Jarrod is a full-time craftsperson, teacher, and writer who has worked with wood professionally since 1996. He designs, makes, and sells fine domestic woodenware on his website woodspirithandcraft.com. He specializes in turning green wood into cups, bowls, plates, and boxes, using a foot-powered spring pole lathe and a Japanese-style electric lathe. He is also an accomplished spoon carver who makes a wide variety of cooking and eating utensils with axe and knife.
He teaches handcraft nationally and internationally including at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, North House Folk School, Port Townsend School of Woodworking, Greenwood Guild London, Plymouth CRAFT, and Gifu Forest Academy, Japan. Jarrod has extensive knowledge of harvesting and processing natural materials and the making and use of hand tools. He has a deep philosophical, historical and pragmatic approach to making, teaching, and advocating for handcraft.
Jarrod writes a blog, and has written for Popular Woodworking and Mortise & Tenon Magazines. He has a DVD on Spoon Carving and on Green Woodworking recorded in Japan. He also has a forthcoming book with Lost Art Press on Spring Pole Lathe Turning. He lives and works in Ashland, WI. instagram: @jarrod__dahl Jarrod’s CV
Jazmin manages the administrative side of Woodspirit Handcraft including marketing and sales. She makes hand woven textiles, birch bark craft, paints woodenware and assists Jarrod with classes.
Jazmin’s background has been in creative work in the visual and performing arts. She was a professional Waldorf teacher for 10 years. She taught both children and adults eurythmy (similar to dance), woodworking, and art. She choreographed and performed, participated in school governance and administration, worked as a graphic designer, and studied acting and music. She lived at San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara in CA, attended Otis College of Art and Design, earned a BA from New College of California, and has diplomas in Waldorf Education and Eurythmy Pedagogy and Performance. Jazmin appreciates natural materials, beauty, and authenticity. She lives in Ashland, WI with Jarrod and her step-daughters who she also homeschools. instagram: @loveblueindigo
We met Joey Traynor at the From One Tree class at North House Folk School this past summer. He comes from Pleasant Ridge, MI to assist us with production this November. Joey began his first season in the tree care industry after graduating high school in 2013. His passion for nature and tree care led to his interest in sustainable woodworking, which, combined with Joey's interests in bushcraft and camping, then led him to green woodworking. He has been hooked ever since. Check out Joey’s instagram here: @traynorcraft
FOLK ARTS APPRENTICE
Jarrod is training Jonah Lindsley for the Folk Arts Apprenticeship program supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, Autumn 2018-2019.
Masataka Iwahashi is a woodworker from Japan who came to study with us in July 2018. His work can be seen here.
Tom Bartlett apprenticed from November 2017-February 2018. He is a craftsperson currently living and working in Madison, WI. Find out more about Tom at his website: www.sylvaspoon.com
Jeff Kuchak studied with Jarrod in July 2017 as a recipient of a Folk Arts Grant from Pennsylvania. Check out his instagram here: @stormspoons