Melvin Lindquist was a master machinist, aeronautical engineer, army surveyor, and one of the founders of the studio woodturning movement. He began woodturning in high school in California in 1928. Mel began turning spalted wood in the late 1950s after discovering the wood on his land in the New York Adirondacks. He invented new tools and groundbreaking techniques for hollowing vessels and for working with spalted wood. Blind boring, Mel’s pioneering technique, is foundational to woodturning today. Mel was named a New England Living Art Treasure by the University of Massachusetts in 1983.