worked as a graphics designer for more than
30 years in Chicago and Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. In 1994, Jim and his wife, Pat, moved
to the Carolina Mountains to pursue his life-long
desire to work as a professional craft artist. In
the early 1990s, Jim had experimented with a
variation on the wood-art style often called
segmented or laminated turning. He decide to
expand on the concept as he moved from
hobbyist to professional. He dubbed the
technique “layered bowls”. Over the ensuing
years, he has developed many variations on his
layered bowl concept. Jim also decided to limit
the size of his bowls to less than five inches in
diameter to make his them available to a wider
audience. He has shown his work in New York,
Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as many
galleries throughout the Southern Appalachian
In 2000, Jim was juried into the prestigious
Southern Highland Craft Guild, America’s
second oldest craft guild.
In 2004, three of Jim’s bowls were juried into
Lark Books' collection, 500 Wood Bowls.
In 2005, Jim was invited to demonstrate at the
Utah Woodturning Symposium, America’s
oldest symposium. Later the same year, he was
asked to write the cover article for the winter
edition of the journal of the American
Association of Woodturners, American
In 2007, Jim and his work were featured on the
popular UNC-TV / PBS series, Our State.
In 2010, five of Jim’s pieces were part of North
Carolina State University's Gregg Museum’s
exhibition, “With Lathe and Chisel: North
Carolina Wood Turners and Carvers”.
In 2012, an assembly called "Funny Side Up"
was included in Grovewood Gallery's show titled
"LOL: Handmade and hilarious."
In 2013, three of Jim's pieces were included in
the show titled, "Branching Out: Grovewood
Turns to Wood", featuring wood sculptures by
17 accomplished artists.
Jim McPhail . . .
Early layered bowl, seven
layers, four inch diameter,
Signature layered bowl,
sixteen layers, 3-1/2 inch
Watching the layers being
revealed as the inside of the
bowl is turned.
Jim McPhail © 2015