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Jim McLain

Jim McLain has been working with wood for over 40 years, and has been specializing in turned wood and vessels for the last 20. An early inspiration for these beautiful works came from taking a ceramics class. While he loved working with his hands it just wasn’t the right medium and Jim was attracted to the warmth of wood as a way of giving new life to trees.

Primarily self-taught, Jim studied with members of the New Mexico Wood Turners Association, and now teaches new members this very complex art.

 Jim has had seven one man Canyon Road exhibitions at Marigold Arts from 2008 to 2014.

Selected Awards and Publications

2018 Best Of Show, Socorro County NM

2017 1st Place NM State Fair Juried Show

            Published review in American Woodturners magazine for his unique Sky Tower

2013  Woodturner magazine article, “Twenty Minutes With Jim McLain”

             “Low Tide” published by American Woodturners

2009  Spirit of Southwest juried exhibition    

2008   Best Of Show, Woodworking Division, Socorro County Fair, New Mexico

2007  Best Of Show, Master Woodturning Division, NM State Fair

Reviewed in article “Emerging Talent” from UK publication of Woodturning        magazine

Published work in Fine Woodworking magazine

Jim also has other awards and publications going back to 2001