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AAW 2004 Honorary Lifetime Member: Dick Gerard
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AAW 2004 Honorary Lifetime Member: Dick Gerard



Dick Gerard was a propelling force in the move at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in October 1985 to form a woodturning organization. At the time, Dick had only been turning for a few years, yet he strongly felt the need for an organization that could help aspiring turners like himself gain greater skill.

A year later, AAW was formed, and the next year, Dick was invited to become a board member. And he did so, serving for six years, four as treasurer. When he retired from the AAW board in 1992, he devoted more time to exhibiting and developing his turned work. Studying under noted turners David Ells-worth, Rude Osolnik, Ray Key, and others, Dick began to develop and expand his woodturning, doing more of what pleased him than what the market demanded. As his artist’s statement reads, “The majority of my designs are simple forms that seek to compliment and accentuate Nature’s inherent beauty through objects that have a strong tactile and aesthetic appeal.”

Following this view, Dick’s woodturnings reflect man and nature in cooperation rather than conflict, with cultural influences from African, Native American, Australian Aboriginal, and other peoples.

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