I’ve known Scott via the internet for several years now but just recently had the chance to meet him in person at the AAW national meeting in Phoenix. As he’ll tell you, Scott is an outgoing, friendly guy who’s never met a stranger and this month, we’ll all get a chance to know him just a bit better.

Born September 11th, 1969, Scott is truly a small town country boy. “When I was about 2 years old, my parents purchased an 80 acre farm just outside of Cassoday, KS, from my Great Grandmother and built their home on the same site of her original home.  My Dad painstakingly tore down the old house and recycled much of the lumber into their new home.  Cassoday is a little town of about 150 people and is about 40 miles NE of Wichita, KS.  Our Grade School was so small that when I was in 7th grade, with 5 other boys (no girls), we had no 8th graders at all!  High school was a combination of two small towns and when I graduated in 1988 there were 19 in my class!  Three of us started kindergarten together and 2 more joined us in 2nd grade.  Least to say, we all knew everything about each other and our families.”

 

 

After graduating High School, I moved to El Dorado, KS. 13 years ago we build a new home just east of El Dorado, in the country, on 6 acres.  El Dorado has about 12,000 people and is about 22 miles east of Wichita, KS.  For the last 21 years I have worked as a main line field technician for Cox Communications (and all the previous Cable TV companies prior to Cox.)  I also own and operate several rental properties and recently helped start a new home health company.  I have also worked as a Bail Bondsman.  That is a strange way to make a living, but sure gave me some interesting stories! I have been married to my best friend for almost 23 years.  We have a son (22) and a daughter (19).  Both are in college right now. My daughter is studying to become a Pharmacist and my son is in the KU Film School.”

 

 

It’s no surprise that Scott is a woodworker. His father was a carpenter as well as a furniture maker. His father had an old Delta lathe that he used for finial work which is where Scott got his first introduction to turning. I always enjoyed playing on it but in the 1970’s, in rural Kansas, there wasn’t any knowledge of making anything other than a club or a bowl with screw holes in the bottom!  After a while I was bored with what could be made and didn’t touch a lathe again until I bought a Nova 1624 in 2009.  Now it is something that I can’t wait to do.”

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