Alan grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, then attended East Carolina University. After budget cuts prevented him from pursuing corrections as a career, he worked in carpentry. During his carpentry career, he developed and interest in fine woodworking and a passion for woodturning. He served as the Vice President of The Triangle Woodturners of North Carolina.(They have a new name now.) You can even see his profile on their website here.
In 1995, he started Sliding Dovetail Woodworks, now Leland Studios. These days, he focuses on teaching woodturning.
Our store is open until 8:00pm on Thursdays so you can do some shopping, too.