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Jess Hirsch

Minneapolis, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jess Hirsch

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
Teaser image for Carving the Wooden Bowl

Carving the Wooden Bowl

Learn how to make a traditional dough bowl using the axe and adze. In this three day course you will work a log down to a bowl with simple tools. We will cover axe ergonomics, design and layout, and finishing techniques with gouges, block planes, and draw knives. Every student…
Fri, Mar 5th, 2021  –  Sun, Mar 7th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: 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…
Fri, Jan 22nd, 2021  –  Sun, Jan 24th, 2021
9am-5pm
Fri, Feb 5th, 2021  –  Sun, Feb 7th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
3 Days
Teaser image for Turning the Wooden Bowl: Marginalized Genders Session

Turning the Wooden Bowl: Marginalized Genders 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 and…
Thu, Jan 28th, 2021  –  Sat, Jan 30th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Jess Hirsch

Past Courses Offered by Jess Hirsch

Axe Work for Women and Non-Binary Carvers

Bowl Carving with Axe, Adze and Gouge

Candelabras and Candlestick Holders: Woodshop Intro

Warp-Weighted Tabletop Loom: Build and Weave