My name is Jody Scholly, sorry I couldn’t resist… Jody Scholl
If you found this site through our other site – www.theschollbus.com – Welcome to my new adventure… If you found this site through another avenue, you may want to check out the other site to learn more about me.
I began learning how to turn wooden items on a lathe during my 4 years at Berea College in Kentucky. While getting my BS Degree in Industrial Technology Management, I spent a lot of time in the wood working lab as the lab supervisor.
Berea is a work-study school, requiring all students to work somewhere on campus. Working as the wood lab supervisor allowed me to spend a large amount of time in the lab. I began assisting with the teaching of classes, some of which were in the evening and offered to members of the local community.
My free time began to be filled with bowl turning, and I couldn’t really stop. I was a bowl addict, and I had it bad. I turned hundreds of items, mostly bowls, while at Berea. Upon graduation, I almost quit turning cold turkey since I didn’t have a lathe of my own and I became so busy with other things.
Over the last few years, I began getting the “Bowl Turning Itch” again, and turned every chance I had. The main place I had to turn was at the East Tennessee Crank-Up antique engine show every June. I purchased an antique lathe, and was able to combine my love for antique engines with the wood turning that I had been missing.
Since we set up a home base in South Carolina, I purchased an old Delta lathe and began turning some pieces to sell at the local farmers markets. I am now turning several times each week, and plan to buy a larger lathe in the near future to keep the habit alive. I have been dabbling turning some goblets and glasses, here are a few of the items I turned on the Delta lathe.
I will be setting up a Turning Photos page in the near future to showcase some of the pieces I have been making. I also hope to include photos of some of the pieces I made during my time at Berea College, since many of the pieces were given to family and friends as gifts during that time. If you happen to have some of my work from those college days, please send me a picture of what you have.