Jimmy Clewes is not your ordinary woodturner. When you first meet Jimmy you could think of him as a renegade, a free thinker and not within the stereotypical image of a woodturner. His charming British style, unending wit, creative mind and magnetic personality are only some of the attributes that make him popular in the woodturning demonstration circuit.
Jimmy is on the Register of Professional Woodturners in the United Kingdom and has over 20 years of experience in woodturning and woodworking. The demand for his services as a freelance demonstrator and tutor takes him all across the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East the United States and Canada and as far away as New Zealand and the Falkland Islands.
It was not long after leaving school at the age of sixteen, Jimmy attained an apprenticeship in engineering and decided to further his studies by attending Manchester Polytechnic. He received a 2:1 Honors Degree with special emphasis on learning 3-Dimensional Design. With that focus, he began to specialize in designing and making furniture which was influenced by Japanese tools and design.
It was during his time in college that his interest in woodturning was rekindled. The combination of his college education, his previous experience as a tree surgeon, his limitless imagination and his professional skills was a perfect fit for Jimmy to pursue his creative abilities as a woodturner and to take that ability to the next level.
When asked what drives him, he shares, “My energy comes from those around me. When I can stir the creativity of one’s mind, that, for me is very satisfying. As with any art form, expression is only as limited as one’s mind and I want to ‘raise the bar’ and create an awareness of the art form that has been virtually unknown to most people.”
Sometimes Jimmy can’t believe that he gets paid to do what he loves. If you can’t find Jimmy in his workshop at home, you will find him writing articles for Woodturner magazine, spending time with his family and, being an avid outdoorsman, spending time fishing and hunting. “Living in the country allows me the opportunity to spend time with nature where I can clear my mind and let my imagination inspire my next project.”
Jimmy is the first to acknowledge that personal tutelage is by the far the best way to learn. However, since that is not always possible, in 2003 he produced the critically-acclaimed DVD Turnaround with Jimmy Clewes which sold thousands of copies around the world. The new Turn it On , and Turn it up with Jimmy Clewes DVD series incorporates a range of new projects and some fascinating extra features, from technical tips to a special trips in other countries.
Looking for unparalleled personalized instruction? You MUST visit Jimmy’s school.
It is located within minutes of the famous Las Vegas Strip and Historic Fremont Street. He offers a 3 day course in a stated of the art, fully-equipped workshop. With a maximum of four students per course, each student will receive the utmost in personal attention and each course will be tailored to the requirements of the participant whether just beginning woodturning or advancing skills. Each course will emphasize design, shape, form and aesthetics. All courses will cover safety issues, sharpening, finishing and the use of the basic woodturning tools. The courses are structured so that students will gain confidence in their ability and allow them to return to their workshop to further develop their artistic abilities.