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05/06/05

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I'm an early Baby Boomer, having been born during the last year of WWII (a quiz for you young 'uns out there). I have done a bit of lots of things including raising cattle and horses on a farm in Upstate New York, working on nuclear powerplant simulators, teaching middle school, building large steam turbines for GE, and a bunch of other interesting things. For the last 20+ years I have been in the IT business in one guise or another, most recently as an Enterprise Architect for EDS.

Off and on since my teens, I have been interested in woodworking. During the 70s I had my own contracting business specializing in renovating historical homes in Schenectady NY's Stockade District. I have remodeled a couple of my own houses and have helped friends do a few more. When my wife and I moved to Calgary AB Canada in 1995, I turned to serious woodworking once again, taking over our two-car garage...I haven't looked back since. While in Canada, I had occasion to watch a professional turner friend, Jim Osenton, turn some bowls and thought that was pretty nifty. We even made a video of him turning a simple bowl...I still have the bowl here in my office.

In 2001 I bought a Delta midi-lathe that I used to turn one knob and didn't touch again until 2003. One of the fellows at the local Woodcraft store where I work part-time asked one slow day if I wanted to learn how to turn a pen. We went into the shop and I came out an hour with my first pen, turned from Purpleheart. I immediately went berserk and turned another fifty or so, thinking I had hit on the way to make my fortune. Well, after giving pens to everyone I could think of and selling only a half-dozen, I still have several pen cases full of beautiful pens. Needless to say, I don't turn pens very much anymore.

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