Ever since I was a little girl I have loved this bright colorful world and have felt a need to be creative in it. I also believe that if you want your dreams bad enough you can make them happen with patience, a positive attitude and lots of hard work! One of my favorite things to do is to share what I am learning with others. It doesn’t matter to me if you are 9 or 90 we should all be life long learners!
I have been a wife for 25 years to my best friend and high school sweetheart. We have four beautiful kids that are truly our greatest creations. I love being outdoors and am a huge dog lover. I have worked with the Boy Scouts of America, and with lots of youth (ages of 3 to 18) through our church and with various school and community organizations.
Computer geek / engineer by day, I turn to the creative outlet of woodturning to relax after work. I developed an interest in woodworking years ago that began with simple honey-do projects around the house and quickly moved into making furniture for our home. When I discovered woodturning, that quickly became an obsession. I still do some flat work, but the immediate satisfaction of seeing a project come to life on the lathe is hard to beat.
I have been involved with the Pikes Peak Woodturners since 2006 and have served as the Treasurer, and as the club President in the past. Belonging to the club has shown me that seeing a demonstration of how something is done can help your abilities improve much faster than just being self taught. The times that I have demonstrated for the club have also shown me that teaching a subject requires you to learn it even better yourself. In addition to knowing what to do, you also need to know why you do it when teaching to others.
In addition to occasionally demonstrating woordturning, I have been a woodworking merit badge couselor for the Boy Scouts of America.I have found that sharing my skills is extremely satisfying and something that I love to do.
A new area of woodturning has opened up to me recently when Laurie decided that she wanted to start using some of my turned pieces as canvases for her artistic vision. These new collaborative pieces have been some of my favorites to work on!