I’ve worked with my hands most of my life, taking apart everything I could get my hands on as a child, to building tree forts with neighborhood friends and working construction in my early teenage years with my dad back home in Iowa. Every year, junior and senior high school woodshops and metal shops were my favorite courses.
I began woodturning in 2000, taking a class at our local Woodcraft store, and soon after joined the Gold Coast Woodturners. George Snyder allowed me to join him in his shop in Oakland Park FL where I spent all my free time turning mountains of shavings. I purchased all his equipment from his wife after he passed away in 2004, and it has been my studio since.
What draws me to woodturning are the limitless opportunities we have when starting with a wood blank and the instant gratification creating a new piece. I love taking a raw piece of wood and creating art by featuring the grain patterns, bark inclusions, color variations, and movement inherent with this medium.
I’ve been a chapter mentor since 2003 and began as a woodturning instructor in 2004. I’ve served as vice president and president of Gold Coast Woodturners and am a current member of Palm Beach County Woodturners, South Florida Woodturners Guild, and the South Florida Woodworkers Guild.
I enjoy teaching and tool making and demonstrate frequently both locally and in the Bahamas.
Birdhouse ornament with threaded top
Lee will show how to enhance birdhouse ornaments by adding a threaded cap, when opened revealing a nest with eggs inside. Thread chasing techniques, sheer cutting to produce nest material, turning miniature eggs from palm seeds,& texturing will be demonstrated. Participants will learn how paying attention to the details will turn their ornaments into gems.
Bowls and hollow forms using outrigger hollowing tool
This demonstration will show how to hollow bowls & hollow forms to an even wall thickness with a built in caliper on the outrigger hollowing tool.
Techniques and tools for turning miniatures
Lee will demonstrate various materials, show different chucking methods for turning miniatures. Also making your own miniature turning tools.