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Jerry Carter

My first introduction to wood turning came when I was about 9 or 10 years old, watching my uncle turn a set of chair spindles to restore an antique chair. My uncle was a master furniture refinisher, restorer and builder. I was next introduced to wood turning in a shop class when I was about 12 or 13. The teacher demonstrated how to use the lathe but he never let anyone in the class use it. The first time I actually got to use a lathe was when my neighbor purchased a ShopSmith multi-function machine back in the early 80’s. Turning that first spindle got me hooked but it was to be many years before I could afford to buy my first lathe. With that first lathe, a Rikon Mini, I taught myself how to turn pens and bottle stoppers and slowly learned some of the basics of bowl turning, which was what I really wanted to learn to do. In the fall 2010, when I knew that I might lose my job any month, I upgraded to a Jet 1642 and progressed in learning to turning larger diameter bowls and longer spindles. Recently I have started turning segmented bowls and have had great success with them, but I still enjoy turning where I started, with pens and bottle stoppers.

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walnut, pecan

Segmented Walnut and Pecan Bowl

pens and pencils

Pens and Pencils

bottle stoppers

Bottle Stoppers

walnut cherry bowl

Walnut and Cherry Bowl #1

walnut cherry bowl

Walnut and Cherry Bowl #2

maple tray

Maple Tray

white oak bowl

White Oak Bowl

padauk tray

Padauk Tray

red gum bowl

Red Gum Bowl

walnut urn

Segmented Walnut Urn

segmented bowl

Southwestern Motif Segmented Bowl

segmented bowl

Segmented Bowl

quilted maple platter

Quilted Maple Platter

pocket mirrors

Pocket Mirrors

chip and dip

Spalted maple chip and dip

turquoise rim

Elm bowl with turquoise rim

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