I got hooked on woodturning in 2007 shortly after I retired. I got a great deal on a used Jet 1014 mini lathe with a ton of accessories. After a few months I knew I was sucked into the vortex and started searching for a bigger lathe. I finally broke down and bought a new Powermatic 3520B. My mini now serves primarily as a buffing machine. Now I am a hopeless woodturning junkie, spending a lot of my time with a variety of activities related to woodturning. These include making woodturning tutorials I post on my YouTube Channel, hanging out on the various woodturning forums, teaching and demonstrating woodturning. I enjoy a wide variety of turning from ornaments to hollow forms. I turn bowls but also enjoy turning lots of other stuff.
I belong to the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and active in the Chattahoochee Woodturners, having served in positions as the President, Secretary and newsletter editor. I am also a member of the Gwinnett Woodworkers which is also an AAW chapter that meets at Peachtree Woodworking. I also am a member and have served on the board of directors of the Georgia Association of Woodturners which meets at Georgia Tech. Teaching woodturning and demonstrating are activities I really enjoy. In 2011, I assisted in planning and facilitating a workshop for turners wanting to improve their demonstration skills as part of an Educational Opportunity Grant Chattahoochee Woodturners received from AAW. We produced a video by Frank Penta on How to Do an Effective Woodturning Demonstration. This is a great video for new demonstrators.
I do demonstrations for clubs from time to time and I have had several articles and turning tips published in Woodturning Design, More Woodturning Magazine and American Woodturner. In 2013 I had the pleasure of doing a couple of demonstrations at the Southern States Woodturning Symposium. My articles, my demonstration handouts and some YouTube video links are available under Resources tab.