My responsibility in being given a beautiful piece of wood is to perform as a display artist, finding the shape that most celebrates the soul of the tree. Wood is meant to look like wood, and the form must maintain that belief of mine. Whether turning bowls or building furniture or even cabinets, this has always been true for me. The grain of the wood comes first, my design flows from that. My fascination with form grew out of a love of the sea; waves and wind are a constant source of inspiration. My joy in turning is found in the never-ending search for the “perfect” shape married to the grain and character of the wood.
About redwood from old growth stumps, Jerry says:
“Though these magnificent trees should never have been cut, they were. Over the 100+ years that these stumps sat in the cleared forest, their already beautiful interior aged and darkened. What an honor it is to be able to turn this majestic wood! My joy and responsibility is in sharing the bounty of the forest, unwrapping this beautiful gift of nature while leaving nature to continue her magic.”
Each piece is hand-carved on a lathe, using the grain of the wood and its character traits as guides. The vessel is rough turned to 1/2” thick, allowed to air dry for many months and then finish-turned to a thickness appropriate to the design. A stitching technique developed by Jerry is included when appropriate to the function and the form, and the bark is reinforced with glue. After he sands to 1200 grit and applies a coat of Danish oil, business partner and spouse Deborah burnishes with steel wool and carnauba wax.