The guild welcomes back international turner Jimmy Clewes this Thursday night, March 9, as he demonstrates at the monthly meeting held in the NC State Crafts Center.

The UK-born artist will demonstrate turning a classic Roman canteen starting at 6pm in this special meeting, which as always is open to the public. We will have our usual raffle and gallery critique, but members are asked to limit themselves to one gallery offering each.

Jimmy's visit includes three days of sold-out workshops Friday through Sunday, where club members have paid to spend the days learning from Jimmy with hands-on projects and demonstrations in the center's woodshop.

Jimmy is not your ordinary woodturner. Upon a first meeting one would think of him as a renegade, a free thinker and not within the stereotypical image of a woodturner. His charming British style, unending wit, creative mind and magnetic personality are only some of the attributes that make him popular in the woodturning demonstration circuit.

Jimmy is on the Register of Professional Woodturners in the United Kingdom and a member of the American Association of Woodturners. He has over 22 years of experience in woodturning and woodworking. The demand for his services as a freelance demonstrator and teacher has taken him all over the world including his homeland of the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Norway, Finland, New Zealand and now his new home in the United States.

It was not long after leaving school at the age of 16, Jimmy attained an apprenticeship in engineering and decided to further his studies by attending Manchester Polytechnic. He received a 2:1 Honours Degrees with special emphasis on learning 3-Dimensional Design. With that focus, he began to specialize in designing and making furniture which was influenced by Japanese tools and design.

It was during his time in college that his interest in woodturning was rekindled. The combination of his college education, his limitless imagination and his professional skills was a perfect fit for Jimmy to pursue his creative abilities as a woodturner and to take that ability to the next level.

When asked what drives him, he shares, "My energy comes from those around me. When I can stir the creativity of one's mind, that for me is very satisfying. As with any artform, expression is only limited as one's mind and I want to 'raise the bar' and create an awareness of the artform that has been virtually unknown to most people."

As an avid sportsman and adventurer, when he is not busy teaching and demonstrating, you will find him expanding his creativity by exploring nature and enjoying the beauty of the desert. Or you might find Jimmy in his new workshop in Las Vegas creating innovative woodturning designs.