Mentor Program

What is the Mentor Program?

Mentors are club members with significant woodturning experience, who volunteer their time to help novice members practice or learn a new woodturning technique. They can generally help with hands-on, one-on-one instruction within their areas of expertise.

I am not a club member. Can I contact club mentors for help?

The mentor program is designed to support club members only. You are encouraged to join our club to access this benefit, and all other benefits we offer.

Do mentors charge for lessons?

No, mentors volunteer their time. The need for extensive woodturning training may lead you to enroll in paid instruction available from individuals, conferences, or schools. See the website’s Resources menu, which includes pages for northwest schools, national schools, and studio workshops.

Do mentors come to my shop?

Not necessarily. You and your mentor will arrange a suitable date, time, and location for instruction. Reach out to any of the mentors below by identifying yourself as a club member, and asking for some help!

Name Contact Area of Expertise
Les Dawson
(Maple Valley)
(425) 432-3879
Beginning work
Dan Johnson
(206) 412-7338
Hollow vessels, lidded boxes and music boxes
David Lutrick
(425) 557-9571
Bowls, general, misc.
AJ Mearns
(425) 501-0020
Bowls, general, misc.
John Moe
(425) 643-4522
Bowls, hollowing, embellishing & ornamental turning
Jose Pantoja
(206) 669-3270
Bowls, general, misc.
Allan Rumpf
(Mercer Island)
(206) 687-7128
Beginning spindles
John Shrader
(425) 653-3504
Achieving precision, developing special tools & processes for difficult projects, & general troubleshooting
Vern Tator
(206) 856 6759
Bowls, spindles, pens, peppermills, off-center turning, hollow forms, finials, etc.
Jack Wayne
(425) 488-9561
Everything except Rose Engine, segmented work, and pens