Jason Bartsch was born and raised in rural Dryden, New York. Inspired by television programs like The New Yankee Workshop, The Woodright’s Shop, and Furniture On The Mend & Furniture To Go, Bartsch began working with wood at an early age in his father’s tiny basement workshop with scraps to build bike jumps and cobbled-together treehouse platforms. In the 4-H club, he learned the grueling task of sanding for a proper finish, and by high school he was building shelving and small tables. Currently, Bartsch enjoys crafting furniture pieces influenced by traditional Shaker, Arts & Crafts, and Japanese design elements. In addition to his woodworking expertise, Bartsch is also a classically trained fine artist, who graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, Massachusetts.