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  • 18 Mar 2019 1:10 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 10:41 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 10:19 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 9:20 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 9:48 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.




  • 18 Jan 2019 9:30 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Brown&Roberts Hardware store on Main St. in Brattleboro is showing their support for HatchSpace by offering our members this exclusive deal on a starter tool kit.   We tried to select the sort of tools woodbutchers generally keep near at hand: Tape, pencils, knife, multi-screwdriver, pliers, awl, and some basic chisels.  Also included is a soft tool bag and a set of drill bits (not shown) .  A value of over $100 is available to HatchSpace members for $89.99.   Go to B&R and ask for the HatchSpace starter kit.  

  • 3 Dec 2018 9:00 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    The HatchSpace is making its downtown gallery debut at the Latchis Gallery space next to the main theater.   Pieces by Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers Eric Sprenger and Greg Goodman are on display along with works by HatchSpace co-founder Tom Bodett.   Eric will be on hand for the December 7 Gallery Walk, but mostly the space will serve as a window display advertisement for the HatchSpace shop and its upcoming Grand Opening in January.   


  • 15 Nov 2018 12:24 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    HatchSpace will host an open house and reception on Friday December 14th from 5:30 to 7:30p.    Guests will have the opportunity to see the shop taking shape while enjoying food and refreshment as well as a few words by Tom and Greg and a brief presentation by the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center on their plans for a collaboration with HatchSpace.    

    There will also be sign up sheets and member information for those itching to get at some work!   See you there.


  • 12 Nov 2018 5:58 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Greg and Tom came across some surplus school lockers in the wilds of eBay and made the trek this past weekend to Worcester, MA to gather them up. 


    We have thirty-six 12 x 30 inch lockers and forty-eight 12 x 12 lockers, which will be rented for a nominal fee to members to keep their personal tools and belongings secure.


  • 4 Oct 2018 12:06 PM | Jonathan Wolfman (Administrator)
    BRATTLEBORO β€” One of the founders of a new cooperative work space in downtown Brattleboro wants to share his love for woodworking with the community at large.

    "It's a club in search of a clubhouse," said Tom Bodett, of Dummerston.

    Bodett, a well-known author and humorist, is one of the co-founders of The Hatch, an organization that was founded to produce live events "with the goal of reaching minds and hearts while generating funds to support the social and cultural infrastructure of the greater Brattleboro area and Vermont." While The Hatch is on a temporary hiatus, it most recently organized a series of story-telling events β€” Storytellers on A Mission β€” similar to NPR's The Moth.

    Bodett's latest brainstorm is The HatchSpace, a membership work space where craftspeople, beginning with woodworkers, "exercise, share and move toward mastery of their craft."

    According to its website, "The HatchSpace will operate as a community resource by subscription or membership for the use of local craftspeople, tuned to woodworking in the beginning and incorporating other crafts areas over time."

    "This isn't for me," said Bodett, who partnered up with local cabinetmaker Greg Goodman on the project. "I've got a woodworking shop. I don't need another shop."

    The HatchSpace "will provide on-site training and support, stationary machines not available to the beginner or home hobbyist, and eventually, access to other disciplines such as ceramics, glass, metal, and leather. The space will provide a gathering place for area craftspeople to exchange knowledge, ideas and fellowship."


    Read more in the Reformer

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