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Meet Our Staff

Joely Polokoff Zarra


DIY is Joely’s Mantra!  If you know her, you know she tries to encourage everyone to build their own or repair something themselves…  It’s like a DIY Disease…  Joely also saves EVERYTHING to reuse or repurpose and she event creates new things with these salvaged items.  

Joely hopes to inspire others to DIY, learn to use hand tools and to reuse their throwaways to make other cool art!  This shop allows her to teach her love of crafting so others can continue on their own.  Joely is already planning future workshops of Adirondack Chairs for children and hand made dining room tables for adults.

 Joely is the Manager, Creative Designer, she runs the Marketing department and she is the Lead Instructor.  Come visit The Crafty Hammer to catch the DIY Disease and learn how to make your own AMAZING Home Decor pieces as well as also learn how to recycle, reuse and repurpose really cool items that often get thrown away!

John Zarra

John has a long history as Mr. Fixit.  He always proves himself in the spur of a moment when something breaks and it’s needed badly!  He not only has his own full tool box but knows how to use every single tool and machine made AND he measures twice before he cuts! 

John is a musician by trade.  He enjoys playing Guitar, Keyboards, Bass and sometimes Trumpet, but mostly the Mandolin.  His day job is as Asst. Manager at Alto Music in Wappingers Falls, and he has recently put out his 3rd CD which he even included his daughter singing back-up on one song.  If interested, you can pick up a copy of his newest CD at the shop. 

John is working on some really exciting musical projects for The Crafty Hammer.  This coming spring he will be offering some really cool instrument building workshops, including different drums and building instruments from recycled garbage too.    

John is the Wood Cutter, Machine Shop Manager and the Prototype Builder at The Crafty Hammer.  He also assists with the Graphic Designs.  John’s Role models are his John Zarra, Norm Abram and Nick Offerman (Check out his books if you can!)