Black Walnut Calabash

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania I've always had the desire to create things with my hands. It all started in middle school wood shop class and that's when I realized wood was my thing. I was always active in woodworking and carpentry all throughout high school. After graduation I served my country as a Builder in the US Navy Seabees (construction battalions). After leaving the Seabees I pursued other woodworking and finish carpentry jobs. In 2008 I was at a Woodworking show and saw a demonstration of someone turning a bowl then a pen. I was mesmerized by this, even though I used a wood lathe in school, I saw techniques that I hadn't even known about. Then I bought a Richard Raffan video then I was hooked! I started out with a small Delta lathe and eventually progressed to the Powermatic 3520a I have now. After working as a Carpenter for a custom yacht builder, this has really trained my eye for the fair and flowing curves and shapes which I create on the lathe. I currently reside in Bremerton Washington with my wife Donna, daughter Olivia, and our pooch Toby. I am currently a member of the AAW and the Olympic Peninsula Woodturners.

- Jeff Jackson

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