Woodturner's Guild of Ontario

for the advancement and promotion of the craft of woodturning

Turner of the Month
Jack Gelber

Jack Gelber


Jack first started turning as many of us did a long time ago in High School in a program then called Industrial Arts. He made a mahogany lamp still in use in his shop and a metal sliding pencil box also still in use to house his drafting pencils.

He inherited his first lathe about 20 years ago, and it was a gravity driven Delta made in Guelph. ( big time change ). Turning is Therapy for him and he loves it. He currently has a mid sized Rikon, that let's him do what he is comfortable with for now. He loves making Spurtles to get muscle memory back before making something that is more complex.

Our demos, both internal and guest turners always give him a tip or two to practice or expand his scope. The hardest part is slowing down to take all the time he needs to make the final cuts that are the difference between a nice item and one that his wife will want to show. Even better, an item that his kids will ask for or want to give as gifts.

He's not interested in selling his stuff but would like to continue to grow and make items that are the difference between ok and very good,

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Salt and Pepper Grinders Walnut Bowl with turned balls Wine Cup
Lidded Box Oak Bowl