Stefan Williams at the Los Alamos Makers community wood shop. Courtesy/Los Alamos Makers
Los Alamos Makers News:
Los Alamos Makers is pleased to introduce Stefan Williams to the community.
Williams moved to Los Alamos in 2015 and is a member and volunteer at the local makerspace. He will be teaching a free introduction to wood turning at 6.30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, as part of the Los Alamos Woodworking Meetup.
The event will be followed by an actual “Bowl or Pen Turning” class at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
Williams explained how he got interested in woodworking.
“My grandfather was a cabinet maker, he passed before I could meet him, but my mother keeps the tradition of woodworking in the family by making small household items,” he said. “While working on my PhD at The University of Tennessee, a professor of mine would always carry around unique wooden pens. I asked him where he bought them, his response was, ‘I made them’. Shortly after that he introduced me to the University makerspace, which allowed me to learn woodworking from my fellow students.”
Since he was now familiar with makerspaces, and one of his friends was involved with Los Alamos Makers, Williams joined the local makerspace after moving to Los Alamos.
He jumped at the opportunity to share his skills with the community.
“Teaching and learning from others is a passion of mine. I won’t say I’m a great woodworker but the learning process has always been fun for me,” Williams said. “Having a teacher in the wood shop makes learning the craft safer. The safer I am, the more comfortable I am with the tools in the shop, which allows me to be more creative in my work.”
“Williams is one of the kindest and most cheerful people we have met, so the class should be a lot of fun!”
Woodworking-curious or enthusiasts are invited to join the local woodworking meetup at https://www.meetup.com/Los-Alamos-Woodworking-Meetup/
All events at Los Alamos Makers are listed on the organization’s Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/los-alamos-makers-15081661768