John was born in Athens, Georgia and is an alumnus of Georgia Tech. After retiring as a mechanical engineer from General Electric Company in Ohio in 1998, he and his wife, Joy, moved to Clarkesville, GA. In October 2016, they relocated to Easley to be closer to family.
Although he has been a woodworker for many years, he did not do much woodturning until joining a wood turner's club in 1992. After retirement, he took classes in woodturning at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, and discovered the real enjoyment of wood turning. He now teaches locally and assists in the Woodturning Studio at John C. Campbell Folk School. He also does some commission work.
Joy was born in Flint, Michigan, but considers herself a southerner. She and John have been married since 1959. Joy, a retired nurse, has had many hobbies over the years. Five years ago she took a weekend wood turning class at a Folk School at Camp Mikell. That was the beginning of her love affair with woodturning. After three classes at John C. Campbell Folk School and other instruction, she now works side by side with her husband in their basement workshop. They attend several wood turning symposiums yearly across the country to learn new ideas. She is a member of AAW and three local chapters.