Me: "Hi Jarrod. You're from Wisconsin, right?"
Me: "So's Courtney!"
My path crossed with Jarrod's on several other occasions. It wasn't until we were both in Sweden, at Skedfest in 2014 that we had a conversation longer than one you normally have with a disgruntled barista. I continued to follow Jarrod's work online and enjoyed reading about his thoughts on craft and seeing the work he was producing.
In 2015 I moved to Wisconsin and in 2016, at Greenwood Fest, I talked to Jarrod about apprenticing with him. He'd written about having an apprentice and I put my name forward for consideration. We remained in contact, discussing the possibility of me apprenticing with him. Anyone who has been following Jarrod's exploits will realise he's a busy guy, jetting all over the place to spread the good word about #thenewwoodculture.
Jarrod's summer travels
Next week I'll be making the five hour drive up to Ashland to start working under Jarrod's tutelage. I'd like to document as much as I can about what I learn. I'm hoping to write, photograph and video my experiences with Jarrod and share it with you.