In Memoriam

The family that is the Southern Piedmont Woodturners (SPW) is saddened to lose our woodturning friends and colleagues. Here, we remember those who have impacted our lives and art.

Edward Donald Pfau

October 21, 1942 – July 19, 2019

Ed had an engineering background and was SPW’s “safety instructor” in an effort to require any member who wanted to be part of a teaching effort to attend the safety training programand be familiar with specific safety protocols. This resulted in Ed’s nickname of Sargeant Pfau or Sargeant Ed. He was also very active. In the Waxhaw Club, serving as a board member, officer, including the president, I believe. He was a very exact turner, making special pieces such as a ball with a disc around the ball and threads, allowing the disc to be removed. He also did stemmed goblets with rings on the stem, 8 rings on one stem was his best effort, I believe. He had lung problems made worse by exposure to exotic woods which he seemed to be allergic to. I believe that put him a greater risk of serious consequences. He was also a patient instructor and a gentle soul, in my experience.

Contributed by Steve Martin