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Albert LeCoff

Albert LeCoff joined us on Coffee Hours #116 and #117 to share a superb slideshow and lecture of the history of the contemporary woodturning movement. See the Hours here: Coffee Hours 111 – 120 – Lancaster Area Woodturners

Born in 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Albert LeCoff is an arts administrator and artist dedicated to woodworking and, specifically, lathe-turned art. LeCoff was introduced to woodworking in shop class as a child and knew early on that he wanted to pursue it professionally. While studying at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio (BA, 1975), he spent several years as an apprentice for production woodturner Manny Erez. Rather than pursuing graduate school, LeCoff opted to build up his own woodworking practice. After leading a successful workshop with students at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he became interested in promoting the field through symposia and exhibitions, co-organized with fellow woodworker and educator Palmer Sharpless and his twin brother Alan. These symposia were foundational moments for the American woodworking community and helped connect turners who frequently worked in isolation. In 1986, Albert and Alan LeCoff formalized their efforts to highlight woodworking by co-founding the Wood Turning Center (now the Center for Art in Wood) in Philadelphia. After serving as executive director of the Center for Art in Wood for more than 30 years, LeCoff announced his plans to retire in 2018. Over the course of his tenure, the organization built an extensive collection, hosted numerous exhibitions, and launched a vibrant residency program, now in its second decade. Known for his long-lasting commitment to the field, LeCoff was named an Honorary Lifetime Member of the American Association of Woodturners in 2008 and received the 2003 Collectors of Wood Art Lifetime Achievement Award. Albert LeCoff was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2003.

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The Lancaster Area Woodturners are now in hybrid mode, meeting online and in person at Kauffman Kitchens, 250 Commerce Dr, New Holland at 7:00pm Eastern on the first Tuesday of every month. Our Coffee Hour is meeting every Thursday at 10:00am Eastern for a provocative and entertaining hour of shared shop talk, humor and woodturning education. You can see previous Zoom Coffee Hours in the ‘Coffee Hour & Club Mtg Videos’ tab above.

Located in beautiful Lancaster County, PA, in the heart of our nation’s original Amish Country, our members range from those just beginning to explore the world of woodturning to established professionals.

We find that with changing technology and new approaches there is always something to learn. There is usually someone in the club that has tried that new technique or is ready to show a new idea. Sitting next to you is probably someone that has tried that new tool or has the old-school version in their shop.

Woodturners, you will find, are some of the most sharing craftspeople you will meet. Whether it is a piece of wood, a tool, or a technique, woodturners share their knowledge and work hard to preserve and promote the craft of woodturning.

We have members that have turned furniture pieces, architectural pieces, toys, treenware, segmented, art, utility, ornamental, and many many items just for fun. We turn on Oneway, Nova, Robust, Powermatic, Craftsman, Laguna, Jet, Stubby, and grandpa’s lathe.

We’re also looking into sponsoring on-line expert demonstrations with live Q/A, by nationally recognized woodturning experts and artists. If you’d like to join us – even if you are not a member of LAW – just send a note in the ‘Comments’ section of this website and we’ll send you a link to our upcoming on-line events. If you’d like to join LAW, our annual dues are $30 – a great value as we provide endless resources to help you sharpen your woodturning skills. Check out our ‘About Us’ page for the LAW membership application, click on the download button below or send us a note through the ‘Comments’ section and we’ll email you more information on joining.

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