Since the last post I have been very busy figuring out how to make this work. I have met lots of generous and helpful people including architects and designers, artists, lawyers, engineers, and teachers. I found a great business partner and we are working on some really exciting ideas.
Like I said before, Community Woodshop is not a new idea and when you start something new the best thing to do is find out what has been done before. So, my partner and I decided to visit the shops in the San Francisco Bay area.
Seeing the other workshops has allowed us to visualize our ideas much more clearly than before; from power and space requirements to how we want the space the feel.
We took advantage of opportunities to sit down with Michael Sturtz, founder of The Crucible (http://www.thecrucible.org/) and Craig Colvin, founder of The Sawdust Shop (http://www.sawdustshop.com/). Our conversations with Michael and Craig have opened our minds to new possibilities and given us plenty of confidence to keep moving forward.
Part of our mission is to be inclusive – meaning we will create a space that welcomes everyone no matter what their skill level or background. We will provide instruction and advice to enable you to turn your ideas into reality. Also, in addition to woodworking we will offer metalworking equipment and tools. As we grow so will the access to new equipment and tools.
While honing our mission we are receiving a steady number of responses from people interested in becoming members and I am glad to say momentum is definitely building! Although we will not be able to open in January we expect to open sometime in the first quarter.
At the end of the day it’s our members who build our community and who enable us to create a better future. If you are interested in becoming a member or simply have a suggestion please check out our website (CommunityWoodshopLA.com) or send me an email (info@CommunityWoodshopLA.com).
-- Scott, Glassell Park, CA, CommunityWoodshopLA.com