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AAW 2012 Honorary Lifetime Member: John Jordan
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AAW 2012 Honorary Lifetime Member: John Jordan

Aspiring artists create. Established artists teach and inspire. Successful artists – like John Jordan – do all of these. Artists affect others in two ways: creating work that inspires and teaching aesthetic and technical approaches to benefit aspiring artists. John Jordan excels in both. The AAW has been a significant part of John’s life. He has been involved with many aspects of the organization, including several years on the Professional Outreach Program (POP) committee. He joined the AAW in its first year, and has attended all the national symposiums. In John’s words, “I am privileged to be able to call some of the most talented woodturners in the world my friends. They also happen to be a caring, generous group of people.” John produces fifty to sixty one-of-a- kind pieces a year for a market made up of collectors. He rarely produces work on commission, but keeps in mind the expressed interests of various collectors. “I have to produce the sort of work that I’ve got my heart in,” he says. “When you create things people like and that you enjoy making – and are able to make a living – it’s a great thing. I’m still amazed when I complete each piece. There’s a sort of wonderment and appreciation and I think, ‘This is a nice piece I’ve made.’” It makes it all worthwhile.

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