Board of Directors

President

Jon Geisbush

Born in Spokane and lived in the four corners of the US as I worked in all aspects of Nuclear Power from design, test, operate, refuel, and disposal of nuclear reactor plants. Over thirty of those years were associated with Naval Nuclear Propulsion and 15 years at Hanford.
Presently my wife, Penny, and I chair the Food4Kids program in Kingston; last year we delivered over 12,000 generous and nourishing meals to food deficient kids in the Kingston area.

I love the feel, smell and appearance of wood. Woodturning occupies a large part of my time that is not tied up in other matters. I am still a pretty basic turner on a constant endeavor to see what I can find inside of the piece of wood that comes into my attention. I usually look for bowls and unique spindle turned items. I hope to get into resins and start learning how to make hollow figures.

My goal for Strait Turners is to infuse a growing training program that considers beginners through expert turners, in a socially enjoyable atmosphere. A key aspect of this is to attract more members and hopefully some new members with of a younger age than many of us.

Should the need arise, please contact me at jpgeisbush@comcast.net or 360 297 1773

Vice President

Brian Johnson

I have been turning wood since 2010 when I moved to Asheville, North Carolina. I was introduced to woodturning through the Carolina Mountain Woodturners. I got involved with the organization and eventually became the president of the club from 20018-2019.

Woodturning for me is a serious hobby. I learned through watching demonstrations and taking numerous woodturning classes through the club and at Arrowmont Arts and Crafts School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

My wife and I moved to Port Townsend in 2019 and I joined the Strait Turners. I am now the Vice President and Program Director of this club. It is my intention to organize interesting demonstrations for members, as well as schedule small group shop sessions and ’sawdust’ sessions where members are able to observe several demos simultaneously.

Past President

Jeff Foro

I was born in 1950. (now you know how old I am) 😊
I went to the University of Washington.
I married my current and only wife in 1974 and we have two grown sons.
I was a network engineer and then worked for 23 years at The Boeing Company as a System engineer
Worked doing “System Design and Integration” – whatever that is
Retired in 2014 and moved to Sequim in 2016. Worked doing “System Design and Integration” – whatever

Served on Strait Turners Board

  • Member of at Large
  • Vice-President
  • President (2 years)
  • Previous Past President (current)

I am a Ham radio licensee – WA7HDY

73’s

Communication Director

Ted Lund

I was born into a logging family in Northern Idaho; so, naturally, I grew up with a love of wood.  After a career as a plant breeder and agricultural specialist, my wife and I retired to Sequim in 2015.  My wife had bought an old craftsman lathe at a yard sale years before, thinking I might enjoy it.  Wayne Boden, one of my first new friends, here, introduced me to wood turning, gave me a couple of lessons and a few tools, and took me to a Strait Turners meeting.  I built a small woodshop for a growing collection of tools.  The Craftsman was soon in the dumpster and I bought a decent lathe.    Since then, I have turned hundreds of bowls and assorted other projects on the lathe.  I also do some furniture and other woodworking projects.  My shop is my man cave, where I can be patient and creative.

Secretary

Norvin Knight

Turned my 1st bowl in 1961 in Idaho high school shop class. Turned my 2nd bowl in 2006. Turned a Madrona bowl yesterday. I guess that means I have 60 years experience.
1968 B.S. Zoology
1968-1971 U.S. Army cinematographer
1971-1979 cine magrapher for UW Medical School
3 years film editor in New York City
18 years Software developer in New York City
5 years software developer in Plano Texas
9 years making jewelry boxes, tea boxes and bowl to sell on etsy.com
Member of straighturners since inception

I like to bring out the natural wood patterns in my bowls and hollow forms. I mostly turned alder because that’s what I had available, but now I like any wood with some kind of figure. I’m doing a lot of segmented turning lately, but it’s not easy and I screw up quite a bit of lumber.
I have a 3 car garage + devoted to woodwork. I have a Grizzly lathe with a v-pulley system that changes speed by squeezing the pulleys in and out. Uses up a belt every 5 hours and I can not get it to run slower than 700 rpm. I would like to chase threads, but I’m not going to buy a new lathe just for that.
About the only advice I can give is don’t use an expansion chuck to clean up the outside of a delicate segmented bowl that took 60 hours to build. (and wear a face protector)
Norvin.knight@gmail.com or facebook

Membership Director

Open

Treasurer

Jackie Le Doux

Have lived in Port Angeles most of my life. Am active in the Strait Turners woodturning club.

Accountant at banks, receptionist/accountant for a Gas company, worked for an accounting firm doing simple Income Tax preparations/ monthly accounting for clients, accountant at First Federal Bank for almost 30 years.

Chair for Equipment

Mark Nebel

Chair for Wood

Valerie Henschel