We grew up in the St. Louis area, were high school sweethearts who lived across the street from each other and now live in Chesterfield, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. We work with wood that we turn on the lathe as well as create laser art on wood and leather. We also weld metal and create functional horseshoe art.
Jay owns his own IT consulting firm and has been a woodworker for over 30 years, building furniture, remodeling our home and turning wood on the lathe. Sherry is a retired hospital social worker who has been woodworking for over 10 years.
We have taken workshops, private lessons, network with other wood workers and continue to evolve our style and work by experimenting with different creative methods to make our pieces artistically unique. We mix and mold a lot of the resin blanks that we turn on the lathe. A distinctive pen design of ours uses authentic vintage postage stamps (purchased from a stamp collector) that we wrap on a pen tube. We then clear caste mold over the stamps to create the blanks that we turn on the lathe for the pen body. We use exotic imported woods from around the world as well as local Missouri woods. We are particularly proud of a cooperative project we have with Historic Tower Grove Park in the City of St. Louis, MO. When a tree or large tree limb falls in the park, they provide us the wood from the fallen piece in order to make pens and other artwork with. In turn, we donate 10% of the sale of those pieces back to Historic Tower Grove Park. Tower Grove Park purchases pens made from their trees to give to their retiring board of directors.
We are Juried Wood Artists in the Best of Missouri Hands Artisans Association . We are also members of the Greater St. Louis Art Association and the Columbia Art League in Columbia, Missouri. We have been juried into and participate in many art shows throughout Missouri. We have been invited as juried Best of Missouri Hands artists since 2015 to demonstrate wood turning at Silver Dollar City during the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival in the fall. In addition, we have received an invitation to and participated in The Missouri Botanical Gardens Best of Missouri Market for the past four years.
We have four adult children, three daughter-in-laws, five grandchildren, two Labrador retrievers and enjoy traveling around the country in our RV camping, hiking, boating and fishing. We also enjoy photographing the beauty of the great outdoors.