Arizona wood artist, Edward Jones, first became interested in working with wood over fifty years ago. Ed’s work has been nationally recognized by the Segmented Woodturners, a chapter of American Association of Woodturners (AAW).
Ed was born in Tulsa, OK. As a teenager he became interested in building things and working with wood. He convinced his parents into leting him have a wood working shop, and his first tool purchased was a lathe!
After high school it was off to college. He received a degree in Business Administration from Tulsa University. After college he served in the US Marine Corp and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator. His interest in wood was on hold for the time being. After military service the next twenty years were spent in the insurance business in AZ. His insurance career allowed him to return to his first love — building and working with wood. He started Delta Construction Company (deltaconstruction az.com), which is still in business today and is being run by his youngest son.
For over twenty years he built homes, commercial construction and custom cabinets in the company’s cabinet shop. Most of the woodworking during this period was with “flat wood.” It was after his retirement that things came full circle – he purchased another lathe. Turning of wood became another love.
Segmented wood turning quickly became a primary interest. Segmentation is cutting wood into smaller pieces, then gluing those pieces back together and turning them on a lathe. The saw’s cuts must be very accurate and assembled with perfect glue joints. By using different wood in combination, exciting designs can be made that would not be possible in any other way.
His work was recognized for excellence by the board of the Segmented Woodturners at their symposium held at Lake Tahoe in October, 2012. The Segmented Woodturners is a chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). This was a very exciting but humbling experience for his work to be recognized by his peers.