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Terry Gerros

Terry Gerros from USA is a well known woodturner and he really enjoy to give lectures in woodturning. On the last cruise he also worked with the passenger instructions and we are happy he will be back again! 

Here is his own write up for his bio:

"I've always had an interest in woodworking but never had any formal training and enjoyed building small boxes and other small items. I decided to take an adult woodworking class at a local high school in hopes of learning how to use the tools I had purchased.  On the first day, the instructor told the class, "here is the equipment, have at it."  Feeling a bit let down, as I thought there would be some training involved, I turned to see a row of old Delta lathes.  A light went on in my head, as my next door neighbor (Hans Kaumanns, a fantastic woodworker and an inspiration) had suggested I try turning, "it would suit you, Terry."  I asked the instructor if I could try turning.  Without any training, spent the next 8 weeks at the lathe with some very dull tools.  I still have that very ugly, poorly formed 3" bowl with screw holes in the bottom, that was in 1998.  I bought a Jet 12-36 lathe and was hooked.

I am a large animal veterinarian and at that time taught equine medicine at our veterinary college in Oregon.  I left the university in 1999, entered private practice, put all my tools in storage and focused on the practice.  My tools hibernated for 9 years.  In 2008, I built my shop and took everything out of storage, set up my lathe and within minutes got my first catch.  I joined the local woodturning club and shortly thereafter, took my first class with both Allan and Stuart Batty.  I've taken countless classes since that time.

As a woodturner, I am passionate about the journey in creating something which is not only pleasing to the eye and warm to the touch, but also functional.  I turn a variety of items, most everything from fine finials to large bowls.  What I find most exciting is the process and exploration to see what lies beneath the bark.  The challenge comes from perfection in form and purity of the curve.  I continually search for different forms in nature to adapt to turned wood.

Embellishing with spirals and texture is seen in much of my smaller pieces.  For my larger pieces, I let the wood speak for itself.  I believe embellishment should enhance the piece and not take away from the natural beauty of the wood.

The Oregon Woodturning Symposium has been my passion now for near 5 years. 
I´m looking forward to help passengers on the Woodturning cruise to develop their skills in the art of woodturning, either you are a beginner or more skilled. Welcome to the classroom!"