Photographs of Jack Northrop creating in his studio, which can be found in McKean County.
“People always ask me, ‘What’s your favorite piece?’ It’s the next one,” says Jack Northrop, who has been woodworking for more than 40 years.
Living on the outskirts of Kane, he works in his garage, turning between 300-500 bowls every year from salvaged local hardwood, much of which is unloaded in his driveway by friends or community members who know he’ll transform that which has been discarded into something beautiful.
At times, when he’s particularly inspired, his work space is ankle deep in wood shavings.
“There’s something hidden in there, and I hope I’m able to find it or that it finds me,” Northrop said. “Each piece of wood is a secret until you open it up and see what’s in there.”
Jack started when he had a vision to have a certain kind of spindle for his bed. When he couldn’t find it in a store, he bought a tube lathe and made it himself. From there, he learned how to make bowls. And he’s been turning wood ever since.
A self-taught artist, the ever-so-humble Northrop is quick to say — “I’m still learning.”
These images were captured by Katie Weidenboerner Deppen as part of the 2017 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Meet the Maker
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.