won a blue ribbon at the New York State Fair and also won a juried art show.  He was a founding member and past officer of the Central New York Woodturner’s Association.  Bob enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Town of Clay Bridge Club and hosted Thursday Duplicate Group.  Bob was involved with the Syracuse Peace Council, Boy Scouts of America, and antidiscrimination organizations in Syracuse for fair housing and for voting rights.  He was an ardent naturalist and took several courses at the New York College of Forestry, including courses on fern identification and anthropology.  His hobbies included camping, canoeing, carpentry, painting, travel, wine making, bird watching, and cross-country skiing. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org) or American Association of Woodturners Program for Youth and Students. (www.woodturner.org).  Calling hours will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool.  A memorial service will be scheduled for the summer.




Dan Odegard (03/31/2015)

The AAW home office offers condolences to staff members Tib Shaw and Sophie Wozniak. Tib's beloved partner of ten years, Dan Odegard, passed away on March 31st. Dan died in home hospice surrounded by loving family, five years after having been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. In addition to Tib, Dan is survived by his son, Peter (Ashley) and grandson, Arlo; daughter, Zoe; and stepdaughters Sophie and Kate Wozniak. Dan's Caringbridge page.







John Ruttan (03/21/2015)


John , an active member of the Central New York Woodturners, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 21, 2015. John helped out every year demonstrating woodturning on a treadle lathe during the 12 days of the New York State Fair (the accompanying photo is from the 2014 event).


~ Barbara Raymond-LaPrease

John Ruttan was born in Oswego, he was the son of the late George and Lulu (Noerr) Ruttan. He worked as an Industrial Mechanic for Alcan retiring after 30 years. Post retirement, John pursued his love of woodworking by making beautiful one of a kind pieces that he sold around New York State at craft shows. Most recently he worked and sold his art at Lakeside Artisans in downtown Oswego. John was often called MacGyver by his family because he could fix anything and would help anyone that needed it. John will be missed greatly and may he be forever eating popcorn, drinking Pepsi and making art. John adored his wife Noreen and was married for 48 years. Noreen and John were married on January 28, 1967 in an Oswego style snowstorm. Surviving are his wife, Noreen (Callaghan) Ruttan; a daughter, Julie Ruttan of Albany; two sons, Bryan Ruttan and Stephen Ruttan and fiancé Jennifer DeLong, all of Oswego; two sisters, Carol (Alan) Todd and Beverly Goewey, both of Oswego; a brother, William Ruttan Sr.; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Ruttan. Calling hours will be held 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, with a service to follow, at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego. Spring burial will be in Oswego Town Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foundation for Upstate Medical University, 750 E. Adams St., CAB326, Syracuse, NY 13210.




Ret. Col. Burt Dall (March 15, 2015)

Burt Dall of Arnold, Maryland passed away from cancer on March 15, 2015. He was 87 years old.

Burt was born Cesar Hannibal Sotomayor to John and Rosalia Sotomayor on April 10, 1927 in New York City. He was the fourth of five siblings, with older sisters Paquita, Josephine, and Lydia, and younger brother John. He was married to his beloved wife, Shirley Ada Lantz of Edgewood, Maryland, from 1950 until her death on February 6, 2001.

Burt leaves behind his children, Owen, Robert, Cindy and Nancy; his daughter-in-laws, Kerry and Karen; his son-in-law, Wayne; his grandchildren, Katie, Emily and Kainoa; his step-grandchildren, Erin, Ellen, Matthew and Kaylyne; his brother John and his wife Jane, and their children and grandchildren; his cousins Diana, Evelyn, Richard, and Fred and their children; and many other family and friends who loved him dearly.

After graduating high school from the Bronx High School of Commerce, Burt was deployed with the US Army of Occupation at the end of World War II. Burt continued to serve in the US Army for 35 years, serving in both the Korean Vietnam Wars, receiving several meritorious awards, including the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit, throughout his distinguished career. Burt also attended night school during his service, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He retired as a full colonel in 1981 as Deputy Post Commander of Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

After he retired, Burt studied at the Appalachian Center for Craft, in Smithville, Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in woodworking. After moving to Arnold, Maryland in 1990, Burt began attending classes at Anne Arundel Community College where he developed many strong friendships, a love for reading and writing poetry, and began anonymously funding a scholarship for the arts.

Viewing and funeral services will be held at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home in Severna Park, Maryland. Friends and family are welcomed to visit on Saturday, March 28 from 2-4 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 from 12-1 p.m. The service will be held on Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m., directly after the Sunday visitation hour. Friends and family are invited to a reception at Burt Dall’s home in Arnold, Maryland after the service. Inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Burt Dall’s memory be made to the Scholarship for the Arts. Donations may be sent to the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation, ICOX Building, 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012 or may

You may visit the online photo album for Col. Dall at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk61f7FK



Ray Eugene Logue (03/14/2015)


Ray Eugene Logue, 83, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015. He was a member of the Quad State Bodgers Woodturning Club of Cumberland, Maryland, and owner of Logue's Cabinet Shop in Ellerslie, Maryland.

Ray allowed us (The Quad State Bodgers Wood-turning Club) to use his shop for our monthly Saturday meetings and we held many day-long workshops there as well. He was very generous and a gracious host. Ray subscribed to most woodworking magazines and was continually experimenting with different ideas and designs. The walls of his shop were lined with patterns and jigs of all shapes, types, and sizes, everything from complex Sanctuary Windsor chair seats to simple hanging plant holders.

Ray was a true craftsman of the highest order and more than willing to freely share his many year's of experience in the field of woodworking.

When Ray made a statement related to woodworking, everyone strained to listen because they knew he knew what he was talking about. One quick simple example, at one club meeting I asked the group how I could keep my CA glue bottle from clogging. From the back of the room I heard a very deep
masculine voice say, "You treat it like a baby!" It was Ray. When I asked him what he meant, he replied, "Hold it tight and gently burp it three times." So, following Ray's advice now, whenever I finishing with my CA bottle, I hold it tight and gently "burp it" (tap the bottom of the bottle on the workbench until the spout is clear).

Ray will be truly missed by all who know him.

~ Dustin Davis, Treasurer, Quad State Bodgers






Kenneth Keusch (2/8/2015)

Kenneth Keusch died on February 8, 2015, after a long and grueling battle with cancer. He was just shy of 80 when he passed away. Born in the Bronx to Harry and Ida Keusch, Ken graduated from New York University in 1954. He moved to Miami in 1959 to attend medical school at the University of Miami, where he graduated with honors in 1963. After spending time overseas as a doctor in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he and his family settled back in Miami and he joined the in-house radiology group at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, where he practiced until he retired in 1995. In 1969 Ken and his family moved to Pinecrest, where he lived for the rest of his life. Ken was many things: A fine physician, a scholar of many varied subjects, an art connoisseur, an artist himself in various media including wood turning and sculpture, a woodworker and woodcraftsman, a world traveler, a Mac guru, a Sean Connery lookalike, and a storyteller par excellence. Most of all he was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by Joyce, his loving wife of over fifty-four years, his children Jordan and Kathy, his daughter-in-law Michele, his grandchildren Ilana and Jonas, and all those whose lives he touched and who touched his as well. As per Ken's wishes, there will be no funeral and the family will not be sitting shiva. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of food or flowers, please make a donation to Seasons Hospice Foundation, 5200 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137, or to the charity or cause of your choice.






Bernard “Bernie” Grahek (1/31/2015)


Bernard “Bernie” Grahek, 63, of Eveleth, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2015, surrounded by family after a short illness. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Range Funeral Home in Virginia at 10:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Joe Campbell will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Bernie Grahek was born June 17, 1951 to Theodore and Teresa (Redd) Grahek. He grew up and graduated from Gilbert High School in 1969. He met and was united in marriage to Mary Kay Pavelich on February 12, 1971. Bernie attended and graduated from Bemidji State University in 1973. His career took them to Austin MN, Apple Valley CA, and then back to the Iron Range.

In his retirement, Bernie enjoyed spending time in his wood working shop and loved to fish; going on many fishing trips. In 2013, he and Mary spent a month driving to Alaska and back, having many adventures along the way.

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Gerald "Gerry" Jardine Betts (1/26/2015)


Gerry lost his battle with leukemia and is now at peace. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sharon; his daughter Olivia, sisters Louise and Elizabeth, his brother Sam (Dorothy), his niece Alicia; his nephews Bryan (Dannette), Mervyn (Maria), Malcolm (Heather), Duncan (Kareen), 8 grand-nieces, 2 grand-nephews, and can’t forget Robert and Dennis, his borrowed sons.

Gerry was raised in Port McNeill and eventually made Port Alice, BC his home. Gerry was a wood turner, a voracious reader, an astute crossword puzzler and an avid veggie gardener. He loved his morning hikes with “whoever showed up” and all the dogs. His family meant the world to him.

At his request, there will be no memorial service. Celebrate his generous and loving spirit by performing random acts of kindness towards friends and strangers alike. Gerry is loved and will be sorely missed.






Giles Gilson (01/20/2015)
Giles Gilson died January 20, 2015, at his home in Schenectady, New York. An AAW member since 1986, Giles was awarded a POP Fellowship Award in 2006 and earned the distinction of Honorary Lifetime Member in 2009.

It always hurts when you lose a very close friend, especially when he was a brother in the arts. And when that friend was also a true icon in your field, it stings.

Giles was a revolutionary, a daring bandit of creative ideas that were so ahead of their time, woodturners often rejected his work as being too modern, too avant-garde, too off the wall… too innovative. He was the first to use paint on his turned wood pieces, specifically transparent automotive lacquer, which changed color as you walked around a piece; the first to incorporate materials like Plexiglass, fiberglass cloth, and metals; and the first to use humor in his artwork, like a turned jar that was actually a jewelry box. You raised the lid and a tiny box popped up from inside with a tiny door, which, when opened, engaged a hinged shelf that would drop the jewels into the jar below.

Giles was a consummate 24/7 artist who lived alone in his studio in Schenectady, New York. The range of his creativity went beyond wood into metals, plastics, computers, and film. He rarely slept. His artistry was supported by his drive for superior craftsmanship in everything he did. Often considered a lovable wild man, a product of the ‘60s, his passions were old cars, old airplanes, and RCAs (radio controlled aircraft). He had an RCA helicopter that he once flew inside his studio… once! He also built a prototype racecar inside his studio for Honda Corporation (for which he never got paid). He had a succession of old Jeep Cherokees in various stages of drivability—all lined up in his driveway until a tree came down in a storm and crushed them all. But his crown prize was a ’32 Ford “deuce coup” that he rebuilt piece-by-piece, part-by-part. He had only a few months to enjoy it before his death.

Stories? Sure. How about the message on his answering machine: “Hello, this is Giles… Leave your name and credit card number and I’ll get back to you real soon.” Or, when asked where he got his ideas: “Hell, they’re chasing me down the street.” Or, when demonstrating turning a walnut vase during a workshop and someone asked how he was going to finish it, he covered the entire surface with Elmer’s glue, picked up a handful of turned shavings off the floor, tapped them down carefully over the sticky surface, and calmly declared, “It’s finished.” And, of course, one of the many times I visited and slept on a lumpy antique mattress with no box springs on the floor of his guestroom, I was awakened by the itch of a deer tick buried in my butt. And, yes, he dug it out with a pair of pliers that he quickly ground down to look something like tweezers. Anesthetic? Of course… 90 proof!

The woodturning field has been greatly enriched by Giles’ energy, vision, perseverance, passion, humor, and the guts to go where no man has gone before. As Kevin Wallace said, Giles was a true American original. So the next time we think about using color in our work, or have what we think might be a crazy idea, or if we’re at all hesitant to go in a new direction, think about Giles. His influence is everywhere and permanently embedded in our field.

~ David Ellsworth

Photo: Terry Martin





Paul D. Porter (1/15/2015)


Paul D. Porter, 81, passed away in his sleep January 15, 2015. He was born in Houlton on February 17, 1933, the son of Herman and Mary Ellen Robinson Porter.

Paul was valedictorian of the Class of 1951 at Houlton High School. He earned a degree in mathematics from Bowdoin College where he was a member of the R.O.T.C. program, graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Following graduation he served two years active duty as a Signal Corps Officer at the Tobyhanna Signal Depot in Pennsylvania.

Following that assignment Paul taught math for two years at Houlton High School, before securing a grant from the National Science Foundation for a summer session at Bowdoin and then a year long grant to complete his masters in education degree at Brown University. He then embarked on a distinguished 38 year-long career at Lawrenceville School; a private day and boarding school in New Jersey. He was chairman of the math department for 13 years, dean of studies and assistant dean of students. Paul received the Master Award for outstanding teaching.

One special interest for Paul was the Lawrenceville School Camp for under privileged children that is more than 100 years old. Paul was honored to have the athletic field named, “Porter’s Field” for his longtime dedication and interest in children.

During his teaching career he participated in three sabbaticals, spending time in Europe, Hawaii and an adventure of a life-time, sailing with a former Lawrenceville colleague from Mobile, AL to Plymouth, England on a 35-foot sailboat.

Retiring full-time to Maine in 1998 he became involved with the Star Bright Children’s Theatre, Nickerson Lake Preservation, United Methodist Church, Aroostook Historical Society, Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum ,the Houlton High School Alumni Association also he was a member of the Houlton Lodge of Elks and Monument Lodge #96 AF & AM. His passion for wood turning lead him to help organize the Northern Maine Woodturners in 2010. Paul spent many hours at his lathe in his cellar workshop; his favorite place to be.

In 2009 Paul received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Houlton Rotary Club, an award presented to a deserving community member who exemplifies the Rotary motto, “Service above self”. Learn more.









Josef V. Ugro (01/16/2015)


Josef V. Ugro Jr. age 76 of Mahtomedi died January 16, 2015. He was born the son of Joseph V. Ugro and Daphne P. Arey in Portland, ME. Josef is survived by his wife, Gail A. Ugro of Mahtomedi: four children Josef V III and his wife Bonnie of North St. Paul, Gene V. of Madison, WI, David B. of St. Paul and Dianna L. Christian and her husband Andrew of South St. Paul: 5 grandchildren Josef V. (Alissa), Michael R. of North St. Paul, Jaymie L, Nathan J. and Eli J., all of St. Paul: great-grandson Josef V. ; four sisters, Geraldine Deluca of Oxford, CT, Valerie Ugro of Fairfax, VT, Joan Sturgeon of Bangor, ME, Christine Smith of Burlington, ME; two brothers Victor Ugro of Casper, WY, and Alvin J. MacNevin of Bangor, ME. Josef graduated from Warren Harding High in Bridgeport, CT, Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and Iowa State University in Ames, IA. At his request, there will be a private burial at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Mahtomedi, MN. Learn more.



Robert "Bob" Vaughan (01/15/2015)
Robert “Bob” Vaughan passed away on January 15, 2015. Bob joined AAW in 1995. He was a founding member of the Magnolia woodturning club (Jackson MS, the Lighthouse woodturning club (D’Iberville, MS) and the Azalea woodturning club (Mobile, Al). He was also a longtime member of IWCS. Bob was a man of many talents. He started woodturning as a teenager and built his first lathe with wood from plans he found in a Mechanic Illustrated magazine. This all wood lathe starting him on a lifelong interest in woodturning. He built and helped others build homemade rose engines and many and varied turning tools. He built carbide turning tools long before they were available commercially. He was also a very accomplished machinist. He had an interest in aviation being a private pilot and built and restored a number of airplanes. He gave away antique aircraft parts to anyone who had a need. He also collected antique cars. Bob was a valued member of his woodturning clubs and was always there to help another member with a project. A generous and charitable man his passing leaves a large hole in the woodturning community.

~ Larry Matchett, Vancleave, MS

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Charles "Chuck" P. Smith (12/28/2014)

Charles P. Smith, 79, of Glenwood, Iowa, passed away on December 28, 2014 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Loess Hills Funeral and Cremation Center in Glenwood. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. More information.



Gary Lagstrom (12/1/2014)
Gary Lagstrom, 67, died peacefully at home of natural causes on Dec. 1, 2014. Born Gary Mason Ackles, on Nov. 27, 1947, in Elmira, N.Y., he was raised by his stepfather, Peter and mother, Florence Lagstrom. Gary is survived by his wife, Laura; and children, Neil Lagstrom (Cindy), Letitia Brisson (Joel) and Gary Lagstrom Jr. (Michelle); and daughter-in-law, Angelle Lagstrom; and nine grandchildren, Jessie, Josiah, Matthew, Lelaina, Elijah, Skylar, Jonah, Silas and Isaac; his stepfather, Peter Lagstrom; and brothers and sisters, Janice Evans, Bob Lagstrom, Sandy Cunningham, Eric Lagstrom, Alvin Lagstrom, Calvin Lagstrom and Cecilia Cascella. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Ackles; mother, Florence; and beloved son, Mason. Gary had a deep personal relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was an elder at The Crossing at Birchwood, a teacher and mentor to many. He was married to his wife and best friend for 40 years. They enjoyed traveling, camping, dipnetting, four-wheeling and especially spending time with their children and grandchildren. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye. He treated everyone he came in contact with love and concern and lived everyday reaching out to bless people. He had an outstanding work ethic and was an excellent mechanic. He could troubleshoot anything. He graduated from Tully High School in Tully, N.Y., in 1965, and attended Oklahoma City University until he enlisted in the United States Air Force in July 1966. After 21 years, he retired in 1987. He began a second career of federal service and retired in 2010. Gary began turning wood in 2005, and was a member of the American and Alaskan Association of Woodturners. He generously gave his woodwork to many and mentored several of his friends. He used his hobby to tangibly convey the love and genuine concern he had for others. Besides his travel in the Air Force, Gary traveled to Peru, Surinam, Costa Rica, Belize and the Navajo Indian Reservation for missions. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Crossing at Birchwood. Viewing will be from 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Burial will be on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Fort Richardson. Attendees need to be at the gate at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Crossing at Birchwood Misson's Fund. Learn more.



Norm Rose (11/23/2014)

Norm Rose, the pioneer of the “A,B,C” method of teaching woodturning, passed away on November 23, 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Norm was a great teacher and promoter of the woodturning craft. To this day many turners, including many world renowned turners, use his “ABC” method (Anchor, Bevel, Cut) to teach others the proper use their turning tools. When he wasn’t in the shop teaching or turning, Norm was a hospice nurse for children. In his everyday life as a nurse he touched and helped untold numbers of people and families in the most difficult times of their lives.

A memorial service has been planned to celebrate this extraordinary man’s life. The celebration will be on Saturday, the 17th of January, at 1PM. It will take place at the clubhouse at The Top of the World, in Clearwater, Florida. The entrance is located off of Sunset Point Rd., at World Parkway Blvd, west of US Hwy 19. I am sure you can get directions to the clubhouse from the guard at the gate.

Norm was my best friend and my mentor in woodturning. We met arguing over a bottle of Drambuie in a hotel bar in Dayton Ohio, just down the street from Shopsmith headquarters. The day after we first crossed paths, he shared with me that there was more to turning than just the baby rattle we turned in the Shopsmith demo. The little table in the corner of that bar witnessed my exposure to the world of woodturning and birthed a friendship that spanned almost 25 years. Ironically we were only physically in the same place 4 times in all those years, counting the time in Dayton. Each of the other times we shared were at AAW symposiums over the past 9 years. I hold dear the journey that our friendship has been and I treasure my walk thru the world of woodturning that my friend pushed me into from that table.

If you would like to send a card of condolence to Norm’s companion, Nancy Douglas, you can send them in care of me at the address below and I will gather them together and get them to her.

Nancy Douglas, c/o Clayton Cochran, 9422 Arbois, San Antonio, TX 78254

~ Clayton Cochran



Lawrence R. Gonyea (11/02/2014)
Lawrence R. Gonyea, 72, passed away on Sunday November 2 at his home in Glen Falls, NY. Born on February 11, 1942 in Hudson Falls he was the son of Leon L. and Edna (Benton) Gonyea. Larry loved many things like traveling, woodturning, oil painting and riding his Honda Goldwing. This summer, during Americade, he had murals hand painted on his Goldwing of all the wars since World War II as a tribute to veterans. He served as PFC in the Army National Guard of New York before being honorably discharged. He was a member of Chapter N of GWRRA, a Patriot Guard Ride Captain, and a member of Space Coast Woodturners. More.





Hardie Doshier (10/26/2014)
Hardie was born April 22, 1942, in National City,  Calif., to Hershel and Ollie Doshier, and passed away on October 26, 2014. He was a resident of Fairfield, California.

Hardie worked many years as a rigger for Mare Island and eventually retired there. He loved fishing and woodworking. Hardie was a wonderful father and grandfather and will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Hardie was survived by his mother, Ollie Doshier; daughters, Annette (Michael) Swars, Brenda Doshier; son, Roger (Melody) Aboaf; grandchildren, Brittany Mee, Julianna Swars, Daniel, Daisy and Nicholas Aboaf; great-grandson, Preston Mee.





Paul Vernon Bemman (10/08/2014)

Paul Bemman of Holly, MI passed away on October 8, 2014; he was born in Pontiac on January 16, 1942. The son of Kurt and Adeline Bemman. He graduated from Pontiac Northern and then attended Lawrence Tech. He served his apprenticeship thru Pontiac Motors and worked at Pontiac Motors for 38 years as a machinist die maker, retiring in 2000. Surviving are his wife Bonnie Bemman; children, Cathy Bemman (Bill), Paul (Jill) Bemman Jr., Todd (Liz) Brewer, and Justine (Doug) Turner; six grandchildren,

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