I live in central Nebraska in the small town of Kearney. My husband, Randall, and I have been married for 45 years and have a daughter and a son. I am retired from a career in education where I was an elementary teacher, an elementary principal, and a school superintendent. Randall is retired and very active in Habitat for Humanity building houses. Three years ago we traveled to Vietnam to help build Habitat homes for boat people. It was an unforgettable experience!

My entire family are bicyclists and enjoy riding long distances. I try to do at least one long bike tour a year. This June I rode in the Bike Ride Across Nebraska, a 500 mile seven day ride from the Wyoming border to the Iowa border.

I also dabble in fiber arts as I am a spinner, a knitter and a quilter. I dye my own fabric and love to play with colors on fibers. It is fun to use what I know about fiber dyeing to add color to wood. After all, they are both cellulose!

Several years ago my husband announced that he wanted to build a shop. I inquired if he was planning on having a wood lathe in his shop? He answered, "No, I have no interest in woodturning." I replied, "But I do." Four years ago I purchased a small Jet lathe and attacked a old piece of porch post with a very dull roughing gouge. (No one told me you needed to SHARPEN your tools.) After an hour or so of bludgeoning the wood with the gouge I decided that there were some things I didn't know about woodturning and perhaps it was more difficult than I had imagined. I laugh now to think about how I just sort of stuck the roughing gouge into the spinning wood. Bevel?? What bevel?? I turned to the internet to find woodturning advice. "Find a woodturning club" was one of the suggestions that everyone made but the nearest club to where I live is 150 miles away in Lincoln, Nebraska. Attending a club meeting there was helpful, but a 300 mile round trip and an overnight stay was a bit inconvenient. Woodturners Resource became my woodturning club. The turners on this forum were always willing to answer my beginner questions. After some thought I decided that perhaps I should look for hands-on woodturning lessons. Craft Supplies in Provo, Utah offered what I was looking for - a beginning woodturning workshop. Since my daughter and her husband live in Logan, Utah I could combine a visit with them and a workshop. It was a no brainer! The workshop taught by Kirk DeHeer was just what I needed. And I got to turn on a big Oneway lathe! I came home with several completed large projects, an armload of new tools, and was completely sucked into the vortex. My dear hubby is totally supportive of my woodturning. (I think it gives him an excuse to buy tools he might not otherwise be able to justify - grin) He encouraged and helped me to buy a Oneway 2036. Since then I have attended an AAW symposium, two Utah symposiums and several two day workshops with national turners presented by the Loess Hills Woodturners in Glenwood Iowa. These experiences have broadened my knowledge and encouraged me to try new techniques.

I have much to learn about woodturning but I love the process of creating beautiful and useful items from trees!

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We jokingly call this piece "The Object de Art" since it doesn't have a utilitarian function. It uses Alan Carter's techniques..

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These ornaments were turned from a variety of woods. They are fun to make and are popular at Christmas time.

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This box is made from an American Chestnut tree that was planted by J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. It escaped the virus that killed the American Chestnut trees and finally died a few years ago. The wood was very brittle and difficult to turn, but well worth the effort. The knob on the box is a chestnut from a related tree..

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This plate is turned from Cottonwood from a 150 year old tree that was planted by the soldiers at Ft. Kearny along the Oregon Trail. Since the wood was riddled with insect and woodpecker holes I decided to burn a Flicker on it using pyrography techniques.

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I decided to try my hand at carving and created this pen. It uses a simple Bic pen cartridge and is made of Maple. The image is a close approximation of my brother, moustache and all!

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The hat was knit and felted by me and then the flowers were wood turned from mulberry branches. I used a technique that I saw Stuart King do at the AAW symposium.

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I turned this vase, textured the base with pyrography and then burned the leaves. The color was added using Fabrico ink pens, a product used for fiber arts.

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Walnut inlay bowl - I have recently been playing with inlaying pewter wire into my turnings. I find that I like the combination of turquoise Inlace and pewter on walnut.

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"Fossilized Bones of an Ancient Vaazhe" is the title of this piece. I watched Stuart Mortimer do a presentation and decided to try one of his spiral vases. My carving was very poor and I decided that it looked like bones!.

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Wave Bowl - this was created using John Beaver's techniques. It is by far the most complicated piece I have done. The ring is an integral part of the ash bowl.

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This pierced plate was turned from a piece of highly figured walnut. It was one of my first attempts at piercing.

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Whistles for the grand children, a perfect way to get revenge on your own children.