Woodturner's Guild of Ontario

for the advancement and promotion of the craft of woodturning
Rob Peros

WGO Turner of the Month
Rob Peros

Who is Rob Peros

During the day Rob is a sales professional. He has worked in the consumer-packaged goods space throughout his career, enjoying the fast-paced nature of the industry, along with the innovation and technology. There’s never a dull moment!

When not out selling he enjoys all things DIY around home. He found a passion for woodworking and woodturning fifteen years ago, when his father-in-law passed down an older model lathe with very few attachments and spare parts. He managed to get the lathe up and running and started to practice with what he could remember from his grade school shop class.

It wasn’t long before he started looking for a better lathe that could provide a few more options and start expanding his skills. After finding a used Busy Bee lathe on Kijiji, he started looking on the internet for resources on how to turn.

He signed up to a local woodworking forum where one of the locals, Mack Cameron reached out and invited him to breakfast to meet other local woodworkers and talk shop. At the first breakfast, he found out about the Durham Woodworking Club, immediately signed up and found a new home to learn all about woodworking and woodturning.

Fast forward a few years, and he’s currently the president of the DWC, while also being a member of the WGO. Both clubs are fantastic! He’s been fortunate to meet so many skilled woodworkers and woodturners alike, all sharing their experiences for woodworking and woodturning. He also upgraded his lathe, one more time, to a Oneway 2436. Over the past few years, he’s dedicated more time to turning, focusing on improving his skills and learning new methods and techniques. After every WGO demonstration, he’s excited to take on a new element of turning, no matter the outcome, it’s been fun to experiment.

Since joining the WGO, learning new concepts & techniques has expanded his creative ability. Enjoy texturing and embellishing projects to add a different perspective to the finished pieces. He feels he still has a long way to go and many more areas to uncover, but is enjoying the journey.

The best part about turning has been the giving back to others. Having the opportunity to be involved in a number of community projects (wig stands for cancer patients, pens for peacekeepers & pens for health care professionals) is very rewarding. Seeing someone’s reaction when receiving a one-of-a-kind pen or bowl is extremely gratifying, it ignites his passion even further to learn and contribute more for the future.

Some of Rob's work (click on a picture to see a larger version)

Walnut Bowl
Walnut BowlBottom