John Jordan has been a wood turner for over 30 years. He is a well known by his turned and carved vessels, some of which are featured in numerous private and corporate collection, as well as the permanent collections of more than twenty-five museums. This includes seven pieces in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and the recent acquisition of two pieces by the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

John is also a tool maker, he produces and sells the same tools he uses.

For more information about John’s work visit his website.


John Jordan Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday November 16, 2018 @ 07:45 PM

We are partnering again with Finger Lakes Woodturners (FLWT) to host John Jordan. RWS members are welcome to attend John’s demonstration at the FLWT meeting on Thursday November 15, 2018. RWS and FLWT members can also listen to John’s presentation about his experience as a woodturner at the RWS meeting on Friday November 16, 2018.

FLWT meetings are held at Isaac Heating, 50 Holleder Pkwy, Rochester, NY, 14615.


John Jordan Workshop

Instructor: John Jordan

Date/Time: Saturday November 17, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Isaac Heating, 50 Holleder Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14615

Cost: $ 35 must be RWS member

Class size: 40 people

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Saturday Nov 17 will be an all day demonstration by John, beginning at 9 AM and ending about 4 PM. For the Saturday demo, John will demonstrate the simple way to make a refined and elegant hollow vessel using green wood and simple tools. Wood selection, efficient gouge use and shear scraping will be covered as well. After the piece is turned, John will show layout and carving of a piece, using various hand and power tools for shaping and different surface textures. Also during the Saturday demo, John will be talking about wood quite a lot. The wood and its selection/orientation is the foundation of what John does with his pieces. Simply put, it is a very important foundation to understand how to turn his pieces.

Lunch will be available, and it can be ordered Saturday at registration. Lunch will be assorted sub sandwiches, chips, cookie, and drink from DiBella’s., or participants can bring their own lunch.

John will have some of his hollowing tools for sale, and if there is sufficient interest after the visit, we will organize a group purchase with John Jordan.