Doctor John Lee Hemmer, Jr. inherited his interest in wood from his father, who maintained a wood working shop from as far back as John can remember. In fact, perhaps his fascination with the tools his dad used to shape attractive but utilitarian objects from various boards and planks influenced his later choice of a profession as an orthopedic surgeon, where he regularly uses saws, hammers and screws to improve the lives of his patients. John has always felt a profound identity with the natural world. He spent his youth examining trees and driftwoods that surrounded the shores of Lake Alatoona, near his boyhood home. John has taken his experience a step beyond with his intense desire to seek out, know and understand the inherent beauty in a piece of oak, cherry, maple or other common or exotic wood (although he admits to enjoying the feel of the grains around his farm in Northeast Georgia the best). He continues to be transfixed and humbled by how a lathe, under his direction, can be utilize to change the form and texture of his subject into something unique, useful and lovely to view.
John and his family live on a farm in Hall County, Georgia and raise Belted Galloway cattle. Please visit their website at:
His wife Jane is a sculptor and forensic artist also featured in Skylake Galleries.