Home » Jerry Glaser – the woodturner

Close your eyes and imagine a bowl with a sculpted rim, a finely textured outside, and carved feet. Although this sounds contemporary, now imagine this piece featured in a major California art show in 1963. Few people know that his woodturnings appeared in major shows in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

In the late 1930s, Jerry attended an exhibition of Swedish crafts at Marshall Field’s in Chicago. In that show, he saw bowls with sculpted rims—evocative of natural edge bowls that his friend Bob Stocksdale would make famous years later. “What impressed me were the turned bowls that had the undulating curved form on the edges, “says Jerry. I tried to incorporate this shape in my work much later on.”

In the early 1950s, Jerry was set to pursue turning in a serious manner. He purchased an Oliver lathe for $75 at an auction and found a California supplier of exotic hardwoods. He was an invited artist in a number of West Coast shows. The “California Design Eight” in 1964 chronicles Jerry’s stature. The show included five pieces from Jerry, six Bob Stocksdale turnings, and several Sam Maloof furniture pieces.

Prices tell a story: A Glaser cocobolo bowl was priced at $50, a Stocksdale lignum vitae bowl went for $18, and a Maloof side table had a $350 price tag. Jerry saw bowls with sculpted rims—evocative of natural edge bowls that his friend Bob Stocksdale would make famous years later. “What impressed me were the turned bowls that had the undulating curved form on the edges, “says Jerry. I tried to incorporate this shape in my work much later on.” Jerry’s work from that period looks like it could fit comfortably into a 2006 exhibition.

The sculpted rims, bowls with texture on the outside—shallow carved scallops to add interest—and the carved feet all can be seen in work being done today.

The carved feet were Jerry’s solution to screws from his lathe chuck. “I just carved away the area with the holes, and what was left became feet,” Jerry recalls. More than one woodturner has pointed out he or she has seen examples of Jerry’s turning in books printed in the late ‘50s through the ‘70s. Design books, exhibition catalogues, and technique books have examples of Jerry’s woodturning.

  • At the early stage of his woodturning career, Jerry was already poised to become a well renowned craftsman. Little did Jerry know, he would also be known for his grand contributions to the evolution of woodturning tools. His exceptional ideas coupled with his cutting-edge advances in steel tooling ultimately allowed him create what many regard as the finest woodturning tool in the world.

JANUARY, 2017 – HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

ALL HANDLES NOW SHOWCASE THE NEW VIBRATION GEL DAMPENING SYSTEM - NO MORE LEAD FILLED HANDLES!
One of the greatest things at Glaser Hitec Engineering, is to be blessed with the ability to constantly experiment and innovate. This principle has been the core of our efforts since Jerry started this company back in 1966.

During one of our developments with Space Exploration Projects, we were able to create a gel compound designed to protect and reduce vibration in the compartment which houses spaceship components. The result was a state-of-the-art compound which will replace the lead in ALL our handles, substantially reducing the weight, but increasing the vibration dampening properties which Jerry Glaser developed back in 1985.
>>>We are positive the results will amaze you!
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MINIGLASER QR SHOWS UP IN ENGLAND!
English publication Woodturning Magazine (www.woodworkersinstitute.com) recently published a press release over our QR system in their "Hot Stuff" section.
READ ABOUT IT
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SYNERGY ULTRAGOUGE
The entire line of SYNERGY gouges has been manufactured. We are now finalizing our patented "Quick-Release" system and soon, woodturners around the world, will be able to enjoy our upcoming Synergy Ultragouge tool line and the outstanding properties of our newly developed steel CAULDRON 305.
ISYNERGY which is bound to impact the industry with its fantastic modularity and performance.
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QR SYSTEM!
Our miniGlaser QR continues to break boundaries. Customers who have purchase this fantastic set have reported that the performance and easiness of tool changes are incredible..

One of our best customers, Mr. Bill Wyko, stated that our miniGlaser tools have what he calls" "Napoleon Syndrome"... They DO NOT know they are small. They tackle big turning like any other large tool.
And we are now, redesigning the adapter system and extra tools to enhance your set.
We will always continue to innovate!
That is the Jerry Glaser Legacy we've inherited!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND FOR KEEPING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING IN THE USA.

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