Writer Profile for Al Miotke

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Al Miotke

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Working with wood has been a lifelong pursuit which started at a very young age when my Dad, who owned a custom cabinet business handed me a broom and said "sweep!" My interest in woodworking continued into adulthood with a focus on furniture design as a part time passion while I paid the bills as an engineering manager and program manager, designing products such as garage door openers, electronic fitness equipment, and telecommunications products.

After making most of the furniture in my home, I discovered segmented woodturning in 2006 and a new passion quickly evolved. I am currently the president of the Chicago Woodturners, Board member for the Segmented Woodturners, a member of the Windy City Woodturners, and Chairman for the regional symposium Turn-On! Chicago 2016.  In the past I have been editor of my local chapter's newsletter, as well as membership chairman. I also find great joy in helping others find their passion in woodturning by demonstrating and mentoring.

My biography would not be complete without mentioning my wife Brenda who puts up with constant sawdust in our house, two daughters and 5 grandchildren who happily take anything I make.


Contact Info:

Phone: 630-379-9369
Email: abmiotke@comcast.net
Web Site: http://almiotkestudio.com



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Let's get DizzyJan 2016
Segmented Pencil HolderMar 2016
Segmented Tubular SculptureMay 2016
Segmented Beads of Courage BoxesSep 2016
Multi-Generation LaminationsMar 2017
Really! Making hollow forms without hollowing tools Aug 2017
Banksia Pod Feature RingJun 2019




The Final Touch - Finishing the BottomAug 2015
What color was that wood?Dec 2015
7 Tips for Better Segmented TurningsDec 2016