Meet the JK Team.
The Brokaw’s began their family business in 1981, a few years after Joel and Karma Brokaw were married. Their seven children, all J’s and K’s, represent the 6th generation of woodworking.
Karma’s great-great-grandfather, Josiah Countryman (1830-1914) was a furniture maker/undertaker. His son, John Valentine Countryman was also a woodworker and architect. Although his sons were woodworkers by trade, his daughter, Irma, was captured by woodworking. After she married, she encouraged her son, Fred Bachmann, as a woodworker. In 1975, Joel Brokaw started an apprenticeship with Fred Bachmann as a cabinet maker. Joel later graduated with a BA in Industrial Technology and taught in four Iowa high schools.
Joel and Karma enjoy working with wood and value the individual gifts and talents of each of their children. Four of their seven children help in the business. Jackson is a gifted lathe artist. Keilah designs cutting boards, handles the Etsy store and communications, including tours of the gallery and shop. Kaylin gives tours, works in production and displays in the gallery. Justin personalizes the wood using his laser and handles the financials of JK Creative Wood.
Creating individually designed desk and dining accessories is the emphasis of JK Creative Wood. The items they make together display their love of quality woodworking and their love of family working together.
Design Artist, Owner
Karma has been around woodworking her entire life. She knows the ins-outs of the woodworking. Karma’s father Fred has been creating custom cabinets for nearly 60 years, giving her a jump start at an early age. Karma is the heart-beat of JK and often found setting up the individual designs, packing orders, helping customers, answering the phone, and much more.
Master Craftsman, Owner
Joel has over 35 years of woodworking under his belt. His knowledge of craftsmanship is what drives JK Creative Wood everyday. His precision skill on the table saw is second to none, which shows in JK’s signature checkered design (and no missing fingers, knock on wood). Joel sparks the humor in the workplace, often light-spirited which gives an optimal work environment for our craftsmen to create in. Joel does most of the traveling and retail sales at art shows across the Midwest.
Business Advisor, Craftsman
Justin is the oldest of the Brokaw children and has a sweet family of his own. He provides financing expertise to our business. He and his wife, Ranee also have a business–Holbrook Trading Company–that specializes in engraved bamboo signs. Check out his business here.
Craftsman, Lathe Specialist
Jackson is next in line and turns rolling pins on the lathe. He also helps out with furniture delivery and art shows.
Shelby Graber is married to Keilah and the newest addition to the JK Team. He works full-time for his family business as a heating and A/C technician. In his free time, he travels to art fairs and helps in our shop.
Keilah is number 6 in the line-up of the Brokaw kids. Her main role is marketing our Facebook, Instagram and Etsy pages. She also designs our products and helps in our shop with production. Keilah is a full-time student, studying Mass Communications at the University of Iowa.
Kaylin is the youngest of Joel & Karma’s seven children. She is sweet, spunky and a talented artist. She designs many of our products, but cutting boards are her specialty. Kaylin helps out by packing and shipping orders too. Kaylin is a freshman in college and working part-time.
Max has created with JK for over 20 years, he is an invaluable craftsman to the team. Max is the brains behind maintaining our tools, (sharp cuts better). Max strives for quality results, sending precise and accurate detail to each product by hand. Max can be found tinkering with jigs, sleds, or odd contraptions to assist the process of creating our products.
Photographer, Design Artist
Shawna does the product photography, along with helping out in the shop. She also gives shop tours to people who come through our Brick and Mortar store. She helps set up the beautiful designs, along with assisting in all of the processes.