Our visiting artist program inspires and replenishes our community while providing expert craftspersons with space and resources to carry out new work. We offer working artists three to six months of studio space and shop access, with a request that they share their journey and their skills by hosting a few courses and free workshops.
For over thirty years, Doug Finkel has enjoyed a career as a woodworking artist and woodworking teacher. He served as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University for many years and taught for over a decade at the middle and high school levels. These days, Doug teaches at various craft centers, including The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Peters Valley School of Craft, and is excited to begin teaching at HatchSpace.
His work, which includes furniture, turning, carving, and green woodworking, has appeared in many books and publications. Examples from his “Source Bench” series are included in the permanent collections of the Georgia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
After nearly 25 years of designing and building electric violins, violas and cellos, Tucker Barrett is now dedicating his time to the repair and restoration of vintage and contemporary acoustic and electric guitars.
Trained and apprenticed under Ken Parker at Stuyvesant Music on 48th Street in NYC, he has been privileged to build custom guitars for such musicians as Pete Townsend, Andy Summers, Lou Reed, and Nile Rodgers, as well as many other professional and amateur musicians. He also repaired, maintained and set up guitars for many top groups such as the Pretenders, Foreigner, The Cars, The Police, and Joan Armatrading.
Set-ups and fretwork are his specialty. His experience and general understanding of how guitars function and change, especially in New England, allow him to improve the feel, playability and intonation of almost any instrument, whether used or new.
HatchSpace's visiting artist program began with the residency of violin maker, Douglas Cox, in the Fall of 2019. During this residency, Doug produced a violin and a viola as he worked during public sessions at our gallery. HatchSpace has continued to pursue a growing list of local and regional talent to demonstrate their craft, answer questions, and tell their stories.