Jerry Rhoads Woodturning


Artist Statement

I enjoy taking a piece of wood and unleashing the beauty inside.

I have been working with wood for over 30 years, turning seriously since 2002. I am self-taught, continually attend forums, demonstrations, and other woodturning events to gather information and enhance my skills.

I enjoy making pens, bottle stoppers and bowls. Turning large bowls is my favorite. Most recently I have begun turning vases and other hollow forms, also I have started adding texture and/or color to some my pieces. However, I like the natural color of wood the best.

It is all about the wood.



Artisan Fair 2017

Effingham, IL

Mayor's Choice Award

"Flame Vase"

The 2017 Effingham Artisan Fair Mayor’s Choice Award went to Jerry Rhoads Woodturning for a wooden bowl carved into the shape of flames.
Said Mayor Jeff Bloemker: “With Effingham’s vested attachment to flames, this piece really caught my eye. This piece falls right in line with the Flame of Hope sculpture at City Hall and the mascot of Effingham High School."