In the right hands, wood has a story to tell and can take on many possible lives. Wood turner and bowl maker Jay Roger Tefft has spent a lifetime learning the countless stories each unique piece of wood has to tell. He enjoys recognizing, appreciating and shaping new lives. Each elegantly simple, skillfully-crafted bowl he shapes holds within itself a one of a kind tale.
Jay’s own story began with a mountain home in Colorado. This home on the slopes of Pikes Peak provided sturdy willows and cottonwoods that reached their branches across a backyard stream he traversed each day to arrive at his woodworking studio. He expanded his collecting into backcountry trails in legally permitted deadfalls. Among his finds is the rare 1,000 year old Bristle Cone Pine, one of the toughest trees on the planet, is found on the windswept mountaintops of southern Colorado. From fallen fragments he carried home, for miles, a representative sample whose story spoke most strongly to him.
Exotic tropical woods captured his attention when he moved to Kahana, Maui. In a basement work studio, within sight of Maui’s ocean waves, he works wood that often is in short supply. He finds intrinsically beautiful wood where he can. A table of Koa, that had served its useful life and had a faded appeal, was repurposed with a corner or two turned into beautiful bowls. Respect for a wood’s unique story and the new life it takes on when skillfully crafted continues to be an inspiration.
Many of these are original, one of a kind pieces and may have already been sold. Please contact us to find out what is currently available. We will send photos upon request.