I got into woodworking intending to make furniture. I had no interest at all in trying woodturning. A fellow woodworker at my office signed up for a penturning class at Woodcraft and talked me into taking it with him. I was instantly hooked. Soon afterwards I bought my first lathe, which was in 2000, and started cranking out pens. I took a bowl turning class at Woodcraft where there was a last-minute substitute instructor - Gary Roberts. He told the class about the Central Texas Woodturners Association and the AAW, though he did not say he was instrumental in starting both. He had some copies of his book with him, which made me realize there was a whole universe of possibilities I knew nothing about. I had to buy one. While I have made a few pieces of furniture since that time, my main focus has been turning
I have held multiple positions within the CTWA, including president.