HOW I BECAME WOODTURNER:

My grandfather was a contractor and I have very pleasant memories of playing in the wood chips in his shop as a child. But I had not done any woodworking until a couple of years ago when my husband decided to build a shop and I inquired if he was going to buy a wood lathe to put in the shop. He replied that he had no interest in wood turning. Since I had always been intrigued with wood turned pens I informed him that the shop would have my wood lathe in it. I bought a small Jet lathe and started out. Quickly I learned that if I were going to do larger projects that I needed some instruction so I signed up for a beginner turning class at Craft Supply in Utah. Several classes and one symposium later I’ve have been sucked into the vortex of wood turning.

EXPERIENCE:

I have only been turning a couple of years. As a retired educator I realize the importance of competent instruction so I have taken several classes and attended the AAW symposium last summer.

WHAT TYPE OF WOOD DO YOU LIKE TO TURN:

I seem to like all wood, but the prettier, the better.

SIGNATURE FORM:

I like making useful objects that are beautiful. It seems to me that old wooden bowls and such have a life of their own. When you handle them there is a connection to the people who both created them and used them. I want my pieces to be beautiful, but also functional.