“The purpose of the Prescott Area Woodturners (PAW), an Arizona nonprofit corporation, shall be to foster and encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of woodturning as a craft and art form, both traditional and contemporary, among the general public, hobbyists and professional woodturners, to educate the general public and PAW members in the art and techniques of woodturning.”

The Prescott Area Woodturners’ members have at least one thing in common – they use a lathe.

PAW members run the gamut from beginners to experienced wood turners, creating simple bowls to complex decorative pieces. For most of us we learn by working with individual whose skill level is higher than ours. With this thought in mind several members have offered to be mentors.


  • Are usually more experienced individuals who have knowledge and understanding of the woodturning craft and are willing to share this knowledge through examples and advice.
  • Act as role models to the mentee.
  • Focus on technical skill and encourage self-development
  • Provide advice on “woodturnings” next steps, and can recommend the mentee for guild service and active participation in social services involvement.
  • Work especially well with those first starting out in this new craft and/or entering a new area of skill appreciation and development.
  • Are interested in learning more about woodturning from other turners.
  • Are dedicated to self-improvement and practice.
  • Are willing and eager to accept instructions, suggestions, and guidance in the framework of positive one-on-one relationships.
  • Will respect their mentor as one who is a volunteer and dedicated to the sharing of the satisfaction, meaningful activities of, and personal desire to help others in their development as wood turners

PAW Mentor List