Jim Echter

Woodturner | Owner | Educator | Friend

Helping you experience all that woodturning has to offer.

Woodturning for me is not just a purpose – it’s my passion.

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.

Jim with fiber tools
AAW Raleigh 2019 Symposium demonstrator


Our Commitment

Having 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.

Without customers, what is the purpose?

Our commitment is that you will be delighted with True Creations. 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.