This is the first of what I hope will be a long series of columns about all things woodturning, including the people who practice the craft. It’s about time. After all, woodturning actually goes 360° – and several hundred times a minute at that.
In this installment, I’ll introduce myself as well as some of the turners who have influenced me. Future columns will cover all sorts of turning techniques, some mainstream and others a little off-center. I’ll also profile individuals whose discerning eye and skill with a gouge advance the art and craft of woodturning.
Editing and writing are my main skills. Turning is a hobby I picked up a dozen or so years ago. I first brought journalism and turning together when I worked at a woodworking magazine and later as a freelance writer and book editor. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some big names (Richard Raffan, Mike Mahoney, Betty Scarpino) as well as many people who haven’t yet moved into the limelight. I’m a member of the Nutmeg Woodturners League, one of the oldest clubs in the country, and active in Turners Without Borders, a committee of the American Association of Woodturners that helps promote and teach turning around the world.