Wood Elements

Wood Elements features wood turned gift and kitchen items by artist Jackie Johnson. He can turn ordinary objects like this rolling pin or this biscuit cutter into things of true beauty that you won't want to shut behind a cabinet door. He studied drawing and painting at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He then earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Georgia.

Jackie took time out of his schedule to have a word with us.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
While working a the WoodCraft store in Franklin, TN I saw some woodturning demonstrations and was fascinated by the immediacy of the process. How you could turn a rough piece of wood and shape it into a design literally within minutes.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
To make things.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Keeping it clean and organized.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I would like a really nice pepper mill. Because it's something I'd use everyday. And when I'm not using it, it's just sitting there looking good.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An aeronautical engineer.

What other shops out there do you love?
Tattoo Dreams
Imagine Brazil
Blackbird Letterpress

What does your future hold?
Just hopefully the opportunity to continue to create things.

See more of these beautiful pieces at Jackie's Etsy shop or on his personal website woodelements.net. If you live in the Southeast United States be sure to check out his schedule of craft shows and classes!