A retired banking executive, college professor, and community leader from Northwest Indiana, Jim Ellsworth began his wood turning experience in 2004.
Learning basic skills of woodworking in a high school shop class led Jim to pursue furniture making as one of his hobbies during his working career. Upon retirement to Florida, he began looking for other woodworking opportunities, and ultimately chose wood turning as an outlet for his creative energy.
Initially self-taught, Jim quickly began honing his skills by attending classes led by nationally recognized wood turners at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, and the Arrowmont School for the Arts in Tennessee. Additionally, Jim has traveled from coast to coast attending seminars and symposiums on an array of wood turning topics and techniques.
Jim has won a number of awards in recent years for his turnings exhibited at various juried art shows and turning expositions. While continuing to produce pieces in a wide range of turning styles, he is now chiefly specializing in the art of segmented turnings.
Jim is a member of The Peace River Wood Turners, serving as its President for the years 2012 and 2013. He also belongs to The American Association of Wood Turners, and The Associaition of Segmented Wood Turners. He has also served the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County by working on its "ArtSensation" steering committee. In 2015, Jim was selected to be featured as the Emerging Artist at the Visual Arts Center's National Art Festival, an annual premier outdoor juried fine arts show.