Jim with fiber tools

A passion for woodturning

With over 40 years’ experience in custom woodturning and teaching, Jim Echter specializes in spindle turning and produces Drop Spindles, Knitting Needles, Kick Spindles, Nostepinnes and other tools for spinners and fiber artists. Being married to a professional longarm quilter, he also produces tools for quilters such as a Quilting Appliqué Presser. He is well known for his architectural restoration work. Jim also writes articles for the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). True Creations’ woodturning studio is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY in a suburb of Rochester.

AAW Raleigh 2019 Symposium demonstrator

Jim will be demonstrating at the AAW World Symposium next July in Raleigh,NC.  As an expert at using the skew, he will be doing a demonstration called “The Sensational Skew”. If you have ever seen Jim demonstrate, you know how much excitement, passion and knowledge he puts forth in a demo. It surely will be a worthwhile and entertaining demonstration.

The love for woodworking started at a very young age for Jim when he started pounding a chisel into a board at the ripe old age of five. He first ventured into whittling, then sculpture, and finally progressed into furniture making. That’s when he purchased his first lathe and the rest is history. His woodturning mentor advised him to learn how to spindle turn so he followed a traditional apprentice program for three years. Consequently, Jim has the tool control, speed and accuracy to produce items on the lathe at very high standards.

Professional background

Jim spent fifteen years in sales and marketing of high technology products. This included being a pioneer in the CAD/CAM field, where he developed his appreciation of 3D visualization and how it applies to woodturning. Jim worked for major computer vendors and was on the management team for a company that led the industry in wholesale cost management solutions for telecom carriers.

He moved into the customer service field about fifteen years ago, where he built organizations that were focused on the customer experience. Most recently, he went back to school and completed a Masters Degree in Service Leadership and Innovation at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he performed research in the area of Customer Relationship Management systems and processes.

Jim has worked with several start-up companies, assisting them in obtaining funding, writing business plans and acquiring customers. These companies have included a consulting company, a technology company developing a diesel emission reduction technology and a software company with a cloud based Business Intelligence product.


aaw_logo_150FLWT_logo_150Having ended his term as Founding President, Jim remains an Advisor for the Finger Lakes Woodturners Association, a Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. He often is called to mentor new turners, to demonstrate or to teach classes for the organization.

In his spare time when he is not turning, Jim enjoys being with his family and friends, golfing, skiing, shooting pool and lending his construction skills to Habitat for Humanity. Kathy, Jim’s wife, and his two children have grown accustomed to the trail of wood chips that follow him when he leaves his studio.

Our Commitment

Without customers, what is the purpose?

Our commitment is that you will be delighted with True Creations.  You will either love your drop spindle or it will be exchanged for one of your liking.  You will learn new techniques in our class and feel that you received great value for your investment.  If you utilize our custom woodturning services, you will find that we are easy to work with and that your project will be made to high standards. If not satisfied, we will gladly work with you to rectify the situation until you are delighted. All we ask is that when you are a satisfied customer, you tell your friends about our products and services. Word of mouth and customers sharing pictures of our products on their social networks is how we market our company.

We look forward to having you as a True Creations customer!