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The family that is the American Association of Woodturners is saddened to lose our woodturning friends and colleagues. If you know of an announcement to be posted here, please contact Kim Rymer at kim@woodturner.org.


Deena Kaplan (05/02/2019)


We are sad to share that Deena Kaplan, a long-time supporter of the AAW and of wood art, passed away on May 2nd.

"Deena and her husband Jerry attended a score of AAW symposiums since their first one in Greensboro in 1996, and were major financial contributors to the AAW and to the Center for Art in Wood (formerly The Wood Turning Center). Deena assembled an extraordinary and eclectic craft collection in diverse media, but her first love was always wood. She organized tours of her home for members of the Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution, educating them on turned wood. She hosted members of the International Turning Exchange every year and organized and hosted large annual parties for the local Montgomery County Woodturners. Deena and Jerry gifted around 30 important pieces from their wood collection to the Carnegie Museum of Art, significantly raising the profile of turned wood in the art world.

For over 20 years Deena was a fixture at AAW symposium auctions, buying work because she loved it but also because she wanted to support the artists. She enjoyed some memorable bidding battles. All who knew Deena comment on her unconditional generosity. Artist Ron Layport recalls, 'She was gracious and giving of her time, her home and her friendship.' Her smile and her enthusiasm for wood were infectious. Deena was a wonderful friend and advocate for wood art. Her outgoing presence in the woodturning world will be sorely missed."

~ Malcolm Zander


"Deena and her husband Jerry were collectors of craft in many different mediums, but in a recent conversation Deena said that after Jerry started turning and she started collecting turned art, she felt like she'd truly found her community. She supported artists through her purchases, but also through her heartfelt interest in their work and lives—and that enthusiasm was contagious. Deena's smile and warmth could light up a room; she was an excellent ambassador for woodturning, and a model for living life joyfully."

~ Tib Shaw

The AAW extends its sympathies to her husband, their children, and the many artists and friends who will miss her greatly.


Read funeral notice.


Jerry Whitehurst (04/09/2019)
The officers and board members of Tidewater Turners are sad to report the passing of one of our long-time members. Jerry Whitehurst, passed away on April 9th after a lengthy illness.  Jerry was an early member of our club and instrumental in forming the club we know today. Through the years, he has been the club president, vice president, and a member of the board. Jerry was well known in the AAW and demonstrated at the Virginia Symposium as well as in clubs up and down the East Coast. He was an innovative turner who turned alabaster vessels and incorporated blown glass into his work. He has been active in every club activity including giving meeting demonstrations, teaching classes, participating in public demonstrations and organizing member shows. Jerry taught many of us to turn. He attended almost all of our meetings until his health began to fail. Jerry will be missed by woodturners both in our club and throughout the AAW. ~ Cliff Guard, President; Ray Kallman, Chairman of the Board

Anne M. Sinner (04/04/2019)
Anne M. Sinner, 76, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Thursday, April 4, 2019, at home. The former Anne Marie Meyer was born May 29, 1942, in Alexandria, Minnesota, to Harry and Martha (Westerberg) Meyer. She was united in marriage to Stephen K. Sinner on February 17, 1962, in Mason City, Iowa. Anne attended Mason City High School, Mason City Junior College, and the University of Iowa. Anne worked in health insurance claims processing for Aetna, then Deere & Co., where she retired in 2002. As a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, she was active in Altar Guild and Bell Choir. She was a charter member of the Bettendorf Park Band and also played clarinet in the Quad City Wind Ensemble many years ago. Anne and Steve enjoyed travel, particularly cherishing the memories of trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. She was a voracious reader, especially enjoying English History. She is survived by her husband, Stephen K. Sinner of Bettendorf; brothers Robert (Sharon) Meyer of Mason City, and Weston (Jahn Light) Meyer of Calgary, Alberta; daughter, Janet (Mike) Cole of Howell, Michigan; grandson Anthony Cole of Iowa City, Iowa; granddaughter Rachel (Kevin) Akins, and great-granddaughter Kaylee Akins of Davenport, Iowa. Memorials may be made to The Figge Art Museum, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, or WVIK Radio.



Roger Stough (03/31/2019)
Sadly, on March 31, 2019, at the age of 89, Roger Stough (Webster City, Iowa), born in Jackson, Minnesota passed away. He was predeceased by : his parents, James Stough and Ethel Greenwood Stough; his wife Shirley; his son Jim Stough; his siblings, Clint Stough and Shirley Matasovsky. He is survived by : his wife Joyce of Webster City; his daughter Becky Hoss (Dave) of Pipestone, MN; his grandchildren, Todd Allen (Kelli), Lance Hoss (Tonya), Travis Hoss (Naomi), Chris Hoss (Amanda), Savannah Lange (Matt), Brian Stough (Kate Hansen) and Kelsey Stough; his daughter-in-law Terri Stough of Austin, MN; his step-children, Jerry Manto (Marlon) of Richmond, TX, Joy Meyer (Jay) of Cheyenne, WY and John Arras (Marci) of Detroit Lakes, MN; his step-grandchildren, Lee Manto (Sabrina), Jade Manto, Max Manto, Luke Meyer (Dani), Dianne Meyer (Bryan Morris), Adam Arras (Tiffany) and Eli Arras; his brother Art Stough (Norma) of Truman, MN; his siblings-in-law, Art Matasovsky of Jackson, MN and Darlene Stough of Spencer. He is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren.


Herman Delfiner (03/19/2019)
Herman Delfiner, March 19, 2019; of Huntingdon Valley, PA. Husband of Bernice (nee Cohen); Father of Mark Delfiner (Jill), Renee Segal (Richard) and Dr. Joel Delfiner (Madeline Ginzburg); Brother of the late Pearl Cohen; Grandfather of Dr. Leslie Delfiner (Scott Reese), Dr. Alexandra Delfiner (Ian Bomberg), Dr. Matthew Delfiner (Amanda), Seth Delfiner (Ashley), Leah Delfiner, Simon Segal, Erin Segal, Spencer Segal and Hunter Segal; Great Grandfather of Samara, Eva, Naomi and Ari.


Orville Bierman (03/19/2019)
Orville Bierman passed peacefully into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He had been suffering from MDS when he had a massive brain bleed on Saturday while family was visiting. Orville was born on September 27, 1934 near Jeffers, MN. His first four years of schooling were in a one-room country school. He then attended Jeffers public schools and graduated in 1952. Following one year at Mankato Commercial College and one year of banking experience, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following discharge, he enrolled at Mankato State and received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. His teaching experience included teaching in the Marshall, MN public schools, Hamline University, and University of Minnesota-Duluth. He received his M.S. and PH. D in Mathematics from the University of Utah at Salt Lake City. He taught in the Mathematics department at UWEC from 1971-1998. Orville met his future wife, Elaine Saari, at the Central Lutheran Young Adult group in Minneapolis. They were married on June 13, 1964. Orville and Elaine were faithful members of Bethesda Lutheran Church. Orville enjoyed many hobbies and sports including stained glass, scroll saw work, and wood turning. He was an active member of the Chippewa Wood Turners Guild. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, dart ball, and softball. At the time of his passing, he was president of the Midwest Institute of Scandinavian Culture (Norden Folk). He is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Esther Bierman, brothers Wallace and Loren Bierman, and sister Phyllis (Bierman) Polkow. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, and daughters Kristie (Mike) Hochrein of Fond du Lac, Lori (Randy) Guse of Germantown, Bethany (Jim) Krepela of Minneapolis, and sister-in-law Doris (Polkow) Bierman of Jeffers, MN. Also surviving are grandchildren Arthur and Elaina Guse, Colin, Kaija and Caris Krepela, and many extended family members.


Alan C. Bugbee (03/12/2019)

Alan C. Bugbee passed away early March 12th at his home in West Simsbury after a slow decline due to congestive heart failure. He leaves behind his adoring family and a host of friends and admirers that he gathered during his nearly 92 years. He was the son of Percy and Wilhelmina Bugbee and was raised in Winchester, Massachusetts. He graduated from high school at age 16 and attended Bowdoin College until he was old enough to join the Navy. He served as a gunner's mate on the light cruiser U.S.S. Fargo in WWII. After the war, he resumed his education at Bowdoin and during a summer job in Atlantic City met Patricia Towle from Allentown, PA on a blind date. They married in 1949 and had a truly wonderful partnership. She died in 2000 and he missed her the rest of his life. Alan worked for Penton Publishing Company for 42 years selling advertising space in Machine Design magazine. He chose Simsbury as a home base in 1954. He was respected as a man of brilliance, honesty and integrity not only by his customers, but by his competitors. He had many and varied interests and hobbies, often centered around woodworking. He designed and built a dream workshop in the woods behind his house and filled it with machinery he got from industrial auctions. He used it to craft everything from furniture, to kaleidoscopes, to intricately carved stamp holders. He collected over 4,000 samples of rare woods from all over the world. He was involved in many clubs and was so trustworthy he was often elected treasurer. He especially enjoyed the Ornamental Turners International, the New England Model Engineers Society, the International Wood Collectors Society and the Cruiser Sailor's Association. He attended and worked at the Retired Men's monthly luncheons. He was a voracious reader and absorbed several books a week. He had an astonishing breadth of knowledge. Alan's generosity was legendary. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels for over twenty years. He was an Investor Angel at the Simsbury Public Library and used his woodworking skills to make carts for the annual book sale, the wooden blocks for the children's library, and the base for the antique dollhouse cabinet. He donated money to myriad worthy causes, usually anonymously. In their younger years, he and Pat were founding members of the Hopmeadow Country Club and the Hopbrook Tennis Club. He was generous even after death, as he has donated his body to the UConn medical school to help train future doctors. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Pat and his brother Richard. He leaves his son Alan, Jr. ("Ace") and wife Pam of Lewes, Delaware, his daughter Nancy of Simsbury, his son Peter of Glastonbury, his sister Margery of Plymouth, MA, and several nieces and nephews. Alan was brilliant yet modest, successful yet generous, practical yet fair, a true gentleman and member of the "Greatest Generation." He was an exceptional human being who will be sorely missed.


John Kirby (03/11/2019)
Kapaa, Kaua'i


James "Jim" Barker (03/05/2019)
Mill City, OR


Dale Canapini (02/26/2019)
Dale Canapini, age 62, February 26, 2019, of St. Clair Shores, MI. Loving husband of Kathy, dearest father of Eric. Dale is also survived by his siblings Gene Canapini and Jennifer Leitzel. Preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Mary.


Jerry Crowe (02/26/2019)
Jerry Crowe, 82, of Cassville, Missouri, passed peacefully Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born on August 22, 1936, in Enid, Oklahoma, the son of V.V. and Marie (Woolsey) Crowe. On November 12, 1967, he was united in marriage to Anne Koon, who survives. Also surviving are one sister, Vera Ross of Kaneohe, Hawaii; one brother-in-law, William J. “Bill” Koon and his wife Laura of League, Texas; one niece, Julia Junkin of Bend, Oregon; three nephews, Jay Junkin and his wife Tory, of Bend, Oregon, Kegan Ross of Kaneohe, Hawaii and Ian Ross of Seattle, Washington and his friends, Kim Kenney, Gerald Houston, Wes and Stacey Harris and Wayne “Dog” and Terrica Whitmore. Jerry grew up in Cassville where he graduated from high school in 1954. Jerry served his country in both the Navy and the Air Force. During his Navy enlistment he was part of the Maiden Voyage on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. After his military service Jerry returned to Cassville and went into the restaurant business with his mother “Ma Crowe”. He also owned and operated restaurants in Shell Knob, Neosho and Springfield and was active in the Missouri and National restaurant associations. Jerry got his private pilot’s license, co-owning a plane that he used for both business and personal travel. He enjoyed skiing, motorcycles, motocross and stock car racing. After the restaurant ownership ended, Jerry began his Chef career at resorts in Scottsdale, Arizona. Then on to the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands and Saipan Northern Marianas Islands. While in Saipan he built the first wooden house on the island and started his woodturning adventures. While in the Islands he and Anne enjoyed scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and many travels to Asia, including China. Jerry and Anne returned to Barry County in 1988 settling on the family farm. They opened and operated De Ole Garage Antique Mall with Duane and Jan Truman in the former Blalack-Koon Chevrolet dealership building. Jerry ventured into Emu farming as well as opening Crowe’s Good Eats Café at Hilltop. Later he turned to woodturning full time, showing at Fine Art Shows from Minnesota to Key West. Jerry enjoyed meeting new people and talking to them about his art. He also sold his work at galleries across the United States. Jerry was Co-Founder of the Stateline Woodturners Club where he also served as the Club’s first VP. He was active in club events and mentored many aspiring woodturners to help them grow their skills. Jerry enjoyed traveling with his wife of 51 years including cruises all over the globe as well as cooking for friends, gardening and many pets.


Arthur Mason (02/12/2019)

The AAW mourns the passing of dear friend and wood art collector Arthur Mason on February 12, 2019. At this sad time, AAW celebrates his life and honors his legacy. We are blessed to have known Arthur and treasure the extraordinary support and influence he has had on woodturning and wood art. Our hearts go out to his wife Jane and his family.


"In 2005, the AAW named Arthur and his beloved wife Jane “Honorary Lifetime Members.” They received a lifetime achievement award from the Collectors of Wood Art in 2009 and have made numerous gifts of wood art to American museums. As luck would have it, the Masons started collecting wood art the same year the AAW was chartered. In 1986, Jane and Arthur saw the Jacobson Collection exhibited at a Renwick Gallery near their home in Washington, D.C. Pieces by David Ellsworth and Ed and Philip Moulthrop captivated the Masons. Shortly after, they visited David. As Arthur puts it, 'Having more nerve than manners, we found his phone number, called him up, and invited ourselves to spend the weekend with him and his wife, Wendy, to learn more about woodturning.” (From “Jane and Arthur Mason: Advocates of Art," by Jacques Vesery, from the Summer 2005 issue of American Woodturner.)


David graciously explained key aspects to look for in collecting turned wood. But most importantly, the trip kindled a friendship. Just one year later the Mason collection was 100 pieces strong. Jane and Arthur had visited, met, and befriended many more artists represented in their collection.


Art collecting had already been a part of Arthur’s and Jane’s lives before their discovery of wood art. For Arthur, it rekindled a boyhood interest from times spent in the woods with his father, a Yale forestry graduate. Jane, with an art degree, looked at this aspect of collecting as exploring relatively uncharted territory and an intellectual exercise.


Learn more about Arthur Mason's extraordinary contributions to woodturning as an art form:
Raymond De Bell (02/08/2019)
Ray will be eternally missed by family and friends. His love, kindness, and caring spirit will be carried forever in the hearts of his loved ones.

Lawrence Fontana (01/28/2019)
Plymouth, MI


Don "Doc" Robert Johnson (01/28/2019)


We’ll Remember Doc
By Stan Wellborn

When “Doc” Johnson died January 28 at the age of 85, he left a rich legacy of beloved memories – especially among his woodturner friends. Everyone remembers Doc as a man who was ever willing to teach, who always wore a smile, and who most of all had an endless spirit of generosity.

Many National Capital Area Woodturners – from novices to veterans – welcomed the times when they looked over their shoulders to see Doc assessing their turning techniques and ready to offer useful tips. When told about Doc’s passing, Patrick O’Brien spoke for all when he said, “Even though we knew it was going to happen, it still hurts tremendously. We were friends for 18 years since the very first month that I started turning. He encouraged me to grow and expand my horizons, and I will miss him.”

Don Riggs is credited with introducing Doc to woodturning in the 90s, when Riggs was demonstrating at a woodworking store. Doc watched the demo for a long time, then struck up a conversation. It turned out that both had been on military duty at the same time, when Doc had been a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon. Doc – whose full name was Don Robert Johnson – had just retired after 30 years in his private ophthalmology practice in Maryland.

Doc, who lived in Alexandria, VA, joined CAW and set up a small lathe in his basement and turned there until he moved into Bobby Pezold’s shop. “Before long, he was teaching us what real turning was all about,” says Riggs.

“Doc was the real deal, always available to help out, never stuck in a rut and continuing to come up with new ideas and beautiful turned products,” says Riggs. “He was concerned about the well-being of all of us, and always gave super

encouragement to keep charging ahead.”

Although Doc made many types of turnings, he was best known for his end-grain boxes with tight snap-on tops, especially his signature “pagoda lid” containers. To see Doc in action at the lathe, the Capital Area Woodturners website has an excellent video available at http://capwoodturners.org/videos.html.

Several of Doc’s closest friends decided to create an urn for Doc’s ashes, starting with a beautiful block of cherry provided by Frank that each took turns shaping on the lathe. The urn will be embellished with pyrography by John Noffsinger.

In a note to his woodturning friends, Doc said to remember this “upon my passing”:

Keep on turning.
Keep on lying.
Keep on laughing.
Keep on crying.
But most of all,
Keep on loving.


Phillip Painter (01/25/2019)
Phillip Stephen Painter passed away on January 25, 2019 in Boring, Oregon. He was born on September 17, 1937 in Morrill, Kansas to Ernest John and Alpha May (Cunningham) Painter. He attended Morrill Kansas grade school and high school. He then attended Chaffey College in Ontario, California. From 1954 to 1958, Phillip served in the United States Navy. While serving in the Navy, he married his wife Aris on December 16, 1956 in Pomona, California. After his discharge from the Navy, he was the shift leadsman in a plating company. Phillip and Aris moved to Oregon in 1965, and he worked at Hyster Co. until he joined the Coastal Machinery Company for the remainder of his career. Phil enjoyed volunteering with 4-H, where he taught leather craft and helped with camp-outs for Camp Fire Girls. He was on the city council of Fairview and the coordinator of the Park Cleone project when the park was originally built. He spent many years making wine and sharing it with friends. He volunteered at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center by mowing the fields surrounding the buildings, and drove the parking lot golf car to transport visitors. He was also a member of the Gateway Elks. Phil had many hobbies and interests. He and his wife were ballroom dancers and enjoyed many years of classes and practice. He loved yearly hunt camp in southern Oregon, fishing, rafting and hiking. Skiing was a big part of his life, as was motorcycling on his Aspencade with friends or on solo trips. He and his wife traveled around the US, to Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Europe and cruising thru the Panama Canal were highlights. In later years, he took up wood turning and made beautiful bowls and a lot of wood chips and sawdust. He had a productive garden and competed in a neighborhood sunflower contest. Two riding mowers helped him keep up with the yard work. He will also be remembered for the beautiful yard he kept, and the wonderful wooden bowls that he made. Phil will always be remembered for being a kind man, his contagious laughter, and for the great love he had for his family and friends. He adored his daughters and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Phil is survived by his wife, Aris Painter of Boring; his daughters, Karen Willoughby of Sherwood, Cathy Rice (Kenneth) of Wilsonville and Connie Kingrey (Patrick) of Woodland, Washington; and two grandchildren, Phillip Rice of Vancouver, Washington and Stacey Rice of Colorado Springs, Colorado.



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