How young are you?
born in 1957
Where is home?
I was born in Green Bay, grew up in Door County, have lived in Connecticut, Iowa and now reside in Mukwonago.
married to my wife Karen for 32 years. We have three daughters.
retired after 30 plus years working in sales at IBM.
How long have you been turning and how did you get started?
About three years now. The woodworking club I was a member of offered a workshop to turn a pen. Later I was building a rocking chair and needed the front legs turned. Jerry Tackes offered to help me do it on his lathe, but when he saw the elaborate bridle joint already done on the leg blanks, decided that was too risky and turned them for me. A wise decision. He did later point me to a deal on a used lathe and give me my first turning lessons.
How many lathes do you own?
If you could upgrade to another lathe, what would it be and why?
The one feature I would look for now would be low speed. Minimum speed on my Grizzley is 600 rpm.
What do you enjoy most about turning?
The in the moment creativity, flexibility and the relative speed the project can be completed. There are also a lot of new things to learn which I enjoy.
What do you enjoy least about turning?
What was your first completed turned project?
What is your favorite individual piece that you have turned and why?
the last one done as there is usually something new that I tried.
What is your favorite form that you turn?
What is your favorite piece some one else has turned and why?
I was quite impressed by the work of Bihn Pho.
Are there any turners, well known or not, that have influenced your turning?
I had a lot of early help from Jerry Tackes. Dave Drickhamer and Carl Brust helped me turn my first bowl. Verne Eilers helped me turn my first segmented vase. Stuart Battey has some demo video on You Tube and Vimeo that really resonates with me.
What is your favorite wood to work with and why?
I like cherry and walnut because they can be locally sourced from downed trees, turn well, and the figure and color is great.
Any words of wisdom for your fellow turners?
Always be learning.