President - Larry McClish
Learned some woodturning in High School, and never took it any further. Have always had a wood shop and built things from furniture to decks, including a complete remodel of a home. Took several woodworking classes at Mark Adams and as a requirement for the Masters program you had to take a Woodturning class. I decided to do a class with Michael Hosaluk in 2004. That was all it took, Joined Woodturners of Southwest Florida in Ft. Myers, which was a great club with very friendly members and mentored under one of their best turners. Became an officer and started doing demo's. Participated in several judged shows in Ft. Myers and won Best of Show three times. Decided to form a club closer to home and with 4 others founded Peace River Woodturners. Great club that continues to thrive. Retired and decided to move back to Georgia. Joined the Apple Ridge Woodturners and became an officer and demonstrator. Great group. Due to aging and eyesight decided to form another club in Canton closer to home. Specialties include segmenting, hollow forms, piercing, airbrushing household items. Enjoy demonstrating, tutoring, and the comaraderie.
To contact Mr. McClish, click here: president@EtowahRiverWoodturners.COM
Secretary - Ron Carrabotta
I learned to turn in the mid 60’s in Jr High School and later in High School. I didn’t pick it up again until the late 70’s when someone gave me an old Sears’s lathe. At that time I had no chucks and carbon steel tools that I sharpened by hand. I still managed to turn several chess sets and a finial for the Grandfather clock that I built.
Skip ahead several decades until my retirement in 2010. My wife and I were at the Marble festival in Ellijay. Apple Ridge Wood Turners (ARW) had a demonstration booth set up and my wife, Kat, was fascinated. She said, “I’d like to learn how to do that”, my reply, “I used to do that”. By 2011, we had purchased our first lathe and we joined ARW and the AAW.
Since my re-introduction to turning, I have taught Kat how to turn, have attended several classes at John C. Campbell Folk School and attended several local symposia as well as the AAW National Symposium in Atlanta in 2016.
I am currently a Member of American Association of Woodturners, current member and Past President, of Apple Ridge Woodturners, one of the founding members of Etowah River Woodturners and current Secretary. I look forward to serving on the Board of ERW and helping ERW grow into a vibrant and active Club.
To contact Mr. Carrabotta, click here: secretary@EtowahRiverWoodturners.COM
Communications - Ronald Plumley
I began woodturning in 2014 after inheriting a lathe from my granfather. I've not yet reached a point of deciding to have a specialty. I tend to turn things as the mood or need takes me. I am very much a hobby woodturner. My daytime job is working as a network support specialist for AT&T.
To contact Mr. Plumley, click here: webmaster@EtowahRiverWoodturners.COM
Arts Center Liaison - Allen Quandee
I started seriously turning in the mid 1990's when I came across an article in Wood Magazine on segmented turning. In the early 2000's I started adding piercing to my work after seeing a demonstration by Ben Pho. A couple years ago I added crushed mineral inlay as another form of embellishment. My main focus still remains segmented turning, but using piercing and mineral inlay to add interest instead of feature rings.
To contact Mr. Quandee, click here: ccac-liaison@EtowahRiverWoodturners.COM