Mark St Leger
After working years in the field of building, Mark was approached and asked if he would consider teaching woodworking to high school students.
Twenty one years later he
continues to teach at a rural high school and enjoys it.
Through the years, along with some very caring contributors, Mark
students have built up a virtually empty shop into a fine woodworking facility.
It is set up for a full range of carpentry and cabinetmaking along with woodturning and carving.
Mark's interest in woodturning came from a weekend visit by his
father who brought a weed pot and small tagua nut vessel he
turned, along with his
excitement about turning.
Well, that was the spark that ignited an interest in woodturning.
Twenty three years later Mark
still enjoys exploring the endless possibilities of woodturning with enthusiasm and creativity.
As an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Blue Ridge Woodturners Club
in Virginia, Mark has served as vice-president, president and activities coordinator along with hosting their club meetings at the high school shop on a monthly basis.
He is also a member of the American Association of Woodturners where he has served as a member of the board of directors.
Several years ago the AAW
produced a "Skill Building Projects" video featuring some of Mark's teaching techniques.
Mark has been an active demonstrator and workshop leader for turning clubs, along with demonstrating at many regional and national symposiums.
He is currently on the faculty list of Arrowmont School of the Arts in Tennessee, Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee, Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey, and the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina.