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01/12/23 Guild Meeting - Metal Lidded Jar with John Jordan

Metal Lidded Jar with John Jordan


   Thursday January 12th 2023
Format and Time:

   On-line Virtual Meeting
   Zoom call opens at 6:15 for socializing

   Meeting begins at 6:45 PM

   Demonstration begins at 7 PM


John Jordan is a close woodturning neighbor, calling home Cane Ridge, Tennessee.  John has been featured in many turning exhibitions over the years.  His work has received many awards and can also be found in many permanent collections, globally.

John is most notably known for his detailed vessels and jars and it will be the cr
eation of the jar with a metal lid that he will be demonstrating for us during the January WGNC meeting.

The demonstration will explore:
  • wood selection
  • how to design and create an attractive form
  • basic turning techniques to make a jar
  • embellishments you can add to a jar
  • how to design the lid
  • how to select the materials for a lid
  • how to craft a metal lid
  • and a bunch of tips and tricks.

We hope you will join us Thursday evening January 12th for this first demonstration of 2023.  John is an entertaining presenter who is always generous with information, tips and tricks regarding his particular demonstration project.

About our Demonstrator:

John Jordan:  John Jordan is a woodturner from Cane Ridge (Nashville), Tennessee. Known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels, John has been featured in many major turning exhibitions in the past thirty years. His work has received numerous awards and is in the permanent collections of many museums and corporations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the American Craft Museum in New York City, the White House in Washington, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, the Fine Arts Museum in Boston, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts and the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.

John's pieces are initially turned on the lathe, from fresh, green logs, using a number of techniques and tools that have evolved over the years. Each piece is then hand carved and textured, using a variety of different hand and small powered tools. This texturing process is very labor intensive and can take as much as several days to even weeks to complete. There is little room for error during this carving- one small slip can ruin the piece. A light lacquer finish is applied to most pieces, including the dyed work.

More information can be found at John’s website.