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  • March 31, 2021 4:36 PM | Anonymous
    After several weeks of packing and moving, today we brought the final items from Frost Street to our new home at 22 High Street. Moving a community woodworking facility is no small task! With the support of a dozen volunteers, we moved the smaller items. We called in a moving crew for the big machines. 

    You're familiar with being buried in boxes when you move homes, right? Somehow, unpacking is never easy. So many decisions. Which room will be used for what? Which items go where? It's like a giant jigsaw puzzle. 

    If you haven't already joined our volunteer list and would like to, please email gflectcher@hatchspace.org. Your help is still needed setting up shop.



    In addition to getting the new facility setup, we're readying our programming for a June reopening. We'll have lots to offer this summer: building benches, carving, designing, sharpening, boat building, and of course classes for beginners, as well as membership access to our makerspace equipment.  Stay tuned for more programming information in May, when we'll announce how to enroll for membership and register for classes.

    You're going to love your bigger, better community HatchSpace in downtown Brattleboro.





  • March 01, 2021 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    We need your help with moving from our current location to our new home in downtown Brattleboro.  Located at the corner of High and Green Streets, the new location will greatly expand our mission to promote the value and practice of craft by providing the instruction, tools, and space to support a community of makers. Moving from a 4,000 sq ft space to 7,000 sq ft will allow greater opportunity for classes, workshops, and mentorships.  The task of relocating is daunting, but with your help we can make this happen.  We will need help with a wide range of tasks, from packing hand tools to disassembling larger machines. Volunteers are needed for March and early April.

    To ensure safety, Covid protocols will be in place.   The number of volunteers at any given time will be limited, masks required.

    Volunteers of all skill levels needed! 

    Email gfletcher@hatchspace.org with your contact information; name and phone #. You will be added to the volunteer list.  You will be contacted as  you are needed.  Thank you in advance for your help!

  • January 19, 2021 12:02 PM | Anonymous


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    The Board of Directors of HatchSpace will hold an informational online meeting January18th at 7pm to present and answer questions about our plans to renovate and relocate operations to 22-28 High Street, also known as the MidTown Mall. 

    Board President Tom Bodett will lead a presentation of our new shop space, gallery, and classrooms along with a broad range of new programs and services. These include private workspaces, a wide selection of classes as well as exclusive member access, and public events. Come learn about the reopening and reimagining of HatchSpace. January 18th at 7pm in a Zoom screen near you. Replay available here. Passcode FNda8=ad 

  • April 27, 2020 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    Dear HatchSpace members, students and friends,

    Since the beginning of statewide efforts to control the Covid-19 outbreak, HatchSpace staff and Board of Directors have prioritized public health in all planning and programming decisions. As the state relaxes restrictions now and businesses begin to re-open, we believe it is important you know that we continue to prioritize safety as we plan for the future at Hatchspace.

    We have a lot of new programming in the pipeline and new ideas are coming in all the time. You may have noticed that our online store has grown to feature a number of new products from the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Our last class before closing in March was a Shaker bench class taught by Guild member Timothy Clark. We are working on many more such intermediate and advanced classes to be taught by Guild members when we resume teaching at our facility.


    Covid Happens

    As I write, Covid-19 cases are rising nationally. Though we are fortunate to have good state public health guidance, there is reason to expect that social distancing and other anti-infection measures will be with us well beyond the summer months and possibly into next year. Our primary goal at HatchSpace is to maintain a safe, focused and collegial environment for instruction in our shared workshop. We view the need for imposing social distancing measures as a distraction from this most basic goal.


    Introducing our New Off-site Membership

    Specifically, because so much uncertainty remains about the course of the virus, and because we believe that social distancing measures hinder the quality of communication and supervision needed for safe woodworking instruction, we at HatchSpace have decided to suspend our existing member model and create a type of membership that is designed to support work at home. In place of our existing membership will be a new, “Off Site Membership” which will provide project-based teaching and staff support for member projects that can be assembled at home. We will provide plans, phone or email support, milled materials and supplemental hand tools for curbside pickup. Some classes and kit projects will be supported with video tutorials.

    Our new Off Site Membership model is one of two major changes we’ve made at HatchSpace to sustain the organization through the pandemic. It will be our only membership option while our facility remains closed to members and students, and will become a permanent entry-level option at HatchSpace after we resume normal on-site operations in the future. Off Site Members will receive discounts on HatchSpace classes, programs and milling services; one week free tool bag rental per month; and unlimited access to our HatchSpace Zoom Shop. We continue to stay mission focused during this challenging period and hope that this new member model will help us grow our membership. Our goal is to continue to support our existing members with a variety of projects, tools and feedback, while providing simple, project-based instruction for new and beginning students.


    Work at home classes, projects and kits

    Our first offerings will be a Picture Framing class and a Build Your Own Skateboard class. Classes and projects added to our new member option will give students an opportunity to try our programming at relatively low cost. When we return to teaching on premises, students will continue to have access to this membership option as a way to check out HatchSpace without having to adapt to class schedules.

    We have also launched a live Zoom extension of the HatchSpace Hangout every other Tuesday at 7:30p. The series began June 16th and featured Tom Bodett, Seth Harter, and Blake Johnson talking about projects they have on the bench. Attendees asked good questions and offered opinions on the work, and discussed some of their own challenges and successes. This is a great way to keep our community connected to the work we’re doing and we hope you’ll take advantage of it as it evolves. The link is on the HatchSpace Hangout page and is also sent out in an email to everyone on our student and member lists. You can register for HatchSpace Zoom Shop by clicking here.


    New Members, New Students

    In mid-March we had just recently introduced a revised membership model before we were forced to close. Those who renewed their memberships after the new member model was introduced will be given free access to all of our interim member benefits including classes, milling services, online group chat activities and hand tool loans. Anyone who didn’t renew their membership can join now on a month to month basis for $50/mo for access to all HatchSpace programming and services. We hope many of our members will take advantage of classes and project support during this interim period. It’s a chance to build skills and prepare for more advanced work, while continuing to support our community workshop.


    When in Doubt, Make Something

    The other major adjustment we’ve made is to change our business designation so that the HatchSpace shop now functions as a non-essential manufacturing facility. Until we can safely and confidently resume normal operations, staff time will be focused on building commission work and raffle prizes, and also putting our new CNC to work manufacturing items for sale. We are busy developing a line of products that will help strengthen HatchSpace in the long run by supplementing programming fees. These designs will be further developed into project-based classes to expand our CNC trainings when we resume teaching at HatchSpace. These changes are the result of careful consideration about how to best utilize our shop and keep our staff on a steady course without making public health assumptions that are beyond our control.

    We would prefer to be teaching classes as usual. Until we have a clearer understanding of the public health consequences of full occupancy at our facility, however, we will build on our early success by adding these new capacities. We believe that remote project-based instruction and support can work well. We are here to support you with projects and instruction as well as milling services for your own projects. I am grateful for your continued support. Becoming an Off Site Member will help secure our future and grow our community.


    Yours,

    Greg Goodman

    Executive Director at HatchSpace

  • November 23, 2019 9:31 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    HatchSpace Gallery and Gifts seasonal store is now open at the Latchis gallery space next to the Latchis Theatre on Main Street in Brattleboro.   Stop by to check out some awesome work by the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, and the staff of HatchSpace.

    There are also gift items for sale along with gift certificates for classes and materials and you can buy Winter Raffle tickets for a chance to win a live-edge maple bench by Tom Bodett, or a number of other gift items and HatchSpace swag.

    It you are a member and might be interested in taking a shift at the gallery, please get in touch with Emilie Beauchamp at emilie.hatchspace@gmail.com for scheduling.


  • September 24, 2019 8:50 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Patti Hurd of BS&L presents HatchSpace with a $1,000 donation   

    When Brattleboro Savings & Loan commercial banking officer Patti Hurd and marketing director Cassie Kelley came by the shop last week Greg and I figured it was to do a one-year review of our operation, which the bank helped us to launch with a loan for equipment last September.   

    So imagine our delight when Patti produced a check for $1000 to encourage our work in the community.   Each year this community focused bank selects an area non-profit to receive the gift.   Patti cited the Build Your Own Skateboard class HatchSpace did during the summer in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro as one of the reasons for our selection for the award this year.

    Greg, myself and the board of directors at HatchSpace accept this vote of confidence from Brattleboro Savings & Loan with pride and gratitude.  Thank you Patti Hurd and Cassie Kelley, and thanks to BS&L President, Dan Yates, for this honor and for the trust and confidence you've shown in our organization from the very beginning.


  • June 13, 2019 11:17 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Founding member Bruce Berg laughs in the face of hand cut blind dovetails.

    Summer Supported and Pro Shop times are producing a lot of cool work.  Members are taking advantage of Greg, Tom, Joe, Emilie and Adam during supported shop to push themselves into new areas, while others quietly work on their own impressive projects.   We look to expand our supported shop time as we get more help.   If you are interested in being a shop steward and helping out from time to time please contact Greg, Tom, or Emilie.




  • April 12, 2019 8:00 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Doug Cox explains how the thing on the right becomes the thing on the left to a packed house at the HatchSpace Gallery Thursday evening.

    World renowned luthier, Douglas Cox, launched the HatchSpace MasterClass series with a riveting and informative walk-thru of his violin making process.   The parts and pieces of various instruments were passed around the room while Cox demonstrated his tried and true techniques for coaxing what could have been a split of firewood to become a top shelf musical instrument.

    Doug Cox is the embodiment of the HatchSpace guiding principle: To instill a respect for the work of human hands and the lives behind them. 

     Thank you Doug!

  • April 07, 2019 11:51 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Tom has completed the modified joiner's bench he's been working on since we were all much younger.   He used surplus glu-lam beam ends donated by Foard Panel, Inc, leftover milled sugar maple from a large slab he cut up for other purposes, some red oak odds and ends, and two inexpensive vices.  The bench will be able to accommodate heavier work than other benches in the shop.  As shown above - two cherry slabs can be mounted in the opposing vices for shaping.

    Total costs for the bench were under $300.  A bench of this type would generally sell for five times that amount.  Tom is considering offering a workshop on building affordable workbenches.   Let us know if this is something you might be interested in.

  • April 01, 2019 6:37 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    HatchSpace is happy to announce its new Sunrise WoodShop Yoga classes starting Tuesdays at 5:30a.   We'll combine the focus and safety concerns of woodworking with the flexibility and calming benefits of yoga.

    Downward Facing Bench Dog and Dove Tail In the Air are the structural poses we'll build on to achieve form, function, and most of all, inner peace.    

    This class will fill up fast so get there early and throw your mat down where you feel the most powerful.   Tom has dibs on the space between the planer and the Cemco sander.

    Happy Flexing, and Happy April Fools.

    (Random person holds a plank pose at sunrise shop yoga)



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