Alaska Woodturners Association
Officers


Bob Congdon

Bob Congdon
President

Bob is a woodturner of about 10 years and is gravitating toward the artistic end of the turning continuum.  "I like to expose figure that is already in the wood, or just expose 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 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.
Trudy Carlson

Trudy Carlson

Secretary


Trudy has lived in Alaska most of her life. She is now happily retired from dental office administration leaving more time for woodturning pursuits. She joined AWA in the fall of 2005 and has taken every class available since then. “Woodturning has become a big part of my life and my husband and cat are very supportive. I have been a board member and secretary for several years and have been truly blessed with the friendships and mentoring available here.”
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.
Rick Judd
Gary Freeman
Director


Gary Freeman took on the role of Director for our club in 2016. A lifelong Alaskan, retired heavy equipment operator and teamster, 10 year member of the Wood Turner's Association, and part time Turner. He enjoys spending time with his wife, our large family and chocolate lab, He is a jack of all trades and his other interests are but not limited to building, remodeling, welding, snowmobiling, riding motorcycles, 6 wheelers, camping, outdoor activities and traveling to anywhere the opportunity presents itself.

 

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.

 

Tom Cogill

Tom Coghill

Director

Tom is a third generation Alaskan whose grandfather came to Alaska in 1907. He attended high school in Anchorage and is a Graduate of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  Tom is a Civil Engineer and works on the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline. 

Tom has always worked with wood and started woodturning more than 25 years ago, mostly self-taught.  After Tom and his wife, Jean, endured 13 long winters in North Pole, they returned to Anchorage.  Tom then rejoined the Alaska Woodturners Association (AWA) and became more serious about woodturning.  Since 2014 he holds a position as a Director on the AWA board.

Tom’s turnings range from large wall hangings to pens and wine stoppers.  All turnings are his eclectic adaptations of texture, pattern, proportional shape and functionality. 



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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.

Kristine Chase

Kristine Chase

Director

In 2004, Kristine joined AWA and began a journey in woodturning. "Our woodturning community is very supportive and encouraging. I have met many wonderful instructors and fellow woodturners. There is an incredible amount of resources out there, books, videos, etc. My favorite resource is other turners. I admire their work, talents, and willingness to share tips & techniques. "

John Lane

John Lane

Symposium Coordinator


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, woodworking and woodturning.