John Giem has been doing woodworking for as long as he can remember. After working over thirty years as an engineer, he retired and started looking for opportunities to learn more about woodworking. John tookthree woodturning classes from Cindy Drozda, around 2003, covering spindle turning, boxes and bowls. From Cindy, he learned about the Rocky Mountain Woodturners. After attending a few meetings, he was hooked on woodturning. John likes to experiment and explore. Consequently, he has done woodturning in many areas, often exploring how the differing techniques can be used to complement each other. Over time, he started demonstrating, teaching, mentoring and has published many articles. When John is demonstrating the various techniques, he likes to emphasize reasons why it is done this way. That enables others to apply those principles in new and different projects.