A very brief history of my turning
My first try at turning occurred when I was about eight years old. I broke the smokestack on a sand-lot dump truck my dad made for me. When I came to him for a repair he put me on a box at the lathe and had me make the new one from a bit of birch dowel. Some fifty years later I found the dump truck in the barn, serving as home for a family of opossums. I rescued the smokestack and still have it in the turnery. The lathe is still in use as well, residing with a nephew who is, among other things, a fine knife maker.
After lots of years of an on-again, off-again relation with wood I began working seriously in the late 1980's. In '93 my son Josiah and I built a free-standing shop in the back yard and the Turnery was born. I have learned the craft largely on my own, but have gained a great deal from a stint at Arrowmont with Michael Mocho and Mark St. Leger, attendance at several American Association of Woodturners' symposia, participation in our local bi-annual symposium, the North Carolina Woodturners' Symposium, and, perhaps most importantly, membership in the Piedmont Triad Woodturners' Association, where I am currently President.
- June 6, 2015: Palmetto Woodturners, Tipply Box demo
- November 1-3, 2013: NC Woodturners' Symposium, Profile Turning, Intro to Bowls and Platters
- June 12, 2013: Piedmont Triad Woodturners, Profile Turning
- June 1&2, 2013: Tri-Cities Woodturners, Tipply Box demo and workshop
- February 16&17, 2013: Carolina Mountain Woodturners, Bowl and Gavel Demos, Tipply box workshop
- October 23-25, 2009: NC Woodturning Symposium, Intro to Bowls and Platters, Texturing
Other Than Turning
When I am not turning I do a bit of flat woodwork and spend quite a bit of time working around our small tree farm here in North Carolina. I also am quite involved in photography; visit my Fine Art America site here. Additionally I have a bit of a distraction from woodworking in that I am the Chair of the Department of Economics at Elon University.
Some time back a student needed a subject for an exercise in a Communications class. This is the result.
Elon University's quarterly magazine, The Magazine of Elon was kind enough to feature me in a regular section entitled "Campus Uncommons". You can read the article by following this link.