I began woodworking, early in grade school (first and second grades),
making and flying models with my dad in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In some
form or another, I have been involved in woodworking ever since.  After
College (University of Colorado) I was employed in corporate
management as a design engineer, first at Ford Motor Company (staff)
and subsequently as Director of Engineering for 3 manufacturing
companies covering 3 decades. During this time, I always managed to
have some woodworking project in process. Over the years I have
developed skillsets in several disciplines, each building on the previous,
which in turn, has allowed a greater variety of expressionistic

I have studied and constantly research numerous other artisans that
have contributed to this medium world wide.  I have elected to
concentrate my efforts on segmented (open and solid) turnings, which
seems to present an almost limitless number of variables, parameters,
and challenges.  Combine these challenges with varying designs,
methodologies and the mathematics involved, and you have my interest.

Solving the “how to do it” is the fun part, and the construction of a unique
piece, that in turn captivates the interest of others, is the reward. Most of
the “creative” effort in any project occurs at the beginning, as the
development of the design and constructing the required fixtures is
necessary before anything can be done on the actual piece. This
requirement has kept a lot of excellent turners from doing segmented
turning. It is a world of precision, and that is exactly why I like it.

I have an 800 square foot shop that is reasonably well equipped with dust
control and compressed air throughout. Quite frankly it usually looks like
it is in some state of disarray as I have “stuff” going on all the time and it
never is as organized as I would like it. However it is home for me and I
find it comforting as it provides me the opportunity to do what I like. I am
a lucky guy to have that capability and the friends and family to support
my efforts. In addition to my shop I also have a CAD system which I use
to do the drawing and some calculating functions required by the design
process. The system I use is DesignCad which is an Autocad clone.

I am frequently asked “how long did it take me” when someone is
viewing my work. The answer to that is a lifetime. I don’t punch a clock
and some projects have been spread over years pending the solution to
a fixture, material, assembly or other challenge(s) that exist. The concept
is normally followed by detailed design both for product and construction
method(s) before any work is done in the shop. This process alone may
take place over a longer period of time than the actual manufacturing
process, depending on the complexity of the project.

An affinity for, and the pursuit of perfection is an absolute necessity, as
most designs are, more often than not, unforgiving, and adjustments are
microscopic.  The artistry is the application of technique to design. I
guess this is where the “how did he do that?” comes into the picture as
most designs are a result of blending technique, knowledge and
skillsets. Throughout this progression, I have found that there are not a
lot of “tricks” or shortcuts. Rather it is a constant pursuit of knowledge
for improvement that provides successful construction. The challenge is
to pursue, and constantly reach beyond the previous. That is the fun and
joy of segmented turning.

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