Greensboro, NC area woodturning teacher?

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Forum topic by TarHeelWes posted 09-06-2018 07:08 PM 469 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2018 07:08 PM

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Longtime lurker and first-time poster here. I’ve benefited a lot from reading content here for years, and I figure it’s finally time to start contributing. But first I’d like to seek out any members in the central North Carolina that may be interested in teaching woodturning. I’m a serious hobbyist with 8-10 years of experience in woodworking. I know my way around everything in the shop with one exception: the lathe. It doesn’t strike me as something that lends itself to self-teaching, at least not safely. I’m looking for somebody in the Triad whom I could hire to teach me the basics. Classes I’ve found are either too far afield or don’t work with my time constraints.

-- NC Wes

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#1 posted 09-06-2018 07:47 PM

Welcome to the forums!

Can find a list of woodturning clubs here in NC. Just click on nearest one to you and call them and see if can attend a free meeting asking for help finding a teacher. I do not belong to AAW anymore, but met many find people in those clubs years ago. Was an un-affiliated member for several years.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 09-07-2018 02:32 AM

Hi and welcome.
Here is a link to the Piedmont Triad Woodturners. I see they even have a list of mentors. They may not want to do classes but rather a couple of hours at the time on specific tools which I think would be more helpful anyway for a new person. I think it would be best to learn the basics on 2-3 tools, go back and practice, then have more mentoring.
I see their dues are $40 year and most clubs have 12 meetings and several weekend special programs.

I also suggest Stuart Batty on Vimeo for a very nice introduction covering a variety of topics as basics. Most are 10-15 minutes each. This is not to show how to turn anything (bowls, candle sticks, etc) but the basics to turn everything.

A very good youtube channel is Brian Havens for lots of well presented specifics on most all tools and cuts.

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#3 posted 09-07-2018 05:00 AM

I taught myself wood turning. Look at Mike peace and Carl Jacobsen’ YouTube channels. They both have some good videos for beginners. If you just feel more comfortable with a teacher, if you have Woodcraft store nearby, they offer beginner wood turning classes that will get you started.

Also, a good reference for beginners is Doc Green's woodturners site.
I actually found his written descriptions about spindle turning very helpful.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 09-07-2018 12:05 PM

Thanks, guys. The Piedmont Triad Woodturners looks like a great place to start.

-- NC Wes

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#5 posted 09-07-2018 12:29 PM

Can see my link led no where, should have left it find a chapter! Cannot remember his name but former president of AAW lived in Greensboro.

If go to web site Piedmont Triad Woodturners web page already posted. They do welcome folks to attend meetings free. They may have someone that takes on students might be free or charge by the hour. Given cost of learning the basics by the hour might be very expensive versus joining that club for a year. Many clubs have mentors for new members, which lot less expensive.

Woodcraft Stores & Klingspor’s Woodworking Shops here in NC run intro courses by woodturners. Have to check stores for cost & schedules. Some offer simple spindle or bowl turning classes, they do teach about lathes, tools, sharpening, and maybe little about design.

I too am self taught mostly reading books, buying casset tapes, and making mistakes. When started turning no clubs near me and driving to clubs & back an ardous task.

Did go to lot of symposiums back then here in NC and few other states. Last one attended many years ago was held in Charlotte and had great demonstrators & vendors at attendence. Things are different now cost to go to sysmposiums, and slight decrease in vendors attending. If a member of club and help with set up tear down might be free.

2017 symposium at Greensboro

-- Bill

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