Woodworker Jere Smith is drawn to the beauty of wood and its unusual grains. He makes a variety of tables and benches, as well as one of a kind nonfunctional sculptural piece. His furniture has strong, lean lines that are reflective of arts and crafts and shaker-style furniture. Other work highlights the natural shape of the wood and its simplistic beauty.
Jere likes applying an oil and satin finish to his pieces. He feels that they add depth while not obscuring the natural qualities of the wood.
Smith is a retired physician who started working with wood while still practicing medicine. Following his retirement, he began to do woodworking more intensely and apprenticed with a master cabinet maker for several years. He has attended numerous workshops including several at Penland School of Crafts.