Mentoring

Our mentoring program is designed to give hands on training to individuals. Our mentors can help with basic safety, complex turning and everything in between. Each has listed the areas they feel comfortable sharing below and we encourage you to contact them directly (click last name). They would be happy to hear from you and it can be a great way to jump start your turning skills.

 

Bloomington/Normal area:

Al Azinger – Lathe set up, new turners, general turning, bowls

Dave Bloom – General turning skills, lathe setup, preparing green stock for turning, basic spindle turning, basic bowl turning and lacquer spray finishing

Dave Kraft (Hudson) – Lathe safety, bandsaw safety, chainsaw safety and beginning tool use. Turning small objects

Jim Meizelis (Danvers) – Beginning turning, off center turning and basic safety. During summer months only.

Bill Schultz – Lathe safety, sharpening tools, wood setup on lathe depending on article, use of tools, techniques and cutting, finishing

 

Decatur area:

Jerry Sievers (Macon) – Spindle turning, box making, top turning, using the skew, chain saw use, chain saw sharpening, addressing tree cutting issues

 

Pekin:

Roger Alexander – Basic lathe setup, small objects, bandsaw and chainsaw safety/tips, sharpening tools, basic bowl turning

 

Roanoke:

Terry Quiram – Lathe setup and safety, bandsaw and chainsaw safety, tool sharpening, preparing stock for turning, bowl turning, hollow forms and small object turning

 

Tremont:

Dave Lee – Beginning turning and small objects

 

 

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