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 and have your name added to the list, or if you are a new member with questions, contact our Mentor Coordinator Paul Hirt.

City First Name Last Name Phone Number Area Of Expertise
Corvallis Walter Thies (541) 752-5214 Dust collection, Christmas ornaments, mushrooms
Dallas Myron Yancey (503) 623-8930 Sharpening and turning
Salem Jim Devorss (503) 559-2185 Ornaments and general turning
Salem Terry Gerros (503) 580-5013 General turning, twist work, and sharpening
Amity Richared Lorenzen (971) 241-3768 Bowl turning
Salem Paul Hirt (503) 999-9489 Mentor Coordinator; General Turning
Salem Bruce Stangeby (503) 560-3129 Hollow forms, general turning
Turner Darcy Tataryn (503) 551-7197 Blank prep, Bowls, General
Albany Hal Schales (541) 924-1114 Segmented turning

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