Alan Carter




I can trace my current status in life back to the third grade, when they needed trombone players for the grade school band. That started a lifelong interest in music which led ultimately to my graduation from Indiana University with a degree in music. 

After a stint in retail management, I discovered painting and became a “professional artist" for 22 years. In 1999 I  shifted my attention to furniture design and for ten years I designed and built contemporary furniture and accessories, drawing on my painting experience to develop a signature style.  

In 2009, I discovered woodturning and began another chapter in my creative life. I knew that I needed to find a way to use all the knowledge and understanding I had acquired in a lifetime in the arts. I consciously worked at developing a unique style.

I’m now represented by a number of nationally recognized galleries, have been featured in a variety of woodturning publications and woodturning exhibitions, and travel the country and abroad giving demonstrations and workshops in the fine art and craft of woodturning. 

Alan has written articles for Woodturning Magazine, More Woodturning, Woodturning Design, and the American Association of Woodturners journal, American Woodturner.


Classes in 2013

Website Alan Carter Studio
Phone  (630) 971-0690
Location Lisle, Illinois


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