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AAW 1998 Honorary Lifetime Member: S. Gary Roberts
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AAW 1998 Honorary Lifetime Member: S. Gary Roberts



S. Gary Roberts is known throughout the AAW for his down-home Texas wit as much as his woodturning skills and organizational contributions to the field. In the early AAW organizing years, Gary shepherded the fledgling group through the process of creating bylaws, incorporating, and gaining tax-exempt status.


Gary is a founding member of the Central Texas Woodturning Association and Rio Grande Woodturners and has assisted many other chapters develop. His humor and talent have made him a demonstrator in high demand by woodturning groups across the Lone Star State and beyond.


Gary’s woodturning was exhibited in the invitational gallery of the 2006 AAW symposium in Louisville, KY.


Widely known for his book Masterful Woodturning, a compendium of 33 challenging projects, sprinkles of country humor, and ingenious jigs and techniques, Gary began working wood as a carver.


It’s told that his grandfather gave him a knife when he was 5 years old, thereby worrying his mother and grandmother that he might cut himself. Gary will tell you that’s exactly what his grand-father wanted. “My grandfather said ‘Yes, he will, and each time he’ll learn to be better at woodcarving.’”

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