Jerry grew up around people who created things with their hands and was greatly influenced by them. In high school, shop classes held his interest so he pursued an Industrial Arts degree at what is now Truman University in Kirksville. He taught High School Industrial Arts/Technology for several years and worked in other occupations for a few more. Through all his working career woodworking was a hobby. After retirement, his hobby became serious. A brother steered him towards woodturning.
"Now most days I can be found at my lathe. Wood has a natural beauty. It is renewable, warm to the touch, strong, and has colors and characteristic grain based on where it grows in the tree. Turning exposes these characteristics."