Not long after graduation from the University of Wisconsin Pat found a job in her chosen field. However, she soon received something in the mail about a woodworking class at a local technical school. Her continued interest in this area resulted in registration in a night class. She loved it and was able to turn her first piece on the lathe from a connection she made and instantly fell in love with woodturning.
That first piece was a platter. She kept her new found love of woodturning in her heart for years until she discovered the Tennessee Association of Woodturners and then exploded into woodturning. It totally changed her life. That was in 1993. She read books and watched videos where she saw some of the greats such as Rudy Osolnik demonstrate. She attended various woodturning gatherings and absorbed all she could.