We are building a new workshop in Melbourne in 2016, aimed at urban professionals 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 guidance 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.
For members that already have an idea of what they want to build, our Craftsmen help them with the design and construction techniques. For members that don’t know what to build, we offer a catalogue of raw material projects to choose from. As the description suggests, such projects are not ready to simply ‘screw together’. They only include the required raw materials... so wood still needs to be cut, sanded and glued, steel bent and joins welded. Completing a project will result in not just the final product, but a range of hands-on skills, learnt through the process.
Before launching this exciting endeavor from a custom facility to the public next year, we are building the business from a functional workshop as we recruit Craftsmen to work in the facility and partner with furniture makers and designers to develop a range of projects.
One idea we are exploring is to partner with designers and furniture makers on a royalties basis to work with us in documenting some of their own designs that would make suitable projects. Each time a member purchases a design to build, part of the purchase price is paid to the designer as a royalty. Naturally there would be protection in the partnership such that we don’t ever sell the kits to non-members; and we never sell finished design to anyone. Each member must build it for themselves, as this workshop is all about making our members more capable.
We are anti thoughtless or needless consumerism. We want people to make informed choices about what they buy; not just price driven or popular decisions. We think the best way to influence this in a better direction is to expose people to some of the skills and materials that go into creating functional objects.
Our ambition is for our members to develop an appreciation of good design, craftsmanship and quality materials, enabling a more aware, and appreciative approach to material consumption.
If any of this is of interest to you as a maker or designer, please get in touch. We would love to discuss how together we can support the maker community and preserve craftsmanship.
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