A Proud Chapter
of the AAW

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, and still free, 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 skill sets that you may wish to explore. Our coaches can help you shift your perspective and discover different techniques to achieve your goals.  This can be whether you are a novice, intermediate, or advanced woodturner. We can support you 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.  Best of all, coaching comes with NO COVER CHARGE!  Here is our current list of CAW Coaches:

Virginia Coaches:


E-mail Address


Skill Sets

Bob Pezold


Alexandria, VA

Woodturning, Airbrushing, Pyrography, Carving

Bob Kahane


Annandale, VA

Pens, Bowls, Boxes 

Mark Heatwole


Annandale, VA

General Skills

Al Melanson


Fairfax, VA

Spindle 101, Bowls

Bill Hardy


Fairfax, VA

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

Ed Karch


Fairfax, VA

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

Richard Allen


Falls Church, VA

General Skills; Stave Canisters; Platters

Maryland Coaches:


E-mail Address


Skill Sets

Gerry Headley


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 at the CAW Studio (workshop fees apply).  Our coaches are often asked to lead studio workshops.

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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