We are building a new workshop in Melbourne in 2016, open to members of the public that want to get hands on. The gist of what we are doing is to provide a workspace with all the tools, materials, but most importantly, the instruction that anyone would need to develop competency in creating things for themselves with wood and metal.
We are passionate about empowering people to learn tangible skills from an undervalued, and increasingly rare breed, the Craftsmen.
Perhaps for the first time in the history of education, practical skillsets; skills that serve to build ones confidence in self-sufficiency, have been all-but eliminated from education. As educational outcomes are also largely at risk of being evaluated entirely in economic terms.
There has been institutional devaluation of skilled craftsmanship over the last few decades. It’s frustrating to consider the enormity of the practical skillsets that my grandfathers and my father carry, which are not valued today. Or rather, are devalued when assessed by the contemporary metric of worth, primarily monetary.
‘Craftmanship’ is really the desire to do something well, for its own sake - and that’s a mentality that has become quite hard to sustain within the corporate economy.
Before launching this endeavour to the public next year, we are building the business from a temporary functional workshop, where we will develop the proposed workshop fit-out, build partnerships with tool and machine suppliers and recruit skilled staff. To this end we are seeking a number of artisans and craftspeople to begin working with us on a part-time basis, to assist us in designing, building and documenting plans for kit projects as well as the assembly of workbenches, jigs, racks and secure tool storage.
If any of this is of interest to you, please get in touch. We would love to discuss how together we can support the maker community and preserve craftsmanship.
Mike and Sheldon
- Founders -