I started woodturning with my Dad in High School and am now retired and a fulltime wood turner. I spent my earning years as a business owner with my wife specializing commercial design and IT System Integration for the Army Virtual Training Centers Worldwide. I began making kaleidoscopes some 30 years ago after seeing Steven Gray demo at a woodturning EXPO in Provo, Utah. I joined the Brewster Society in 2018 to take classes (at the EXPO and in Jerome) and began to learn how to create a quality scope. I use dozens of variety of woods from exotic rosewoods like Cocobolo and African Blackwood to domestic figured Maple and Mesquite.