Local woodworker participates in national expo

Submitted.Local Woodworker, Jerry Bennett has been selected by Collectors of Wood Art for an exhibition of the world’s best wood artists.

Local woodworker, Jerry Bennett has been selected by Collectors of Wood Art for an exhibition of the world’s best wood artists.

Bennett is one of thirty-five people selected for their creativity and innovation in wood work over the last 25 years. He also participated in the SOFA Expo: Wood: 25 Years of Innovation. It took place Nov. 1-4 at Navy Pier in Chicago.

“It was a beautiful show,” Bennett said. “It went just fine!”

Bennett has participated in exhibitions in Houston, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and California.

“It is one of the largest shows in the world,” Bennett added. “There are over 100 galleries and curators from around the world.

Publications Bennett has contributed to include: Wood Art Today 2, Maple Medley Exhibition Catalogue, American Association of Woodturners, Journal Vol 24 no 4 2009 and Vol 25 no 5 2010, and Segmented Turning- A practical Guide, Dennis Keeling, Taunton Press.

“This was my fourth or fifth time at the show,” Bennett said. “It’s always a great opportunity.”

Bennett worked in engineering, computers and business, but art was always his passion. He painted oils, did some metal sculpture and enjoyed playing music in his home studio. Bennett sold his business in 1985 and built a commercial recording studio.

It was not until 2001 that Bennett discovered woodworking, and he credits his wife, who signed them up for classes.

Bennett’s work has been featured locally at the Wynne Home Arts Center.