BRATTLEBORO — 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 — Storytellers on A Mission — 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."
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