Jerry and Deborah Kermode

Jerry Kermode is a full time woodturner and teacher working out of his home studio in Sebastopol, California, with his partner and wife, Deborah.

During childhood summers spent in Huntington Beach, California, Jerry developed an early fascination with form and function, watching and surfing the waves and building miniature boats. Since then he has shaped surfboards, larger boats, world-class sailboard centerboards and houses, consistently bringing forms from the sea to his work.

During the early 1970s Jerry began incorporating his fascination with turning into his work while specializing in Victorian restoration and boat work in Santa Cruz, California. In 1978 Jerry and Deborah moved to Hawai‘i, where they continued their woodworking and remodeling business together while raising their son, Walker, and enjoying the openness of beach and sea at their feet. In 1984 Jerry began turning bowls from freshly harvested Hawaiian trees, becoming a full time turner in 1991. The bowl, or as it is called in Hawai‘i — the calabash — caught Jerry’s attention when a neighbor introduced him to native woods. The cherished calabash culture in the Islands was the perfect place to nurture his new passion.

Photo by Jessica Lin

Photo by Jessica Lin


Jerry and Deborah have developed their love of native woods and turning into a full time business. Jerry’s vessels are available nationally and he has become a much sought after teacher. Deborah administrates their company and burnishes the final waxing into the bowls.

In the summer of 2000 Jerry and Deborah came home to the cooler climate of Northern California, but this did not stop them from continuing their love affair with the sea and outdoors. Both can be seen zipping across Bodega Bay on their sailboards and Jerry is an avid surfer and mountain biker. Jerry plays guitar and sings, while Deborah practices yoga and dances hula. Son Walker has grown up, moved to Ashland, Oregon, married and become a professional bassoonist and teacher. He still surfs, windsurfs, bikes and skis. They all remain best of friends.


Shows & Awards

  • Family Tree — 65 Years of Woodworking in Northern California (Petaluma Arts Center)
  • CraftForms 2010 — Wayne Art Center
  • American Assoc. of Woodturners (Roots 2011, Maple Medley 2010, The Spindle 2009)
  • Selected Works, del Mano Gallery
  • Beneath the Bark: 25 Years of Woodturning (Brigham Young University Museum of Art)
  • Marin County Fair: 1st Place Woodturning
  • American Craft Council
  • Contemporary Crafts Market
  • Sausalito Art Festival
  • KPFA Christmas Craft Fair
  • Marin Art Festival
  • Marin Farmers Market
  • Art @ the Source & ARTrails Open Studios
  • Baulines Craft Guild, San Francisco
  • Highlight Gallery, Mendocino
  • Pacific Handcrafter’s Guild, Honolulu (awards)
  • Hawai‘i Dept. of Business & Economic Development
  • Honolulu Hale (City Hall)
  • Hawai‘i Craftsmen
  • Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle


  • Port of Oakland
  • Presentation to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil
  • Presentation to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
  • Hawai‘i International Film Festival Golden Maile Awards 1990 thru 2000
  • Crazy Shirts Hawai‘i and Mainland Employee Incentive Awards 1994 thru 2000
  • Mauna Lani Bay Hotel; Ko‘olina Resort
  • Manoa Valley Theatre; Straub Clinic
  • Kapi‘olani and Castle Medical Centers
  • Punahou School; Campbell Estate
  • Yamaha Hawai‘i


  • American Association of Woodturners Permanent Collection
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
  • Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
  • Rude Osolnik
  • Dale Nish
  • Jeff Bernstein & Judy Chernoff
  • Bruce & Eleanor Heister
  • Ken Schaner
  • Governor and Mrs. John Waihe‘e
  • Punahou School President Rod McPhee
  • Rick Ralston, Crazy Shirts Ltd.
  • His Majesty King Taufa‘ahau Topou IV of Tonga


  • Beneath the Bark: Twenty-Five Years of Woodturning
    Kip W. Christensen & Dale L. Nish
    Utah Woodturning Symposium, Inc.
  • 500 Wood Bowls
    Katherine Aimone, Editor
    Lark Books, Asheville, N.C.
  • The Ultimate Garage
    By Jeanne Huber
    Sunset Books Publishing
  • Woodworkers Journal Magazine
  • Woodturning Magazine, Great Britain
  • Crafts Report Magazine
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Baltimore Sun
  • Santa Rosa Press Democrat
  • Honolulu Advertiser & Star Bulletin
  • Windward Press, O‘ahu