Steve Ackman spent fifteen of his eighteen years of government service as
a machinist in one capacity or another. He's produced parts for nuclear
submarines, all kinds of armored vehicles, helicopters, winged aircraft, and
even a little ordnance.
Not all of that experience was what normally falls within the scope of
machinist work, however. His roles have ranged from Training NCO to
Computer Systems Security Officer. He's slapped polyester resins on wheeled
vehicles, repaired canvas, welded aluminum and steel, soldered up leaky
radiators, cut and installed window glass in various vehicles...
the list goes on and on.
When Mr. Ackman decided to leave government service, he did so to work
more independently, and to be more creative. Already having quite a bit
of experience in cutting glass and soldering, stained glass was a natural
avenue toward expressing his creativity. Though that was satisfying in its
own way, he still wanted to manifest his creative flow at a more fundamental
level -- which is what brought him to kiln and flame work.
Mr. Ackman is Glass Host on the Delphi Arts & Crafts Forum, has his own web domain at http://twovoyagers.com (you're here) and is presently living on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
He has been a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and was involved in the formation of the New England Chapter of the International Guild of Glass Artists.