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.
Jim demonstrated at the AAW World Symposium in Raleigh,NC. As an expert at using the skew, the demonstration was entitled, “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. 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.