Alaska Woodturners Association
Officers


Bob Congdon

Bob Congdon
President

Bob has turned for several years. He teaches woodturning and regularly demonstrates at monthly meetings and the AWA Symposium. His work can be seen at Stephan Fine Arts Gallery. Bob is a Professor Emeritus at UAA and a retired attorney.

 

Bill Poole

Bill Poole

Vice-President


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 many years.
Brian Seitz

Brian Seitz

Secretary


Brian has lived in Alaska for over 40 years and in late 2015, retired after a 30 year career as a Petroleum Engineer. He had never touched a lathe until he took Bob Congdon’s beginner’s class through the Alaska Woodturners Association several years ago. He enjoys most anything outdoors, spending time with family, traveling, working on home projects, volunteering for non-profits, and of course, turning wood.
Jim Vik

Jim Vik

Treasurer


Jim grew up in Washington State and graduated from Washington State University with a BS in Geology. He became a Combat Engineer Officer in the Marine Corps for about 12 years, leaving to join the FDA as an Investigator for the next 23 years. He culminated his career as a Low-Acid Canned Foods and Seafood inspector and instructor. Jim was briefly introduced to wood turning in high school, but his interest was reignited at the State Fair. Since retiring in 2013 he has been able to devote more time and effort to learning the skills of a wood turner. He assumed the AWA Treasurer’s position as of November 2016.
Tom Dooley
Director

Tom is a life long Alaskan who returned to turning in 2011. He holds three Door & Hardware Institute Certifications as an Architectural Hardware Consultant, Certified Door Consultant and is a Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspector. He enjoys all types of turning from bottle stoppers and pens to bowls and platters. Turning has taken him to the Portland AAW convention, the Utah Symposium and classses at Craft Supply and the with Glenn Lucas in Ireland.


 

Rick Judd
Rick Judd
Librarian and Webmaster

Rick graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a B.S. degree in biology, but worked for 34 years in IT for the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety.  After watching the AWA demonstrations at the State Fair for multiple years, he decided to attend an AWA meeting and try woodturning.  He hasn't looked back.  Rick has been woodturning for several years and continues to enjoy his membership in the AWA and woodturning.

Rick Judd took on the role of Librarian for our club in May 2015 and the Webmaster position in October 2016.

 

Chris Remick
Director

Chris is a transplant from Northern Minnesota via Colorado. He discovered woodturning after retiring from the Mat Su School District in 2015. "I love creating useful items using scraps of wood that most folks would discard or burn." Other hobbies are fishing, camping, and Ham Radio. He also teaches Qigong and Tai Chi. 


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Bob Flint
Director

Bob came to Alaska in 1971.  He retired from the state of Alaska in 2006 and started an emergency management company that works on oils spills.  He started turning about 5 years ago after hearing about the AWA.  He took the basic classes and has continued to  be involved with the club and turning.  “Turning is both fun and relaxing for me”.  “The club has offered me a great opportunity to meet like minded folks”.


 Arnie Geiger 

Arnie Geiger
Director

Arnie graduated form the University of Wisconsin State 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.

Jesse Dohtery

Jesse Doherty
Director

Jessie Doherty has lived in Alaska for most of her life; she recently graduated UAA with an MPH and is a Public Health Specialist with the State of Alaska. Jess first encountered turning at the Alaska State Fair in the mid-2000s, began taking classes in 2008 at AWA with her dad, Ed, and hasn't stopped turning since. She recently started playing with small hollow forms and square-to-round pieces, and is looking forward to future turning adventures.