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Coaches

Our monthly meetings provide a great opportunity for camaraderie and sharing some of our woodturning experiences. There is another way to share your enjoyment of woodturning with fellow club members: through the CAW Coaching Program. The CAW Coaching Program is one of the unique benefits of membership in our organization. Volunteers from among our members make themselves available to other members seeking help in specific or general turning techniques. Thus, the Coaching Program is a peer-to-peer program designed to enhance your woodturning skills whether you are a beginner or experienced woodturner.

What does coaching mean?
Coaches are a peer group with different, not better, skill sets than those that you may have.  Thus, we do not teach from instructor to student, but peer-to-peer.  Our turners will help you shift your perspective and discover different approaches to achieve your goals.  This can be whether you are a novice, intermediate, or advanced woodturner.  In essence, we help coach you from where you are to where you want to be through a sharing of our own lessons learned.  In this sense, we support the woodturner in any endeavor, whether it is in woodturning, finishing, marketing, photography, etc.  We want you to learn from our own mistakes so you don’t have to make them yourself.  We won’t just teach technique, but help you become a better crafts person or artist.  Here is our current list of CAW Coaches:

Virginia Coaches:

Name

E-mail Address

City

Skill Sets

Bob Pezold

rpezold@verizon.net

Alexandria, VA

Woodturning, Airbrushing, Pyrography, Carving

Bob Kahane

bkahane@cox.net

Annandale, VA

Pens, Bowls, Boxes 

Mark Heatwole

mheatwole@yahoo.com

Annandale, VA

General Skills

Al Melanson

almelanson@msn.com

Fairfax, VA

Spindle 101, Bowls

Bill Hardy

vthardy2@verizon.net

Fairfax, VA

General Skills, Bowls; Pens and Small Spindle Work; Selling Your “stuff”

Ed Karch

ekarch@karch.com

Fairfax, VA

Surface Enhancements, Burning, Carving, Bleaching, Dying, Etc.

Richard Allen

rick@gynia.com

Falls Church, VA

General Skills; Stave Canisters; Platters

Frank Stepanski

f.stepanski@verizon.net

Stafford, VA

General Skills

Don Chamlee

dandpchamlee@gmail.com

Warrenton, VA

Wooden Boxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland Coaches:

Name

E-mail Address

City

Skill Sets

Aaron Grebeldinger

agrebeldinger@verizon.net

Clinton, MD

General Skills

Gerry Headley

gerryheadley3@gmail.com

Owings, MD

Pens, Casting, Epoxy

 

 

 

 

Whether you are looking for general instruction and turning tips or specific advice on a tool or a technique, the coaching program is designed to fit your needs. There are a few coaches who have volunteered to help someone but live in remote areas, so if you are willing to drive a few extra miles to receive instruction, this may be the program for you.

How Exactly Does it Work?

When a CAW member wants help, he or she can look over the coaching list for a coach whose skills matches their need without living too far away. The member can then email the coach to see if he or she is available to help. If the coach agrees, both will schedule a mutually agreeable day and time together, usually at the coach's shop. The coach may agree to future meetings, as needed. And if the match doesn't work out for either party, the member may search for someone else to help or contact the Coaching Coordinator for more help. 

What If You Need More Help?

Should members need more than is found at peer-led sessions, don't forget the additional mentoring opportunities of CAW’s twice-monthly Skill Enhancement Workshops (held at Frank’s Studio), which are led by C.A. Savoy and Frank Jessup.

Are You A Seasoned Turner Willing To Share Your Knowledge?

Although CAW has many seasoned coaches, the program is always seeking more participation. The time commitment is what you decide you can give, but we welcome seasoned woodturners who will commit to responding to woodturner requests.  If the coach wants his or her name and skills to be made public, the Coaching Coordinator will work with the Website manager to publish this information on the CAW website.  If the new coach does not want his or her name on the website, the coordinator will keep this information on a private list.  Note: The number of coaching sessions is limited at the discretion of the coach; members may use, but not abuse the program.

Email the Coach Coordinator Gerry Headley or talk to Gerry at a CAW meeting and describe your desire to coach or your needs if you don’t see them published.  CAW coaches are recognized in our monthly newsletter and we've found this to be a popular program that can make you new friends for life. Please note that coaches and the coached must be members of Capital Area Woodturners.

 

 

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