Episode 12

From designing guitars for Ben Harper to Nordic Fatherhood | Hans-Jørgen Jahr, Norwegian Designer and Carpenter

Melbourne based Norwegian “Maker of Things”, Hans-Jørgen Jahr, was so inspired by multi-Grammy awarded musician Ben Harper that he decided to start designing guitars. He didn’t know then that Ben Harper would be his first customer.  This very talented and soft spoken Nordic designer, carpenter and photographer draws his inspirations from Bauhaus and Nordic designers. Hans talks  about his time in the Norwegian army as a pacifist and about his love for outdoors and extreme sports, including ski jumping, snow- and skateboarding.

Hans is a very dedicated father and stepfather. We discuss what it is like to be a Nordic father and how it differs from Australian, based on his experience.  

You will  learn:

  • Where Hans draws his inspiration from as a designer 
  • What is means to be a Nordic Father 
  • What has given Hans confidence to take risks and succeed in life 

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Published by Satu Raunola-Spencer

Satu (alias Finnsydney) is a Nordic born Sydneysider. She is passionate about making the world a better place, using common sense, sustainability and practical processes in business and everyday life. She is an entrepreneurial marketing and communications leader focusing on innovation. Satu has extensive global travel and tourism industry know-how and networks. Her love of family, travel, design, yoga, running and healthy lifestyle keeps her busy. Satu is always ready talk about education, science , culture, design and of course, Finland!

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