Kentucky Tourism

Fifield, Jack

McKee, KY


turned vessels

Jack Fifield grew up near Minneapolis, MN. During college he began working with wood at a woodworkers co-operative called The Cedar Workshop in Minneapolis. Graduating with a degree in dentistry from the University of Minnesota, Jack came to Hindman, KY, to fulfill his tuition internship and has lived in Kentucky ever since.


Jack acknowledges that his training as a dentist provides him with many skills necessary for wood turning. Learning to use the lost wax casting method and to sculpt in composite materials and metal perfected his attention to detail and shape.


Together with his partner Linda, a bead artist, Jack lives on 200 acres of woodlands that not only fuel his creative imagination, but also supply him with native wood for his turnings.


In his most current creative efforts Jack uses the wood lathe as a primary sculptural tool, but he is also spending much time carving, texturing, sandblasting and bending wood to achieve conceptual goals. Jack comments, “Every visual artist works in a sort of dialogue with their chosen medium. Wood tends to have a mind of its own.”


Jack’s work can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft,, Louisville, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.