Jerry Sambrook

Jerry started turning pens and pencils on a base model 500 Shopsmith in late 1993. In 1996, a large job burnt him out, and was late 2006 before he started to turn again. He wished the time could be taken back. When Jerry returned to turning, it was right back into pens. Upwards of 300 a year were produced for a couple of years, done in a methodical method brought in from his manufacturing and design background A decision was made to learn to turn by concentrating on one type of thing for a 5 to 6 month period at a time after reading a book by Mark Baker. First conventional bowls, then natural edge bowls where he studied under Al Czellecz and John Lorch. Boxes were then learned, and split hollow forms followed. Something must have been learned a little right, as Jerry now teaches and demonstrates at the Woodcraft in West Springfield, and a few of the local clubs every year. A short stint at the Worcester Center for Crafts with Dave Eaton occurred as well. Jerry was even honored enough to be selected as a demonstrator in San Jose for 2012. Although Jerry does not do a lot of embellishments, he tries to pay attention to small details, like good grain alignment and balance. This he attributes to learning from notable turner Al Stirt, and from Howard Loos and Ken Dubay.

Demonstrations by Jerry Sambrook

Reverse Lid Box - Jerry will create a box with a twist. Instead of the tenon being in the box portion, the tenon will be on the lid. In turn, the lid will be very thin and shallow in comparison to the rest of the box. This makes for a box with a little more uniqueness.

Bowl in a Board - A bowl that appears to be growing out of a board will be created from a single piece of wood. Jerry will show how he makes flowing lines from the top to the bottom with a break in the middle. Also, he will show how to proportion the whole piece for aesthetic purposes as well. This is a unique way to make a bowl that is very different, but still useful.

End Grain Ogee Bowl - Jerry will show how he creates an ogee shaped bowl from an end grain piece of wood. The grain pattern in the bowl and the way any mineral staining, spalting, or ambrosia will make this a very unique piece. This piece is an alternate way to use some log cut-offs.