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MEMORIAM: Ted Bartholomew, Tacoma, WA, passes away

Wednesday, December 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
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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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