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  • 12 Apr 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!

  • 7 Apr 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.

  • 1 Apr 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)



  • 27 Mar 2019 8:21 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Some of our more experienced members have been taking advantage of the Pro Shop hours to work on their projects.   Pro Shop is designed to allow our woodworkers to get into their shop heads and work to their own rhythms.   This is an essential part of what is so captivating about our craft and we're happy to have the time and the space to provide it.  

    During Open Pro Shop  (5p - 9p Thursday and 9a - 1p Friday) members are invited to come in and see what our pros are up to.  During Open Pro hours feel free to ask questions and observe.

    Closed Pro Shop ( 9a - 5p Sundays) is reserved for Pro members only.   To gain Pro access a member must demonstrate comfort and aptitude on the machines, power, and and tools.  There will not always be a shop proctor or steward on hand, so a minimum of two members must be on site for the shop to be open.

    Ask Tom, Greg, or Joseph about the process for gaining Pro access.



  • 20 Mar 2019 10:24 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Beth Chevalier and Emilie Beauchamp watch as Introduction to Woodworking instructor Laury Greening discusses box making techniques in her Tuesday evening class.   The class will meet twice a week for three weeks.   Registration is now open for the Intro to Woodworking for Women class beginning April 23rd.

  • 18 Mar 2019 12:10 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Laury Greening's Introduction to Woodworking (the Boxmaking Class) begins its first classes this Tuesday evening at 6:30.  There will be a total of 4 courses in this series each with 27 hands-on hours of instruction.   

    Two of the courses are for all interested adults.  No previous experience requires.  And by popular request two of the courses are for Women and Woman-identifying adults.    Punch this link to reserver your spot!

    (Milled parts to a sample of the box each member will build in class)



  • 14 Mar 2019 9:41 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

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    (Greg and Tom are making a sequential slab cherry coffee tasting table for the Mocha Joe's lobby during Open Pro Shop time)

    Pro Shop-       

    Pro Shop is a time for our most highly skilled members to work on their projects.   These may be projects for HatchSpace, for personal or professional use, or for inclusion in the gallery collection.  

    A jury selected by the Board of Directors will determine which members qualify for Pro Shop hours.   These members will be skilled and comfortable with all of the machines, power and hand tools, and techniques of woodworking. 

    Even, and especially,  the most skilled woodworkers are constantly chasing the next challenge and Pro Shop is a time for these members to focus on their craft.

    During Open Pro Shop hours members are encouraged to come in and observe the work being done.  This is a time to watch, ask questions, lend a hand if asked, and see what is possible for yourself to pursue.   Many of our Pro Shop members will be available for Private Instruction as well.

    Closed Pro Shop on Sundays is set aside for our most independent and skilled members to have unimpeded time in the shop and be able to schedule extra time on the large stationary equipment.


    (Board members Emilie Beauchamp and Seth Harter mill lumber for member projects during Closed Pro Shop)

  • 14 Mar 2019 9:19 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    There are 16 hours of scheduled Supported Shop time each week.    This looks basically like what you've been experiencing in the shop if you've been coming in since we opened last month.

    Supported Shop is the time members who have taken the safety training course can come in and work on projects.  Members can work independently and Shop Proctors and skilled staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide assistance with material and tool selection, machine operation, and technique as time allows.   The difference from what you've seen is that the staff will not be engaged in other projects during these blocks.  They are there for you.

    There is no fee for Supported Shop.  If you would like to use the panel saw, 43" sander, 20" planer, panel saw, or track saw, be sure to reserver your time on these tools in advance on our Schedule Tools link under the Members Only drop down menu.  (You will only see this link if you are a member and are logged in)

    As our numbers grow we will be asking members to schedule their time in Supported Shop in advance so that we can all see how many woodworkers will be there at any given time.  That will allow members to find the best time for themselves, and allow us to make sure we have enough help on site during the busiest times.

    Up next: Pro Shop Time - Open and Closed


    Member Rick Contino runs some pine boards through the SawStop during Supported Shop

  • 14 Mar 2019 8:20 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)


    I hope everyone received the email announcing our new schedule and programming blocks at the shop.   Our aim is to serve our members with the best possible experience whenever they're at the shop.  Because our space and staff time is limited, but your ambitions should not be, we have arranged the schedule to accommodate a wide variety of pursuits in manageable timeframes.

    All of our programs are designed with our mission in mind - 

    To sharpen our senses, enhance our local economy, and strengthen our community through the pursuit of craft.

    teaching -  mentorship - sweet machines

    A series of blog posts will follow with more detail on each of our programs and events.

    -Tom B

  • 11 Mar 2019 8:48 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    There's a lot going on in the shop these days.  Greg and Emilie have been conducting the Basic Safety Training required for all members.  (Check with Emilie for scheduling) 

    Below:  Member Steve Vannoy glues up a curly maple and walnut neck for the ukelele he’s building.




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