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AAW 1999 Honorary Lifetime Member: Alan Lacer
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AAW 1999 Honorary Lifetime Member: Alan Lacer




With an advanced degree in philosophy, Alan was embarking on a path to a comfortable college faculty position when he quite accidentally discovered working with wood. In the mid-1970’s, he met an elder Oklahoman who carved and turned. The handcrafting skills Alan learned eased the pressure of academic life.


For Alan, carving waned in satisfaction compared to woodturning, so he embraced it.


“I just stumbled along,” he said of the time. “It’s tough to learn all by yourself, that’s why the AAW symposiums are so important.” As AAW’s second president, Alan took personal responsibility for them, negotiating terms for annual conferences and working with chapter members for logistical support.


Eventually hampered by carpal tunnel, Alan directed more of his energy to teaching at woodturning schools across the country. He’s also demonstrated woodturning throughout the United States, in Japan, Germany, and several other countries.

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