Bonnie has been involved with woodturning since the early 1980’s. In 1986 she designed the Small Klein Lathe which was in production for over 25 years.
In 1992 she introduced the Klein Threading Jig as an accessory to the lathe for cutting threads in wood. Bonnie produced 5 turning videos which have now been converted to DVD’s and in 2005 wrote a woodturning project book.
Her popularity as a demonstrator and educator has resulted in invitations to countries around the world, including South Africa, Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, the UK, and Australia, as well as all across the USA. For over 8 years, she has been heavily involved with the Youth Turning Program at the American Association of Woodturners annual symposiums.
In 2003, the American Association of Woodturners awarded Bonnie with an AAW Honorary Lifetime Member in recognition of her contributions to woodturning.
"I turn for the love of the creative process. I am addicted to discovery, progress, and the fact that perfection is forever elusive but, as I strive for it, yesterday’s challenges become the basic skills of tomorrow. I love the distinct smell of the various woods, the sound of the shavings as they are cut by a sharp tool, and how quickly a form appears from a block of material. In the past I have enjoyed many other crafts - spinning, knitting, weaving, basketry, etc, but not only for the tactile sensations. The aroma of spinning "in the grease", the smell of wet reeds for a basket, the sound of a shuttle or the clicking of knitting needles all contributed to the satisfaction of making something. Experimenting with turning unusual materials such as bone, plastic, tagua nuts, aluminum and horn has led to many more interesting sensations for the eyes, ears, hands and nose."