Students who take woodshop classes at Cabrillo Middle School, a public school in Ventura, are major beneficiaries of Channel Islands Woodturners. Members volunteer to share their time and knowledge mentoring the students who want to learn woodturning. Our goal is to help students build self-esteem using the lathe and experience the fun of woodturning. The chapter donates tools, equipment and wood blanks. Our chapter also supports students who need assistance purchasing materials for other woodshop projects.
Trent Bosch has been woodturning professionally for more than 25 years, having started turning in the late 80s and early 90s. Exploring all types of woodturning, he was fascinated by the processes and what could be made on the lathe, specializing in one-of-a-kind sculptural woodturnings. While pursuing his ideas in turning he was always looking to make the process faster, more efficient, and better, modifying the tools he had to actually work the way he wanted them to. Along the way, he came up with ideas for completely different designs. He has designed simple hollowing tools to the more complex Stabilizer and Visualizer. He enjoys demonstrating and helping other turners find the satisfaction and enjoyment that comes from the woodturning process.