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AAW 2008 Honorary Lifetime Member: Albert LeCoff
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AAW 2008 Honorary Lifetime Member: Albert LeCoff



Albert LeCoff first engaged in woodturning at the practical level, in high school. While attending Philadelphia’s Antioch University, he apprenticed to a local production turner, Manny Erez, to learn the business and earn money. When the shop became his, Albert ran an independent woodworking business called the Amaranth Gallery and Workshop from 1975 to 1985. During that time, Albert, his twin brother, Alan, and Palmer Sharpless (future AAW founding member) also organized semi-annual turning symposiums at the George School in Newtown.In 1986, Albert became a founding member of AAW and the first vice president serving with president David Ellsworth. The same year, LeCoff co-founded the Wood Turning Center with his brother.


LeCoff is executive director of the not-for-profit center, located in Philadelphia’s Old City arts district. He has spent more than a 25 years speaking and working on behalf of the evolving field of turned art. He and the staff have organized over 40 exhibitions, published 11 catalogs, and developed a summer residency program called the International Turning Exchange (ITE), a research library, an international collection of turned art and a museum store. In 2003, LeCoff was designated an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council and received the Collectors of Wood Art Life Time Achievement Award.

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