Jim Terry holds an engineering degree from the University of South Carolina and is retired from AT&T. Jim has been involved in woodworking for most of his adult life but has only been woodturning for about 20 years. He is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, Piedmont Triad Woodturners Association and a board member of the North Carolina Woodturning Symposium. Jim has served on the Cricket Craftsmen board and as President. He has participated in many demonstrations and workshops of not only regional turners but also many world renowned turners.
My engineering background has provided the mechanics of achieving proper use of turning tools and developing good tool techniques. But woodturning does not stop there. It involves a new form of art which requires not only mechanical skills but also artistic talent. The art forms that we as woodturners endeavor to achieve can be studied down through history from architecture to pottery to the creations in nature itself. A good woodturning must demonstrate not only the quality of a well turned piece but must achieve an artistic quality that is interesting and attractive to the viewer.