A short biography

Turning a hat during a Dallas area gathering of Badger Pond members.

It is always fun to make a mess in someone else's shop.

I am married and have two sons. We live in southern Oklahoma, Ardmore. I moved here in 1981 to learn horseshoeing, got married and stayed. Since 1982, I have worked for Michelin, then Uniroyal, as a mechanic specializing in precision machine alignment and set up. Woodturning is what I spend my spare time doing. I do not sell my woodturnings through any galleries at this time. I do sell my work but that is not the purpose of this site or my main interest in woodturning. I have created this site as a place to show some of my woodturnings and information on woodturning with others that have the same interest. One of the unexpected pleasures to woodturning has been the people I have met and become friends with over the years. I can think of no other group of individuals that as a whole are more giving of their knowledge, resources and friendship than are Woodturners.

I began woodturning in the mid '80's as a way to create my own cabinet drawer pulls and have not stopped turning since. I had never seen anyone turn in person at the time and knew nothing of how to actually start. I had always used books for reference so I started by buying any books on turning I could find and when videos started coming out, I bought all of those that were available.

I learned of the American Association of Woodturners through magazines and joined around 1990. Soon after I met a group of turners giving a demonstration at a hardwood store and even though it was a hundred mile drive one way I joined and started attending monthly meetings and demonstrating in public with them. I have since helped form a local chapter in my area, the Woodturners of Southern Oklahoma.

I give demonstrations for woodturning groups or the public and have turners over to my shop for instructions. Many Woodturners have shared their time and knowledge with me to help improve my skills and I want to pass along that knowledge. Through the Internet, I now have the opportunity to share turning experiences and ideas with Woodturners from all over the world. Woodturners that I would never have met before are now friends just a click away, I am still amazed by this. I am continually seeking new ideas and information and while giving demonstrations, I learn as much from those attending, as I hope they learn from me. We all have our own backgrounds and experiences to draw from and solutions to turning problems often come from using this accumulated knowledge. If you have something to share or just want to spend time with another turner, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Larry Hancock