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Jarrod Dahl

Ashland, WI
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jarrod Dahl

Jarrod is a full-time craftsperson, teacher, and writer who has worked with wood professionally since 1996. With help from his wife and an assistant, he designs, makes, and sells fine domestic woodenware on his website, He specializes in turning green wood into handled cups, bowls, plates, and boxes using a foot-powered lathe, a Japanese-style electric lathe, and a Western electric lathe. He is also an accomplished spoon carver who makes a wide variety of knife-finished cooking and eating utensils. Jarrod teaches handcraft nationally and internationally as well as trains apprentices. He has studied and researched woodenware in museum archives in the US, Sweden, UK, and Japan which has been an influential part of his design inspiration. Jarrod has extensive knowledge of harvesting and processing natural materials, forging and using hand tools, and making a wide variety of craft from basketry to canoes. He takes a 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 made two DVDs, The Art of Spoon Carving and One Tree about green woodworking recorded in Japan. He also has a forthcoming book with Lost Art Press on spring pole lathe turning 

instagram: @jarrod__dahl 

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Current Courses Offered by Jarrod Dahl

3 days
Teaser image for Pole Lathe: Build Your Own

Pole Lathe: Build Your Own

The foot-powered pole lathe is an ancient tool used in many cultures and modified in countless ways to best meet the needs and desires of the user. Though once a common tool, the only way to get one now is to build it yourself. Over three days, students will build…
Sun, Nov 1st, 2020  –  Tue, Nov 3rd, 2020
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
2 days
Teaser image for Pole Lathe: Forge the Tools

Pole Lathe: Forge the Tools

In order to turn bowls on a foot-powered lathe efficiently one needs a well-made hook tool. These turning tools are not manufactured in North America and are therefore difficult to find. Most pole lathe bowl turners have to learn to make the tools themselves or find a blacksmith to help…
Wed, Nov 4th, 2020  –  Thu, Nov 5th, 2020
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl
3 days
Teaser image for Pole Lathe: Turning

Pole Lathe: Turning

Turning on a pole lathe—a wonderfully simple hand-built machine that needs only your leg and a wooden pole or bungee to power it—is a challenging and empowering experience. Your whole body must work together to make a useable and pleasing turned wooden item. Over three days we will learn to…
Fri, Nov 6th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 8th, 2020
Instructor: Jarrod Dahl

Past Courses Offered by Jarrod Dahl

All From One Tree

Etched Birch Bark Basketry

Foundations of Green Woodworking

Knife Skills & Decoration

Knutkorg: The Scandinavian Knot Basket

Turning on the Pole Lathe: Open Session

Wooden Spoon Carving Traditions