My Minds Design

 I began woodworking in 1999 as a hobby that I had hoped would turn into a future carrier.

Teaching myself the fundamental techniques for 8 years while working for Love Joy Tool Co., Springfield Vt. My entry level position was as a 3rd shift janitor. Determined at working my way into the shop, 1 1/2 years later I began working as a tool grinder. I would work for the next 6 1/2 years learning different operations and machines on the 2nd shift. Most woodworkers want to become or attain machinist accuracy, something I did not know while it was happening.

From the beginning I was mentored by good friend and Master Craftsman, David Heinz, who has played a major role in supporting my passion. He opened my eyes to the world and told me to educate myself on the past Masters. I have found myself specifically drawn to the works of; Wharton Esherick, Wendell Castle, Antoni Gaudi and many others.

In 2006 I went to work for Clearlake Furniture, Ludlow Vt. Trained their production methods, of making my work as fast and as accurately as possible. I found myself back in the machine shop,"Producing". This is why I left Love Joy.

I began to realize that as an Artist, you have an obligation to yourself and the world to create your Art. 

In 2008 My Minds Design began

Thanks to the Whindham Foundation Located in Grafton Vt, From who I rent my studio, The Old Fire Station. With their help I am able to work in one of the best places in the world.

I look forward to working with you in creating your own one of a kind piece. 

​Jason Ballard