Demonstrators

Available Instructors and Demonstrators

from

Apple Valley Woodturners

Below are our turners that would be willing and able to do a demonstration for you along with their background information.  If you are interested in contacting them, please use our contact form and they will contact you soon.

Mike Fraser:

Bio:

Treasure of Apple Valley Woodturners.  Presenter at Apple Valley Woodturners club meetings.  Over 20 years experience

Proficiencies:

Open forms, natural edge bowls, balls, segmented turning

 

Tim Gregory

Bio:

Past president and current newsletter editor for Apple Valley Woodturners.  Long time demonstrator for our club.

Proficiencies:

Spindle work, faceplate work, ornaments, boxes, offset and multi axis turnings.

 

Scott Schlosser

Bio:

High school Technology and Engineering education teacher (shop) for 20 years.  Lots of experience teaching beginners.  Presenter at Apple Valley Woodturners club meetings and the 2012 Virginia Woodturners Symposium.

 Proficiencies:

Segmented turning, open and closed, basic bowls and spindles, finishing.

 

Rich Vossler

Bio:

The creative and artistic side of life has always captivated my attention.  I also loved building models, drawing, calligraphy, and generally anything else I could do with my hands.  Oddly enough I end up working a career in sales.  Not very creative but it paid the bills.

Since my high school days I have enjoyed woodworking.   In the beginning I made things I needed like book shelves, end tables, stepping stools, stereo cabinets, wine racks etc.  Lately I haven’t been doing much furniture making as my interest in wood has become more creative and artistic.  I found the lathe to be a great creative outlet.

I love the myriad of designs and shapes that can be created on the lathe.  I am always looking for new challenges and love trying things that I haven’t done before.    So my favorite turning is generally my next one.  I love trying new techniques and work hard to master them.  Once I am proficient at a technique or style I take what I have learned and move onto something I haven’t done before.  Finding new challenges is exciting and fortunately the lathe provides many different creative opportunities so I am constantly being challenged to grow and learn.  The other thing that I dearly love is the wood itself.  No two trees are exactly the same and I am often amazed at the magnificent grain patterns that emerge as the wood is opened up into a shape that provides suitable viewing of what God has placed deep within.

I am currently the president of Apple Valley Woodturners and have enjoyed presenting there and at other Virginia area clubs.  I mentored at the 2012 Virginia State Woodturners Symposium and am on the board for board for the 2014 Symposium.

Proficiencies:

Inside out turnings, carved footed bowls, ornaments and finials, boxes

 

Thomas Zepeda:

Bio:

I am the sort of guy that likes the challenge of making things and loves the feeling I get from finishing a successful project. Woodworking took root in me back in high school. It was then that I decided I was going to have a complete wood shop. In August of 2004 I bought all the tools I thought I needed to have just that, and started out in a small space in my brother’s garage. This shop did not include a lathe, though. I have since bought a house that has a 30′ x 30′ detached garage, and it does not get used for cars. At the beginning of 2009 I started a job that added a lot of stress to my life and did not leave me with much free time. It was then that I decided to buy a lathe. I thought back to my high school shop class and the handful of small projects that I made. They were enjoyable to make and it did not take a lot of time to complete a project. Not to mention, I like the spontaneous and creative nature of the work. I also had a scheme that I could get my wife in on the wood turning hobby resulting in her not minding my being in the shop. That is still a work in progress – one of those things that works better on paper, but I have gotten her out in the shop a few times. I started out by purchasing an old Rockwell lathe for $150 and am currently using ,my fourth lathe, a Powermatic 3520A but looking for my dream lathe. I started making bowls because I could not think of anything else that seemed practical. Wood turning has become my passion, just behind God and my family. There is nothing like the feel of large wood shavings coming off my gouge while roughing out a bowl on the lathe. I also love the fact that as a wood turner, I can cut out the middle man and go right to the tree. I can obtain a bowl blank with a chainsaw and a log. I have been able to get most of my wood from trees that have blown down or had to be cut down for one reason or another. Getting my own wood has also been a great learning experience, which woods are the best, what parts of the tree produce the best wood, how to get the best yield and so on. I started selling my work in 2011 at a handful of festivals and online at etsy.com. In 2012 I more than doubled my 2011 sales and look to do the same in 2013. I hope to do so with a stronger Internet presence and a few festivals and craft shows. My goal is to become a full time professional wood turner making bowls and similar items. Currently, I work on the lathe 15 to 20 hours a week to bring this to fruition. I have benefited greatly from Apple Valley Wood Turners which I joined in 2010. I have since been able to give back by demonstrating for my club.

Proficiencies:

Natural edge bowls and surface treatments (dies and burning)

 

Mark Zimmerman:

Bio:

A scientist by occupation, and an environmentalist by avocation, I’ve always loved working with wood.  With carpentry in my genes – both my father and grandfather were home builders – I began woodworking 20+ years ago by crafting picture frames, small end tables, and one massive conference room table, as well as such treasured gifts as a humidor commissioned as a wedding present, a cradle for a friend’s new baby, and a blanket chest for his grandson.

Just over 4 years ago, I began to pursue my lifelong interest:  wood turning on a lathe.  I was mentored and trained by one of our club’s master turners, Robert Van Meter, and through coursework at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine, I’ve learned to design and turn platters and natural-edged and traditional bowls made from cherry, walnut, spalted maple, and other hardwoods.  I also enjoy turning unusual woods, like vases from Australian banksia pods and bowls and platters from zelkova.  In addition, I’ve turned entire salad bowl sets, pens, darts, and handles for ice cream scoops and serving utensils.

I remain fascinated by the endless possibilities that this art offers, including wood burning and painting/carving/coloring one-of-a-kind pieces.  As with the art of raku, there are elements of beauty in turned wood that you can’t predict ahead of time.  For example, a walnut crotch bowl I made as a gift for a fellow environmentalist had a magical-looking grain on the inside that looked like branches of a tree reaching toward the viewer.

I’m the Past VP and newsletter editor of the Apple Valley Woodturners, and currently hold the positions of Secretary and Program Chair.  I’ve mentored at AVW club meetings, was a demonstrator at the 2012 Virginia Woodturners Symposium, and will serve on the VWI Board for the 2014 Symposium.

Proficiencies:

Natural edge and standard bowls, platters, coloring and decorated turnings.