Allen has been creating custom woodturning art in his studio in Annapolis, Maryland since 2001. Many of his pieces are turned from tree species indigenous to the central Maryland area. And most of the local timbers that he incorporates into his art are recovered from downed trees that would otherwise be dumped into landfills or burned as firewood.
Although Allen has explored many areas of woodturning, his principal repertoire includes natural edged vessels, lidded boxes with ornate finials, hollow forms and formal vessels.
Allen has developed turned pieces that are included in the State of Maryland and City of Annapolis Archives, the on-line Wye Oak Gallery and commercial sites like Teknatool in New Zealand and Exotic Lumber in Annapolis. His pieces can be seen on his website (www.lathescapes.com). Allen is a member of the Chesapeake Woodturners, the Maryland Federation of Art and the American Association of Woodturners. He has taught basic and advanced woodturning courses at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Several of his turnings have been recognized by the Maryland Federation of Art with Juror’s Choice awards.
Allen has demonstrated woodturning techniques at the Renwick Art Gallery in Washington, the national American Craft Council Exhibition in Baltimore, Woodworking Shows in Timonium, and at American Association of Woodturners (AAW) chapters in the mid-Atlantic region.
During his 40+ year career in the engineering world, Allen worked for the US Navy, Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and Keysight Technologies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland.