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Jerry Glaser is one of the most influential and probably the most humble personalities in the woodturning field. Few people know that his woodturnings appeared in major shows in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Even those aware of Jerry Glaser’s name barely know of all his contributions to woodturning tools, chucks, jigs and so much more.

Although he lived most of his adult life in California, Jerry grew up on the west side of Chicago, where his father owned a Czech restaurant.  Jerry’s first taste of woodturning was during a 1934 shop class at Farragut Junior High. The bowls he turned more than 70 years ago, would be well received even today at most AAW chapter meetings and exhibits.

In the late 1930s, Jerry attended an exhibition of Swedish crafts at Marshall Field’s in downtown Chicago. In that show, he saw bowls with sculpted rims—evocative of the natural edge bowls his friend Bob Stocksdale would make famous years later. “What impressed me were the turned bowls that had the undulating curved form on the edges” says Jerry. “I tried to incorporate this shape in my work much later on.
Jerry’s engineering background provided him with a solid foundation in understanding metals, and therefore, woodturning tools. His technical training as an engineer began at the Armour Institute of Technology (now the Illinois Institute of Technology). During WWII, Jerry worked in a Cleveland engine laboratory on the challenges of oil consumption in long-range bombers. Following the war, Jerry moved to California to accept a job with Northrop Aircraft Inc., where he specialized in gas turbine engines.

Jerry went on to design jet engines for General Electric, and then ultimately joined Air Research Corporation, where he spent the last 28 years of his engineering career before retiring from the field. He then spent another 15 years developing woodturning tools.

At 86, Jerry sold his firm to Paulo Marin, a woodturner and entrepreneur, who envisioned a “cutting edge” woodturning manufacturing firm where he could incorporate Jerry’s outstanding accomplishments and propagate his name, concepts and developments. Currently, the tools are manufactured at Advanced Theoretical Concepts, Inc (www.atcinc.us), a state of the art facility, is the manufacturing backbone not only of to Glaser Hitec tools, but of to the aerospace, military, medical and prototype industries.

Jerry is still very active in our operations and is a part of our Board of Directors, acting as a consultant for manufacturing and design.

JANUARY, 2017 – HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

ALL HANDLES NOW SHOWCASE THE NEW VIBRATION GEL DAMPENING SYSTEM - NO MORE LEAD FILLED HANDLES!
One of the greatest things at Glaser Hitec Engineering, is to be blessed with the ability to constantly experiment and innovate. This principle has been the core of our efforts since Jerry started this company back in 1966.

During one of our developments with Space Exploration Projects, we were able to create a gel compound designed to protect and reduce vibration in the compartment which houses spaceship components. The result was a state-of-the-art compound which will replace the lead in ALL our handles, substantially reducing the weight, but increasing the vibration dampening properties which Jerry Glaser developed back in 1985.
>>>We are positive the results will amaze you!
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MINIGLASER QR SHOWS UP IN ENGLAND!
English publication Woodturning Magazine (www.woodworkersinstitute.com) recently published a press release over our QR system in their "Hot Stuff" section.
READ ABOUT IT
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SYNERGY ULTRAGOUGE
The entire line of SYNERGY gouges has been manufactured. We are now finalizing our patented "Quick-Release" system and soon, woodturners around the world, will be able to enjoy our upcoming Synergy Ultragouge tool line and the outstanding properties of our newly developed steel CAULDRON 305.
ISYNERGY which is bound to impact the industry with its fantastic modularity and performance.
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QR SYSTEM!
Our miniGlaser QR continues to break boundaries. Customers who have purchase this fantastic set have reported that the performance and easiness of tool changes are incredible..

One of our best customers, Mr. Bill Wyko, stated that our miniGlaser tools have what he calls" "Napoleon Syndrome"... They DO NOT know they are small. They tackle big turning like any other large tool.
And we are now, redesigning the adapter system and extra tools to enhance your set.
We will always continue to innovate!
That is the Jerry Glaser Legacy we've inherited!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND FOR KEEPING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING IN THE USA.

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