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When I start a new carving, I study the wood for a long time before cutting into it. Achieving a...
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Newland, NC

Rodger E. Jacobs

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I am a member of the baby boom generation. I was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1946. My dad transferred from Duke to Ohio State in 1948 and I grew up in northern Ohio. I graduated from high school in 1965 and was off to see the world shortly thereafter. But while I was in school I noticed something about myself: I felt most at home when I was in the art rooms or woodshop, creating. After what I call my sociology period, a combat tour as a Marine grunt in Vietnam and a year in the hospital recuperating, I left the country for a number of years to lick the wounds I received in combat and to try to figure out what life was all about. Once again I found myself making. In St. Croix I carved redwood signs for hotels and restaurants, worked coral, bone, and silver into jewelry for friends, and remodeled bars with salvaged boat parts. An attack of materialism caused me to give up the beach life and return to the states, this time working in Colorado. Aspen has a few of my signs, as does Telluride. I also tried the entertainment business for a while, working as a roadie for Capricorn Studios, mainly with the Allman Brothers Band, but the road life soon wore thin. After a couple of factory working years in the custom van market, I discovered living history, with affects me to this day. Everything is made by hand, and once again I found myself making: for myself and for others. Leather, bone horn, steel, wood, glass, metal, and fibers, all natural materials were the medium. It was then that I first started turning wood. I have continued to grow and make through several more jobs working with wood, each more demanding and complex. House building, cabinet making, and furniture building have been full time jobs over the last twenty-three years while I have continued to develop my turning. In 1987 I took the plunge and designed and built my own studio. Now I have a wonderful place to grow and work. I’ve also learned that teaching, both on an individual basis and in a workshop experience, is part of that growth. The commitment I have to woodturning is complete. I find pleasure and freedom with a dash of danger in turning; and selling my work to make a living gives me a feeling that I have been searching for over so many years. More and more, pure sculpture seems to be finding its way into my life. I have developed my techniques from the forerunners of modern turning. The shapes and proportions that I borrow from are timeless, used for thousands of years by Oriental, Middle Eastern, and American Indian vessel makers. I believe in using the wood that I find locally. It is part of the fun to tramp through the woods looking for distressed, burled, spalted, or even plain trees. It is hard work getting the logs and pieces out of the woods. Log chains, peaveys, chain saws are the standard tools of the trade. It’s worth it though. Every time I open a piece it’s like Christmas, and every piece is different. Shape and balance are the keys. In a hundred years, all that will be left is the shape: that the important part. I feel I have reached my goal when the work breathes by itself, when it radiates that certain aura that cannot be improved upon. Then I’m ready to start another, and another.

RODGER JACOBS, WOODTURNER Selected Exhibitions______________________________________ Collectors Choice 2007, The Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC, 2007 A Vision Realized, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, 2006 First in Fight: The Marine Corps in Vietnam, National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL, 2005 Art in Embassies, Crafts from the Carolinas, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2003 The Birthday Party, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA, 2001 Family Legacies, The Art Cellar Gallery, 2001 Two for 2000, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, 2000 Select 2000, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC, 2000 Rodger Jacobs, Woodturner, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC 1999 Small Treasurers, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1999 Beyond Tradition, Masterworks of Contemporary Wood, Heller Gallery, NY, NY, 1998 Spotlight 98: American Crafts Council, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN, 1998 Fanciful & Functional, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC, 1998 Up Against the Wall, Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., 1998 Turned Wood Now, Redefining the Lathe-Turned Object, Arizona Art Museum, Tempe, AZ 1997-1998 Artistry in Wood, Hanson Artsource, Knoxville, TN 1997 30th Annual Centerpiece Project, NC Arts Council, Raleigh, NC 10/97 Design & Narrative, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN, 1997 Turned Askew, Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC 1995 The Spirited Vessel, Sawtooth Center for Visual Art, Winston Salem, NC, 1995 Treenware, Yale-Smithsonian Symposium on Material Culture, Yale University, April, 1994 The American Craft, Trinity Arts Group, Atlanta, GA, April 1994 Crafts of the Carolinas, November 1993 through June 1994 Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC; Rudolph E. Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC; Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC; Green Hill Art Center, Greensboro, NC Vessels ‘92, The Upper Gallery, Milwaukee, WIS, May 1992 Small Craft Warnings, Gallery G, Pittsburgh, PA, 1991 Visions & Concepts, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN, October 1990 Wood & Glass, Bascom-Louise Gallery, Highlands, NC, May 1990 ______________________________________________________________________ 154 Stover Ridge Road, Newland, NC 29657 828/733-9819 • hj studio@charter.net RODGER JACOBS, WOODTURNER Private Collections_______________________________________ Arrowmont School Asheville Art Museum Jerry Drown Cora Lee duPont Elon College Permanent Collection John C. Campbell Folk School Permanent Collection National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum Permanent Collection Norman Lear Nancy Mangum Hugh Morton, Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum General & Mrs. William Westmoreland Ophra Winfrey Ron Wornick Southern Highland Craft Guild Permanent Collection Mr. & Mrs. Robert Zimmerman Guild & Gallery Representation_____________________________ Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC Art Cellar, Banner Elk, NC Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC Teaching Experience_____________________________________ Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tennessee Woodturning Instructor 8/01, 6/00, 4/98, 4/97, 9/94, 4/94, 3/93, 4/91 Workshop Assistant, Al Stirt 3/90; Liam O’Neil 6/89; David Ellsworth 3/89 Pi Phi Weekend, All-Woman Woodturning Class, 1998, 1997, 1996 Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN Woodturning Instructor, 10/95 John C Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC Masters Classes in Woodturning 1/96, 1/95, 1/94, 1/93 Woodturning Instructor 3/97, 11/92, 8/91 Private one and two day studio workshops 1988-1999. Approved by the American Association of Woodturners for their scholarship program. 154 Stover Ridge Road, Newland, NC 29657 828/733-9819 • hj studio@charter.net RODGER JACOBS, WOODTURNER Guilds & Association Memberships_________________________ National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL, Artist Member since 2003 Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC since 1987; Board of Trustees 1996-99 Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., Winston Salem, NC since 1994; Standards Jury 1996, 1999 Expressions Guild Gallery, Blowing Rock NC, 1986-1998; Board President 1994-95 American Association of Woodturners, Shore View, MN since 1986 Publications______________________________________________ American Wood Turner, American Association of Woodturners Get a Grip: Woodturning Hand Grips, June 1998 Book Review: Practice of Woodturning by Mike Darlow, September 1996 Design at Arrowmont, March 1996 Sneaky Bowls, March 1995 Video Review: Practice of Woodturning by Mike Darlow, February 1994 Controlling the Bite with a Back Stand, March 1993 Dust Extraction, March 1992 The Sanding of Turned Wood Objects, March 1989 Programs & Demonstrations______________________________ Carolina Mountain Woodturners, Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC 1/2000 NC Mountain Woodturners, Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC, 12/99 NC Woodturners Symposium, Statesville, NC 10/99 West Virginia Woodturners, Charleston WV, 12/98 Indiana Woodturners, Indianapolis, IN, 4/98 Arizona Woodturners, Tempe, AZ, 10/97 Turning Southern Style, Georgia Woodturners, Unicoi, GA, 9/98, 9/97 American Association of Woodturners National Symposium, Greensboro, NC, 6/96 Mapping the New Millennium, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN, 5/95 Brasstown Woodturners Guild, Brasstown, NC, 2/95 Cincinnati Woodturners, Cincinnati OH, 2/95 Tribute to the Osolniks, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN, 10/94 Georgia Association of Woodtworkers, Conyers, GA 6/94 Tennessee Woodturning Symposium, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN 8/93 American Association of Woodturners, NC Chapter, Host/demonstrator, Newland, NC, Annually in September, 1991-1996 ________________________________________________________________________ 154 Stover Ridge Road, Newland, NC 29657 828/733-9819 • hj studio@charter.net