Mike Jackofsky specializes in hollow vessels, most of which are natural edge pieces made from unique burls, but he also turns bowls, including thin, natural edge open bowls, off balance asymmetrical pieces, hollow forms with “wings”, and sculptural forms.
Mike has been a “featured presenter” at the Utah Woodturning Symposium in Provo, Utah, the SWAT Symposium in Waco, Texas, and the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) symposiums in Portland, OR, and San Jose, CA. He has also participated a number of times in the Emma Lake Collaboration in Canada and has had his work selected for the AAW exhibitions Put a Lid On It in 2003, Spirit of the Southwest in 2009, Maple Medley in 2010, and Roots in 2011.
Mike’s work is represented in many private collections around the world and is on display in the permanent collections of the Sam Maloof Historical Residence Museum in Alta Loma, CA, the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, CA, and the AAW collection in Minneapolis, MN. He received “Best of Show” at the AAW sponsored California Contours show and he has won numerous awards at the San Diego international Design In Wood exhibition, including more than 10 first place awards. In 2008, he was the subject of a feature article in the January issue of Woodturning magazine, and in April of 2012, he was the author of a feature article in the AAW Journal titled “Working With Burl-Making Natural Edge Hollow Vessels.” In 2011, Mike released his first tutorial DVD, a two disc set titled, Woodturning With Mike Jackofsky: Making a Hollow Vessel, and his signature Hollow-Pro™ Tools have become very popular with hollow vessel turners around the world.
Mike lives in the north county area of San Diego and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of San Diego School of Law. He conducts workshops, demonstrations, and classes at many woodworking clubs in the US and Canada, including his “Signature” 5 day classes at Craft Supplies USA School of Woodturning in Provo, Utah, and occasional private classes at his studio.