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In Memoriam 2019
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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 the Kim Rymer at kim@woodturner.org.


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


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:

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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