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Mentor needed

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Tim Passmore, May 21, 2014.

  1. Tim Passmore

    Tim Passmore

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    I've been turning now for about six months and have found it to be relaxing and rewarding. I've read many articles and books and have watched hours of video----all have been very helpful. I have also spent many hours on the lathe. I think a mentor would now be a great help as I attempt to hone my skills. I live in east central Indiana----any thoughts or volunteers?
     
  2. john lucas

    john lucas AAW Forum Expert

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    Join a club if you can find one near you. There is a great club that meets in Northern Indianapolis. Probably lots more.
     
  3. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    I recommend you contact one or more of the local chapters in your area. Hands on instruction is by far the most effective way to advance your skills and increase your enjoyment of woodturning. Many clubs offer formal mentoring. Consider taking a formal class at a craft school or a turner's studio.

    The AAW web site has a chapters search which produced 8 chapters serving Indiana.
    If you use their search you can expand the chapter information and find along to most of the chapters web sites.
    Only a small fraction of the AAW member routinely visit the forum. Most of the chapter contacts are quite helpful.

    8 Records Found Sort by Name | Group
    Central Indiana Chapter-AAW
    Zionsville, Indiana United States

    Flatland Woodturners
    Champaign, Illinois United States

    I K I Woodturners
    Evansville, Indiana United States

    Michiana Wood Turners
    Niles, Michigan United States

    Northeast Indiana Chiselers and Turners
    Fort Wayne, Indiana United States

    Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild
    Cincinnati, Ohio United States

    South Suburban Chiselers/Illiana Woodturners
    South Holland, Illinois United States

    Southeast Indiana Woodturners
    Holton, Indiana United States
     
    Last edited: May 21, 2014
  4. Douglas Ladendorf

    Douglas Ladendorf

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    Tim, I can tell you from personal experience that joining a club is one of the best things you can do to improve your turning. I joined Bucks Woodturners (Eastern PA) about a year and a half ago and have seen wonderful presentations with very detailed information, but also participated in their hands on workshops where an experienced turner works with a small group while they each turn the topic project. Last year I turned my first bowl and this year a finial box, learning new techniques with direct mentoring. I've also found that turners tend to be very nice and generous folks. Get in touch with the nearest club and get to the next meeting. You will be glad you did.
    Doug
     
  5. Tim Passmore

    Tim Passmore

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    I found a turning club within 25 miles of my home that I didn't know existed. I'll be attending my first meeting on Wednesday. Thanks for the advice.
     
  6. Steve Worcester

    Steve Worcester Admin Emeritus

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    that is what we are here for
     

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