Channel Islands Woodturners, located in Southern California, is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).

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    2021 Board Members

    President Jeff Vranesh
    Vice-President Darrel Wilson
    Treasurer Ray Higgins
    Secretary and Membership Terry Koplan
    Communications Chair Joanne Wilson
    Program Chair Mark Ridgley
    Community Outreach Chair Jim Word
    Director At Large Chrystal Craver

     Mentors Available to Members

    The following list of members have offered to act as mentors to any member of the club who wishes to have hands-on instruction.  This can be done at the mentor’s shop or at the member’s home on their own lathe.  It is an excellent way for beginning turners to quickly learn basic skills and safety and for more advanced turners to develop new ideas and skills.  Using your list of member phone numbers, give any mentor a phone call to arrange a time.  If you want to add your name to, or delete your name from the mentor list, contact Jim Rinde.

    Each mentor can teach basic skills; some have also listed specific topics in which they are especially interested or have more advanced skills.

    Bruce Berger Any topic including segmented turning
    David Frank Any topic with emphasis on the basics for new turners
    Al Geller Open form bowls and platters, natural edge bowls, bowl design, hollow vessels
    Ron Lindsay Any topic including hollow turning freehand
    Jim Rinde Anything to do with using and turning resins, turning goblets, hollow turning with a boring bar with/without a laser, cooking wood, and multi-axis turning
    Gary Toro Anything you want to make
    Sam Turner Any topic, with emphasis on the basics for new turners, and hollow vessels