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Jess Hirsch

Minneapolis, MN
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Jess is a sculptor with a strong love for utilitarian objects. Her visual art practice is intertwined with wellness and alternative medicine, making objects that heal the body. She began spoon carving a decade ago and studied bowl turning through a Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Craft Grant. She is the founder of Women’s Woodshop, a space to empower women and non-binary makers through woodcraft. Learn more at www.womenswoodshop.com.

Current Courses Offered by Jess Hirsch

3 Days
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Axe Work for Women and Non-Binary Carvers

Join us for three days of chopping, carving, and hollowing wooden vessels using all hand tools. Axe carving is physically demanding, so during this class we will focus on body mechanics and ergonomic tool use in order to develop stamina and minimize strain. We will start each day with an…
Fri, Feb 28th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 1st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch
3 Days
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Lathe Turning: The Wooden Bowl

The wooden bowl is a reflection of both utility and beauty—an inspiring craft form to experience. Explore the grains of northern birch as you learn safe lathe operation and turning techniques to turn a wooden bowl on the electric lathe. From tree to bowl, working with fresh cut wood, learn…
Wed, Feb 19th, 2020  –  Fri, Feb 21st, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
Sat, Feb 22nd, 2020  –  Mon, Feb 24th, 2020
9am-5pm
3 Days
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Turning the Wooden Bowl: Women & Non-Binary Session

Come and make wood shavings fly as you learn how to create wooden bowls on the electric lathe. Students will explore the form and function of this age-old craft while learning about lathe use and terminology. Paper birch from the North Shore will be used for the bowl blanks. Examples…
Tue, Feb 25th, 2020  –  Thu, Feb 27th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructors: Angela Robins, Jess Hirsch