Jerome Bias makes furniture using 18th century woodworking techniques. He has a passion for furniture made in North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries, especially the furniture of Thomas Day. Day was a successful 19th century African-American furniture maker from Milton, North Carolina, whose pieces are highly valued today. Currently, Mr. Bias is working on a series of blanket chests which are adaptations of a 17th century walnut blanket chest from eastern North Carolina.
Largely self-taught, Jerome has been practicing the arts and mysteries of woodworking for the last eleven years. Over those years, he has developed his skills and studied the works of Thomas Day and other African-American craftsmen in antebellum North Carolina.
Jerome has given period-correct woodworking demonstrations for the Thomas Day Education Project, North Carolina Museum of History, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Tillery Resettlement Community, Historic Stagville and Duke Homestead. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the exhibit, Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day Master Cabinet Maker at the North Carolina Museum of History. In August, 2009, Bias was honored with an exhibit and demonstration at Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Originally a native of Scotland Neck, North Carolina, Bias lives in rural Orange County, North Carolina. He has converted a spare bedroom of his 100-year-old farmhouse into his workshop.