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AAW 1993 Honorary Lifetime Member: Dale Nish
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Honorary Lifetime Member

AAW 1993 Honorary Lifetime Member: Dale Nish

Dale L. Nish became interested in wood-working while in high school in Alberta, Canada. He pursued woodworking into a teaching career, eventually becoming a professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, where he taught for 28 years, retiring in 1995. A prolific writer, Dale authored four benchmark books, the most popular of which was Creative Woodturning. These books served to inspire and instruct aspiring woodturners, as did his lectures and demonstrations at universities, and many of the leading arts and craft schools. In 1979, Dale inaugurated the Utah Woodturning Symposium, which he directed for 19 consecutive years. The symposium has since continued with Kip Christensen as chair, a great friend and a fellow faculty member. In the late 1970’s, Dale developed an interest in bowls turned from flawed wood, especially wormy ash, which has become a signature piece. He appreciates the Oriental ability to accept and enjoy natural materials and surfaces with serenity and satisfaction not found frequently in Western cultures. This approach allows him to explore in his works the shrink- age, cracking, and insect damage.
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