Jerry is one of several Knife Makers and Blacksmiths who wear WeatherWool to protect themselves from heat and sparks in their workshops.
Jerry was named a Master Bladesmith in 1989 and a National Living Treasure in 1989 and his long list of awards can be seen on his website. Jerry is also a very active and accomplished instructor, and many of his knife-making students have themselves won high honors.
Jerry is motivated by the thought that centuries from now, people will know him through his work.
Man vs History is a 2021 series on the History Channel "that follows acclaimed storyteller and local historian Bil Lepp as he travels off the beaten path across the country to discover the truth behind mysteries and legends of American history." In Season 1, Episode 6, the "Secret History of the Bowie Knife", Jerry helps evaluate the plausibility of the legend that Jim Bowie's famous Bowie Knife was made from a meteorite. Using technology favored by James Black, Bowie's bladesmith, Jerry makes and then oversees testing of a Bowie Knife made from a meteorite. Jerry often wears a WeatherWool CPO Shirt while working in his shop. The wool protects him from sparks and from radiant heat. In this documentary, Jerry wears his CPO Shirt while the Bowie Knife is tested by host Bil Lepp.