Arnie graduated form the University of Wisconsin Stout with a degree in Industrial Education. He moved to Alaska in 1965 and taught industrial arts for the Anchorage School District. Upon retiring 22 years later he initiated a custom wood working business often times turning architectural pieces for contractors. He has been turning for 40-50 years.
Del is an engineer. He has 41 years years in Alaska woodworking as a hobby and hase been woodturning for the last 15 years. Dell enjoys many aspects of the Last Frontier.
Trudy retired from dental office administration 5 years ago and although her interests initially centered on fiber arts --spinning, knitting and weaving--she became intrigued by turning. She and her husband enjoy the Alaskan outdoors while fly fishing and mining. She has been turning for five years.
John graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN then moved to Colorado where he started his career with the Federal Government. As an air traffic controller he worked in Colorado and Wyoming before moving to Anchorage where he retired with 30 plus years of service. He is currently working part time teaching ATC at the UAA Aviation Career Center. His interests include fly fishing, archery hunting, cooking, and woodworking, including woodturning, which he has done for about 5 years.
Bob is a woodturner of about 6 years and is gravitating toward the artistic end of the turning continuum. "I like to expose figure that is already in the wood, or juxtapose other media within a wooden context," says Bob. Other interests include music, writing, motorcycling, flying, and cooking. Bob is a Professor Emeritus at UAA and an attorney.
Bill is a full time professional woodworker running a business of refinishing and building furniture. He has been a participant in every advanced master class since the first one and is known for his fine turned pieces. Bill has been turning for 12 years.
Richard calls Alaska home after living in various areas of the US as a member of the US Air Force. While in the military he worked as a Medical Service Corps Officer and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a FAA Flight Instructor Certificate. After leaving the AF in 1981 he worked for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and the City of Anchorage. He also taught flying and became interested in woodturning about five years ago. Hobbies include woodturning, fishing, four-wheeling and other outdoor activities.
Kristine moved to Alaska in 1973. Kristine retired from her career of management support and now spends her time learning different woodturning and decorative techniques when possible.