Mentoring is part of the education we offer to the members of the organization. Our organization has a lot of seasoned wood turners who are passionate about sharing the knowledge they have with fellow wood turners. Each mentor brings in different skill sets in the art and craft of wood turning. When you become a member of the Silicon Valley Wood turners, you are walking into an organization filled with people who are eager to share their knowledge. Regardless of whether you are new to wood turning or a seasoned wood turner there is always something or other that you can learn from the following people. They have agreed to spend their time to answer your questions or give you a helping hand to fix or guide you through the problems you face in turning.
Note: To contact any of the mentors, click/touch on their "Mentor" badge.
San Jose, CA
I have been turning for about 10 years, and since I can’t decide what I want to do when I grow up, I turn a variety of things, from shaving brushes to a bass drum. For several years I did the production turning of prayer wheels for the manufacturer. Repetitive turning is like Ground Hog Day, you get to try various ways to make cuts, and then do it all over again. Repetition is a great value to refine your turning skills, speed and efficiency.
My mentoring strengths are an introduction to safely using the lathe, individual tool use, tool sharpening, making peppermills, coring with the Oneway system, bowl turning, applying finish with an airbrush, threading, boxes, vacuum chucking, shaving and makeup brushes. I don’t do pens or bottle stoppers.
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, I can assist over Zoom or FaceTime. For in-person interaction, since I’m risk averse, there are a few requirements. Any visitor to my shop must meet one of the following conditions:
Have received a COVID-19 vaccination and been subsequently tested as immune.
Have verified test results to be free of the active virus, with the test taken within 2 hours of the visit.
Be quarantined for 14 days in a tent on my front yard prior to admittance. Bring your own food, tent, supplies, waste collection and disposal capability. A hose is available for water.
For short, 15 minute visits, N95 face mask, face shield, 6 foot social distance, and preferably being inside a human hamster ball. Extended visits of 30 minutes OK if hamster ball option is used, or until you pass out for lack of oxygen, whichever comes first. Mileage may vary.
Los Gatos, CA
I am happy to offer whatever help and guidance I can based on my modest skill set in the following areas:
Wood processing and storing
Tool selection and sharpening
Turning technique for a variety of projects
Sanding and prep
Emerald Hills, CA
I have been turning since 2015. I try to attend workshops with professional woodturners 2 to 3 times a year. In 2019, I attended a workshop with Trent Bosch and Jimmy Clewes. Both were 3-day workshops. I enjoy doing pens of all kinds, spindle work, natural edge bowls, coring with the Oneway system, hollow forms with finials, lidded boxes, kitchen ware items. I can also give you guidance on how to build a small kiln for wood drying. I am willing to mentor at my home workshop when it is safe and when the COVID 19 pandemic is over.