Jerry Smith's Profile

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Jerry Smith began wood turning in 2003 when his brother, Joe Smith, gave him a lathe. A carpenter by trade, he has always enjoyed working with his hands creating and building useful items for his family. To learn the wood turning craft, Jerry experimented with the lathe through trial and error - with some help from his brother who was already an experienced wood turner. He prefers to work with burls, crotches and unusual pieces of wood. He currently practices his craft from a corner in his home garage, but he has dreams of building a studio dedicated to wood turning in the future.

He is passionate about wood turning and you can find Jerry spending most of his free time in his garage turning another bowl or two.

Jerry has been married 34 years to his wife Linda. He has a daughter and a son who are presently enrolled in college…

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  • Male
  • Born on October 12
  • Joined April 25, 2008

Favorite materials

Burls or Figured Woods, Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Sumac, Green Wood with natural edges

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About

Jerry Smith began wood turning in 2003 when his brother, Joe Smith, gave him a lathe. A carpenter by trade, he has always enjoyed working with his hands creating and building useful items for his family. To learn the wood turning craft, Jerry experimented with the lathe through trial and error - with some help from his brother who was already an experienced wood turner. He prefers to work with burls, crotches and unusual pieces of wood. He currently practices his craft from a corner in his home garage, but he has dreams of building a studio dedicated to wood turning in the future.

He is passionate about wood turning and you can find Jerry spending most of his free time in his garage turning another bowl or two.

Jerry has been married 34 years to his wife Linda. He has a daughter and a son who are presently enrolled in college.

About Jerry's Bowls

Jerry turns his bowls while the wood is still green - fresh from the woods while the wood is still 'wet'. The grain pattern, color, shape, size and Jerry's own unique interpretation assure that no two pieces will ever be exactly the same. Once the piece has been turned on the lathe, it is sanded, dried and sprayed with either a lacquer finish for decorative bowls or walnut oil finish for salad bowls.

Jerry uses cherry, maple, osage orange, oak, walnut, elm, catalpa and sumac and other types of trees he thinks would be interesting.

About Jerry's Hats

About four years ago, Jerry began turning cowboy, derby and hoss wood hats. These are turned on a lathe from one solid piece of maple, cherry or walnut. Jerry credits Johannes Michelsen as the originator of the wood hat and follows many of his techniques.

J&L WoodTurning has been featured in the following blogs:

http://www.adultindulgences.wordpress.com.
http://www.brightboldbeautiful.blogspot.com
http://www.shadezofmichelle.blogspot.com
http://hintjewelry.blogspot.com/
http://etsylounge.blogspot.com

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