Wyoming Wood Turner
I was born in Akron, Ohio and graduated from high school in 1968. My first woodworking project, at age 11, was a car I entered in the Akron Soap Box Derby.
I attended college in Montana on a basketball scholarship and after graduation I began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in 1973, 70 miles from the nearest town. At this time I met and married my wife, Cheryle. I coached basketball and track at Sacred Heart High School in Miles City, Montana until moving to Worland, Wyoming in 1980.
During the next 30 years, I taught at Worland High School, and coached several sports-and on the side-established Angelo Woodworking. I restored furniture, built custom cabinets, and began woodturning on a borrowed lathe. This experience provided an opportunity to replace broken chair parts and develop basic lathe skills. An interest in turning began that continues to this day. An important investment in my passion for turning was joining the American Association of Woodturners.
While working as a school counselor at Worland Middle School, I applied for grant money and developed an after school turning program. I am currently the president of the Worland Wyoming Woodturners, a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
After 38 years in public education, I retired in 2011. I have produced in excess of 90 YouTube videos on all aspects of woodturning. I continue turn daily, write, teach, and demonstrate when those opportunities are present.