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  • November 23, 2019 9:31 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    HatchSpace Gallery and Gifts seasonal store is now open at the Latchis gallery space next to the Latchis Theatre on Main Street in Brattleboro.   Stop by to check out some awesome work by the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, and the staff of HatchSpace.

    There are also gift items for sale along with gift certificates for classes and materials and you can buy Winter Raffle tickets for a chance to win a live-edge maple bench by Tom Bodett, or a number of other gift items and HatchSpace swag.

    It you are a member and might be interested in taking a shift at the gallery, please get in touch with Emilie Beauchamp at emilie.hatchspace@gmail.com for scheduling.


  • September 24, 2019 8:50 PM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Patti Hurd of BS&L presents HatchSpace with a $1,000 donation   

    When Brattleboro Savings & Loan commercial banking officer Patti Hurd and marketing director Cassie Kelley came by the shop last week Greg and I figured it was to do a one-year review of our operation, which the bank helped us to launch with a loan for equipment last September.   

    So imagine our delight when Patti produced a check for $1000 to encourage our work in the community.   Each year this community focused bank selects an area non-profit to receive the gift.   Patti cited the Build Your Own Skateboard class HatchSpace did during the summer in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro as one of the reasons for our selection for the award this year.

    Greg, myself and the board of directors at HatchSpace accept this vote of confidence from Brattleboro Savings & Loan with pride and gratitude.  Thank you Patti Hurd and Cassie Kelley, and thanks to BS&L President, Dan Yates, for this honor and for the trust and confidence you've shown in our organization from the very beginning.


  • June 13, 2019 11:17 AM | Tom Bodett (Administrator)

    Founding member Bruce Berg laughs in the face of hand cut blind dovetails.

    Summer Supported and Pro Shop times are producing a lot of cool work.  Members are taking advantage of Greg, Tom, Joe, Emilie and Adam during supported shop to push themselves into new areas, while others quietly work on their own impressive projects.   We look to expand our supported shop time as we get more help.   If you are interested in being a shop steward and helping out from time to time please contact Greg, Tom, or Emilie.




  • April 12, 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!

  • April 07, 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.

  • April 01, 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)



  • March 27, 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.



  • March 20, 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.

  • March 18, 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)



  • March 14, 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)

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