Jack was raised in Roslin attending a one room school there and high school
in Tweed before heading out and to travel the world. Presently he lives in Burlington,
Ontario but keeps being drawn back to the Tweed area to his cottage near Stoco.
Jack has been making stained glass panels, sun catchers and novelty items
of glass since his retirement from Nortel Networks in 2001. He took
several courses in Mississauga and Burlington to learn stained glass techniques and ideas.
He uses both the foil and solder, and the lead came methods; as well as embedding glass designs in concrete
stepping-stones. Jack works with patterns from mainly Canadian artists and other sources, along with
his own patterns created from photographs or ideas. All pieces are hand crafted involving cutting,
grinding, foiling the edges with copper foil and finally soldering the pieces together with
lead solder. Jack also does some repair work to existing stained glass pieces
Some of his works such as a view of Chisholm’s Mills, the Municipality of
Tweed logo, a Canadian flag and some stepping stones are on permanent display at the
Tweed and Area Heritage Centre on Victoria St in Tweed, Ontario.
Jack has shown at the Tweed and Area Studio Tour, Art on the Fence in Ameliasburg,
Art in the Park in Tweed, the Christmas Craft Show at the Tweed and Area Heritage
Centre,Picton Art and Craft Show in Picton, Quinte Art Council Gallery in Belleville and
Cloyne Showcase in Cloyne.
I enjoy being able to create an article that expresses my feelings in a nature theme, or at times, some
humour. I find the appropriate glass to create something that when placed in a window,
appears to come alive as the light shines through.
Executing some of the more difficult cuts, making them fit together, along with the final soldering
can be a challenge.
Working with stained glass gives me a feeling of accomplishment when a piece is completed and
can be enjoyed for many years.
The time is mine and I am able to work at my own speed. Working with glass and lead can be addictive
in a good way.