Wes Jones loves working with all types of wood and delights in watching his vision for the chunk of wood come to life as he braces the gouge against his body and carefully places the blade to the wood as it rotates at high speeds on his lathe. Since retiring in 2001 after 31 years as a fiber optic apparatus design engineer with Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories, he has devoted his energies working full-time to his love of wood turning. His work career has taught him if he did not have a tool or method to do what he envisioned, he would create it. This “can do” determination has led him to creating masterful pieces of art in wood that defy credibility and amaze the novice or seasoned wood turner alike.
Wes is very active in sharing his love of woodturning in many ways. He periodically teaches at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina as well as giving private instruction in his studio. But he also promotes woodturning by giving demonstrations to clubs, commercial venues, and wood turning symposiums. He has published articles in American Woodturner and Woodturning Design Magazines. He was the 2016 Artist in Residence for the Georgia National Fair.
Wes also shares his knowledge and helps promote woodturning with fellow woodturners. He is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and is very active in three of the AAW chapters in Georgia, having served as President of the Georgia Association of Woodturners in Atlanta, and also the Chattahoochee Woodturners in Gainesville, GA. He has also served as VicePresident of the Peach State Woodturners in Oxford, Georgia.
Wes now specializes in large decorative hollowform pieces he has become so well known for, as well as large bowls and vases, all made from native trees. His woodturnings can be found in private collections throughout the country and the world. His work has been displayed at the Reinhardt College Museum of Art, the Georgia National Fair, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Douglasville Art Center, the Perry Art Center, and at various art shows and woodturning symposiums, and he has received over 40 awards for his work.