Walt Cottingham / Hawk Ridge FarmI have lived in the Southern Appalachians for most of my life, and have been creating craft pieces since childhood....
Media: WoodI have been working with wood in one way or another for most of my life. I gained a little experience tuning wood in college, but the real love for turning started in 1980 when I had the opportunity to attend a weekend workshop in Dallas with a master wood turner, Bob Stocksdale. That was the turning point as to the direction I wanted to take to express my feelings toward the wonderful media of wood. I get great satisfaction in turning a variety of forms such as hollow turned vessels, cremation urns, bowls, various sculptural forms, wine stoppers, fan pulls, tops, and what ever else comes to mind.
Jack has been working with wood in one way or another for most of his life. Having grown up on a wheat farm in western Kansas (during the “Great Depression” and the ”dirty thirties” ) he had the opportunity to whittle small figures from discarded oak slats from his fathers wheat combine. Since then, he has tried leather tooling, lapidary, and lost wax casting. He had gained a little experience turning wood in college , but the real love for turning started 1980 when he had the opportunity to attend a week-end workshop with a master wood turner, Bob Stocksdale. That was the turning point as to the direction he wanted to take to express his feelings toward the wonderful media of wood. Jack loves the textures and patterns he find in burl and spalted woods. On many of his pieces he incorporate feathers, metal leaf, and turquoise inlay. Over the years he has had many pieces selected for juried shows and exhibitions. he is a founding member of the American Association of Wood turners (#44). he also has membership in the following: Alabama Wood turners Association; Carolina Mountain Wood Turners; Southern Highlands Craft Guild; Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild; Tennessee Association of Craft Artists; American Craft Council, and the Huntsville Art League. Proudly calling Huntsville, Alabama home since 1955. Because of a frequent turnover in stock, the pieces you see pictured here are not necessarily going to be available. They represent the variety of items I make and are most likely on hand but may not be. You should always inquire about pricing and availability on the pieces you are interested in. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind, but if not available, I can probably make one very similar. You can see more of my work at: www.jackrogerswoodturning.com