Wes Jones lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia and has been a lifelong woodturner and woodworker. Wes retired in 2001 after a 31-year career as a fiber optic apparatus design engineer with Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories. He now works full-time as a woodturning artist specializing in large decorative pieces, such as bowls, hollow vessels, and vases. He is most well known for his large hollowform creations made from native trees. His pieces can be found in private collections throughout the country and the world. His work has been displayed at the Georgia National Fair, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Douglasville Art Center, the Perry Art Center, the Reinhardt College Museum of Art,and at various art shows and woodturning symposiums. He has received over 50 awards for his work. His work is available in a number of fine art galleries in Georgia.
Wes is very active in promoting the development of woodturning art and furthering woodturning education. Wes is a frequent woodturning demonstrator at various woodturning clubs and commercial venues. He periodically teaches woodturning courses at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina as well as giving private woodturning instruction at his studio. Wes has demonstrated at the Turning Southern Style woodturning symposium and the Southern States woodturning symposium. He has published more than a dozen articles in the American Woodturner and Woodturning Design magazines. Pictures of some of his work also appear in The Wood Turning Bible by Phil Irons, published by New Burlington Books.
Wes is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and is very active in three of the AAW chapters in Georgia. He is a past President of the Georgia Association of Woodturners in Atlanta and a past President of the Chattahoochee Woodturners in Gainesville, GA. He is also a past Vice-President of the Peach State Woodturners in Oxford, Georgia.