• Welcome Ornamental Turning International members. CLICK HERE to go to the new OTI forum.

    To read the announcement, CLICK HERE.
  • Congratulations to James Seyfried winner of the December 2022 Turning Challenge (click here for details)
  • It's time to cast your TWO VOTES in the January 2023 Turning Challenge. (click here for details)
  • Congratulations to Russ Braun for "Lisa's Urn" being selected as Turning of the Week of February 6, 2023 (click here for details)
  • Welcome new registering member. Your username must be your real First and Last name (for example: John Doe). "Screen names" and "handles" are not allowed and your registration will be deleted if you don't use your real name. Also, do not use all caps nor all lower case.

Josiah Stinson

Joined
Nov 5, 2022
Messages
7
Likes
9
Location
Fredericksburg, VA
I guess it's time for me to stop lurking and to introduce myself and start taking a more active role in the community. My name is Josiah Stinson and I'm a carpentry instructor at my county's high school career and technical center. I teach woodworking and home building but I'm a fairly new woodturner. I started turning to create tenons for my stool legs and then got sucked into making bowls and mallets because my students wanted to learn how to do them. I'm looking at adding a couple of lathes to our program and possibly create a club for woodturning.
 
Joined
Oct 6, 2022
Messages
174
Likes
245
Location
Brenham, Texas
Howdy and welcome from Texas! Glad to hear of a thriving Industrial Arts program. They are disappearing pretty fast here. Budget cuts and politics.
 
Joined
Nov 5, 2022
Messages
7
Likes
9
Location
Fredericksburg, VA
This county has some sort of "shop class" (they call it Technology Education) at all 5 high schools. I started there and then switched to the Tech Center. We just got $425k from the school board to update and improve some programs so we're very fortunate, like you said, not all school districts think the same as us. We're even looking at expanding the building, we've had a record amount of applicants this year. I'm fortunate that our principal is always looking for us to improve our program and I want to take advantage of it and add a club and some equipment.

Great stuff Josiah, where live they are doing the opposite, getting rid of carpentry, craft etc

Howdy and welcome from Texas! Glad to hear of a thriving Industrial Arts program. They are disappearing pretty fast here. Budget cuts and politics.

Welcome, glad to hear your students are willing to learn. We have the same thing here, county vo-tech for crafts nothing at high school like we used to have shop class.
 
Joined
Feb 6, 2010
Messages
2,497
Likes
1,347
Location
Brandon, MS
Welcome to the forum. Our club has began helping teachers at two schools in our county and hope to be able to expand the program. Would love to see pictures of your work and the students. You Might want to see if a local club would be interested in helping and maybe even give the students a free membership as we do.
 
Joined
Nov 5, 2022
Messages
7
Likes
9
Location
Fredericksburg, VA
Welcome to the forum. Our club has began helping teachers at two schools in our county and hope to be able to expand the program. Would love to see pictures of your work and the students. You Might want to see if a local club would be interested in helping and maybe even give the students a free membership as we do.
Unfortunately the closest club is 45 min away but I'm thinking of getting a few of the local turners to create something for them. One has already made an offer to a student to visit and learn and I might just start using that as the beginning of an unofficial club. We'll see.

That's awesome that your local club has stepped up like that.
 
Joined
Dec 27, 2022
Messages
30
Likes
24
Location
Tarpon Spring, FL
Website
kendorart.com
I guess it's time for me to stop lurking and to introduce myself and start taking a more active role in the community. My name is Josiah Stinson and I'm a carpentry instructor at my county's high school career and technical center. I teach woodworking and home building but I'm a fairly new woodturner. I started turning to create tenons for my stool legs and then got sucked into making bowls and mallets because my students wanted to learn how to do them. I'm looking at adding a couple of lathes to our program and possibly create a club for woodturning.
And that is absolutely wonderful that you're teaching the art of woodturning if it wasn't for a teacher of mine back in junior high school, in a woodshop class where I first learned the magic of turning wood into a finished beautiful bowl that I still have to this day. Best of luck to you.
 
Joined
Nov 5, 2022
Messages
7
Likes
9
Location
Fredericksburg, VA
And that is absolutely wonderful that you're teaching the art of woodturning if it wasn't for a teacher of mine back in junior high school, in a woodshop class where I first learned the magic of turning wood into a finished beautiful bowl that I still have to this day. Best of luck to you.
So many older people talk about their shop teachers so I try to be that positive energy in their life. I work hard at not being the "grumpy, old shop teacher" although I couple might remember me as such... haha. Hopefully it's very few.
 
Joined
Nov 5, 2022
Messages
7
Likes
9
Location
Fredericksburg, VA
Howdy from Chattanooga, TN! Welcome to the forum. I’d be interested if you did some periodic showcasing of your students’ work. With their approval, of course.
I have an Instagram where I showcase my students and my work on it. If it's okay with AAW I'll be glad to share it. I don't post their faces so my principal is okay with it.
 
Joined
Feb 26, 2019
Messages
1,328
Likes
1,058
Location
Lebanon, Missouri
Unfortunately the closest club is 45 min away but I'm thinking of getting a few of the local turners to create something for them. One has already made an offer to a student to visit and learn and I might just start using that as the beginning of an unofficial club. We'll see.

That's awesome that your local club has stepped up like that.
Don’t let 45 min stop you from getting to know people in that club (my club is an hour away). They may well have members much closer to you. Call them up to see if you can attend a mtg - non-members can attend our monthly mtgs and weekly clubhouse open sessions, they just cant operate any equipment. There may be a lot you can learn from them, and dont be surprised of some of the members are willing to help you out.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Nov 5, 2022
Messages
7
Likes
9
Location
Fredericksburg, VA
Don’t let 45 min stop you from getting to know people in that club (my club is an hour away). They may well have members much closer to you. Call them up to see if you can attend a mtg - non-members can attend our monthly mtgs and weekly clubhouse open sessions, they just cant operate any equipment. There may be a lot you can learn from them, and dont be surprised of some of the members are willing to help you out.

I know a couple of members in my area already and even then, it's difficult getting together with them. I teach woodworking to a homeschool group a couple afternoons a week plus have 3 teenagers in the house. We're a busy family. It's hard taking that much time off. Thanks for the encouragement though.
 
Top