On behalf of the Hatchspace staff and Board of Directors I would like to say thank you to everyone who has responded so generously to our spring raffle-and-rent party. These are challenging times. It has been extremely reassuring to feel so much community support as we have had to rethink our business model and evaluate a fast-changing public health landscape.
Hatchspace closed its doors to members and students the week that Governor Scott announced the closing of all school-related activities. Since that time we have made a number of decisions that we believe will insure our compliance with best practices for public health, and steward our organization through the uncertainty of the next few months resulting in much improved community involvement in the long term.
HatchSpace will remain a non-profit dedicated to sharpening an appreciation for the work of human hands through the learning, practice and teaching of woodworking. Until public health guidelines provide us with clear instructions for reopening to the public, we will devote the majority of our efforts to developing online community resources and preparing our physical space to better serve our students and members when you return to work with us. Our first in-person class is a boat building workshop with Tim Clark that is currently scheduled for the week of June 14 and will be conducted outdoors. We will announce more information about that class in our next newsletter.
We are working on two basic classes that we plan to deliver via online video conference.
Here are some other projects that are either available or going online soon:
These are some ways that you can help HatchSpace make it through these tough times:
When we reopen our doors we will be better organized and ready to hit the ground running. In the meantime, we are using this opportunity to build resources that will improve safety and skills instruction, provide online retail sales opportunities, and expand our technical teaching and manufacturing capabilities.
Thank you again for your support and enthusiasm. We will get through these difficult times together and emerge stronger. We look forward to the time when we join up again to work at Hatchspace.