Jack Ford ’14 and Lloyd Moyer ’96: Working with Wood, Two Perspectives

George School alums Jack Ford ’14 and Lloyd Moyer ’96 are proud to bring, Working with Wood, Two Perspectives, to the Class of 1956 Gallery in the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library now through February 11, 2022.

“My work is defined by traditional techniques through a modern lens,” said Jack. “I try to find the balance between functional furniture and art. My pieces intend to intrigue and inspire while still serving a literal purpose.”

Jack began his woodworking journey at George School. He grew a passion for the combination of creation and refinement. After graduating, Jack went to college for a couple years before realizing that he needed to be pursuing furniture design instead. This led him to attend VCU for a year. There, he honed his skills while being surrounded by artists. This forced him to look more critically at his work and aspire to find more purpose in craft. After that first year in art school, Jack spent the summer apprenticing under a master woodworker who specialized in antique furniture. He grew an appreciation for tradition that he did not previously have but still desired to challenge convention and push limits in his work. Through that aspiration, Jack began a residency with a woodworking artist living on a farm. He used this time away to experiment with furniture concepts and continue questioning tradition while being inspired by simplicity and nature. Currently, Jack is a custom cabinet maker in Philadelphia.

“I am an imperfect being and my creations are imperfect,” said Lloyd. “Imperfections in the wood remind me that a particular bowl or box or object was once a living tree, and imperfections in my execution remind me (or maybe more aptly remind you) that the piece was made by hand.”

Lloyd was born and raised in Bucks County. The grandson of an old junk man, from whom he first learned to give a new life and find beauty in things that others have thrown away or forgotten. During his Quaker education he took those learned values and added social and environmental awareness as well as creative freedom. It is also where he first learned to love woodworking and woodturning, and where he learned the history of the material adds to the finished piece and carries it into the future.

A gallery talk and reception will take place on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from noon to 1:00 p.m.

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