West Michigan Woodturners is an association of woodturners of all skill levels from beginners to advanced turners. The club is focused on education and advancing the art and science of turning all forms on lathes. We periodically offer an introductory class for beginning turners. At the monthly meetings demonstrations by either club members or invited speakers allow for turners of all levels to advance their skills. Please browse our site to see what we are doing and contact us if you have any questions.

May 8th, 2021

The West Michigan Woodturners will be hosting Ron Campbell at our 10 a.m. May 8th, 2021 meeting. Ron will be doing a demonstration on creating one of his “Mindless Turnings” using only a “Ron Campbell Pro Series” carbide tool made by Carter Products and AZ Carbide cutters.  Ron’s “Mindless Turnings” are created using scrap and throw away materials normally relegated to the burn pile. They are fun, creative, quick items that are very satisfying to make.

Please plan on attending Ron Campbell’s first interactive remote demonstration of his “Mindless Turnings”. Members of the West Michigan Woodturners, Grand River Woodturners Guild and guests are welcome.  This event is May 8th, 2021 at 10AM.  All attendees will be eligible for a drawing for a Carter Products Pro Series Ron Campbell bar. Zoom link will be sent out prior to the meeting. For more information go to the West Michigan Woodturners web page or contact us at westmichiganwoodturners@comcast.net. 

Ron Campbell Bio      

One look at Ron’s pieces and it is evident that he has the intuitive gift for woodturning.  I a decade, Ron has  achieved a mastery the craft that few others can scarcely Imitate.  From burls and various hard woods, to embellishments utilizing polished high-luster remind, Ron’s work is simply stunning.

Travels & affiliations:

Ron has ventured as far away as Moato Ortize Mexico where he has studied with potters in the mountains of the state of Chihuahua.  “It is a dirt poor city that is off the beaten path, it was life changing”

For the past 13 years Ron and his wife Lana now married more that 50 years have toured the United States in their motorhome. Both take their hobbies with them.  Lana her sewing machine for quilting and Ron his lathe and tools.

Ron has done demos for clubs during his travels.   Ron is also know. For his annual retreat “Campbell’s Hands on Retreat”. His retreat will bring 100 participants to his home where he has a large pole barn and rents tents for the event.   Ron has also taught and been a part of the Hands on Retreat in Kingsville TX and Trinity River Retreat in Dallas Tx.

Ron currently belongs to the Grand River Woodturners guild where he was Vice President and then later President.  Ron belongs to the Southwest Arizona Wood Turners Guild in Tucson AZ and the South West Woodturners Guild in Kalamazoo Mi

Ron has been a tool consultant for Carter Products since 2008.   He continues to this day to consult with them on the newest tool the Ron Campbell Pro Series tool

Ron and Lana are also owners of AZ Carbide one of the largest distributors of carbide inserts.

Ron has taken part in the Regional Art competition in Grand Rapids for the last 12 years and has also taken part in ArtPrize.  He has also been invited to many regional events.  In 2019 Ron was one of 5 to win the AAW Award of Excellence.

Contact info:

Email: campbelnye@gmail.com.   


Studio Address

12100 Brown Ridge Rd Ne.

Cedar Springs Mi 49319

Phone (616) 460-7005.  Cell


Sign-in time starts at 9:30 AM. Be sure to sign into the zoom room early to get a seat with a great view. To help the meeting be successful, please plan to also take part in the “Show N Tell” portion. Just like our regular meetings, you can show your turning(s) and talk about how you produced it, the trial and errors, and of course the finish that you used on it. If you need help setting up Zoom, please phone Fred at 269-830-8934.