Willamette Valley Woodturners


Willamette Valley Woodturners is a great place to mingle with other turners and make new friends. And it is beneficial when premier turners show up to do demonstrations and classes but one on one classes with experienced turners is also beneficial to beginning turners. The mentoring program is set up to allow beginning turners more resources to learn new techniques and to allow experienced turners to broaden their turning skills.

Mentors are club members who are willing to share their expertise and time to help other members learn new techniques. Typically they will open their shops for one-on-one help using their own lathes and tools. Below you will find a listing of available mentors along with their contact information and area of expertise. Club members and others who would like to be paired with a mentor would simply call the mentor and set up a mutually convenient time to meet.

Whether you are a new turner or have been turning for a long time, there is always something new to learn. If you need help on any skill, please call one of our volunteer mentors. This service is free to our members. If you can contribute additional skill areas contact Bruce Stangeby and have your name added to the list.

City First Name Last Name Phone Number Area Of Expertise
Corvallis J. J. Jones (541) 745-3802 Plates, natural edge bowls, general questions
Corvallis Walter Thies (541) 752-5214 Dust collection, Christmas ornaments, mushrooms
Dallas Myron Yancey (503) 623-8930 Pens, bowls, Salt & Pepper grinders, and boxes
Eugene Reed Gray (541) 463-9634 Bowls, coring, tool techniques
Independence Nick Stagg (503) 838-4817 Sharpening, general turning
Jefferson Bob Garvey (541) 327-2332 Bowls and spindles
Jefferson Jack Knight (541) 327-2647 Turning basics, preparing turning wood
McMinnille Douglas Smith (503) 472-5616 Basic turning skills
Mill City Kenneth Spaur (503) 897-2082 Pens, bowls, general questions
Mulino Ronald Fox (503) 759-3064 Pens, casting and segmented work
Salem Jim Coon (503) 566-6528 Pens and general questions about turning
Salem Jim Devorss (503) 399-0811 Ornaments and general turning
Salem Terry Gerros (503) 580-5013 General turning, twist work, and sharpening
Salem Tom Morrison (503) 364-3090 Segmented bowls
Salem Pete Peterson (503) 951-4873 Bowls, pens, general questions
Salem Bruce Stangeby (503) 763-2398 Hollow forms, general turning

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