Meet The Staff At Woodturningz!

RYAN POLOKOFF, PRESIDENT

If you are a long-time WoodTurningz customer, you no doubt have talked with Ryan on the phone (and maybe heard his blue-and-gold macaw, Freedom, saying hello in the background!). With a truly hands-on approach to the business, Ryan answers your phone calls regularly, picks and packs orders whenever needed, helps with shipping, and interacts with customers and employees on a daily basis.

Ryan is passionate about scuba diving and is a talented underwater photographer. He is known as a serial hobbyist who has explored activities from remote control planes and helicopters to unicycling in the warehouse! His true joy, though, is spending time with his two children and fiancée.

PATRICK HOSKINS, SALES MANAGER

Patrick came to WoodTurningz in 2010 as part of our warehouse team and was promoted quickly to our sales team. In addition, if you use our laser engraving services, he has likely done an awesome job on your engraving! You may talk with Patrick when you call WoodTurningz, and you’ll find he’s quick on his feet knowing our customers by name and offering friendly, efficient service on the phone. Ask him for a suggestion, and he can help you with product options that may interest you.

Growing up in Florida, Patrick became quite a fisherman and loves the outdoors. Prior to coming to WoodTurningz, his interests were in metal working. Once employed with us, the “pen bug” bit him, and Patrick quickly added pen turning as a new interest in his life.

RAY BASTAICH, SALES

Ray served a 20-year career in the Air Force traveling all over the world and then, after retirement, held the position of manager of the Air Force’s Arts & Crafts Center in Washington, DC. Like our other WoodTurningz staff members, Ray is a devoted woodworker and pen turner having taught classes in basic wood turning, pen making, and woodworking safety classes. His knowledge allows him to assist our customers in a confident and friendly manner. Ray’s sense of humor will make your phone call to WoodTurningz a pleasant experience!

Ray returned to Indiana in 2010 to be close to his family. When asked about his hobbies, he will tell you: Anything woodworking. Period. However, he is also an avid runner and recently, he and his new wife have been enjoying biking around the countryside as well.

OWEN COBBS, SALES

Although previously a WoodTurningz customer, Owen came to work for us in 2019 after graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been turning since he was 10 years old and really likes the hobby! Owen is very friendly on the phones and we're sure you will find his turning knowledge helpful when you call! We are glad to have him as part of our sales team!

When not at WoodTurningz, Owen is helping his fiancé plan their wedding for later this year. Owen loves making furniture and turning new things. He also plays soccer, video games and enjoys cooking.

KIM KULTGEN, GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Are you "wow-ed" by WoodTurningz’ colorful catalogs and artistic flair in print and on our Web site? Thanks to our talented graphic designer, Kim, we enjoy imaginatively designed print work and photographs that capture the essence of our pen kits’ shiny platings, design details, and the richness of wood grains or acrylics. Kim has over 25 years of experience designing marketing and promotional materials in the corporate and nonprofit sectors and holds an MBA from Butler University.

Kim and her whole family are now pen turners in their spare time.

SABINE KISSEE, WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL

Sabine joined our team in 2009 and while her primary job is picking orders and labeling blanks, she performs multiple roles and provides invaluable support for everyone at WoodTurningz.

Sabine grew up in Germany and is engaged to owner, Ryan Polokoff. Together, they enjoy traveling and sightseeing around the world. She has been a pen-turner for years and has turned many samples that appear in our promotions. Sabine is a huge asset to WoodTurningz and we're not sure what we would do without her!

JAMES "DOC" WILLIAMS, WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR

James joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2017 and assists in picking and shipping orders along with cutting and stabilizing blanks as well as other areas of the warehouse. If you place an order with us, chances are James has helped to make your WoodTurningz purchase as great as possible!

When not at WoodTurningz, James enjoys go-karting, watching drag racing, spending time with his 83-year-old great grandmother, and hanging out with his girlfriend. He is also an avid Colts and Jets fan (but goes with the Colts if they are playing each other)! James is just learning to turn pens and is really excited about this new hobby!

NATHAN "TATER" MORRIS, WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL

Nathan joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2019 and assists in picking and shipping orders along with cutting and casting Inlace Acrylester blanks. If you place an order with us, it is likely that Nathan has helped your WoodTurningz purchase get to you in a timely manner!

When not at WoodTurningz, Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife and dog. He also enjoys woodworking, oil painting, PC gaming and reading Science Fiction. Nathan is just learning to turn pens, but with his woodworking experience, we're sure it won't take long to master!

SCOTT "CHET" WEISEMAN, WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL

Scott joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2018 and assists in picking and shipping orders along with cutting blanks. In addition, he has eagerly learned to make Inlace Acrylester. When you place an order with us, chances are Scott has helped enhance your WoodTurningz purchase in some way.

When not at WoodTurningz, Scott enjoys cars and music. He also enjoys spending time with his family and is looking forward to the arrival of his new baby very soon! Scott is currently learning how to turn and is eager to expand his skills.

LIAM GLASSFORD, WAREHOUSE PERSONNEL

Liam joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2019 and assists in picking and shipping orders along with learning to cast Inlace Acrylester blanks. If you place an order with us, it is likely that Liam has helped your WoodTurningz purchase get to your doorstep as soon as possible!

When not at WoodTurningz, Liam enjoys playing bass and performing with his band - Soundbender. He also enjoy his dog (Maggie) and watching movies. Liam is looking forward to learning to turn pens!

JON SOWERS, PRODUCTION LEAD AND MAINTENANCE

Jon joined the WoodTurningz warehouse team in 2018 and leads or assists in multiple responsibilities within our warehouse. His responsibilities include Inlace Acrylester and wood blank production as well as attempting to keep WoodTurningz' maintenance in working order! In addition, when time allows, he also helps with order picking, shipping and packing.

When not at WoodTurningz, Jon enjoys volunteering with the Boy Scouts and teaching with the Ohio Valley Civil War Association. He is a huge football fan and enjoys spending time outside with his dog. Jon has a background in woodworking and is enjoying his new hobby as a pen turner!